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The pulse-pounding second book in the Gender Game series.

Gliding over the treacherous Green in a shaky aircraft that she has no idea how to land, Violet Bates is still in shock. The harrowing events of the previous night play over in her mind as she asks herself question after question.

Why did Lee Desmond Bertrand behave the way he did?

What is the truth about the mysterious silver egg stowed beneath her seat?

What happened to Viggo, and where is her brother? Is either of them still alive?

When Violet manages to reach the toxic ground alive, she has landed in a world of unimaginable danger. She has barely time to catch her breath before she is sucked into a perilous journey at breakneck speed - to uncover secrets guarded for centuries and find the only two people who matter.

©2016 Bella Forrest (P)2017 Bella Forrest

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Wordy. Not a full story.

I was shocked when this book ended. Not because the ending was shocking, but because the book shouldn't have been over. It was not an appropriate story arch. It just cuts off and you have to go buy the third. But will the next be a full story? Or am I trapped buying book after book just to get one full story? I understand having a series, but I feel each one should be a complete story in and of itself. As I mentioned, this book has no story arch.

The other thing that annoyed me was the wordiness. Listening to all the adverbs grew tiring, and the dialogue was ridiculous. No one would take that much effort to say what these characters do.

Also, the word repetition. Palpable and flitted are used so often that my eyes flitted so hard upward into the back of my skull that it was palpable.

The concept isn't bad. I may invest in the next one. But these things are beginning to get on my nerves. I feel like the book needs a better editor.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Book 2

Sticking with this series is worth it. While I found the first book in the series a tad slow and lacking in description of the universe, the pacing in the second book is excellent and the storyline grows more detailed. I was craving information about the technology of the world, about the motivation of some of the secondary characters, and about the direction of Vigo and Violet's relationship. I enjoyed this second installment more than the first.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Not really meant for the intelligent reader...

Although containing okay action scenes, you can probably zone out for 80% of this book. This sequel was a huge let down. I felt it was completely different from the first book. Reasons being:

1.) The writing was absolutely atrocious. Just listening to it had me cringing so bad I might as well have started cramping.

"I jumped, landing on the landing." Or "My eyes looked at him hungrily." Good God.

2.) I didn't even recognize Viggo. I fell in love with his quiet and resevered character in the first book, but in the second, his thought process started to annoy me halfway through. At some points, I admired his determination, and then at others, he sounded completely naive.

To be honest, he sounded a lot like a male character that a female writer envisioned a perfect man should be. Ughhhh I wanted to love his and Violet's relationship, but my eyes hurt from rolling so much.

3.) Violet seemed so much more emotional in this sequel.

4.) Every decision that either Violet or Viggo made was second-guessed and waaaay over-analyzed. It got to the point where I wondered when they would be scared to drink water because it had a hundred ways of killing them.

The ending to the FIRST book redeemed itself for me and had me desperately needing to start this sequel. I was left disappointed. *Sigh*

The plot was more predictable than I had expected, and the horrendous writing sadly washed out the romance for me. I'm curious on how the character relationships turn out (maybe if I read spoilers instead), but it's just not enough to encourage me to spend any more money on this series.

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Typical plot line, predictable.

plot was very pretictable. Characters aren't very deep and don't grow very much. not bad but not stimulating.

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Very Muddled Storyline

Would you try another book from Bella Forrest and/or the narrators?

Possibly - I want to see where the story goes but don't know if I care enough to sit through hours of nonsense again

What could Bella Forrest have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The main character, Violet, becomes extremely unlikeable. She makes some very stupid decisions and sounds like a thirteen-year-old at times.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes...except when the narrator was "screaming" in Violet's voice. AWFUL.

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  • StrbryRED
  • SANFORD, FL, United States
  • 04-20-17

Amazing!!

This book moved so fast, I couldn't believe it was over! I'm starting Book 3 immediately!! I won't give anything away with the story, I'll just say that the actors who voice this series are perfect and gut-wrenchingly wonderful at bringing the story to life. So good, if you're looking for a new series set in a dystopian future, this is the one!!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Already bought the next one

I have really come to enjoy this book. I appreciated their decision to get more than one narrator and they both do so well together. I felt that I could believe the events, though it can be obvious that no real harm will come to Violet. I tend to forget somehow that injuries can be repaired because of the fact that sciences are more advanced than in our world, but it's not like it's a problem.

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narration was very flat and unengaging.

