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"I just had to believe we'd dealt a death blow of our own. 
 That today would be the beginning of the end..." Ready for the explosive PENULTIMATE BOOK in The Gender Game series? (As we move toward the grand finale in Book 7: The Gender End). "I just had to believe we'd dealt a death blow of our own. 
 That today would be the beginning of the end..." Ready for the explosive PENULTIMATE BOOK in The Gender Game series? (As we move toward the grand finale in Book 7: The Gender End).


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"I just had to believe we'd dealt a death blow of our own. 
 That today would be the beginning of the end..." Ready for the explosive PENULTIMATE BOOK in The Gender Game series? (As we move toward the grand finale in Book 7: The Gender End). "I just had to believe we'd dealt a death blow of our own. 
 That today would be the beginning of the end..." Ready for the explosive PENULTIMATE BOOK in The Gender Game series? (As we move toward the grand finale in Book 7: The Gender End).

30 review for The Gender Plan

  1. 4 out of 5

    Eleanor

    Same review for 4, 5 and 6: Pointless. I skim-read all the identical battle scenes. Violet and Viggo's voices are so similar I had to keep looking for other clues as to who's point of view I was reading. If I wasn't reading these for free (thanks Amazon Unlimited!) I'd be livid she spun this out into 7 books when it had enough plot for max 3. Same review for 4, 5 and 6: Pointless. I skim-read all the identical battle scenes. Violet and Viggo's voices are so similar I had to keep looking for other clues as to who's point of view I was reading. If I wasn't reading these for free (thanks Amazon Unlimited!) I'd be livid she spun this out into 7 books when it had enough plot for max 3.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    The initial books were better. Just continuing because I want to finish the series. Too much wanna be love story but not well written, imo.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    Action packed This book was filled with lots of action but I felt nothing happened really. Many failed and some successes for our heros but I felt like it kept going on and on. I was hoping this would be a good ending to the series but then found out there was another book. I would much rather have 3-4 excellent books than these smaller books 6-8 books (that generally get more mediocre towards the end). Still looking forward to the last book in the series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Janis Glass

    I am finding this series now way to long and boring. Pity, had potential to be a great series but Author prob just wanted a few more pds instead of a great story. Three books would have been epic, 7 way way to much.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Bragg

    It took me a month to finish this one, because I really didn't like it. The only thing this series had going for it as the relatively unique setting/premise. This was just a poorly written war book. I ended up skimming the last 100 pages just to finish it. Once again, Forrest creates interesting characters (in a previous book), ignores them for several books, and suddenly reintroduces them whenever it suits her. And this book ends just like most of the others. Violet does something stupid (and n It took me a month to finish this one, because I really didn't like it. The only thing this series had going for it as the relatively unique setting/premise. This was just a poorly written war book. I ended up skimming the last 100 pages just to finish it. Once again, Forrest creates interesting characters (in a previous book), ignores them for several books, and suddenly reintroduces them whenever it suits her. And this book ends just like most of the others. Violet does something stupid (and nonsensical, even for her) and gets herself in a stupid predicament.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Aryana Parmar

    OMG this was such a good book I want to read the last one right now because I want to know if they get their happily ever after or not ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh. I feel like I might even like Viggo's point of view better than Violet, but I still love Violet all the same. OMG I cannot wait until I get my hands on the next book! OMG this was such a good book I want to read the last one right now because I want to know if they get their happily ever after or not ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh. I feel like I might even like Viggo's point of view better than Violet, but I still love Violet all the same. OMG I cannot wait until I get my hands on the next book!

  7. 5 out of 5

    daranee

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was my least favorite so far. The whole book was just one big battle and I found myself often skipping through paragraphs just to get to the end. And really annoying how they kept Desmond alive and OF COURSE she escapes because of Cody....very predictable. I'm hoping the series ends better then this book or I'm going to be really disappointed! Also can these damn ppl have sex already? Kinda stupid and old fashioned for no reason when they're faced with death like every other second. Carpe d This was my least favorite so far. The whole book was just one big battle and I found myself often skipping through paragraphs just to get to the end. And really annoying how they kept Desmond alive and OF COURSE she escapes because of Cody....very predictable. I'm hoping the series ends better then this book or I'm going to be really disappointed! Also can these damn ppl have sex already? Kinda stupid and old fashioned for no reason when they're faced with death like every other second. Carpe diem man!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mikayla

