Genre: Dystopia


May 14
Review: Unleashed by Sophie Jordan

Review: Unleashed by Sophie Jordan

Shortly before I started reading Unleashed, the second book in Sophie Jordan’s duology, I read a review on Goodreads in which the reviewer wrote that while she enjoyed this book, she missed the absence of the romance from the first book. Well, that sounded great to me, because I thought the romance between Davy and Sean was the weakest part of the story.  In my review of Uninvited, I wrote this about the romance: “The worst part of this was… Read more »


Jun 04
Review and Giveaway: The Bees by Laline Paull

Review and Giveaway: The Bees by Laline Paull

Bee society is pretty amazing.  With their tiny brains, they manage to form a complex society, with a strict hierarchy and rules and functions.  Every bee knows its role.  In The Bees, we go one giant leap beyond the real life of these insects to one in which bees talk and socialize with an intelligence comparable to humans. The bee characters in The Bees are highly anthropomorphized, which I expected.  Their society looks and sounds like medieval England, which I did not… Read more »


May 18
Review: A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka

Review: A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka

A Girl Called Fearless is one of the more disturbing dystopian novels that I’ve read.  As with any dystopia, while reading it, I ask myself, “Could this actually happen?”  I had a hard time accepting the reality of the society in this story, and while it disturbed me, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I might have otherwise. Ten years ago, a synthetic hormone in the U.S. food supply wiped out the vast majority of women of child-bearing age…. Read more »


Mar 09
Review: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Review: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

      I think I can safely say now that I will not read another book by Tahereh Mafi.  Ignite Me was the worst of this series, even though it had stiff competition from Unravel Me.  Let’s start off with some of this bizarre narration from Juliette: “My tongue is dust.  My teeth have crumbled away.” “I am a pile of bones on the floor and no one knows it but me.” I have no idea what these lines… Read more »


Mar 02
Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Even though I thought Shatter Me was very average, all of the hype around this series had me wanting to read Unravel Me.  I snapped it up when it was a $1.99 Nook Book shortly after it was released last year.  But it sat unread until I had not choice but to read it after checking out  from the library a couple of weeks ago.  Many of my GR and Twitter friends are so passionate about this series, so I was… Read more »


Jan 23
Limerickin’ Lit: Pawn by Aimee Carter

Limerickin’ Lit: Pawn by Aimee Carter

Let me get one thing straight.  In the dystopian world of Pawn, society is advanced enough that humans can be physically altered so successfully that they can actually take the place of someone else.  And not just some Joe Schmoe on the street, but a member of the society’s ruling family.  There’s just one little thing that these clever folks seem to have forgotten.  Everyone in Pawn is ranked on a scale from I to VI, based on intelligence.  These… Read more »


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 »