Tag Archive: dystopia


Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1)Blood Red Road by Moira Young

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

This was a very entertaining book! Set in a bleak, future version of the world, the author did such a good job describing the environment, you can practically taste the dust and feel sand blasting you in the face. The main character, Saba, is one tough cookie. Nothing is going to stop her from traveling across the wasteland to rescue her brother – not even mercenaries, cage fights, or evil overlords.

The bizarre dialect of this book was quite distracting at first, and the weird style without quotes around the dialogue. After a while, you forget about it though, and besides being very unique and actually pretty darn cool, it really adds to the flavour of the story.

I definitely thought there was a Mad Max feel to this book. I would recommend it to fans of dystopian fiction who enjoy a gritty tale full of action and adventure. There’s a touch of romance, but it’s not the focus of the story. The ending absolutely compelled me into reading book 2!



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Requiem (Delirium, #3)Requiem by Lauren Oliver

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I think Lauren Oliver is an extremely talented writer, and book #1 (Delirium) was pretty much my idea of the perfect novel. *spoilers for book 2 ahead* Oliver did such a good job making me fall in love with the characters, I spent all of book #2 wondering when Alex was going to make his reappearance. By the time he showed up literally on the last page just in time to witness the result of Lena and Julian’s insta-love, I felt really let down. I wondered how on earth that love triangle mess could possibly be resolved.

So onto book #3… while the writing style is still fantastic and the world and the story outside of the love triangle (square?) are so well done, the mess between Lena, Julian, and Alex made it impossible for me to truly enjoy the book. I didn’t have that spine-tingling feeling I normally get at the end of a series, but I don’t know how you can skip book #3 after reading the first two.



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Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If I based my rating entirely on the author’s writing style, I would give a strong 5 stars. Oliver has a way of captivating your attention and sucking you into the story until you empathize with the characters to the point of feeling cold or hungry yourself when the characters are suffering.

I enjoyed the storyline and Lena’s continuing journey, however there was one element I kept waiting to see that didn’t show up until literally the last page of the book. It’s hard to say anything without spoiling the end, but my expectation and desire to see this particular element became downright distracting. Normally, I respect an author’s way of telling their story however they want to, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t horribly disappointed by the ending.

There are so many good things happening with this tale that I’m still rating Pandemonium 4 stars, but I feel a lot of trepidation going into book #3.



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Reboot (Reboot, #1)Reboot by Amy Tintera

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! So far, it’s my favorite read of 2014, which may not sound like a big deal seeing as it’s only January, but that means it’s my favorite of the 13 books I’ve read this year. The fabulous writing sucked me in from page one and kept me eagerly turning the pages to the exciting conclusion.

Based on the unique concept of being “rebooted,” the main character, Wren, dies and comes back to life. Reboots like Wren are stronger and faster than they were in their human lives, and are put to work as soldiers. Almost devoid of emotions at the beginning of the story, Wren’s feelings begin to crack through her tough exterior. Just as she’s discovering her capability to experience friendship and affection for others, Wren learns the corporation that controls her has sinister activities in the works.

Reboot is a fascinating adventure in a sci-fi/dystopian world with romance, non-stop action, and a plot that captivates from beginning to end. Can’t wait for book 2!



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Champion (Legend, #3)Champion by Marie Lu

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a great trilogy – I enjoyed it so much I’m sad that it’s over!

The first book in the trilogy was my favorite, but Champion was still a five-star read for me. I really fell in love with the characters and their dystopian world. Once again, there was plenty of heart-pumping action, political intrigue, and true romance. It’s hard to please everyone when you’re ending a trilogy, but personally I felt satisfied with the way everything wrapped up.

I’m sad to bid these characters goodbye, but I look forward to seeing more from Marie Lu in the future!



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Delirium (Delirium, #1)Delirium by Lauren Oliver

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved everything about this book! I’m sure this will be one of my top reads of the year.