    Amazing! I loved this and will devour the next book. Can't wait! Amazing! I loved this and will devour the next book. Can't wait!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    This series has now officially fell flat. Like I rated the past two books three stars because they seemed meh but now I can't let this book away with three stars because nope. This series has now officially fell flat. Like I rated the past two books three stars because they seemed meh but now I can't let this book away with three stars because nope.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Judy Lewis

    ABSOLUTELY RIVETING !!! Title: The Gender Plan Series: The Gender Game Designation: Book 6 of Series, Full-Length Novel (App 400 Pages), Not A Standalone, Cliffhanger Ahead #fantasy #dystopian #action #adventure #romance Author: Bella Forrest Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction/Action/Adventure/Young Adult Romance Reading Platform: Kindle Edition My Rating: Five Divinely Entertaining Stars***** Oh my! Oh my! Oh my! I love, love, love this series! I've been a diehard Bella Forrest fan for several years and ha ABSOLUTELY RIVETING !!! Title: The Gender Plan Series: The Gender Game Designation: Book 6 of Series, Full-Length Novel (App 400 Pages), Not A Standalone, Cliffhanger Ahead #fantasy #dystopian #action #adventure #romance Author: Bella Forrest Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction/Action/Adventure/Young Adult Romance Reading Platform: Kindle Edition My Rating: Five Divinely Entertaining Stars***** Oh my! Oh my! Oh my! I love, love, love this series! I've been a diehard Bella Forrest fan for several years and have read (and reread) every single release in her international bestselling A Shade of Vampire Series. When I learned Forrest was debuting a new series, one vastly dissimilar to anything she has published to date, I immediately raced to Amazon to preorder my copy. I could hardly wait to get it in my hot little hands and Forrest did not disappoint. She not only met all my expectations, she surpassed them. After reading the first book of the series, The Gender Game, I thought I had a fairly good grasp of the series but once again Forrest did what she does best; she upped the ante, kicked up the heat, surprised me with a completed unexpected curveball, and totally blew me away - AGAIN! I'm addicted to romance, adore fantasy, completely smitten with action/adventure and obsessed with mystery, intrigue, and suspense, but give me the perfect combination of these elements in one great read and I'm in heaven! And that's exactly what Forrest has delivered in The Gender Game Series. Forrest is a truly gifted storyteller and has once again demonstrated her incredible talent, exceptional skill and unparalleled imagination with the creation of a vividly depicted and beautifully detailed world, populated with complex, well-developed characters and masterfully layered with mystery, suspense, and unexpected plot twists. If asked to describe this book in one sentence, I would simply say, imagine the melding of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Maze Runner into one extraordinary story and you would have The Gender Game. But make no mistake, the obstacles, adversity, and misfortune suffered by the characters in this story is no game as the title implies. It's a life and death struggle for not only their very existence but also for the fate of the nations of Matrus and Patrus, two societies divided by much more than a toxic river and a tragic history. The narrative was beautifully written with a first-person perspective primarily from the female protagonist, Violet Bates of Matrus. In Book Two, Forrest expands the points of view to include a perspective from the male protagonist, Viggo Croft along with an additional brief insight from the newly crowned Queen Elena of Matrus. In Book Three, the perspectives revert back solely to Violet and Viggo. This is one of my favorite aspects of Forest's style of writing. I love knowing the motivations of all the different characters in a book. It helps me to connect with them and the story. The dialogue is smart, well executed and flows effortlessly. But without a doubt, my favorite component is the cast of intriguing characters. They are captivating, realistic and engaging, literally exploding from the pages to capture my imagination as well as my heart. I fell in love with the heroine, nineteen-year-old Violet Bates, who has been branded by the Matrus legal system as a dangerous criminal. In reality, Violet is simply a victim of her own fate, forced into an untenable existence and desperately trying to survive despite the tragic circumstances of her life. I was in awe of Violet's strength, tenacity, and sheer will to live. But despite the adversity, she remains innocent and naive in matters of the heart and the opposite sex. The fact that she has never known any men other than her younger brother combined with the tragic events of her life has caused Violet to harden her heart, not only to men but to everyone and as a result has become uncharacteristically jaded for someone her age. It quickly becomes apparent that Violet is an incredibly complex character with multiple layers of emotion and feelings she discovers and explores for the very first time throughout the story. Violet is a remarkable young woman and truly a worthy heroine. This story came to life for me. I felt as if I were there with Violet through every step of her perilous journey. I cried for her, sympathized and empathized with her; my heart even broke for her. I desperately wanted to wrap her in my arms and console her. I have such high hopes for Violet, wanting so badly for her to find happiness. I can hardly wait to continue the heart-wrenching coming of age adventure with this brave young heroine in the next book of the series. In the premise for this story, the two neighboring sovereign states of Matrus and Patrus are the only remaining survivors of the once great country of America whose land was devastated and population very nearly destroyed during The Last War centuries earlier. Originally they were one group, but as the result of political discord between genders, the two factions became divided into two very different nations, Matrus with a matriarchal government ruled by a queen and Patrus with opposing patriarchal beliefs and governed by a king. The female party was convinced the political viewpoints of men combined with their aggressive behavior were directly