King-of-the-Class-Cover-Gila-Green-187x300Reviewed by Jessa Larsen

Eve and Manny are an engaged couple in a futuristic, post-war Israel, but things become extremely complicated when Manny pulls a disappearing act only to reveal that he has found religion upon his reappearance. In the midst of what she feels to be a betrayal to both the relationship and herself, Eve has a supernatural encounter with her potential unborn child’s soul and must decide if love truly does conquer all. She must decide if the possibility of never allowing this angelic soul a chance to live is worth the probable heartache of Manny choosing religion over his fiancé.

King of the Class gives us insight on the mixture of religion and politics during what is technically set in the future, but I would say is relevant in both past and present. It has never been an easy task to balance a mixed culture with such strong religious beliefs. I think Gila Green did a fantastic job at showing how this can affect both society and personal lives.

In general, however, I have rather mixed feelings about King of the Class. I felt like it had great potential, generally good content, and was technically well written, but at the same time, I felt like it fell short of greatness. It seemed to have random holes in the story in which the author conveniently just skipped ahead in time. I also felt like it just trailed off at the end instead of having a proper conclusion. There were so many things that could have been included and fleshed out. Manny’s religion obviously came out of nowhere and seemed to be a relationship deal breaker yet conveniently we jumped ahead a few years and Eve has married him and joined his religion full heartedly. Not until much later was it revealed how she apparently tricked her way into meeting back up with him to form this implausible reunion.

There were also various holes in the story when it came down to Ben and the person he eventually manifested himself into. I just felt like it progressed because it was supposed to rather than progressing in a reasonable and meaningful manner. I could go on to name a few more, but you get the idea. I want to love the author and her book and I feel like she’s knowledgeable and perhaps even emotionally involved in her writing, but it definitely needs some improvement. I am intrigued enough to keep an eye out for any future novels.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, 2 sons, 2 dogs and a cat called Number One Boots Kitten. She is a full time mom and enjoys writing short stories in her spare time. She also likes watching anime, reading books, and playing video games.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Gila Green. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.