This book was pitched to me as similar to Red Rising so of course, I had to give it a try. This one is called Lifecast by Marc Opsal.
Synopsis: Welcome to LifeCast.
There is no government…
There is no law…
There is no choice…
There is only the Idol.
Extreme urban sprawl has resulted in one massive megalopolis simply called, “The City.” The City’s wealthiest families live in the Highland, above a freezing layer of indigo mist.
Noble Valet Bear was born in the lowland, but now lives and works in the Highland as the sole servant of House Telladyne. Bear’s best friend, Aleks, was born to House Yukita, but has resisted her Noble grooming since she was young.
Until now, Bear has kept Aleks at a distance for fear his love might put them both in danger. Little does he know that they are about to stumble upon deeply-hidden secrets of the Idol that will threaten both of their lives.
In the fight to save themselves, Bear and Aleks must join forces with dangerous allies, face off against a foe who wields unimaginable power, and make the impossible choice between desire and survival.
I definitely did see the similarities from the Red Rising series. It was the same kind of society where the protagonist was from the impoverished level of society working for the rich and they were trying to protect the ones they love. The need to keep the person he truly cared for safe was very evident and he stopped at nothing to do that.
The concept of having someone’s life on display 24/7 and they are essentially a walking marketing board was terrifying. It was kind of scary because it is a future that could happen. And to see how it was people’s goal to be this “Idol” was scary. I would never want that much attention on me all the time.
I thought that the sport created in this world was really cool too. It was kind of like this intense murderball where they have to scale high ropes on towers and bring balls back to the other towers to score points. I really enjoyed reading these scenes and felt that they were very action packed!
I will continue this series once more books come out because I am invested now!
Book Rating: 4/5
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the author in ebook format to read and give an honest review.
Have you heard of this new fantasy series? It’s called The Xanador Saga: Secrets of the Elementals! Read more to see what it is about and where to find it!
An unforeseen adventure.
A magical companion.
A rekindled rebellion.
When Garon stumbles deep into the forest, he hears a voice – one strangely familiar.
The voice guides him to the entrance of a new world – the world where he was born.
Tired of the relentless bullying at school and the strict and unfair discipline of Sir and Madame at the orphanage, he escapes to Xanador, a world where Great Beasts roam the lands, and humans are born with elemental powers. Garon sets out in search of his parents with his newfound companion, his elemental, Aqo.
However, his arrival sets in motion events that will shape the outcome of decades of conflict.
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These are all the books that I wanted to share with you that are coming out in September and the ones I am interested in checking out. Let me know of any others that I missed in the comments below!
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