responsible for the war, blaming them for the annihilation of the once great America. They believed women should be allowed to govern society using a peaceful doctrine as the basis for their new civilization with the national motto of 'Freedom In Peace'. The men refused to address or even acknowledge the concerns of the female party giving the women only two options: remain and keep silent...or leave to form their own society. Quite obviously they chose the latter. Thus, the two opposing nations of Matrus and Patrus were born. Both now attempt to exist on a small strip of territory located in Appalachia separated by the toxic Veil River but with very little interaction between the two. As you can imagine, there's extreme prejudice and gender discrimination against the few males residing in Matrus and in turn, the same holds true for females in Patrus. Men have no rights in Matrus, but neither do women living in Patrus. A woman cannot live in Patrus unless she is owned by a male citizen, and must have a male guardian with her at all times. I found the concept and premise for this story to be new, unique, original, fresh, imaginative, exciting, fascinating, and actually quite realistic. With the current political climate in our country, I can truly envision this happening in our society today. The Gender Game: Book 1 Violet Bates has never had an easy life and, consequently, has found herself always battling her anger. Growing up as an orphan, she was constantly taunted by others and called Violent instead of Violet. At only nineteen, she has already been marked as a criminal in Matrus. Sadly, she lived the majority of her life in orphanages after her mother died giving birth to her brother Timothy when she was only three. At eleven, she was caught trying to help her then eight-year-old brother, Tim, escape to Patrus, and charged with obstruction of justice. Then at fourteen, she was convicted of woman-slaughter when she tried to defend herself against a young woman who was accidentally killed by a fork during the struggle. She was sentenced to seven years of confinement along with hard labor and bounced from one horrible detention center to another. Now at nineteen, with only two years remaining before she can claim her freedom and reenter Matrian society, another tragic turn of events results in Violet having to once again defend herself, and in doing so, another young woman has been accidentally killed. This would be her third and final conviction, for in Matrus, three strikes and you're out...permanently...as in dead. The death of this bully, no matter that it was unintentional, would cost her everything, including her life. There would be no more second chances. Fortunately for our young heroine, fate intervenes and she is offered an opportunity to serve her country by accepting an undercover mission in Patrus where she is expected to recover a mysterious object stolen from a Matrian lab in an act of espionage by a Patrian sympathizer. If she can successfully complete her assignment, she will be granted her life, her freedom, and finally allowed to see her brother with whom she's had no contact at all for eight long years. But women residing in Patrus have no rights and must be owned by a male citizen. They must submit to men and are only allowed out of the home when accompanied by a male guardian. A woman in Patrus is in constant danger with perils at every turn, especially a Matrian woman like Violet who is unfamiliar with the laws and customs of Patrus. No self-respecting woman of Matrus would ever allow themselves to be owned, subjugated and treated as chattel by any man. Yet, if she is to complete her mission, she must acquiesce and submit. It seems either way, Violet is at risk of losing her life; so clearly, her only choice is to accept the assignment and become a pawn in the centuries-old struggle between Matrus and Patrus. Violet quickly realizes she must use her keen intelligence along with every skill she possesses if she is to complete her mission and survive. But never having known a man other than her brother, the one thing Violet could never have anticipated is the effect of meeting the ruggedly handsome Viggo Croft, a natural born male citizen of Patrus who stirs her blood and clouds her senses with emotions unlike anything she's ever experienced. And even worse, Viggo is a warden of Patrus, an enforcer of the law, and should be her enemy. Despite the risks, Violet finds herself with conflicting emotions regarding the handsome Viggo. But whom can Violet trust? What does the future hold for Violet, Viggo and the two opposing nations of Matrus and Patrus? The Gender Secret: Book 2 Our story resumes with Violet once again running for her life and struggling to survive. She is wanted for crimes against Patrus which resulted in dozens of Patrian deaths but even worse, she has been betrayed not only by Lee Bertrand in his attempt to frame her for the murder of Queen Rina and Professor Alistair Jenks but also by her own mother nation of Matrus. Violet finally realizes that she has been manipulated by the very people she trusted and used as a pawn in an elaborate conspiracy. Now both nations want her dead. Knowing her betrayal has probably resulted in Viggo's imprisonment or, even worse, his death, Violet battles her inner turmoil as well as her conscience and struggles to find the strength to continue. Every step of Violet's journey brings more secrets to light which unfortunately results in even more perplexing questions. With nowhere to go and no one to trust, Violet battles to persevere, vowing to find her brother Tim and somehow rescue him. But will Violet be prepared for what she finds? Facing unimaginable perils, harrowing danger and insurmountable odds, can Violet defy fate and once again find a way to survive??? We'll see! The Gender Lie: Book 3 Not only did Viggo survive, he has now been tasked with the job of capturing Violet and returning her to Patrus to answer for her crimes. Thanks to Lee Bertrand's implanted tracking device, Viggo tracks Violet to The Green but once again must save her life. Despite his anger at being used as a scapegoat by Violet and Lee in their plan to steal the egg, Viggo quickly realizes he still has feelings for the lovely brave Violet and after hearing her story, knows there's no way he can return her to Patrus which would most likely result in certain death. Violet is now a wanted fugitive by Matrus and Patrus so where will they go? What will they do? That question is soon answered