Genre: Dystopia

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Release Day Review: Sinless (Eye of the Beholder #1) by Sarah Tarkoff

Release Day Review: Sinless (Eye of the Beholder #1) by Sarah Tarkoff

January 9, 2018 Review 0

When I pick up a new dystopian novel, I’m always hopeful that the author will put a new spin on the genre. But at it’s core, SINLESS is nothing new. Tarkoff has found a different, problematic way to divide society, but the same beats exist. The hero is at first blind to the horrors of her world, then her eyes open, and she decides to revolt and become the savior everyone apparently needs. 

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Review: The End We Start From by Megan Hunter

Review: The End We Start From by Megan Hunter

November 13, 2017 Review 0

Motherhood is complex. Your body changes, your identity changes. THE END WE START FROM takes these overwhelming changes and throws in an apocalyptic event for good measure. The story starts as the unnamed narrator, with her husband and friends, prepares for a water birth. In the first few pages the prose is purple, drenched in metaphor rather than conveying the narrator’s frame of mind. It’s not until the narrator gives birth and goes to her in-laws that the story really starts.

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Review: The Beauty, Vol. 1 (The Beauty) by Jeremy Haun, Jason A. Hurley

Review: The Beauty, Vol. 1 (The Beauty) by Jeremy Haun, Jason A. Hurley

September 8, 2017 Review 0

If you were one sexual encounter away from being permanently beautiful, would you do it? In Image Comics’ THE BEAUTY, physical perfection is a sexually transmitted disease and a lot of people have taken the plunge. Despite the constant low-level fever all the infected have, there’s no harm in it, is there?

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Release Day Review: The Death and Life of Schneider Wrack  by Nate Crowley

Release Day Review: The Death and Life of Schneider Wrack by Nate Crowley

August 8, 2017 Review 0

I tried to read THE DEATH AND LIFE OF SCHNEIDER WRACK with my speed reading app but there were so many words that were gigantic or outright invented there was no way that my eyes could keep up at 300 and 400 words a minute. I’m glad I slowed down; when I did I started really enjoying this book that is more akin to Alice In Wonderland than it is to most other zombie books.

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Review: The Cityborn by Edward Willett

Review: The Cityborn by Edward Willett

July 21, 2017 Review 0

THE CITYBORN is fueled by its dystopian society. In a place only known as ‘The City’, there are clear lines between the rich and the poor. There can so much intrigue to a class-ruled dystopia. It’s always fun learn about how these strange societies are built ,and it’s even better to watch them fall. Unfortunately, the City was a cipher for too much of the book.

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5bat! Review: A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

5bat! Review: A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

July 3, 2017 Review 0

In A FACE LIKE GLASS your face will freeze like that. Maybe it’ll be stuck in Face No. 456, Joyous Rapture at Excellent Characters, or Face No. 943, Unbridled Excitement for Plot Development. Either way, you’ll be smiling throughout. In the world of Caverna facial expressions have to be taught. The poor only know a few expressions (happy and dutiful) while the rich learn all the intricacies.

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Review: The Hush by Skye Melki-Wegner

Review: The Hush by Skye Melki-Wegner

June 15, 2017 Review 0

In THE HUSH, there’s music and there’s Music. One is magical, there other isn’t. Untrained Musicians (capital M) are considered blasphemers. They are hunted down and executed since the only people that should harness the Song are Songshapers. So much of THE HUSH is balanced on the world-building. If you’re not completely enthralled then the ending of the novel loses its impact.

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