Gambit by C.L. Denault
(The Prodigy Chronicles #1)
Published by: REUTS Publications
Publication date: March 31st 2015
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
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?
Willow works at her parents tavern and attends school. The heir, Thess Tiernam, has come of age and will soon be taking his place by his father’s side. His first match was a fake. The girl was not who she claimed to be. This is bad news as the match was supposed to bring unity to the houses and promote peace. Willow is almost sixteen and on the verge of the surge. With the commander and other strangers in town, it is difficult to know what will become of Willow. With her powers emerging the sky might be the limit, but at what cost?
This is a very interesting ya fantasy dystopian book. It is well written, and the characters are well developed. Willow is a great lead. She is strong, flawed, and ambitious. I really enjoyed this book, and I think it is a fantastic start to a new series. A series that I will definitely be continuing. The book makes you constantly wonder what is going to happen next. I am greatly anticipating the second book in this series.