The Handmaid's Tale is a very disturbing view of a future where a sudden change in power renders women's right non-existent, they are considered expen...moreThe Handmaid's Tale is a very disturbing view of a future where a sudden change in power renders women's right non-existent, they are considered expendable and any value is relegated to whether they can breed or not. Sex is considered a duty and no emotion is allowed in the act. Fertile women unable to breed are executed or sent to the colonies, where the living conditions are harsh and life expectancy is low.
The protagonist is someone who remembers how things used to be in the past but remains passive throughout the story which I found a little frustrating but understandable considering the indoctrination she'd received and all that she had lost in the transition.
The ending, disappointedly, was open ended which is why I only gave it three stars. I would have liked to know what became of Offred.
I'm not really sure whether I enjoyed this book or not. I found it disturbing on a personal level, probably because such a future is not completely out of the realm of possibility. Because everything women have suffered to secure the most basic rights would be moot in such a society and because the men accepted their roles a little too easily. I don't thing we as human beings will ever achieve enlightenment as long we feel a need to subjugate others. We would lose the ability to feel empathy, compassion, our morality, the very things that make us human. (less)
Jess is a bureaucratic, a pencil pusher and if she has seen more action in the past week than she has in the entire time she's worked at the York Coun...moreJess is a bureaucratic, a pencil pusher and if she has seen more action in the past week than she has in the entire time she's worked at the York Council tracker programme, it's just a coincidence. So what if she's been in the thick of things lately, there's no danger to her, the hunters do all the really dangerous stuff. Really, no ones trying to kill her, why would they? she's just a civil servant. The only dangerous thing in her life is her feelings for Sil. A vampire and everyone knows there's no future there. Vampires are annoying, arrogant and a relationship with one is an accident waiting to happen, but she's going to have to survive working with him to save the world.
Written in the first person and set in present time England in an alternative world where the supernatural others are an everyday reality, Vampire state of mind is light and fun read which I consumed in the space of an evening. I must admit I'm a sucker for UK based UF, maybe I'm biased and that's why I enjoyed it so much - it's different enough to interest jaded old me, engrossing me completely that I lost track of time until the last page.
Jess's humorous outlook and constant state of denial makes her likeable character - how can you resist someone who uses Buffy as a how/to guide, it can't be done. Sil is so annoying and snarky, I kept forgetting he's a vampire- he's seems so human at times especially when bickering with Jess.
I really enjoyed Vampire State of Mind and the author's writing style and will be checking out her other books too. I highly recommend you read it.(less)
Saturn's Children is a fast paced, action filled space opera with a somewhat convoluted plot and underlying mystery. The story is written in the first...more Saturn's Children is a fast paced, action filled space opera with a somewhat convoluted plot and underlying mystery. The story is written in the first person giving the reader insight into Freya's increasing paranoia and confusion and although I don't have a problem with swearing in a book, her language seemed to be controlled by a censorship chip limiting her ability for profanity; shit being the only word reserved for up-the-creek-without-a-paddle bad situations and repeated often that it got annoying. The erotic element felt lackluster and fell flat for me and considering that the protagonist was created solely as a pleasure robot for an extinct race, the sex seemed emotionless and robotic (haha).
I had high expectations of Saturn's Children, I thought I'd found something substantial that would stay with me long after I finished it and though I enjoyed the world building and well crafted story, it was much more lighthearted than I had expected despite the dark themes of slavery and extinction tackled in the story.
It's been a while since I've read Sci fi and though it was OK and not great, this book still made me want to read more from this author and the genre in general.(less)