Genre: Science Fiction


Sep 05
Review: The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman

Review: The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman

The Waking Dark gets off to an amazing, horror-filled start.  A few people in the small town of Oleander, Kansas inexplicably murder their friends and neighbors one day.  Only one of the murderers survives, and she has no memory of her crime.  The way-out-of-his-league police chief described it thus: “A lot of people had a bad day.” While the town is still recovering, a devastating tornado rips right through the middle of it. The sights described are horribly graphic: aside… Read more »


Aug 29
Review: Project Cain by Geoffrey Girard

Review: Project Cain by Geoffrey Girard

Let’s get one thing out of the way: I know this is a work of fiction.  I read (and love) books about zombies, vampires, and other outlandish topics.  Project Cain takes a topic that is actually real – cloning – and then makes a giant leap forward.  But that leap didn’t make a whole lot of sense. In real life, animals have been cloned, including at least one instance I can remember of a person cloning a beloved pet.  It’s… Read more »


Aug 18
Review: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Review: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

All Our Yesterdays is a wonderfully intelligent time-travel story.  The time travel concepts are complex, but manage to not be (too) confusing.  When All Our Yesterdays begins, Em and Finn are locked up in adjacent cells for reasons unknown.  Both are subjected to torture and beatings, and it is clear that this isn’t a run-of-the-mill prison.  Two men, referred to by Em as “the doctor” and “the director” are in charge, and both are vicious.  Em and Finn, with the… Read more »


Jun 21
Review: The Program by Suzanne Young

Review: The Program by Suzanne Young

Suzanne Young tackles the topic of teenage suicide in an interesting way.  What if there was a pill that could wipe out the depressing thoughts and memories that lead to suicide?  Would parents fearful of losing their children to suicide be willing to have the children’s memories wiped clean?  In order to buy into The Program, I had to set aside some beliefs and/or known facts about depression and suicide.  For instance: People who are prone to depression may have… 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 »


May 13
Review: Parallel by Lauren Miller

Review: Parallel by Lauren Miller

The first thing that I’m going to praise in Parallel is the character of Caitlin, Abby’s best friend.  How often do we have the best friend character who is there to deliver a bit of snark and not much else?  In Parallel, Miller gives Caitlin both the physical, mental, and emotional characteristics more typically seen in the main character.  I’ve wondered if there is some writers’ guideline that dictates “the best friend” must always stay in the background.  If so,… 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 »


May 02
Review: Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

Review: Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

There were so many guys in Unraveling, I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to get them straight.  Alex, Ben, Nick, Steve, Kevin, Elijah, Reid.  And those were the guys who showed up in the first few chapters!  But I buckled in, focused like a laser beam, got ’em all sorted out, and then I just enjoyed the hell out of this book. Janelle is a normal teenager until she is run down by a car and somehow brought… Read more »