Gambit cover

Title: Gambit
Author: C.L. Denault
First Published: 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Buy on: Amazon
Rating: ★★★★

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**I received an eARC of Gambit from REUTS Publications, in exchange for an honest review.**

     “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?”


is captivating from the start. With a whopping 500+ pages, I was glad to have a few extra days before my review was scheduled. Who knew that I wouldn’t even need the extra days?!

I finished Gambit in over a span of 5 days. I’m honestly surprised I finished so quickly, but it was just that good. The characters were funny, sarcastic, and very interesting. The main character, Willow, is such a great mixture of innocence, strength, and compassion. I was so invested in the journey that was shared between Willow and Reece. I found myself laughing, crying, and inwardly groaning at times. I’m still not sure if I even like Reece all that much, but his character really fits the story.

Gambit is extremely unique in its plot, and so creatively written. (Also, I love the fact that C.L. Denault got the idea for Gambit while watching Alphas on Syfy! Read the full interview with the author on The Shadow Portal) The character growth is phenomenal, and the setting is quite different. My least favorite thing about Gambit, is the fact that I will have to wait for the sequel!

If you’re a fan of the X-Men, The Hunger Games, Divergent, or anything similar – you have got to read GAMBIT!

Have a great day!

About the author, C.L. Denault:

C.L. Denault is a speculative fiction writer who loves dreaming up tales of adventure and intrigue. A former systems analyst, she gave up her nerdy code-writing skills to care for her family (including a son with special needs), and currently lives among the vast stretches of cornfields in Illinois.
Writing stories and posting on The INFJ Café are her biggest passions, along with drinking coffee and watching sci-fi. When she’s not hanging out with her husband and kids, she can usually be found at a library or tucked away in the shadowy corner of a hip coffeehouse. She’s also been glimpsed sneaking into her garage, late at night, to work on her time machine.
Her debut novel, Gambit, is the first in a Young Adult dystopian series.

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