The world in 2076 is in a pretty desperate situation. During the Partial War eleven years ago, artificial humans, designed to be stronger and better tThe world in 2076 is in a pretty desperate situation. During the Partial War eleven years ago, artificial humans, designed to be stronger and better than humans themselves, released a killer virus on the world and reduced the human population to mere tens of thousands. All that remain are immune to the virus, but that immunity is not genetic, so a single human baby has not survived in eleven years due to the virus released by the Partials.
In order to increase the chances of a baby being born immune, the government of the existing population has instated the Hope Act, requiring all females over the age of eighteen to become pregnant and bear children as often as possible. But the Hope Act isn’t working, and there’s talk of lowering the age even further, resulting in civil unrest among the people and a rebel group called the Voice.
Partials was new and original in a genre where there isn’t much originality to be had. I was absolutely blown away by this book, and it was such a pleasant surprise because I’ve been a little jaded by some disappointments in this genre as of late. I give Partials an easy five out of five stars, and I recommend it to anyone who loves dystopian, science fiction, and YA post-apocalyptic fiction.
**I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
Gemma Drazin’s Bleak Devotion throws us into a world where normal human emoti**I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
Gemma Drazin’s Bleak Devotion throws us into a world where normal human emotion can be a death sentence. Aliens (sometimes referred to as “monsters”) have invaded Earth–and although they look human, they’re anything but. Upon seeing emotional reactions from humans, the male aliens immediately morph into lethal weapons, with metal blades that come out of their arms and kill anyone in sight. In order to survive, Jessica and her only living friend Carly must hide their emotions to look like one of them. However, when Carly is killed by a monster, Jessica goes on the run and realizes that she’s not the only living human left. But the strangers that take her in have a secret, and it’s not one that Jessica will take lightly.
I did find the premise to be fascinating, which is why I was kind of let down that I didn’t get anymore background information on the aliens’ lives. In a lot of ways, it reminded me of Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave. It followed a very similar formula: aliens invading Earth who looked just like humans, but one of them falls in love with a human.
I think with a few tweaks, Bleak Devotion would have been a lot more appealing to me. Overall, I’d rate it two out of five stars. This book would appeal to fans of dystopian and science fiction.
Raffy has betrayed his friends, allowing Thomas to take Evie, Linus, Benjamin, and himself captive. They are taken to Paris, to the headquarters of InRaffy has betrayed his friends, allowing Thomas to take Evie, Linus, Benjamin, and himself captive. They are taken to Paris, to the headquarters of Infotec–the company that controls the world. Infotec watches everyone, and everyone watches everyone. The more Watchers you have, the richer you are. Only, if someone forgets to update every fifteen minutes, Infotec gets nasty. Start updating about matters Infotec doesn’t want anyone knowing about, and they get even nastier.
The System was a great conclusion to Malley’s The Killables trilogy. It was very engaging and kept me interested through the end of the book, and I would recommend the entire series to anyone who loves dystopian novels and science fiction. I give this book four out of five stars.
America is all in; she wants to win The Selection and win prince Maxon’s heart. But now that she’s chosen, she isn’t the only one in consideration anyAmerica is all in; she wants to win The Selection and win prince Maxon’s heart. But now that she’s chosen, she isn’t the only one in consideration anymore, and the King is doing everything he can to try to interfere with Maxon’s decisions. Meanwhile, attacks from the southern rebels grow more and more frequent.
This was a very enjoyable read, and a wonderful conclusion to The Selection series. I give this book four out of five stars. I highly recommend the series to anyone who wants a lighter dystopian read.
One year ago, (at the end of Daynight) Kira agreed to comply with the Second Chance Institute and be Cleaved to either Ethan Darcton or Blake Sundry,One year ago, (at the end of Daynight) Kira agreed to comply with the Second Chance Institute and be Cleaved to either Ethan Darcton or Blake Sundry, both boys that she loved for different reasons, both pure-blooded Darks that the SCI wanted to use to create future heirs of Thera, Earth’s sister planet. Because Blake chose to work with the Exilers and to fight against the SCI, Kira and Ethan were cleaved. But before they had a chance to consummate their Cleaving, Ethan was whisked off to finish law school on Earth, and Kira was impregnated with both Blake and Ethan’s offspring. A year later, Kira is in hiding with Jax, an Arbiter and Ethan’s childhood best friend, after several attempts on the lives of Kira and her three children.
While I enjoyed this book overall, I did struggle with a few elements. For one thing, the character development seemed very shallow, and the characters themselves actually really annoyed me. Kira was whiny and held grudges. She expected all three of her baby daddies to have paternal feelings after simply being forced to be what Blake aptly put as “sperm donors.” I also felt that she was too hard on Ethan when he attempted to move on after she faked her death. Ethan was possessive, shallow, and immature and he treated Kira like an object. But after reflecting, she didn’t treat him right. While I didn’t like Ethan as a character in this book, he’s a victim of circumstance.
I can’t say I loved this book, but I definitely liked it. I struggled a bit with some of the characters, but I do like the world that Thomason has created. I give this book three out of stars, and I recommend this book for avid readers of dystopian and science fiction.
