Genre: Dystopian

Review: The Fireman by Joe Hill

Review: The Fireman by Joe Hill

The Fireman by Joe Hill Published by William Morrow on May 17th 2016 Genres: horror, Dystopian Pages: 752 Format: hardcover Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box comes a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman. The fireman is coming. Stay cool. No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else itÂ’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies—before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe. Harper Grayson, a compassionate, dedicated nurse as pragmatic as Mary Poppins, treated hundreds of infected patients before her hospital burned to the ground. Now sheÂ’s discovered the telltale gold-flecked marks on her skin. When the outbreak first began, she and her husband, Jakob, had made a pact: they would take matters into their own hands if they became infected. To JakobÂ’s dismay, Harper […]

Posted July 20, 2016 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Awesome Indies: Cargo by Jen Castleberry

Awesome Indies: Cargo by Jen Castleberry

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page What was the hardest part of writing this book? Book one in this series is a first-person installment, and the narrator has a very limited understanding of the world around her.  SheÂ’s spent two-thirds of her life living underground.  It made world-building a bit tricky.  I played around with different perspectives and different levels of omniscience, but in the end, I really wanted to see Cass develop into a brave, capable heroine, and the best way to do that was to show her in her most vulnerable state, thrust into a dangerous environment with almost no knowledge of what was in store.  I wanted the reader to come out of that bunker with her, not ahead of her. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?  My favorite scenes are always the action-infused ones.  The chase scene in the city was particularly fun to write.  For me, heightened emotions and a fast-pace make for a page-turning read. Can you share a little of your current work with us?  Sure!  Right now, IÂ’m working on the second installment of The Reservation Trilogy, Stowaway. It picks up right where we left off with Cass.  In Stowaway, IÂ’m utilizing NathanÂ’s perspective.  HeÂ’s got a much broader understanding of the world and of himself, so itÂ’s a more serious tone.  Romantically, […]

Posted June 24, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 1 Comment
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Review: The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie

Review: The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie Series: The Abyss Surrounds Us #1 Published by Flux on February 8th 2016 Genres: LGBT, Fantasy, Dystopian Pages: 273 Source: library Buy on Amazon For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. SheÂ’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training ever since she could walk, raising the genetically-engineered beasts to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. But when the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on CasÂ’s first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, CasÂ’s dream of being a full-time trainer seems dead in the water. ThereÂ’s no time to mourn. Waiting for her on the pirate ship is an unhatched Reckoner pup. Santa Elena wants to take back the seas with a monster of her own, and she needs a proper trainer to do it. She orders Cas to raise the pup, make sure he imprints on her ship, and, when the time comes, teach him to fight for the pirates. If Cas fails, her blood will be the next to paint the sea. But Cas has fought pirates her entire life. And she’s not about to stop. IÂ’ve posted numerous times about how this was one of my most anticipated books of 2015. The description hooked me immediately. I was so excited about this book that I actually became cautious because I was afraid […]

Posted June 20, 2016 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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ARC Review: Everland

ARC Review: Everland

Everland by Wendy Spinale Series: Everland #1 Published by Scholastic Press on May 10th 2016 Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult Pages: 320 Format: Paperback Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon Forget the story of Peter Pan you know. Because in Everland, the only way to grow up is to survive. London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders — the German Army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer. Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return. Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a mysterious boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook? Everland blows every […]

Posted May 26, 2016 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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FFBC Review: Bluescreen by Dan Wells

FFBC Review: Bluescreen by Dan Wells

  Barnes & Noble (B&N):  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bluescreen-dan-wells/1121996225?ean=9780062347879 Bookdepository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Bluescreen-Dan-Wells/9780062347879 iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/es/book/bluescreen/id998613086?mt=11 Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/es-es/ebook/bluescreen There are two main types of dystopian novels. In the first, the world is “all used up”. There was some sort of horrible Apocalypse and all the humans that are left are are struggling to survive. In the second kind of dystopian, everything seems really good. The world seems to have all its problems worked out and the population are living happily. However, our main characters know that there is something wrong, underneath everything. Bluescreen is a perfect example of the second type. The best part though, was how much this book scared me. It made me so uncomfortable and challenged the way I think about something as simple and common as my cell phone. In the world of Mirador, cell phones are obsolete. Everyone has something better, a specialized computer is implanted in their brains. Can’t you just imagine that? Everyone carries cells now and claims that they can’t live without them. Implanting something in your head is the next logical step, horrifying though it may be. The best dystopian novels are a reflection of the current times. 1984 makes a statement about unlimited government power and surveillance that is just as true today as it was in 1949.  After reading Bluescreen, I hope that its not just as relevant in 60 years. However, with the direction we are going […]

