GAMEMASTER by Jesikah Sundin | Review
Author: Jesikah Sundin
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5 STARS!)
"Spin the tales, Son of Eden. Weave them together. Make a reality all your own..." Three years ago, Fillion Nichols was extracted from New Eden Township, poisoned, and arrested for sabotage. In three days, he'll return and ascend as majority owner of the human experiment. New Eden proclaims that he's a man of magic--one who will save them from the evils of the Outside world. But, as the newly appointed Gamemaster, Fillion knows that the truth is far more terrifying than the nightmares plaguing his sleep. In order to live, something must die. While the biodome community buzzes with activity over the Son of Eden's return, Leaf Watson guards a dangerous secret. A secret that forces him to trade diplomacies of peace for declarations of war. Leaf's energy is redirected, however, when he fights to save the life of his unborn child. Chin lifted high, Willow Oak marches into the Outside to represent New Eden in her brother's stead. She longs to unleash her hurricane winds of justice upon the world that threatens her own. Yet when she sees the man who broke her heart, their combative grief endangers all. In different worlds coded by the same illusions of power, Fillion, Leaf, and Willow must battle ever shifting images and perceptions--a necessity if they are to reboot their generation and save the community they swore to protect. The future meets the past in this thrilling conclusion to The Biodome Chronicles, leaving behind a final question in the quest for truth. Are you ready to discover what is real?
Gamemaster met all of my expectations. It is an exhilarating conclusion to an epic series.
Gamemaster, as it’s description explains, starts up a few years after the end of the second book in the series, Elements. Fillion Nichols is preparing to take over New Eden Enterprises from his father, Hanley, who is basically a manipulative asshole (sorry for profanity, but if you’ve read the series you know—you were probably thinking it too—and this book will only reaffirm your belief in that).
So much goes on in this book it is almost mind boggling. There are 452 pages and each one of them is filled with action and EMOTION. It’s amazing. So much so that I don’t know what to describe, so I’m just going to stick to the overall plot & main characters.
The main plot in the book obviously revolves around Fillion and Willow and whether or not they’re love story is going to turn out happily—or if they’re just both going to be miserable forever without each other. But then you also have the fact that Fillion is preparing to (and eventually does) become majority owner of New Eden Enterprises and his father, Hanley Nichols, is doing his best to sabotage his son.
Throughout the book, a running theme is Hanley’s mind games—which, as the GameMaster, isn’t so surprising that he excels at it. And then there’s Fillion who is confused and angry and questioning what is real, what’s lies, what lies beneath the surface, what is going on that Hanley isn’t saying. He’s trying to sort all this stuff out and you see him just unraveling, falling apart basically at Hanley’s hand.
And then there’s Willow. She’s strong as ever. But in the last few years that separate these books, she’s matured. She still has a hurricane of a temper, and is a terror if crossed, but she also has a sadness about her from her heartbreak. However, she also has responsibility and she is at least beginning to balance her emotions with her responsibilities.
We also get the points of view of Leaf and Lynden, which offer more insight into what is going—and there is a lot going on. All the characters have such distinct personalities and it has been so amazing to watch them grow throughout the series, while still remaining true to themselves.
I really don’t want to say too much and kind of spoil the book, especially if you haven’t read the other books in the series, so I’m going to stop there. But if you haven’t read The Biodome Chronicles, here’s a link to my review of the first book in the series, Legacy. I absolutely love this series, and this book is no exception. It is by far my favorite in the series. Like I said, it’s a big book and there is a lot going on, but it is such a good story and an amazing, fun, and dramatic read.
I've given this book 5 stars. Along with everything else I've said, this book is very well written, the characters are all really developed and it is easy to not only relate to them, but to also really feel for them. Sundin has managed to pull readers (at least this one) into this world with her characters through her writing.
Sundin has created my favorite book setting with The Biodome Chronicles. The biodomes are just absolutely awesome, for lack of a better word. I want to live in a biodome. Better yet, I want to jump into this specific world that Sundin has created and live there. And I am so sad that this series has come to an end, but I have absolutely enjoyed being able to immerse myself in this world that Sundin created.
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