Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X #1) by Richelle Mead

Title: Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X #1)
Author: Richelle Mead

Publisher: Dutton Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Dutton Adult, Netgalley
Overall: 4/5 

In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.

When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.

Gameboard of the Gods, the first installment of Richelle Mead’s Age of X series, will have all the elements that have made her YA Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series such megasuccesses: sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and relentless action and suspense.

 My Review:
“I am a soldier of the Republic. I do not serve my own will but that of my country. Those words were echoed by her mother’s, spoken so many years ago: You can ignore the rest because you’re better than them. Empty yourself of all feeling because if they can’t see it, then they can’t use it against you.”
After the involvement in a brawl, soldier Mae Koskinen is given the mission to return Justin March to RUNA, the republic that has remained as the world population was wiped out by an unknown virus. Mae is a Praetorian, a powerful soldier that the military has provided with an implant to increase her strength and speed. Justin, a Servitor, has lived in exile outside of RUNA. Both have demons of their own, and both are in danger.

Straying from the typical route of her other series such as Vampire Acedemy and Bloodlines, Richelle Mead enters the world of adult and science fiction with the story of Mae Koskinen and Justin March. Two people of seemingly opposite sides of the spectrum, Mae and Justin have a few things in common. They both have been exiled, and they are searching for information that a number of people are desperately working to keep top secret; a secret that is closer to them than neither of the two ever expected; a secret that can change everything.

Despite it’s length, Gameboard of the Gods is an intriguing read. The world that Richelle Mead has built is terrifying, the epidemics is unimaginable, and the characters are incredibly flawed, but that’s really why I enjoyed reading this novel. Justin and Mae are wonderful characters; they both have issues of their own. Justin crawls into your heart as the story unravels. Mae is extremely brave, and she is a great heroine for the series. The writing is well done and is extremely different from Richelle Mead’s previous two series. Gameboard of the Gods is different with it’s interesting concepts and flawed characters, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Richelle Mead has ventured into an unknown world, and I do think it has paid off and will continue to do so as more of the story is revealed. I will definitely be waiting for the next installment of the Age of X series. For readers of the adult and science fiction genre, I would recommend to check this series out. It may even surprise you.

“We’re all pieces on a game board, Dr. March, and some of us are more powerful than others.”
An Enjoyable Read, Well Written!
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.**
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