Posted February 26, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 1 Comment
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ARC Review: Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe

ARC Review: Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe

Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on January 19th 2016 Genres: Boys & Men, Dystopian Pages: 256 Format: hardcover Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon In a future London, Concentr8 is a prescription drug intended to help kids with ADD. Soon every troubled teen is on it. It makes sense, doesn’t it? Keep the undesirable elements in line. Keep people like us safe from people like them. What’s good for society is good for everyone. Troy, Femi, Lee, Karen and Blaze have been taking Concentr8 as long as they can remember. They’re not exactly a gang, but Blaze is their leader, and Troy has always been his quiet, watchful sidekick – the only one Blaze really trusts. They’re not looking for trouble, but one hot summer day, when riots break out across the city, they find it. What makes five kids pick a man seemingly at random – a nobody, he works in the housing department, doesn’t even have a good phone – hold a knife to his side, take him to a warehouse and chain him to a radiator? They’ve got a hostage, but don’t really know what they want, or why they’ve done it. And across the course of five tense days, with a journalist, a floppy-haired mayor, a police negotiator, and the sinister face of the pharmaceutical industry, they – and we […]

Posted February 23, 2016 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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IB Tour: Q&A with Concentr8 author

IB Tour: Q&A with Concentr8 author

Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on January 19th 2016 Genres: Social Issues, Dystopian Pages: 256 Buy on Amazon In a future London, Concentr8 is a prescription drug intended to help kids with ADD. Soon every troubled teen is on it. It makes sense, doesn’t it? Keep the undesirable elements in line. Keep people like us safe from people like them. What’s good for society is good for everyone. Troy, Femi, Lee, Karen and Blaze have been taking Concentr8 as long as they can remember. They’re not exactly a gang, but Blaze is their leader, and Troy has always been his quiet, watchful sidekick – the only one Blaze really trusts. They’re not looking for trouble, but one hot summer day, when riots break out across the city, they find it. What makes five kids pick a man seemingly at random – a nobody, he works in the housing department, doesn’t even have a good phone – hold a knife to his side, take him to a warehouse and chain him to a radiator? They’ve got a hostage, but don’t really know what they want, or why they’ve done it. And across the course of five tense days, with a journalist, a floppy-haired mayor, a police negotiator, and the sinister face of the pharmaceutical industry, they – and we – begin to understand why …This is […]

Posted January 28, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour / 1 Comment
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IB Arc Review: The Isle by Jordana Frankel

IB Arc Review: The Isle by Jordana Frankel

My purpose today is to review The Isle. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that The Isle is a sequel. There’s nothing wrong with it being a sequel, I just didn’t know when I first picked it up. I’m unobservant. Still, you want to read this one first. It adds so much to the story. I was lucky because my library had it and I got to read it before I read The Isle. I suggest you do too! Now to the real reason we are all here. LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Indiebound | iBooks | The Book Depository This book picks up right where The Ward ends. It’s not a stand alone novel. When I first picked it up, I knew I was missing something. Luckily The Ward was easily available so I was able to grab that up and read it first. This book was so engrossing. It was such a fun and easy read. Even though I suddenly had two books to read, it wasn’t a chore at all. In the world of the Isle, water is a commodity. It is in such short supply that it has become a currency. If you can afford enough clean water, you can stay out of the sickhouses and avoid the plague. Hopefully. Especially since transmitting the plague is outlawed. They couldn’t make being […]

Posted January 22, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 1 Comment
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FFBC: Untamed by Madeline Dyer

FFBC: Untamed by Madeline Dyer

Review to come later this month 😀 BOOK LINKS: Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25537576-untamed Amazon: http://amzn.to/1NDJyjv B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/untamed-madeline-dyer/1122078467?ean=9781610409186 iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/untamed/id996879931?mt=11 Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/es-es/ebook/untamed-60 ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Madeline Dyer lives in the southwest of England, and has a strong love for anything dystopian, ghostly, or paranormal. She can frequently be found exploring wild places, and at least one notebook is known to follow her wherever she goes. Aside from writing, Madeline enjoys reading, painting, and inline skating.Untamed is her debut novel. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Posted October 18, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway / 0 Comments
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Review: The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

Review: The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons Published by Tor Teen on February 10th 2015 Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult Source: library Goodreads The HandmaidÂ’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder. In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when AyaÂ’s luck runs out and sheÂ’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning. I’ve been a huge fan of dystopian books since reading 1984 in Jr. High. I don’t want to date myself but this was long before dystopian novels became as popular as they are today. Back then my favorites were the classics; 1984 by George Orwell, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. If you are a fan of dystopians and you haven’t heard of or read these, you should right away. I could definitely […]

Posted October 15, 2015 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments
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