Genre: Dystopia

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

I expected a lot from The Fifth Season.  Not so much from this book, but from anything written by N.K. Jeminsin.  I have heard a lot about this author and the depth of her worlds.  I wanted a deep fantasy tale with characters that tempt you into their stories.  I wanted a book that teased me never to put it down.  The Fifth Season met my expectations. There is some discourse about the actual genre of The Fifth Season.  I’m going against the grain to say this feels more like science fiction than fantasy to me.  First of all, it’s dystopia, which fits snugly […]

Posted October 4, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Even though I really liked it, The Bone Season was a little all-over-the-place for me. Paige Mahoney’s gift is fascinating – the ability to step outside of herself and move her spirit not only in the world, but into others.  While this is definitely one of those “the main character has this rare and magnificent power!” tropes, I didn’t mind it so much, because she wasn’t the only one.  In The Bone Season, Samantha Shannon introduces her reader to a world where “unnatural” people have incredible psychic and spiritual abilities… whether it’s simple and common like reading tarot, the the rare ability to read […]

Posted September 21, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

As the risk of starting this review with a bit of a bad pun… Flawed is inherently… flawed. I’ll start with the good.  The concept of this dystopian world is fascinating and not so outlandish it couldn’t be possible.  There’s a great pressure to fulfill a sort of expectation as human culture evolves, and with with rise of social media, the pressure to keep up with others and to be perceived as perfect grows and grows.  So why not take it a step further – create visible brands for those who are imperfect, so they can’t hide it and we know? […]

Posted September 15, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games is such a happy re-read for me. I mean, come on.  This book has everything.  A realistically devised dystopian future.  Interesting characters with hidden depths!  There’s so much at stake and the balance of action and romance is just A++ good.  I love this trilogy.  The Hunger Games was the dystopia that pushed YA dystopia into the spotlight, and there’s a prequel coming!  What’s not to love? This marks my fifth time reading this book.  I am the type of reader who may remember the format, but will often forget details as I read.  I feel like every time […]

Posted September 14, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

I have some mixed feelings about The Grace Year.  On one hand, this book is really conceptually interesting. It has some serious The Handmaid’s Tale vibes and it’s atmospherically very creative and interesting.  But The Grace Year tried to do a lot of things all at once and I think it over-reached itself. For starters, the pacing was really weird.  Sometimes, we were able to really absorb the situation and the world, and when the story slowed down, the bits and pieces were excellent.  But there were other places that the story seemed to fast-forward and it was easy to get lost.  I […]

Posted September 4, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Enclave by Ann Aguirre

There are pluses and minuses to listening to audiobooks.  In the case of Enclave I think I would enjoy this better in paperback than audio.  Emily Bauer’s narration is high-pitched and adds a childishness to the story that made me cringe a bit.  Like The City of Ember and The Giver, this is an interesting dystopia led by children.  The world is rich and fascinating, but the childish edge makes it easy to disregard.  So, unless you’re passing this forward to a middle grade reader, I’d strongly suggest the book over the audiobook. Even though the dystopia genre is a bit tired, I […]

Posted June 22, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //