The Voting Game by Peter Gulgowski

Book Review #166

Title: The Voting Game

Author: Peter Gulgowski

Publisher: Self published

Genres: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Format: e-ARC

Publication Date: March 6, 2018

In the year 2084, Every Interaction Counts.

Darrius Young’s sixteenth birthday brings a harsh reality: It’s time to join the Voting Game. Playing is mandatory and each day may be his last.

In this bleak future’s society, citizens rate their interactions with one another. Highest scorers are members of an elite upper class. An average score means you can keep playing.

Fall below average? You are taken and killed by the government entity known only as The Bureau.

Darrius has prepared his whole life for this challenge, knowing the reality he will soon face — especially after the death of his mother to the game.

But despite preparation, he’s losing — and not just the Game. Suddenly the people he loves are getting brutally downvoted and taken by the Bureau. It’s soon clear there’s a target on his back, drawn there by the Bureau itself. And Darrius has no idea why.

In a frantic race against time against a society that’s already sentenced him to death, can Darrius save himself and those around him before it’s too late?

The plot and the idea of this story is the strive that pulls me in to read this book but I’m afraid that’s as far as my interests goes because I didn’t find anything special other than that. The setting of a world where we get to decide a score on another person is both interesting and twisted all at the same time. Some people can abuse this kind of power where discrimination will always be affected by people of the lesser class in a hierarchy.

I couldn’t get into the story at first and it was only towards the end where things started to go uphill for me. Although I know most people wouldn’t agree with me, I like how it ends. It didn’t feel rushed and it just felt right in my opinion.

This could be the book for you if you would like to experience and get a glimpse of a dark and twisted world. It would make you appreciate the life we’re living now—how glad we are that the reality of these characters aren’t ours to live.


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