Gambit by C.L. Denault
In a battle-ridden future, humans have evolved. Those with extraordinary skills rise to power and fame. Those without live in poverty.
Sixteen-year-old Willow Kent believed she was normal. But when a genetically-advanced military officer shows up in her village and questions her identity, long-buried secrets begin to emerge. With remarkable skills and a shocking genetic code the Core and its enemies will do anything to obtain, Willow suddenly finds the freedom she craves slipping through her fingers. Greed, corruption, and genetic tampering threaten every aspect of her existence as she’s thrust, unwilling, into the sophisticated culture of the elite Core city. To ensure peace, she must leave the past behind, marry a man she’s never met, and submit to the authority of a relentless officer with a hidden agenda of his own.
Her life has become a dangerous game. How much will she sacrifice in order to win?
So when reading the synopsis of this book I was super excited to get a chance to read and review a copy of it, I was however a bit disappointed. Overall it was an easy read and a decent story line, but it felt a bit similar to the world of Hunger Games (just the setting at the beginning of the rich and poor). It eventually evolved into its own world but still didn’t feel too authentic.
Willow was a confusing character to me from the beginning. First I felt she had two personalities, the sweet sister and daughter always willing to help, then the defiant brat who always had to say something snippy when she should just keep her mouth shut. This isn’t actually a negative as sometimes the typical isn’t always fun with a main character.
There were two clear parts in the book, and at the half way point was when I went from 4 stars to 3. I didn’t believe the Willow – Reese connection given how he was before. I think if there were more “human” moments with Reese in the beginning I may have believed it. Also I liked the action at the beginning, I read the first half of the book pretty fast, but struggled with the last half due to too much romance and not enough of the action I loved at the beginning.
Overall I think it was good. I’ll probably read the next book but may only give it the customary 100 pages and then call it if it continues like the second half. If it gets back to the excitement of the beginning then I’ll probably enjoy it.
Book is available in paperback and Ebook on Amazon.com
Until next time…