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    Very emotional

    This book was honestly not what I expected, but it made me care to the point where I was still reeling about what happened, hours after reading. This isn't a light novel, and contains a lot of darker topics, such as rape and murder. Andrew Orange's writing has such detail and feeling that it gets an emotional reaction, and made me truly care about what was happening. Kier is one of the better characters in the book, with all the others ranging in how awful they can be, except for his friend, Harry. For a while after Kier gets to the base, their friendship adds a little light to the story. Harry is a connection that Kier needed to have in his life after losing everything he had. "The Game of VORs" is gritty, tragic, and very emotional... a suspenseful, coming of age story in a dark world.
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    A well-written, unusual book

    Andrew Orange came across to me as a gifted storyteller with the uncanny ability to hold the reader’s attention throughout the book. I enjoyed the unpredictability in plot development and the surprises that came along with it. The characters are interesting and well-developed and readers will enjoy the way each one fits into the entire canvas. The Game of VORs features compelling themes, including family and loyalty, service, and political intrigue. I also enjoyed the way the conflict develops throughout the plot, a conflict that is felt at different levels of the story. As one reads on, one gets an idea of how our dreams can be manipulated and how we can be coerced to embrace things that are created for us by others. This is a story that is thoughtfully written with powerful lessons that will wake readers up while entertaining them.
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    Unpredictable Science Fiction

    The Game of VORs by Andrew Orange is a science fiction novel that would appeal most to a diverse audience of young adults and adults who enjoy unpredictable science fiction. Kier Vorsmith, the youngest son of a count, is not known for his physical abilities nor motivation; instead he is known for his knowledge of history and humanities as well as laziness. Kier Vorsmith dreams of avoiding the military academy and instead studying at university to become a historian. Will Kier achieve his dream or will politics force him into following the same path of military service as his father? The Game of VORs by Andrew Orange takes place in a completely new and unique world designed by the author. The book launched me right into the plot with young Kier failing his physical testing and planning how much it would cost to pay off the school to give him a passing grade. I found the money system that Kier was contemplating to be very difficult to understand as I had no basis of understanding how much greens, red units, and yellow dariks were worth. That aside, as I continued to read I began to get an understanding of the monetary system and it was not that important in relation to understanding the plot. At the beginning of the book I was not a big fan of Kier as he knew that he was not in a good financial situation and yet he did not really prepare for his physical testing in order to avoid paying for a passing grade. However, as I continued reading I began to understand more about Kier and he grew on me. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and I would consider reading a future follow up novel!
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    The story is filled with twists and turns

    THE GAME OF VORS, by Andrew Orange, is a fantasy tale about a world with many hidden agendas and classes of people. On the whole, it is a selfish and violent society with little regard for life. A young Vor is the main character in this story. Raised by his body guard, he comes to learn about morals and empathy which are unknown to many of the people occupying this world. The story is filled with twists and turns and a surprise ending.
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    A surprise of every page

    Failing the general education exam was not what Kier Vorsmith had in mind. Neither was being made the legitimate heir to his father, Count Vorsmith, ahead of his two elder brothers. Nor his placement at the Aurora Borealis arctic military base, getting three people killed, and realizing people who weren't vors were treated little better than animals. From all angles, there always seemed to be someone more powerful, more evil, and more motivated to follow through with their goals of illegal dealings and destruction. While keeping one eye open for who might try to kill him next, Kier becomes aware of secrets that people will give anything to find and others that no one will give a second thought to. The pressing conditions force him to figure out his future immediately. Will he be an ensign? Weatherman? A Count? An out-satrap? Or just another kid broken by society? I will give any book a solid four stars if it can make me feel like I need to strangle certain characters and give others a hug. Kier Vorsmith makes me reminiscent of Amir from The Kite Runner, and the book itself has a similar feel (though in a different world, with a different situation, harsher consequences, and more political than familial). The similarities between Kier and Amir are mainly the horrible things they had to watch, and thinking of whether they could've/should've done something to stop their conflict. They share the same loss about what they want in life and a lack of self-confidence. That kind of character allows me to sympathize with them as well as wonder why in the world they are not doing anything about anything. A lot of Kier's thoughts are either detective-like or wondering about the functionality of his life and country and whether or not he should be reevaluating his morals, which is something Mr. Orange was able to convey very well. Because the book has such a dark tone to it, this specific ideology was the crowning point to such a broken society. One thing that made reading difficult was the extensive terminology of the fantasy world. Many of the political terms were never really explained in more detail, so I was lost on more than one occasion when Kier was trying to figure out the terrorist plans going on around him. I would recommend this to any person interested in twisted political discrepancies or learning about different takes on identity and morality (or if you just need to feel sympathetic and furious at a character).

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