when they discover an abandoned underground secret facility located deep within The Green. They take refuge inside only to discover Viggo was not the only one searching for Violet. Elena, the new Queen of Matrus has sent Violet's former mentor, Melissa Dale, to capture Violet and return her Matrus to face the charge of murdering the former queen. Oddly, Queen Elena is not content with sending only Ms Dale; she also enlists the help of her genetically enhanced twin sisters in capturing Violet. Viggo and Melissa Dale find themselves in a precarious unexpected alliance. They must work together to eliminate the twins but Viggo makes a critical sacrifice that may cost him his life. This time, it's Violet's turn to save Viggo but Violet quickly discovers in order to save his life, she must accept help from a new player in this perilous game of life and death. A new rebel faction calling themselves The Liberators has suddenly appeared and Violet quickly learns that the Desmond to whom Lee Bertrand's letter was addressed, is so much more than Lee's middle name. Desmond is not a dual personality of Lee as Violet originally suspected but is, in fact, a real person.... and he is a she. Not only is she a woman, Desmond is Desmond Bertrand, Lee Bertrand's mother. Huh? Oh yes, and that's not all. She's also the leader of The Liberators rebel faction! What? Yes, she's the mother of the same Lee Bertrand Violet killed in self-defense. Oh my! And without Desmond's help, Viggo will die. Oh dear? With limited options and no other viable choice, Violet must choose to trust Desmond but as even more secrets are revealed including the fate of the missing boys of Matrus, Violet begins to recognize the true complexity of her situation. Both nations have perpetuated a tenuous web of lies and the loyal citizens of Matrus and Patrus are nothing more than innocent victims to be used as pawns in an evil cabal. Regrettably, Violet learns too late that Desmond is more than she portrays herself to be and so much more than Violet ever suspected. With Viggo, Tim and Melissa Dale's life in jeopardy as well as her own....again... it appears the time has finally come to pay the piper, and the price may be their lives. Is Desmond Bertrand the Pied Piper or is she merely a puppet being controlled by another puppet master in a much more sinister 'game'? Will Violet, Viggo, Tim and Ms Dale once again find a way to survive? We'll see! Oh my! This story continues to get even darker and more convoluted... and I can't get enough! Buckle up, my lovelies! It's a wild ride! Yee-Haw! The Gender War: Book 4 The adventure continues in a race against the clock with even more pulse-pounding thrills, chills, lies, deceit, betrayal, action, suspense, heartwrenching angst and gripping emotion as Violet and Viggo are forced to face the true depth of their feelings. And with the help of their small but mighty band of followers, our group of unlikely heroes square off against Desmond, King Maxen, Queen Elena and Princess Tabitha in a no-holds-barred struggle for the fate of both nations. Loyalties are tested and lives hang in the balance. Who will live and who will die? Oh my! This just gets better and better! The Gender Fall: Book 5 Our story resumes after Viggo once again rushes to save Violet after she is badly injured during her confrontation with Princess Tabitha. The explosives used as a distraction aids in their escape but the palace in Patrus is destroyed, Violet's brother Tim is missing, and she's in critical condition. At only twenty years of age, Violet Bates has become enemy number one in both nations and is now hanging to life by only a very weak thread. To save her, Viggo must seek help from the very people who tried to kill them, the Liberators, and unless he can somehow convince them to turn against Desmond and join his and Violet's cause, all will be lost, including Violet's life. Join Viggo, Violet, and their band of courageous ragtag misfits as they battle to the death for not only their lives but also the lives of every citizen of both Matrus and Patrus. Love will be tested, loyalties questioned, causes doubted, friendships challenged as even more evil machinations are revealed. Not everyone will survive. Lives will be lost. Who will live and who will die? And who will be left standing? We'll see! The Gender Plan: Book 6 Outmanned, outgunned, overwhelmed, and possibly outmaneuvered, a still recovering Violet, Viggo, Melissa Dale, and their ragtag band of patriots for humanity continue their fight against the monstrous atrocities of Queen Elena and her co-conspirator, Desmond Bertrand. Yet despite the impossible odds, our brave rebels continue to gain ground in the battle to secure freedom for the citizens of both Matrus and Patrus. But will the ultimate betrayal cost them everything? We'll see! Did I like this book? No, I LOVED it! Once I started reading this story, I simply could not stop. I was riveted to my seat, white knuckling my ereader with my heart fluttering wildly in my chest while the hours passed as quickly as the pages, and loved every single minute. It was magnificent! Would I recommend this book? You bet and I am, for a wide variety of ages. Although there is some violence included, it's not gory or graphic, but this book does contain a tiny bit of mild profanity. There is a sweet blossoming romance but no explicit sex. I would probably give this book a PG rating, ages thirteen to one hundred. Will I read this author again? Abso-freaking-lutely! Just as soon as she releases her next book! And finally, was I entertained? Good gracious, YES! I was completely captivated! No spoilers from me, but I will say, if you're looking for an intriguing, well-crafted, post-apocalyptic, somewhat dystopian, fantasy/science fiction saga featuring a gutsy, troubled but compassionate kick-butt underdog heroine perfectly paired with an intense, gruff, yet surprisingly sensitive, ruggedly handsome unlikely hero, and filled to the brim with perilous danger, compelling drama, pulse-pounding action, edge-of-your-seat adventure, impossible hardship, agonizing angst, extraordinary bravery, unwavering loyalty, heartbreaking betrayal, spinetingling suspense, enthralling intrigue, unconscionable espionage, mind-blowing plot twists, sweet romance, and the hopeful promise of forever love, then this book is definitely for you! OMG! This series just gets better and better! Fabulous entertainment and an awesome read!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Robbi Leah Freeman

