Genre: Science Fiction

Book Review: Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Posted December 16, 2016 // 0 Comments
Book Review: Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

I think the major sticking point with Kindred is the necessary suspension of disbelief that has to happen in order for the reader to participate in the story. It’s a novel where the action is caused entirely by time travel, but Butler gives no explanation as to the hows/whys/wheres of the time travel. It just is. This is absolutely different from any other time travel novel I’ve read, and it […]

Book Review: Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler

Posted November 8, 2016 // 2 Comments
Book Review: Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler

At its core, Wild Seed seems to be a novel about a patriarchal society’s eugenics program. It is also a story about a woman and her conflict with an amoral mass-murderer. It’s a wearisome, and often hopeless, text. It’s hard to discuss and even harder to digest. Butler is, of course, a magnificent author and it’s only to her credit that she’s written such a complex, ambiguous narrative. For herself, […]

Book Review: The Circle by Dave Eggers

Posted May 14, 2016 // 0 Comments
Book Review: The Circle by Dave Eggers

The Circle is a dystopian novel not unlike the many other dystopian novels that have flooded the market for the past several years. In the not-too-distant future, society as we know it is greatly changed, and not for the better. Our young protagonist finds herself faced with the reality of this broken society and must chose her course of action. This is all standard fare, nothing alarming or extra special. […]

Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

Posted June 24, 2015 // 5 Comments
Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

The first fifty pages or so of The Martian made me think that I had made a terrible mistake. Not only was I completely uninterested in all of this stranded astronaut’s science jargon, but I actually sort of loathed his schoolboyish, nerdy sense of humor. (It was very Big Bang Theory, which, ew.) I thought to myself that if I was going to have to deal with 300 pages of […]

Book Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Posted May 4, 2015 // 3 Comments
Book Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Er, well. I’m honestly lost as to what all the fuss was about. I wouldn’t go so far as to say Station Eleven was terrible, but it certainly doesn’t strike me as any different than the massive influx of post-apocalyptic fiction that’s saturated the market over the past few years. I give Emily St. John Mandel credit for attempting something new and innovative with the genre, but it really didn’t […]

Book Review: The Body Electric by Beth Revis

Posted March 26, 2015 // 1 Comment
Book Review: The Body Electric by Beth Revis

A review of The Body Electric in quick bullet-points: Eerily similar to Inception. I don’t like to point fingers in terms of accusing an author of copying/plagiarizing, but wow were some sequences in this book exactly the same as Christopher Nolan’s film. Like, whoa. Girl enters people’s dreams, is able to manipulate said dreams, all in order to steal their secrets/spy on them? Uh. That plot has been done before. Even on […]

Book Review: In the End by Demitria Lunetta

Posted March 21, 2015 // 0 Comments
Book Review: In the End by Demitria Lunetta

Overall, In the End was an extremely solid follow-up to Demitria Lunetta’s debut, In the After. I was already impressed with the ideas and delivery of this post-apocalyptic storyline, and I think this conclusion to the duology was just as good as what came before. It’s not often I get to say that, so I’m really glad to be able to in this instance. The story picks up about 3 […]

Book Review: In the After by Demitria Lunetta

Posted March 15, 2015 // 0 Comments
Book Review: In the After by Demitria Lunetta

If anyone were to ask me what one thing I had no more need of in my life, it would certainly be YA dystopia. The market in that subgenre is completely oversaturated, and it’s a bit hard to come up with a new spin on things. Enter In the After. Demitria Lunetta’s debut might not be entirely original, but it’s very well-written, engaging, and takes an alien-invasion route that I’ve […]

Book Review: A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

Posted December 9, 2014 // 2 Comments
Book Review: A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

There are some books with ideas so unique and interesting that they make up for deficiencies in other areas. Anna Sheehan’s futuristic fairytale retelling is one such book. It took me over a month to read A Long, Long Sleep—not because it was bad, not really because of anything having to do with the book, honestly. But the only reason I finished, rather than setting this story aside to be […]

Book Review: Fire & Ash by Jonathan Maberry

Posted October 11, 2014 // 1 Comment
Book Review: Fire & Ash by Jonathan Maberry

I love when a series finale is satisfying rather than disappointing. In my experience, it doesn’t happen nearly often enough. I’ve had a somewhat rocky relationship with Jonathan Maberry’s Benny Imura series, and I was apprehensive about how Fire & Ash would play out. To my satisfaction, this book turned out to be one of the best in the quartet. While the middle books in the series had a lot […]

Book Review: Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

Posted September 12, 2014 // 16 Comments
Book Review: Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

I am officially a fan of Elizabeth Fama, after reading two of her books. And this latest novel is by far one of the best 2014 releases I’ve read. Plus One is an action-packed dystopian thriller romance adventure with an amazing protagonist and a storyline that grips readers and pulls them on a different sort of journey. I seriously really loved this book. Things start of somewhat abruptly, as Fama tosses […]

Book Review: Unforgotten by Jessica Brody

Posted August 13, 2014 // 2 Comments
Book Review: Unforgotten by Jessica Brody

There is something indefinably readable about Jessica Brody’s writing, something that enables me to look past so-so storylines and characterization and enjoy what I read. Unforgotten is certainly not the best book I’ve ever read, but it was entertaining, easy to read, and completely absorbing. I enjoyed the entire reading experience, regardless of some dubious qualities. The book starts off in the year 1609, where Sera and Zen have decided […]