Tag Archives: Dystopian

Book Review: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

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Goodreads Blurb:

In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

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Book Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

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Goodreads Blurb:

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

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Book Review: Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

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TitleSeeker

Author: Arwen Elys Dayton

Publication Date: February 10th 2015

Rating: 2 stars

Goodreads Blurb: 

Quin Kincaid has been put through years of brutal training for what she thinks is the noble purpose of becoming a revered ‘Seeker’.
Only when it’s too late does she discover she will be using her new-found knowledge and training to become an assassin. Quin’s new role will take her around the globe, from a remote estate in Scotland to a bustling, futuristic Hong Kong where the past she thought she had escaped will finally catch up with her.

Note: This book is an eARC provided by Random House Children’s via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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Book Review: The Vanishing Girl by Laura Thalassa

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TitleThe Vanishing Girl

AuthorLaura Thalassa

Publication Date: January 27th 2015

Rating: 3.5 stars

Goodreads Blurb: 

Every night after Ember Pierce falls asleep, she disappears. She can teleport anywhere in the world—London, Paris, her crush’s bedroom—wherever her dreams lead her. Ten minutes is all she gets, and once time’s up, she returns to her bed. It’s a secret she’s successfully kept for the last five years. But now someone knows.
A week after her eighteenth birthday, when frustratingly handsome Caden Hawthorne captures her, delivers her to the government, and then disappears before her eyes, Ember realizes two things: One, she is not alone. And two, people like her—teleporters—are being used as weapons.
Dragged off to a remote facility where others like her live, Ember’s forced to pair up with her former captor, Caden, to learn how to survive inside until she can escape. Only Caden’s making escape seem less and less appealing.
But even as Ember falls for the boy who got her into this mess, she knows that she is running out of time. Because the government has plans for those like her, and those plans might just cost Ember her life.

Note: I was provided an eARC copy of this book by Amazon Children’s Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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eARC Review: Deviation by Heather Hildenbrand

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Title: Deviation

Author: Heather Hildenbrand

Publication Date: December 30th 2014

Rating: 3 stars

Goodreads Blurb: 

Protect. Obey. Sacrifice.

These words are the mantra of my existence. I’m not sure if it’s TitusRogen inspiring my desire to go against what I am or my own DNA deviating. All I can think is how Titus will look when he meets his end. It trumps even my wish for freedom. In this moment, I want nothing more than to watch the life bleed from Titus’s body. And I want it at my own hands.

Titus. The Creator.

I stare at my palms. Strength aside, I wonder if I’m capable of taking a life. A human life; one with a soul. And I wonder if that isn’t easier than taking the life of an Imitation. At least humans have souls that live on. What do I have after this? Where will I go? Back into a syringe? Will Titus recycle me? Or will I be lost forever down a lab drain?

We don’t deserve that.

We don’t deserve him.

Deserving and receiving are so very different here. And I am beginning to understand, to beat someone in this world, I‘ll have to play in it.

Note: This eARC was provided by Boot in the Door Publications via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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eARC Review: Rite of Rejection by Sarah Negovetich

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Title: Rite of Rejection

AuthorSarah Negovetich

Publication Date: December 4th 2014

Rating: 4.5 stars

Goodreads Blurb: 

“Before you stands the future.”

Straight-laced, sixteen-year-old Rebecca can’t wait for her Acceptance. A fancy ball, eligible bachelors, and her debut as an official member of society. Instead, the Machine rejects Rebecca. Labeled as a future criminal, she’s shipped off to a life sentence in a lawless penal colony.

A life behind barbed-wire fences with the world’s most dangerous people terrifies Rebecca. She reluctantly joins a band of misfit teens in a risky escape plan, complete with an accidental fiancé she’s almost certain she can learn to love.

But freedom comes with a price. To escape a doomed future and prove her innocence, Rebecca must embrace the criminal within.”

