December 21, 2013 · 8:06 am
Author: Veronica Roth
Narrators: Emma Galvin
Rating (Story): ★★☆☆☆
In the world of Divergent, society is divided into five factions, each of which prize a particular virtue (intelligence, bravery, etc.). At age 16, children must choose which faction to belong to and changing factions means leaving all friends and family behind. Tris’s choice to leave the selfless faction for Dauntless is brutally hard and she has a secret to hide which will make things even harder. Continue reading →
September 21, 2013 · 7:53 am
Title: The Handmaid’s Tale
Author: Margaret Atwood
Review Summary: The writing was truly fantastic but the plot was slow and the ending was unsatisfying.
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now… (Source: Goodreads) Continue reading →
September 20, 2013 · 6:30 am
Title: The Woodlands
Author: Lauren Nicolle Taylor
Source: from publisher for Juniper Grove book tour
Review Summary: Although it includes many cliched dystopian elements, this book has a flavor all it’s own and gets lots of points for avoiding the more annoying cliches.
The dictatorial rulers of The Woodlands, known as The Superiors, believe that diversity is the enemy of peace. Disobedience is punished swiftly and violently. Day by day The Superiors are usurping more control over the lives of the citizens, dictating the careers they can have; how many children they are allowed; and who they can marry. Rosa has always been different and her uniqueness will eventually land her in trouble she might not be able to get out of.
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June 30, 2013 · 6:48 pm
Author: Dan Wells
Review Summary: I still loved the writing and the characters, but the plot suffered from some serious middle-of-a-trilogy lag.
In the first book of this series, Kira discovered that a race of manufactured super humans called the Partials contain the cure to the disease that has been ravaging the human race. Unfortunately, the Partials are facing their own imminent demise, fueling suspicion and prejudices that are pushing humans and Partials closer to another war. In order to bring the sides together, Kira needs to learn more about why they were designed the way they are. She also desperately wants to know what her unique blend of human and partial characteristics make her. Continue reading →
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June 12, 2013 · 6:14 am
Title: The Registry
Author: Shannon Stoker
Source: from publisher for TLC book tour
Review Summary: A respectable addition to the dystopian craze, well written with an interesting premise and great character development.
In a dystopian America, women are listed in the registry where they are auctioned off as brides when they turn 18. Boys are considered worthless and often thrown out to survive on their own between school and mandatory military service. Unsurprisingly, not all the men produced by this brutal system are men a girl would want to be married to, as Mia finds out from her married older sister. Sheltered as Mia is, escape will be difficult even with the help of a better educated friend and a boy working as a farm hand. Especially once the ruthless man who wanted to buy her discovers she’s run away. Continue reading →
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May 11, 2013 · 5:32 am
Title: After the Ending
Author: Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue
Source: from publisher for review
Review Summary: By far one of the best fiction books I’ve read this year! You’ll have to read the review for more, because there were far too many good things about it to fit here.
After a virus kills nearly everyone they know, best friends Dani and Zoe are stranded on either side of the country and working their way towards each other. They quickly discover that those not killed by the virus are developing side effects, from murderous rages to unbelievable new abilities. In order to survive the frightening new world, they’ll have to develop their own new abilities and learn to fight to survive. Continue reading →
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