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?
I have always been a music person, and with music, comes enjoyment for me. Reading and listening to music has always boosted my mood, so I wanted to share that with you all through this small playlist.
Alive — Sia
The Chain — Fleetwood Mac
All We Do — Oh Wonder
Almost Over — Aquilo
Another Love — Tom Odell
Astronaut — Simple Plan
Born to Be My Baby — Bon Jovi
Comatose — Skillet
Control — Halsey
Dear Theodosia —Regina Spektor
Drug Dealer Friend — Macklemore
Peter Gulgowski is one of my favorite authors for a reason. He creates amazing stories and characters that take you by the hand and shock you wordless. I was so happy to be able to reread this book, especially for this amazing tour!
This book is centered around a government that keeps its country’s population down by using clickers. Clickers are these little remote like devices that allow you to vote for a person based on their behavior. These votes would reflect on your arm, where a screen sits just below the surface of your skin. If you fall below a 2.5, you’re out. I actually found this to be both super creepy and super cool at the same time.
“They came a few days after you fell below 2.5. For a day or two you thought the rule didn’t apply to you. Then, just when your nerves returned to normal, they came for you.”
I find this quote, in particular, to be very nerve hitting. And I don’t mean that as a pun. This really puts into perspective how corrupted the government has become. It gives a little insight into how people could turn on you, just by the click of a button. That is what is scary and creepy.
“Stay out of this, kid. Your dad shouldn’t have fucked around with us. He should know his place in society.”
This quote is a little harsher. Everyone who is under a four rating is considered to be apart of the lower ranks. Anyone above a four is basically rich and powerful. This is how the president is, as you can imagine.
“They gave Mom two days before they came for her. You’ll have enough time to get out of the state,” he says. “Then, you’ll need to come back; leave him. Or they’ll come for you next.”
Now, this one is a little more serious. This was a big part of the book that impacted the rest of the decisions made. I was actually a little scared for the character. I mean, who wouldn’t be if they were also in this position?
I fell in love with everything that occurred in this book. I fell in love with the characters (except that president. No one likes him), and that ending took me by surprise. I don’t think I’ve expressed enough just how crazy that was. For this, I give this book 5/5 stars. I highly suggest you check out this book, and all of the other books for Peter. Trust me, you’ll want to.
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.
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