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Gameboard of the Gods

By Julie A. Carlson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Dystopian thriller for adults OK for mature teens.

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age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+
age 14+

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

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Although the story is unique and will appeal to fans of dystopian and post-apocalyptic literature, it might start to bore some readers, especially teens.

Gameboard of the Gods is Richelle Mead's first adult novel. She's has garnered many teen fans through her YA series Vampire Academy and Bloodlines. But Gameboard of the Gods is very different from those books. It's definitely for adults, but older teens may gravitate toward it because they've read the YA series. Gameboard of the Gods features strong language, sex, violence, drug use, as well as heavier and more mature themes than those found in Mead's YA books.

The two main characters use each other for their own means and often clash and fall into lust throughout the story. Justin is likable, although somewhat of rake. Mae is cold and calculating. The most interesting character is Tessa, a teen who works alongside Justin. Mead does a good job with world-building. There is some heavy info dumping and a military-type setting, so all in all, the book might appeal more to men and older teen boys than females.

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