Book Review: The Gender Game by Bella Forrest

Posted September 24, 2016 in 4 Star Ratings, Book Reviews / Leave a comment!

Book Review: The Gender Game by Bella ForrestThe Gender Game by Bella Forrest
Published On: September 24, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Sci Fi, Dystopia
Maturity Level: YA - some violence
4 Stars
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A toxic river divides nineteen-year-old Violet Bates's world by gender.
Women rule the East. Men rule the West.

Welcome to the lands of Matrus and Patrus.

Ever since the death of her mother, Violet's life has been shadowed by bad luck. Already a prisoner to her own nation, after two unfortunate incidents resulting in womanslaughter, now she has been sentenced to death.

But one decision could save her life.

One decision to enter the kingdom of Patrus, where men rule and women submit.

Everything about the patriarchy defies Violet's identity, but she must sacrifice many things if she wishes to survive the forbidden kingdom... including forbidden love.

In a world divided by gender, only the strongest survive...


This book started out a bit rocky for me but I actually really enjoyed it once we moved settings. I thought the idea of the two countries was really cool. One country is basically ruled by women and men don’t have any rights. The other country is the complete opposite. It’s actually a really cool concept and it shows us why this could never work in reality these days.

I really enjoyed the second half of this book. I liked all the action and sneaking around that was happening. Our main character is sent on a mission and it was cool seeing her start to think for herself. She’s been in their equivalent of juvi her whole life so she’s always just followed orders (mostly). Now that she’s out, she’s seeing the world and not liking what she’s seeing. There’s also a really sweet romance in this book that I would have LOVED to see more of. It was mostly just a teaser of what will hopefully be coming in the next books!

I also really liked that plot twist at the end. I totally wasn’t expecting that, which never happens! I’m really looking forward to seeing what book two is going to bring us.


My only real complaint was that the beginning didn’t quite suck me in like I wanted it to. It was a little boring at the start because there was a lot of explanations as to what there two countries are like and why are main character is where she is. I could have used a less information heavy beginning and something a little more to really suck me in.

Also Violet could be a little annoying at places. Sometimes she didn’t think things through AT ALL and ended up in some nasty situations. She got better as the book progressed though.


I think that dystopia lovers will really like this book. Especially those who like a little romance added in their books. Just a note that this wasn’t an insta-love romance which I was really thankful for! And no love triangle!!


This was a really interesting start to what I hope will be an interesting series. The concept is original and I’ve never read anything similar before!


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