Age of X #1 Hjemvendt
Title: Gameboard of the Gods
Series: Age of X #1
Author: Richelle Mead
Published in English: 2013
Dansk titel: Hjemvendt
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2018
Finished Reading: May 2019
Genre: Fantasy & Science – Fiction
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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.
The book is short! That’s almost the only thing good there is to say about this. The book had me confused on so many levels, at times I forgot what the book was about, a murder mystery. Hm. We meet many characters that doesn’t contribute with anything to the overall plot. Overall, just one big mess at times.
I liked Mae at first, she seemed badass and like a character I’ve been dying to get to know, but as the book progresses, she loses that star quality I at first, though she had, leaving her like any of the main female character in the YA business.
I’m not a hardcore fan of Mead, I’ve only read a couple of things she’s published, but boy was I disappointed with this.
It seemed like she put a lot of effort into the world building but I for one could have used more background information about the world, but instead the focus was upon politics, military and other boring subjects. We get many breadcrumbs to peak our interest to the second book, but we are left to find out later what it all means. I’m not sure if I’m even interested in reading the next book, frankly, I just feel like I wasted a ton of money buying these three books. However, they do look pretty!
Did anyone else find the language crude? At times, I thought the book was slowly developing into an erotic novel.
Hm. I won’t give it a one star rating, because the book did have most interesting parts to it, and I’m sure that if I do continue with the series and reveal some of the mystery, that it will end up kind of interesting, but we will see!