    Entire series read before review. 3 1/2 stars This series was a fun distraction but way to unrealistic. Basically there are two sides the male and female. Gender relations bad and several groups fighting throughout books. The author has a firm grasp on fighting scenes but love/relationship scenes are forced. Characters are well done. But these characters get the crap beat out of them, including one with a fractured skull but are out fighting almost immediately, even though they are supposed to s Entire series read before review. 3 1/2 stars This series was a fun distraction but way to unrealistic. Basically there are two sides the male and female. Gender relations bad and several groups fighting throughout books. The author has a firm grasp on fighting scenes but love/relationship scenes are forced. Characters are well done. But these characters get the crap beat out of them, including one with a fractured skull but are out fighting almost immediately, even though they are supposed to stay home and recover. I just could not suspend my mind that much. Now her spin off series “The Girl Who Dared to Think” is great!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    This book took my breath away. The suspense, detail, and all the way around the way it was written. The cliff hangers though...god those cliff hangers... Just makes me happy i have all the books lol, let's hope for a good ending. This book took my breath away. The suspense, detail, and all the way around the way it was written. The cliff hangers though...god those cliff hangers... Just makes me happy i have all the books lol, let's hope for a good ending.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Sue

    2.5 Spoilers in review We are finally getting somewhere in this series and the bad guys are finally dying, haha. In this one, we see the gang taking over the water plant in Patrus from the Matrains who are looking to take over. There are so many in our group now, that it's not easy keeping track, but I think they added random side characters so she has people to kill off but won't make you feel bad. Because the people who died, I didn't know them. Of course it wouldn't be the end of a book if Violet 2.5 Spoilers in review We are finally getting somewhere in this series and the bad guys are finally dying, haha. In this one, we see the gang taking over the water plant in Patrus from the Matrains who are looking to take over. There are so many in our group now, that it's not easy keeping track, but I think they added random side characters so she has people to kill off but won't make you feel bad. Because the people who died, I didn't know them. Of course it wouldn't be the end of a book if Violet didn't go off on her own or go missing. In this case, both. She is now headed to the Outlands, which I'm excited to see because I have a feeling something big is there which will lead to the happy ever after in the next book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mummy's Naughty Corner

