Posts Categorized: Dystopia

Jan 05
Review: Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau

Review: Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau

I wouldn’t normally read the sequel to a book I disliked, as was the case with The Testing.  But I was excited to read that book, and some weird fluke made both The Testing and Independent Study available at BEA last May, so I eagerly snapped up both ARCs.  The Testing was a big disappointment, but since I already had the sequel in my hands, I decided to give it a read.  Some of the problems with the first book… Read more »


Jan 02
Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Reading the reviews of Red Rising on Goodreads saddens me.  They are glowing.  Rapturous.  Of course, I don’t always agree with the consensus, but I usually have some inkling as to why my experience with a book was different from the majority of readers.  For example, I don’t like stalkers.  But in the case of Red Rising, I’m bewildered.  What did all these reviewers see and feel that I didn’t? On its surface, this should have been a 4 or… Read more »


Dec 05
Review: Champion by Marie Lu

Review: Champion by Marie Lu

I have to start this review by discussing the last few pages of this incredible trilogy.  Champion has such a beautiful, perfect ending, and it felt like Marie Lu wrote it as a love letter to her fans.  No doubt she loves June and Day even more than we do, but when she signed off on this series with such compassion and respect, I couldn’t help but feel appreciated as a reader and a fan.  I read Champion right after… Read more »


Jun 20
Review: In the After by Demitria Lunetta

Review: In the After by Demitria Lunetta

In the After doesn’t waste any time showing the evil nature of the little green men who unfortunately chose our planet to visit.  They use us for a tasty dinner, and soon, there are few survivors.  Amy is one, but her parents were not so lucky.  Amy survives on her own, studying the aliens from the safety of her electrically fenced-in home.  She learns their weaknesses, and she’s able to scavenge for food while evading capture.  She finds and rescues… Read more »


Jun 06
Review: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Review: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

The title is certainly descriptive.  A big chunk of the book is all about test-taking.  If this sounds compelling to you, then the first third of the book will be right up your alley.  If not, you will likely find that it dragged, as I did.  I could easily see some people electing to not finish this book, but I pushed on.  Fortunately, the action picked up, but there were numerous other problems with the book that make it difficult… Read more »


May 26
Review: Naturals by Tiffany Truitt

Review: Naturals by Tiffany Truitt

Naturals, the second book in The Lost Souls series, has all of the key ingredients of a hundred dystopian novels before it: Evil leaders who conduct even more evil experiments. The haves and the have nots. Protagonists constantly on the run. A love triangle. However, unlike the typical dystopian novel, the plot in Naturals seemed to creep by.  It all leads up to a major cliffhanger and a “surprise” that probably won’t be too much of a shock to anyone… Read more »


May 09
Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave starts off at an incredible pace.  I read the 70 page preview a couple of days before publication date (I didn’t want to read it any earlier than that, because I didn’t want to wait too long to read the rest), and it was amazing.  I’ve realized that in the post-apocalyptic genre, it’s the actual apocalypse that hooks me, more so than the after-effects.  In these initial pages, we relive, via Cassie’s narration, the events that occurred… Read more »


Apr 25
Review: Reboot by Amy Tintera

Review: Reboot by Amy Tintera

Step right up, Wren, and take your place among my list of favorite heroines.  I suspect stoic, petite Wren, who also happens to be a total bad-ass and, ummm, DEAD, will join the list of many other readers’ favorite YA heroines, too.  Combine Wren with the more emotional but equally dead Callum, and you’ve got the makings of a fabulous, unforgettable couple.  Wren is much stronger than Callum, both physically and mentally, and her biggest challenge as Callum’s human-capturing trainer… Read more »