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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
The Game of VORs by Andrew Orange follows the youngest son of a dangerous and influential count as he loses everything and is thrown onto an entirely new course for his life. Kier Vorsmith's home relies on him completing his final exams and getting into university. All those dreams change when he fails his exams, and he's taken away from his bodyguard, Brutari. The count chooses Kier as the official heir of the county, which creates unrest with his two older brothers who have been striving for the position. He's forced to join the Imperial Special Corps, and relocates to a remote Arctic base to serve as a weatherman, something he knows nothing about.
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.