Category Archives: Dystopian fiction

Guest Review: The Islands at the End of the World by Austin Aslan

Age Range: 12 and up Hardcover: 384 pages Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books (August 5, 2014) ISBN: 9780385744027 Source: Publisher Sixteen-year-old Leilani and her father travel from their small island town to the Big Island of Hawaii to Oahu to seek medical treatment for her epilepsy.  When the President of the United States goes missing for […]

Review: A Better World by Marcus Sakey

Series: The Brilliance Saga, Book Two (Book 2) Paperback: 390 pages Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (June 17, 2014) ISBN: 9781477823941 Source: Publisher The world first became aware of the brilliants in 1980. Approximately 1% of the world’s population were born with gifts that set them apart from everyone else. At a young age, children are tested for special abilities. If […]

Review: The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon (Audiobook)

Listening Length: 16 hours and 23 minutes Version: Unabridged Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. (April 8, 2014) Source: Publisher (via Audiobook Jukebox) The death of print is eminent. Books, magazines and newspapers have been replaced by Memes, handheld devices that are not only communication tools but sensitive enough to sense our every want. It is also connected to […]

Review: World of Trouble (Last Policeman #03) by Ben Winters

Series: Last Policeman (Book 3) Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Quirk Books (July 15, 2014) ISBN: 978159474685 Source: Publisher *Warning: This is a review for the third book in a trilogy. There will be spoilers in this review, so if you have not read the previous two books please do not continue.* The clock is ticking […]

Review: Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian

Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Doubleday (July 8, 2014) ISBN: 978-0385534833 Source: Publisher (egalley) Emily Shepard is a sixteen year-old only child of parents who work at a nuclear plant in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. She has her fair share of struggles: her parents have been alcoholics most of her life.  This isn’t a secret; everyone knows […]

Review: The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

Hardcover: 416 pages Publisher: Orbit; First Edition edition (June 10, 2014) ISBN: 0316278157 Source: Publisher Melanie is a unique girl. She spends most of her day locked in a cell. When she is moved, she is restrained in a wheelchair, her arms and legs shackled to hinder movement. She looks forward to going to “school” […]

Short Review: The Way We Fall & The Lives We Lost by Megan Crewe

Following are short reviews/commentary on two of the books I read during the readathon! The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe Age Range: 12 – 18 years Series: Fallen World (Book 1) Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (February 5, 2013) After a virus hits the small island that is home to sixteen-year-old Kaelyn, the government […]

Review: Above by Isla Morley

Hardcover: 384 pages Publisher: Gallery Books (March 4, 2014) ISBN-10: 1476731527 Source: Publisher At just sixteen years old, Blythe Hallowell is abducted by a survivalist, kept prisoner in an abandoned missile silo. She tries without success to escape, he captor spouting stories about the the end of the world. He believes that the two of them alone are humankind’s salvation, […]

Review: The Sowing by K. Makansi

Paperback: 290 pages Publisher: Layla Dog Press (August 14, 2013) ISBN-10: 0989867110 Source: Publisher After religious wars and subsequent famine destroyed much of the population, the society that remained formed an intricate set of farms all for the sake of  creating a food source that will sustain the population. Three years ago, a brutal massacre took place, fueling an […]

TSS: Review: Rivers by Michael Farris Smith

Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: Simon & Schuster (September 10, 2013) ISBN-10: 1451699425 Source: Publisher After years of debilitating and destructive hurricanes in the Gulf coast, the United States government, unable to sustain or assist the depleted region, has drawn new boundary lines.  The new boundary, ninety miles north of the coastline, is referred to as the Line. Anyone south […]