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eARC Review: Some Fine Day by Kat Ross

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Title: Some Fine Day

Author: Kat Ross

Publication Date: July 1st 2014

Rating: 4.5 stars

Goodreads Blurb: 

A generation ago, continent-sized storms called hypercanes caused the Earth to flood. The survivors were forced to retreat deep underground and build a new society.

This is the story that sixteen-year-old Jansin Nordqvist has heard all of her life.

Jansin grew up in a civilization far below the Earth’s surface. She’s spent the last eight years in military intelligence training. So when her parents surprise her with a coveted yet treacherous trip above ground, she’s prepared for anything. She’s especially thrilled to feel the fresh air, see the sun, and view the wide-open skies and the ocean for herself.

But when raiders attack Jansin’s camp and take her prisoner, she is forced to question everything she’s been taught. What do her captors want? How will she get back underground? And if she ever does, will she want to stay after learning the truth?

Note: This eARC was provided by Amazon Children’s Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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eARC Review: Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand

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Title: Imitation

Author: Heather Hildenbrand

Publication Date: July 29th 2014

Rating: 4.5 stars

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Goodreads Blurb: 

Everyone is exactly like me. There is no one like me.

Ven wrestles with these contradicting truths every day. A clone of wealthy eighteen-year-old Raven Rogen, Ven knows everything about the girl she was created to serve: the clothes she wears, the boys she loves, the friends she loves to hate. Yet she’s never met the Authentic Raven face-to-face.

Imitations like Ven only get to leave the lab when they’re needed—to replace a dead Authentic, donate an organ, or complete a specific mission. And Raven has never needed Ven . . . until now.

When there is an attack on Raven’s life, Ven is thrust into the real world, posing as Raven to draw out the people who tried to harm her. But as Ven dives deeper into Raven’s world, she begins to question everything she was ever told. She exists for Raven, but is she prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she’s never met?

Note: This eARC was provided by Alloy Entertainment via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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Enders by Lissa Price (Starters #2)

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[Goodreads Blurb]

Someone is after Starters like Callie and Michael—teens with chips in their brains. They want to experiment on anyone left over from Prime Destinations—Starters who can be controlled and manipulated. With the body bank destroyed, Callie no longer has to rent herself out to creepy Enders. But Enders can still get inside her mind and make her do things she doesn’t want to do. Like hurt someone she loves. Having the chip removed could save her life—but it could also silence the voice in her head that might belong to her father. Callie has flashes of her ex-renter Helena’s memories, too . . . and the Old Man is back, filling her with fear. Who is real and who is masquerading in a teen body?

No one is ever who they appear to be, not even the Old Man. Determined to find out who he really is and grasping at the hope of a normal life for herself and her younger brother, Callie is ready to fight for the truth. Even if it kills her.

[My Spoiler-free Review :)]

The author does a good job of explaining previous events in the context of this new situation that Callie, Michael and Tyler are in. For those who have read the first book, I can promise that you’ll find out the identity of the Old Man and he will not be who you expected.

There’s a lot of “conspiracy” weaved into the plot and sometimes it feels almost overdone. I understand the importance of the chips but I was beginning to feel like the story was becoming too focused on just that aspect of the world Callie is living in. It’s kind of harder to see the bigger picture in this whole chain of events.

I  just didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first book because I expected more. This was mainly because of the exciting cliffhanger ending in the first book and the fact that this was a really interesting “new” sort of dystopian book I hadn’t heard of before. To be honest, I think that this series could have and should have ended at the first book. Enders does reveal a lot more background and even some new information but the plot had a lot of similarities to the first book. Some parts of the story seemed a bit unrealistic and although they were explained later, I felt annoyed that the characters didn’t really question these discrepancies. They simply went along with it.

That said, the action and adventure did keep me reading so I did enjoy a majority of the book. So I still recommend this book to you – specially if you enjoy reading dystopian books.

*** You can find my review of the first book in this series here.

Rating 

3.75/5 stars

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