The story line from book one led me to believe a continuation would be just as exciting... but book two was not. I'm not planning on continuing to read/listen to this series.

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Desperate to get over with this ...

... and I don’t care to see what happens next. That should say it all. So why 2-stars? The story itself is an interesting premise and it sets off so many ideas. It’s a shame the author chose not to explore anything interesting. The love interest is forced with no chemistry (meant more for a harlequin than a thoughtful YA novel).

The performances don’t help either. Maybe they’re trapped by the dialogue but there’s no attempt to even escape it. It’s all too melodramatic.

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Predictable but highly enjoyable

When I first started listening to the series, I didn’t think I was going to even finish the first book. But it has turned out to be fun and extremely enjoyable. I highly recommend it YA post-apocalyptic is your thing, I know I will continue to listen.

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  • Lea
  • 05-26-17

Great

loving these books. couldn't stop listening and the narrators really brought the characters to life

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  • TAG
  • 02-17-18

Getting better

The second in the series, this is much better than the first one. Partly because so much time is spent away from the heavily stereotypes societies, and partly because Clarke is better narrator than Soler. We’ve reached the meet of the overall plot of the series, no more set up! Looks like it’s going to be interesting but I’m not desperate to need the next one straight away.

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  • Miss J Adderley
  • 01-12-19

I'm hooked

I loved listening to these first two books. I literally can't put them down. I've already purchased the third book and can't wait to see what happens.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-17-18

brilliant!

I loved every second! highly reccomened, easy listen, keeps you guessing the whole way through.

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  • Mrs Donna Cutten
  • 01-27-18

Loving this series so far

Well read, gripping story, strong characters and I’m hooked! Listened to one and two back to back and just downloaded three!

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  • Hannah
  • 11-18-17

gd

really good esp after book one keeps you wanting more. looking forward to book 3

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  • Amie Jordan
  • 10-05-17

so so

To be honest, I downloaded the first book in this series as something to try to get into whilst i wait for the next book in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas of which i enjoyed to come out, and the synopsis of first book of this series kinda felt like a similar theme.. strong female character battling a bigger political issue, lives at stake, promises of romance blossoming, all that, but i was a little disappointed that it just didn't seem written very strongly. But it does sometimes take me a book or two to get into a series so i persevered on with this book.

I don't know, the story is just missing a little bit of something for me, it seems a bit like it was a draft or two short before being published and should have been revised and refined a little more before the final cut. I feel like massive story potential has been a little wasted by too little effort on the technical writing side as nothing is descriptive enough for me to create any interesting visuals in my head as i listen. Also not a mega fan of the 1st person thing. It makes me not engage with the other characters around as much because everything about them has to be said as the opinion of the character talking.

Also, I got to this book and they have swapped the narrator of the first book to the same narrator as the Throne of Glass series! Part of me enjoyed that series so much because of such a skilled narrator in engaging the audience and the voices but now all the characters are merging in my head listening to the same voices and tones, especially as some of the characters even have the same names - i do think that each major book series should have one defining narrator and stick to it rather than swapping them about, and not let the same narrator narrate very similar storylines in which readers that like that theme will possibly listen to both. It just becomes confusing and makes the experience less enjoyable having to get used to a different narrator every book.

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  • Karen
  • 09-26-17

nail biting

loved it could not stop listening can't wait to start the next book. Great cartters and a story line that draws you in.

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  • chirojane
  • 09-08-17

now I'm hooked

The first book only got me later in the book. I am now hooked. Can't wait to down load the next one

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  • Adrian
  • 08-03-17

Loved it!! Great book!!

This is not anything like how I was expecting it, there were so many plot twists and new adventures waiting around every corner!!! I loved this book so much!!!

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  • Coby
  • 12-03-18

Loving this series

Great story very captivating. Narrator very good. Will be reading the next book ant wait to see what happens to Vego

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-18

A good storyline ruined by bad writing

The story is just so frustrating... It becomes difficult to read as the action is constantly broken up by repetitive monologues. Would not recommend.

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  • lebreton
  • 12-12-17

Great book and great narrators

I truly enjoyed listening to this book. Lots of unexpected twists !
I am already buying the third one!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-18-17

Hooked

So hooked on this series. Great story and the narration of this book is excellent. Heading straight for book 3 ...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-17

Loved the Narrators!

I thoroughly enjoyed the contrast of the main female and male narrators. the male narrators voice made me understand more of where Viggo is coming from, where if I were to just read it, I would lose a part of it.
Story is fantastic!!!