Genre: dystopian or apocalyptic

Book Review 73: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Book Review 73: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe by Beth Revis has been sitting on my bookshelf a long time! I picked it up at a used bookstore during my vacation to Seattle in 2013. So it was on my TBR pile for OVER a year. Yikes! I enjoyed the plot most of all in the end. The writing, at times, was beautiful and philosophical. The ideals behind Godspeed‘s purpose seemed realistic and reasonable considering the conditions on Earth at the time of its departure. However, I did not like the characters. Both Amy and Elder were whiny and unmotivated. They never did much to propel the story forward. Things happened to them or events happened on the ship that caused them to race to the next point of their “investigation.” They were not active in pursuing the cause of Amy’s unthawing and Eldest’s behavior. The lack of knowledge sharing between the characters and their lack of motivation to buck the system made things slow going at times. While it may seem odd, I’m still giving Across the Universe a thumbs up. The idea behind Godspeed, its secrets and moments of beautiful writing are still with me weeks after finishing the book. I won’t be […]

2 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on March 2, 2015
Book Review 67: A Tangle of Fates by Leslie Ann Moore

Book Review 67: A Tangle of Fates by Leslie Ann Moore

After reading two books in the last couple months that fit firmly in the realm of science fiction, I have decided that I like my science fiction with a large side of feelings. I’m not sure if I’ve ever encountered science fiction books like A Tangle of Fates or First Sun before. Ones that seem to appeal more the my female sensibilities and less to my male sensibilities. You see, I don’t understand (or even like) the militarized version of science fiction with its “carefully” thought out strategies and quest for species domination. (I’m looking at you, Ender’s Game.) A Tangle of Fates by Leslie Ann Moore certainly fits my need for science fiction with feelings.  Read my interview with Leslie Ann Moore, the author of A Tangle of Fates.     a Rafflecopter giveaway      Twitter 8 Facebook 0 Google+ 0 Pinterest 1 StumbleUpon 0

6 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on February 3, 2015
Book Review 57: The Giver by Lois Lowry

Book Review 57: The Giver by Lois Lowry

My Rating: Thumbs Up       I’m not sure why I waited so long to pick up the The Giver by Lois Lowry. However, I’m happy I made the time to read this short, but packed dystopian novel. There’s a lot going on in The Giver. The slim size of the novel original novel, clocking in at 179 pages, is a bit misleading. This book tells the story of a world without color and memories where conformity is the key to survival. I could see glimmers of where some of the more popular contemporary dystopian novels borrowed from Lowry’s world. I can’t be the only one who thought Lowry’s colorless world (Abnegation, anyone?) with the role assignments (faction ceremony) sounded a bit like Roth’s Divergent. My first thought, after finishing the book in less than 1 day, was “Hollywood is going to ruin this one.” I might purposefully avoid the movie. As a photographer, I started out with black and white film, developing it on my own before moving over to digital. I have this distinct vision of what Jonas’s world looked like as he discovered the truth and I’m not sure I want that spoiled. Don’t let the […]

6 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on December 24, 2014
Book Review 54: Apocalypticon by Clayton Smith

Book Review 54: Apocalypticon by Clayton Smith

My Rating: Thumbs Down       I picked up my copy of Apocalypicon by Clayton Smith at Chi-Fi this year where I had the opportunity to bond with Clayton over our shared love of Disney. You see Apocalypticon takes places in the United States in a world similar to The Walking Dead and chronicles the journey of 2 best friends as they travel from Chicago to the Happiest Place on Earth, Walt Disney World. I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for things connected to Disney. I worked at a Disney Store for 2 years before is was abruptly closed with little notice. I’ve been to WDW 4 times and it truly is magically. So I have a soft spot for things connected to Mickey. And I guess, if the world was ending, why not head to the Happiest Place on Earth, right? I struggled with Apocalypticon. I struggled with the plot, the characters, and as I write this post, I have to look at the cover of the book just to spell the name of the novel. It read like a bad buddy cop movie with not enough history given about the two main characters, Ben and Pat, to […]

4 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on December 4, 2014