1984 by George Orwell
Challenges / Classic Literature / Dystopian / Highly Recommended

1984 by George Orwell

1984 has to be one of the most disturbing books I’ve read, between the creepy parallels with our current political situation, and the torture and brainwashing.  Animal Farm has always been one of my favorite books, for its basic but powerful allegory about political corruption.  1984 takes this idea to a very different level. Written in … Continue reading

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
First Novels / New to Me Author / Recent Release / Review Requests and ARCs / Science Fiction

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

I found this to be a thoughtful and entertaining take on the time travel story.  Time travel stories have plenty of tropes, and it seems like most of it’s been done before.  Mastai’s debut novel takes those tropes, mashes them together, and comes out with something that feels new.  I had a few issues with … Continue reading

Series on Sunday: Mini-reviews of series books
Dystopian / Paranormal / Part of a Series / Science Fiction

Series on Sunday: Mini-reviews of series books

Trying something new this month!  I rarely review series books, unless it’s the first in a series. So I thought I’d do a set of mini-reviews instead. (Note: minor spoilers ahead since two of these reviews are for the second book in the series.) The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon I really enjoyed this second … Continue reading

Book to Movie News and Reviews / Children and YA / Dystopian / Fluffy Summer Travel Reads / New to Me Author / Part of a Series

Divergent by Veronica Roth

If you liked The Hunger Games, I’m sure you’ve already read this one by now. But if you haven’t, or if you like to get ahead of what’s coming out in theaters, you might want to check this one out. Divergent isn’t literature, and it doesn’t break too many of the rules of the young … Continue reading

Children and YA / Dystopian / Highly Recommended / Part of a Series

Review of The Drowned Cities by Paulo Bacigalupi

I’ve become a big fan of Paulo Bacigalupi after reading his short stories and his first YA novel, Ship Breakers.  Bacigalupi is not only a great writer and world-builder, but like all good science fiction or dystopian fiction, he makes really compelling statements about the world we live in. The Drowned Cities is no exception.  … Continue reading

Challenges / Dystopian / Highly Recommended / Science Fiction

Review: Pump Six and Other Stories by Paulo Bacigalupi

Paulo Bacigalupi is the author of the award-winning science fiction novel, The Windup Girl, and a young adult novel called Ship Breaker.  I loved Ship Breaker; but I’ve tried to read The Windup Girl and found it difficult to get into.  Bacigalupi introduces a very detailed alternative world that’s can be compared to the noir-dystopian-Asian-influenced … Continue reading