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Well it's heating up and coming down to crunch time. Desmond is gone. They are running out of princesses and Violet is alone....again. Some parts of the story are repeating. I feel after every battle either Viggo or violet are fighting for their lives or Violet is separated from everyone. To be honest I'm not sure who has made it out of this latest fight at the moment or what will happen next. The obvious plan is to go after the queen. Well it's heating up and coming down to crunch time. Desmond is gone. They are running out of princesses and Violet is alone....again. Some parts of the story are repeating. I feel after every battle either Viggo or violet are fighting for their lives or Violet is separated from everyone. To be honest I'm not sure who has made it out of this latest fight at the moment or what will happen next. The obvious plan is to go after the queen.

  15. 5 out of 5

    lacy white

    This will most likely be a pretty short review because I don't have a lot to say about this book. Which sucks because I was really into this series at first and now I just wish it would end. That is really just the worst feeling in the world. I still love Violet and Viggo. I still root for their relationship 110%. I love how much they care for everybody and their little makeshift family. I love how they haven't lost their humanity throughout the course of the war. But man, they take forever at p This will most likely be a pretty short review because I don't have a lot to say about this book. Which sucks because I was really into this series at first and now I just wish it would end. That is really just the worst feeling in the world. I still love Violet and Viggo. I still root for their relationship 110%. I love how much they care for everybody and their little makeshift family. I love how they haven't lost their humanity throughout the course of the war. But man, they take forever at planning and getting things done. They don't quite plan for things to go wrong, which always seems to happen. Basically, the entire book was about planning...again. Why must there be so much planning?? When the action did happen, I found I really didn't care because I waited far too long for it. I'm just ready for this series to be over. It has gone on for too long. Man, that is such an awful feeling.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    Well, aside from the always remarkable performance of the two talented narrators (they would be able to turn the reading of the grocery list into something interesting) I have to agree with other reviewers about the almost unbearable dragging of the plot in this 6th book of the series. Too much characters to deal with and put into the story with no clear meaning... the lack of sexual tension between the two MCs was so unrealistic given the difficult circumstances they were living in and their yo Well, aside from the always remarkable performance of the two talented narrators (they would be able to turn the reading of the grocery list into something interesting) I have to agree with other reviewers about the almost unbearable dragging of the plot in this 6th book of the series. Too much characters to deal with and put into the story with no clear meaning... the lack of sexual tension between the two MCs was so unrealistic given the difficult circumstances they were living in and their young age...really?! Naturally, I'll be waiting for the last book in the series and the last audible version, but this one wasn't so good in my personal books' scale. Nonetheless, I love this THE GENDER GAME SERIES. I think Bella Forrest is a talented writer and I have great hope for the final book of the series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    A.B. Shepherd

    This is really a serial rather than a series. None of the books stand alone. I did really enjoy the serial, though it wasn't without flaws. It starts quite slow, but it does pick up speed. There is a lot of violence and fighting (war don't ya know). It is set in a dystopian future, and while some technology is greatly improved - especially medical - other technology is as basic as we have today - cars, motorcycles, basic housing, sewers, etc. - I might have expected a bit more imagination where This is really a serial rather than a series. None of the books stand alone. I did really enjoy the serial, though it wasn't without flaws. It starts quite slow, but it does pick up speed. There is a lot of violence and fighting (war don't ya know). It is set in a dystopian future, and while some technology is greatly improved - especially medical - other technology is as basic as we have today - cars, motorcycles, basic housing, sewers, etc. - I might have expected a bit more imagination where those things came into play. Overall though, I did enjoy these books.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Michaels

