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Book Review: Gambit (The Prodigy Chronicles Book 1)

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?

So, I will be really honest here.. This series was not on my radar prior to receiving an ARC of Mimic. But I must say.. WOW. 

The story follows 16 year old Willow Kent. One day a genetically enhanced military official arrives in the Outlying lands and reveals to Willow that she is a long lost heir to one of the most powerful families. She was taken from her family and trust into her new life. Willow must learn to adapt to this new society. With no one one to trust, Willow must learn how to master her new abilities, survive the rebels, and hold on to the last little bit of freedom she has. 

I am an absolute sucker for “your life can change in a moment” stories. I feel we all wished to be a secret heir to a vast fortune, to be a superhero, or a long lost princess. This novel really spoke to that part of me from so long ago. While reading this, I got The Red Queen vibes. 

I found Willow to be super relatable without coming across as predictable or boring. C.L Denault has a beautifully unique writing style that makes you really feel every emotion.  This was a fantastic debut novel, and I am excited to now dive right into Mimic.

I gave this book a solid 4 star review! It was a solid read, and I am excited to see more from this saga.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Images and synopsis taken from NetGalley.