Genre: Dystopia

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

Posted September 4, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

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 […]

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Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Posted June 22, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

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 […]

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The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch

The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch

Posted May 8, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments

I want to blame the narrator of this audiobook, but I strongly suspect that I am not smart enough for The Book of Joan.  I found myself listening very hard to make sure I didn’t miss something important.  Conceptually, The Book of Joan is somehow both gruesome and beautiful and while I actually really liked it, it was a difficult listen for me.  Part warning, part dystopia, this book tells the story of the world after a nuclear event and the evolution and cruelty of the human race.  It is in some ways a retelling of the Joan of Arc story… […]

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The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Posted February 23, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

I think that The Selection should bother me a lot more than it does. First of all, there’s the story of how the author and her agent made a reviewer feel unsafe after a less than favorable review.  Then there’s the fact that this book is correctly pitched as a dystopian, YA version of The Bachelor.  And it is.  And I don’t like The Bachelor.  So by my usual standards, The Selection should really be a generous three star read. But I enjoy it enough?  I’m going to try to explain why. The Selection doesn’t pretend to be anything it’s not.  It’s a super […]

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Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Posted February 7, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

After reading Tiger Lily, I kept telling myself that I shouldn’t read this book.  I didn’t like Tiger Lily, even though most other people did… and it sort of put me off Jodi Lynn Anderson’s writing.  Still, Midnight at the Electric kept popping up.  A lot of other people were reading it… and I kept seeing that cover.  I love the cover.  So it made it to my TBR, and here we stand. Sometimes, it is good to ignore logic and go with your gut. I loved Midnight at the Electric.  This is a completely different story than Tiger Lily, showing a little more of […]

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