2016 · 4 Stars · Book Reviews · Dystopia Book Reviews · Reviewed for NetGalley · Young Adult

Gambit │ C.L. Denault

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Gambit (The Prodigy Chronicles Book 1) Amazon

In Earth’s 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?


I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

So, I liked this book a lot more than I thought I was going to. The characters were written well, and the world building was very unique.

Did it grab my attention? Yes, but not right away. It took about 20 pages before I really started getting into it.

I already said that the characters were written well, but they were also interesting and flawed in a very human sort of way. If a character starts off stubborn and childish I can easily overcome my first impressions if that character can grow as a person or mature. And thankfully that happened here.

Willow is the main female protagonist, and she eventually grew on me. Still not sure how I feel about Reece. I hated him, disliked him, hated him again, and then I finally settled on uncertainty.

I took a whole star off of this book because of the romance and romantic tension, it just seemed to overtake the story. It got to the point where I just wanted to roll my eyes.

I am excited to read the next book, I have so many unanswered questions. So on the whole. I enjoyed this book.


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