I wasn’t sure how a dystopian world where love is forbidden would work, but I think Lauren Oliver did a fantastic job creating this version of the future and explaining the logistics. The main character, Lena, is likeable and relatable, and she wants to follow the rules the way she’s been taught. She can’t help questioning some of the laws though, especially in relation to what happened to her mother and when she meets Alex.

Lena’s evolving attitudes toward the accepted practices felt real to me, as well as the relationship she develops with Alex. There’s plenty of action and intrigue in Delirium, and I had a hard time putting this book down. I eagerly rushed out to snap up book #2!



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The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I saw this book listed as a nominee for 2013′s top YA fantasy, and I’d read (and loved) almost every other book on the nominee list, so I thought I’d love this one too. It seems I’m in the minority for not loving it. There were many elements I did like, but I had a problem with the overall premise.

This book reminded me a lot of another book I read recently, Blackout by Robison Wells. In both books, teens with supernatural powers are rounded up by the government/military and imprisoned. Instead of receiving help in managing their abilities, the poor kids are treated horribly, to the point of abuse and downright torture. The parents also seem perfectly fine with their kids being taken away.

I really liked the characters, and there was a good amount of action, although I felt like the book could have been about 200 pages shorter. I have to mention the overuse of characters crossing their arms over their chests, because it would be very easy to search for this in future books and delete 90% of those references. The last quarter of the book was really excellent, and almost makes me want to read the next book in the series. There were a lot of good things happening in this book, but I’m on the fence about continuing.



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Allegiant (Divergent, #3)Allegiant by Veronica Roth

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I try not to let my expectations cloud my judgement, but I’m not sure if that’s what happened with this book. I did expect Allegiant to be fantastic considering how much I enjoyed the first two books in the series, but I was somewhat disappointed. I would have rated this book 3 stars, but in my opinion the ending brought it up to a 4-star rating.

We finally get to learn about the world outside of the city’s walls, although I don’t really understand why it was such a mystery to the city’s inhabitants. I pictured them making their way through a barren wasteland until they discovered another pocket of post-apocalyptic survivors, but there are people living right on the other side of the wall, practically under their noses. There’s very little action in the first two thirds of the book, and while the world-building here is important, all the political mumbo jumbo was too drawn out for me. It felt like each component was explained three or four times.

It’s hard to end a series and please every reader’s expectations, but I personally liked the way it wrapped up. Sure, this book wasn’t perfect (what book is?) but the author is definitely very talented and I’m curious to see what else she comes up with in the future.



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The Prey (The Hunt, #2)The Prey by Andrew Fukuda

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was one of those rare times I liked the second book in a series better than the first. I didn’t just like this book either, I loved it!

In book #1 (The Hunt) I couldn’t get past the implausibility of the main character living amongst vampires without being discovered. There were too many things people do on a daily basis that would have revealed his humanity; there’s no way he would have survived seventeen years. However, this problem becomes a non-issue in book #2 because now the vampires already know he’s human.

The Prey is packed full of action with a heavy dose of mystery and intrigue. On the run, Gene and his small group of fellow humans discover a refuge, which could be their salvation. The village’s leader and cult-like society seem rather fishy right from the beginning though. While following the sparse set of clues left by his father, Gene and his friends realize they may be in more danger than ever.

This book was definitely a page-turner, all the way to the exciting conclusion, which wasn’t very conclusive! I can’t wait to dig into book #3.



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Prodigy (Legend, #2)Prodigy by Marie Lu

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another well-written, entertaining read by Marie Lu!

This felt like a typical second book in a series, where the world is explored in more depth and the characters are developed further. The basic history of how this dystopian world came about is unveiled, and we learn more about the mysterious Colonies. The romance takes a bit of a back seat because June and Day spend a good portion of the book apart. There is also less action than in the first book, although there are a few great sequences.

The non-stop action is one of the things I loved about the first book, so I’ll admit I didn’t enjoy Prodigy quite as much as Legend. The world-building is essential to the series as a whole though, and I have a feeling amazing things await in book #3!



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