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The Gender Game (Volume 1) Paperback – September 24, 2016
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"The story is really creative and easy to follow. I find the main character, Violet, to be complex and layered, which is expected of a protagonist written to shake up the seemingly "perfect" society she is brought up in. I found so many unexpected twists in her journey, and my jaw was on the floor at the end."
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The good: Easy read, well edited, the story had good pacing, decent plot devices that carry the arc, the basic idea is interesting - male v. female values.
The bad: Three characters. All the cardboard stereotypes. The political ideas and cultural ideas are extremely simplistic.
Summary: Men rule half the world, and are precise and heartless and focus on computers and physical science stuff. Women rules the other half, are sensitive (they don't kill people) and focus on the bio sciences.
Three people end up meeting and all want to change the status quo. Intellectual dude, strong naive heroine, dark brooding dude.
No discussion of sexuality .. except as 'confusing feelings'. no discussion of the people who support the status quo in any sympathetic way. No deep discussion of masculine vs. feminine. The two cultures are cartoonish in their simplicity.
To me the book is a huge step backward in the discussion - it simplifies a really interesting topic. Left Hand of Darkness tackles the issues in a much more powerful way as an example. I would suggest more research on the topic since the reality of mariarchy is way more complicated - look at the Masou or the Nagovisi ... maybe start with actual martiarchies and build from there.
Violet starts out as a likeable enough character, strong willed, independent, self-sufficient, and tragic, but quickly spirals into a giddy schoolgirl when introduced to Viggo Mortensen's Lord of the rings knockoff...Viggo. No, I'm not kidding. Violet frequently describes Viggo's rippling muscles, inhuman strength, and serious but steely gazes. It's almost like an erotic fanfiction, minus the sex and plus the Mary Sue-ness.
The character of Lee is also pretty erratic. He starts off as friendly and feminist, and he veers back and forth with that quite a bit, as if he isn't sure himself how he thinks women should be treated. He could've tried harder to win over violet's affection, and ends up reading as a boring asexual person with anger issues.
The events that happen seem to exist for the purpose of making Viggo appear sexier to Violet and making Lee appear as more of a jerk.
The genders in both cities are degraded into general platitudes with no individuality allowed, which isn't really something the cities ban.
The idea was interesting, but the plot and characters were not.
I'd like it better if:
Violet and Lee were each more likeable (the twist would be more surprising then)
Viggo wasn't so two dimensional.
It's super convenient that Lee leaves photos of his deeds and a detailed letter about what he did for violet to find. Deus ex machina much? So cheesy!