Title: The Voting Game
Author: Peter Gulgowski
Publication date: 06 March 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
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?
Bio: Peter Gulgowski was born and raised in a suburb in Wisconsin. He began writing at the age of fourteen during a study hall session in which he had already finished his homework. Several years later, his debut novel, The Government, would become published. Mr. Gulgowski remains a student, with hopes of becoming a full-time writer.
Inspired by authors such as J.K. Rowling, John Green, Veronica Roth, and so many others, Gulgowski hopes one day to join their ranks in inspiring the next generation of storytellers.
His latest novel, ‘The Voting Game’ became the #1 New Release in Teen & Young Adult LGBT Issues Fiction and is his fourth bestselling book. Currently, he is working on several new novels to be released later in 2018.
Author website — http://www.petergulgowski.com
Instagram — http://instagram.com/PeterGulgowski
Twitter — http://twitter.com/PeterGulgowski
Thank you to Shealea at That Bookshelf Bitch for giving me the chance to take part in my first ever blog tour! I joined the tour in an effort to get more involved in the blogging community and the synopsis of the book was intriguing. Twitter was hyping up the book the entire time I was reading it but I’m so glad my expectations didn’t fall flat!
The Voting Game by Peter Gulgowski follows the life of Darrius, in a world where every interaction could mean life or death. Darrius lives in a dystopian future where humans rate each interaction they have. The average of these scores is your number, and essentially dictates how your life will go. Let me tell you, I was hooked from the first page. I opened the book to flip through it and check it out and ended up reading well into a 100 pages without even realizing.
Gulgowski has created a story that is intriguing and full of twists, that keep you hanging on to every word. The dystopian future he describes might be fictional, but the parallels to our current society are eery and make you wonder about the future of technology. China is in the process of implementing a social credit system. However unlike in Darius’s reality where people who score less than 2.5 are killed, China is restricting travel, admission to private schools etc…for now.
Wright, who is the president of the United States in the book, at times reminded me of Donald Trump. Whether intentional or not, it made the story more than just fictional. If anything it made me more apprehensive about our futures. I also liked the characters and the diversity between them. I haven’t read many books, especially young adult, that have anything other than cis-white protagonists so this was a breath of fresh air.
Overall, the book was good and I would recommend it for anyone looking for something a little different. The only problem I have with the book is the writing. While it wasn’t bad, there is much scope for improvement on Gulgowski’s part. His writing is very easy to read. At times, too easy. Gulgowski often just flatly states what is going on and lacks a subtle finesse to his storytelling, making it predictable in parts. The ending of the book also seemed a little rushed and left me feeling unsatisfied. Though I am hoping that the sequel will help get rid some of the questions I have.
For the giveaway, multiple winners will be drawn. 1 winner will receive a paperback copy of The Voting Game (US residents only), and 5 winners will receive a digital copy of the book (international residents).
Link to Rafflecopter — http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/950d261624/
BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE
09 April (Monday)
- Review and feature post from The Hufflepuff Nerdette
- Review from The Youngvamp’s Haven
10 April (Tuesday)
- Review and playlist from Belle’s Archive
- Excerpt from My Reading List
- Review from forthenovellovers
11 April (Wednesday)
- Review from The Nerdy Elite
- Review from Bookablereads
- Review from Crimson Blogs
12 April (Thursday)
- Review from The Little Miss Bookworm
- Review from Wanders Between Pages
- Review from Rambling of a Book Nerd
13 April (Friday)
- Review and feature post from The Backwards Bookshelf
- Review from Legenbooksdary
- Review from BookMyHart
14 April (Saturday)
- Author interview with Peter Gulgowski