Release Date: May 15, 2011
Publisher: Martin Sisters Publishing
Genre: Young Adult/Science Fiction/Fantasy/Dystopian
Synopsis from Goodreads
Lives are won, lost and traded on the three-tiered Cargon boards.
Eve, a serving-girl, has watched the elite from the outside, seen the dramatic shifts based on the results of the Game. With a growing need to reach beyond her station, she can no longer accept her position on the edges.
Wagering her own life, she wins and emerges in a strange new world. New rules and old acquaintances tangle to make Eve’s life less comfortable than her position would suggest.
One pawn moved, but an entire world shaken – Eve will change the world.
Cargon is the story about a board game like no other. Nothing is off limits when the game is played. Whatever is at stake, the loser must give up what is asked of them, no exceptions. It is all for honour. When a young server named Eve is promoted to wines, she witnesses the game of Cargon while serving the Elite. She gets noticed and due to her perception and wits, doors open for her. She soon rises beyond her the life of a server and is now struggling between her old life and her new life. Eve must figure out where she stands and who she will stand with.
This is quite a unique read. It is an unusual and beautiful mixture of Historical Fiction and Dystopian. The world we know now is gone and has backtracked to the times of no electricity, no skyscrapers and split classes; the Elite and the servants. I love the world Gould has given us. It is so interesting. The world-building alone is enough to check out this book. Gould did a wonderful job laying out the world for us. It is very elaborate. The one year that is mentioned in this book is 264. I am not even sure how far in the future this really is or what happened, but it is like the world has restarted or something. I like that a lot.
It only took a few pages before I was completely engulfed in this story. We follow Eve, who starts off as a quiet servant and see her become such a strong and smart woman. The more she learns from her growing positions, the more we see how brilliant. I love how willing she is to take advantage of the opportunities in front of her. I love witnessing how much she has grown. I especially love how she actually gets such a high position. She is plunged into a high powered role when she accidentally starts a game of Cargon against a man named Adam (yes, Adam and Eve, all the more significant to the world Gould has presented to us, but this isn't book isn't a religious ). But the more their love grows, there are many obstacles that seem to put a wedge between them. Some of those obstacles seem to be more than happy to make that wedge bigger.
The relationship between Adam and Eve was amazing. I love how much they grow together and separately. Seeing Eve's growth and the way she handles her new role makes you love her all the more. She was quite the role model. Adam was adorable. I love how smitten he was with Eve and I love seeing that he not only loves her but respects her. I think that may be because of his mother. I loved the mother-son relationship. Adam's mother is the head of the house and I love the way how she teases her son. They had such a great relationship, they made me smile a lot.
I don't want to reveal too much, but this book will take you by surprise. Gould is quite the storyteller. I love the reveal of the discovery that is made near the end. Gould has said there will be two books in this series. Thank goodness because the ending implies much more. I hope we get more of the outside world in the next book and learn about what happened to the world. Also I can't wait to see what Eve will do. Her smarts have opened up doors for the future and as mentioned in the book, she will change the world. I also need more on her and Adam. That hurt, but no way is that it. Nope, I won't accept it. If you are looking for a captivating and unique read, this is the perfect choice.
*This book belongs to the following challenge*
BCC's 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge 2012