    This was a really weak book. I'm sorry, but this series should have been wrapped up by now. At this point, we're traversing between the countries and we're doing WHAT exactly? Because there's still no plan, there's still nothing. If there is any kind of "course" to be followed, its weak and unassuming. The series started out with so much potential, but this book was just draining. Hoping the last one will be more action packed and have resolutions. This was a really weak book. I'm sorry, but this series should have been wrapped up by now. At this point, we're traversing between the countries and we're doing WHAT exactly? Because there's still no plan, there's still nothing. If there is any kind of "course" to be followed, its weak and unassuming. The series started out with so much potential, but this book was just draining. Hoping the last one will be more action packed and have resolutions.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dee/ bookworm

    Viggo and Violet.... I don't know if they are going to settle down and be happy after all this adrenaline. ;) Viggo and Violet.... I don't know if they are going to settle down and be happy after all this adrenaline. ;)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Leesa - ToodleBean

    I haven't bothered to write a review on this series up to now. It's at this point, the end of book 6 that I've decided reading this series has become a chore. The first two books were enjoyable, the next 3 were tolerable and now 6 & 7 are actually a struggle to read. This series does not warrant 7 books. This story could have been told in 4. The same plot lines are rehashed every time, Viggo and Violet's relationship doesn't progress at all, the other characters are one dimensional and predictabl I haven't bothered to write a review on this series up to now. It's at this point, the end of book 6 that I've decided reading this series has become a chore. The first two books were enjoyable, the next 3 were tolerable and now 6 & 7 are actually a struggle to read. This series does not warrant 7 books. This story could have been told in 4. The same plot lines are rehashed every time, Viggo and Violet's relationship doesn't progress at all, the other characters are one dimensional and predictable. I'm basically skim reading at this point simply because I can't leave a series unfinished. Here's hoping book 7 can redeem the series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Alden

    I feel so bad for giving a review so low on a book series which at first I was in love with! All the books up until this book have always kept me reading until all hours of the night. This book took me TWO MONTHS to finish, and I had to get the audio version because I couldn't sit down to read it. This book is very slow. It focuses a lot of recovery of the characters, and building their crew of rebels etc. Nothing majorly important happens in this book and the romance is getting SO. STALE. I've I feel so bad for giving a review so low on a book series which at first I was in love with! All the books up until this book have always kept me reading until all hours of the night. This book took me TWO MONTHS to finish, and I had to get the audio version because I couldn't sit down to read it. This book is very slow. It focuses a lot of recovery of the characters, and building their crew of rebels etc. Nothing majorly important happens in this book and the romance is getting SO. STALE. I've already made it this far, so I've purchased the last in the series and hoping it redeems book 6 for me. Fingers crossed 🤞

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amy Barns

    War war and more war I love an action scene as much as the next person but this book goes over the top. If I hadn't already invested 5 books into this series I'm not sure if have finished it. It's battle scene on top of battle scene, I know its fiction but as the main characters are mere humans their stamina is superhuman. This book probably could've been 50 pages added into the last book or onto the next. The other 350 I skim read . War war and more war I love an action scene as much as the next person but this book goes over the top. If I hadn't already invested 5 books into this series I'm not sure if have finished it. It's battle scene on top of battle scene, I know its fiction but as the main characters are mere humans their stamina is superhuman. This book probably could've been 50 pages added into the last book or onto the next. The other 350 I skim read .