It’s been about a year since the end of The Killables when Evie, Raffy, Lucas, Linus, and the crew all dismantled the System that tracked the City’s cIt’s been about a year since the end of The Killables when Evie, Raffy, Lucas, Linus, and the crew all dismantled the System that tracked the City’s citizens, but trouble is still brewing. Evie and Raffy have found a settlement that seems like it could become home, but their relationship is strained because of Raffy’s controlling jealousy. Linus, living like a hermit in a cave hidden away from the City, is looking into some strange events on the coast. Lucas is poised as the leader of the City, but when young people start disappearing from the City, citizens begin to fear that dismantling the System may have been the worst thing to do.
Truly a solid follow-up to The Killables. I haven’t heard anything about a third book yet, but I really hope there’s going to be another installment in this series. It definitely feels unfinished as it is, and there’s definitely some loose ends that hint at another book. Great read, great author. Truly a phenomenal dystopian novel. I give The Disappearances five out of five stars.
The Barronlands is divided into wards, and all of the tyrannical Officials rule out of First City in Ward 8, located at the center of the domain. EachThe Barronlands is divided into wards, and all of the tyrannical Officials rule out of First City in Ward 8, located at the center of the domain. Each ward beyond encircles the previous one, and the farther you get from the center, the worse conditions get. Hazel and her younger sister Netty live with their dad in Ward 7, and things wouldn’t be so bad if he hadn’t become a drunkard after their mother passed away from the cancer known as “The Affliction” that swept through the Barronlands when they were children, killing off large chunks of the population and leaving surviving women unable to conceive children.
The inability to conceive children is causing the population to dwindle, so everyone’s starting to wonder if the human race is even going to survive. Meanwhile, Hazel is forced to sell off as many of her family’s belongings as possible just to put food on the table, and she ventures into Ward 1 to purchase a gun to protect her family from thieves. Life in Ward 7 isn’t supposed to be this hard. But just when things are getting desperate for the human race and for Hazel’s family, twenty women are miraculously found in the Barronlands that have conceived children, and they are taken to the Antioch Center in Ward 8 to receive proper medical care from the best of the best. As a trained nurse, Hazel receives a job offer to care for one of the the twenty women at the Antioch Center, and her sister receives a job offer to work in the kitchen there, but she’ll have to leave behind her father and the mysterious Shane, a boy she’s developed feelings for over the past few months.
Once there, things seem to be looking up. Hazel makes friends, and starts getting close to Luka, the Lieutenant of security at the Antioch Center. But strange things start to happen. Hazel accidentally overhears bits of information that seem to point to the Officials being involved in shady business, including causing The Affliction. This puts her, and her family, in a grave situation, and she has to decide whether she’s going to stand up for what’s right or keep quiet to protect her family.
I had a lot of conflicting thoughts throughout this book, but overall I really did like it, and I look forward to the release of the next installment in this series. I’m giving this a strong 3.5 stars, and I would definitely recommend it to lovers of dystopian.
When WWIII began, the most brilliant scientists on earth devised a plan to save the human race from itself. In the case of a worldwide nuclear event,When WWIII began, the most brilliant scientists on earth devised a plan to save the human race from itself. In the case of a worldwide nuclear event, some of the human race must be saved. Of course, these people should only be the best, the brightest, the richest, or the most connected. Their plan? Create a series of colonies on the ocean floor, far away from the nuclear fallout that could occur up above.
Over a hundred years later, Terra feels claustrophobic and trapped in this world that her ancestors have built. Her father is a government leader for the Mariana Colony, and he, shares the old-school belief that the earth above (referred to as "the Burn") is plagued by nuclear fallout. Any descendants of those who survivors of the blasts and remain on the Burn are savage and brutal people, so the colonists are terrified of the concept of returning topside. What is any teenager feeling suffocated, alone and misunderstood is going to do? Find a way to escape to the Burn, obviously.
I was intrigued by this book from the beginning, and it didn't disappoint through the end. I give this book four out of five stars. I would recommend The Burn to anyone looking for a quick, fast-paced read or anyone who wants to picture singing cartoon crabs while they're reading a good dystopian novel.
Women are rare in Riley’s world. Only men or “benders” are born nowadays, so women are often kidnapped and sold to the Breeders in order to keep the hWomen are rare in Riley’s world. Only men or “benders” are born nowadays, so women are often kidnapped and sold to the Breeders in order to keep the human population afloat. A life with the Breeders consists of birthing children for the rest of their fertile years.
No one outside of their family can know that Riley or her mother exists. If anyone else knew, they would be kidnapped and sold to the Breeders. When Riley’s family is exposed and attacked, and her mother goes missing, it’s up to Riley and her eight-year-old brother, Ethan, to track her down. The only problem is that she can’t just go out looking for her mother as a girl because she’s being hunted, too.
I’ll put it right up front that I struggled to even finish this book. First of all, the plot was all over the place. This was a quick read, but I feel like Katie French tried to fit way too much into this novel. Good guys were suddenly bad guys were suddenly good guys again without any transition whatsoever, and it left me frustrated and confused.
After that review, it’s probably not surprising that I’m only giving this one star. I won’t be continuing with the Breeders series, and it would take a pretty strong recommendation to get me to read another Katie French novel.