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lynda

    Excited for # 7 - on preorder, only 5 more days.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mandy Day

    This whole series keeps propelling me to the next book. I MUST read on to find out what happens to Violet, Viggo, and their band of freedom fighters.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bertha Ivins

    Well I got to the point in the series where the book is not holding my interest as much and I will be glad when the series is over. I will read the last one just because I started the series so I will finish it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shannon White

    I cant stop! I cant stop reading, it action packed from beginning to end i cant wait to see how this ends! Although ill be honest i dont wat it too!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Abbi

    *Spoilers ahead!* - You've been warned. The 6th installment of The Gender Game was another thrilling adventure by Bella Forrest. If I'm being honest, I felt the last couple of books had been a little slow but I am glad that the action has picked up again. This book was stuffed full of thrilling and exciting scenes, pressing you on. What I loved about this book is that it did not have as much 'filler' as previous books. The time jumps were sensible and created a seemingly flowing and accurate timel *Spoilers ahead!* - You've been warned. The 6th installment of The Gender Game was another thrilling adventure by Bella Forrest. If I'm being honest, I felt the last couple of books had been a little slow but I am glad that the action has picked up again. This book was stuffed full of thrilling and exciting scenes, pressing you on. What I loved about this book is that it did not have as much 'filler' as previous books. The time jumps were sensible and created a seemingly flowing and accurate timeline. I also loved the fact that we found both Tim and Alejandro! I think it helped introduce some relief throughout the horrifying war. I am glad that the egg was reintroduced as I felt this had been somewhat forgotten recently. This is odd because the 'egg' is the reason that this entire war came to be and I've been dying to know from the beginning exactly what is going on and I'm happy that we're almost there. The element of death was definitely increased here, as it should be and it pulled at my heartstrings. I enjoy how Bella doesn't make this series seem fluffy and exciting, the tales are part of a harsh reality but she can create a story that keeps you enthralled regardless of the horrors our favourite characters face. My only dislike was that Owen kind of sort of betrayed Violet. I know he was grieving and he may genuinely have been trying to trap Desmond but man, I felt that he could've gone about that a better way. However, as someone who totally shipped (note I said shipped and not ship!) Owen and Violet this was heartbreaking. R.I.P Owlet. (I just made that up, cannot find an official ship name but please correct me if there is one.) So we now move in to our final book and I am sad that it will be over but ecstatic to see this story reach a conclusion! We have so many unanswered questions! What is Morgan's role? Are Jay and Cody okay? Where is Violet going and what will happen? And finally... WHAT ABOUT THAT BLOODY EGG?! Until next time Bella.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    My least favorite of the series. The plot is almost entirely violent and doesn't move the story forward very far. Still, love the series and looking forward to the "penultimate" conclusion. My least favorite of the series. The plot is almost entirely violent and doesn't move the story forward very far. Still, love the series and looking forward to the "penultimate" conclusion.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Powell

    I have absolutely loved this book series, but for me, this one has been the weakest. Don't get me wrong, I have still enjoyed it, but I haven't had the same pull to read it as I had with the others. For me, the last couple of chapters were the best as that was where the excitement was. I still love the characters though. Viggo and Violet are awesome and I am looking forward to reading the last instalment of the Gender games series to see how their story will end. I have absolutely loved this book series, but for me, this one has been the weakest. Don't get me wrong, I have still enjoyed it, but I haven't had the same pull to read it as I had with the others. For me, the last couple of chapters were the best as that was where the excitement was. I still love the characters though. Viggo and Violet are awesome and I am looking forward to reading the last instalment of the Gender games series to see how their story will end.

  30. 5 out of 5

    India DuBois

    I wanted so badly to like this book but I just couldn't. I read the first 5 in the series and moved on to this one hoping that I could power through and get the answers I needed to find some closure, but this book lacked the momentum to carry me onto the final book in the series. A lot of the same plot twists kept recurring within the series and within this book that I quickly lost interest. The love story between Violet and Viggo became so predictable and cringe worthy that I usually just flipp I wanted so badly to like this book but I just couldn't. I read the first 5 in the series and moved on to this one hoping that I could power through and get the answers I needed to find some closure, but this book lacked the momentum to carry me onto the final book in the series. A lot of the same plot twists kept recurring within the series and within this book that I quickly lost interest. The love story between Violet and Viggo became so predictable and cringe worthy that I usually just flipped through until they were inevitably interrupted by another character - I mean honestly, how many times can you "growl" at your partner from jealousy or sexual desire without it getting a bit ridiculous? While I went into the series knowing full well that this was directed towards a YA audience, since it seemed that the romance was one of the biggest plot points of the book, I guess I'm mostly disappointed in the lack of creativity. Both protagonists became winy without much reprieve, and since the book lacked humor between the other characters, it made it even more painful to push through to the end. Not going to recommend against the series, but perhaps proceed with caution?

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