Tag Archive | dystopian

Waiting on Wednesday: Breaking Sky by Cori McCarthy

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly feature that spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating. This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” pick is:

Breaking-Sky-Cori-McCarthy-book-coverBreaking Sky
By Cori McCarthy

Fly to the last drop of fuel. Fight to the last drop of blood.

Showoff. Reckless. Maverick. Chase Harcourt, call sign “Nyx”, isn’t one to play it safe. In the year 2048, America is locked in a cold war – and the country’s best hope is the elite teen fighter pilots of the United Star Academy. Chase is one of only two daredevil pilots chosen to fly an experimental “Streaker” jet. But few know the pain and loneliness of her past. All anyone cares about is that Chase aces the upcoming Streaker trials, proving the prototype jet can knock the enemy out of the sky.

But as the world tilts toward war, Chase cracks open a military secret. There’s a third Streaker, whose young hotshot pilot, Tristan, can match her on the ground and in the clouds. And Chase doesn’t play well with others. But to save her country, she may just have to put her life in the hands of the competition.

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: March 10, 2015

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Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The-Maze-Runner-CoverDashner’s The Maze Runner is popular right now because the novel was turned in a movie, but I’m probably one of the few who thought this book was an epic fail. I tried really hard to enjoy this book, but it felt like I was struggling through mud the whole time.

The story centers around Thomas who arrives in a community of boys with his memory erased. He learns they are all trapped in a giant maze, which they must solve if they want to be freed. Everyone has a role to play: groundskeepers, law enforcers, cook, doctors, and runners. The maze runners are the most important among them. They risk their lives in the maze, trying to solve its secrets. Despite everyone’s hesitation to trust Thomas, he joins the runners to help them find a way out before they run out of time.

I bought this book a few years back before all the hype and tried to read it. I only managed to read the first chapter, having put it down because I didn’t feel like I could get into it or really connect with it. There just seemed to be better books out there worth my time. Once I heard the news The Maze Runner was being made into a movie, I tried to give the novel a go one more time since I’ve always tried to read the book first then go see the movie. The second time around I just had to push through the first chapter, hoping the rest of the story would get better. Continue reading

Review: Pure by Julianna Baggott

Pure-coverAre you a science fiction or dystopian fanatic that feels like you’ve read everything out there? You’ll want to get your hands on Julianna Baggott’s Pure.

To summarize it quickly, here’s the description from the back of the novel itself:

After the Detonations, the world was unrecognizable. Those who survived were fused to their surroundings, even to each other. Today, ten years later, it is Pressia’s birthday. Today she must either become a soldier or be used for target practice. Today, Pressia begins running.

The Dome stands on a hilltop, its inhabitants untouched by the apocalypse. Pures. Patridge has become suspicious of life in the Dome, the secret attempts to enhance the species, and the circumstances of his mother’s death. When he escapes to search for answers, he’ll enter Pressia’s broken world.

In an uncharted wasteland two survivors must discover the key to Earth’s destruction, or suffer the ultimate demise that still lies in its future.

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Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The-5th-Wave-coverThe aliens have come to claim Earth, and through a series of planned waves of destruction, humans start to lose hope and their lives. The first wave consists of shutting down their power, making their electronics and means of communication useless. Earthquakes and tsunamis were wave two. For wave three, the aliens used birds to spread disease among the humans to decease their population more rapidly. Then there came the Silencers, alien agents in human bodies, who were assigned to hunt down the remaining humans in the fourth wave. In the novel The 5th Wave, readers find out what the aliens have planned next for humanity.

The story is written in first-person through several characters’ points-of-view, but primarily between two protagonists, Cassie and Ben. Some authors who choose to tell their story this way don’t execute it well, and I find myself wanting to skip some characters’ chapters to get to  the ones I favour more. But, Yancey does an excellent job using this method. Every time there was a shift in perspectives I always wanted to learn more from the character, but was eager to get back to the other character too. During one moment in particular, it created a perfect and heart wrenching episode of tension.

While I love that the heroine, Cassie, takes center stage during most of the story, I feel like she didn’t have much character growth. She felt like the same girl from beginning to end. The only way you get a sense that she grew as a person was through a series of flashbacks, from shy school girl to cautious survivor. Most of the time, I felt like Cassie was telling me how things happened rather than Yancey showing readers. I believe I would have had a better sense of any character growth if I had gone on the same journey with the characters, experiencing each wave and their losses. Continue reading

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder-coverForget the ashes.

Forget the ugly and evil (well, at least one of them is) stepsisters.

There’s no fairy godmother either in this new twist to the classic fairytale Cinderella.

There’s a new fad in town: Science Fiction. Young adult novels seem to be taking form in dystopian stories like The Hunger Games series or Divergent. But, reading Cinder is a breath of fresh air. The story doesn’t take place in a ruined world, but one that has developed technologies and has relationships with other planets (and even the Moon!)

Take a look at Cinder’s gorgeous cover. It’s definitely art candy, but its insides are worth devouring too. The first chapter was a little slow moving for me, but once I got going, I got addicted. The story follows the story of Cinder, a young mechanic, who is our sci-fi Cinderella. She has a secret she doesn’t want most people knowing. She’s a cyborg. Cyborgs are treated as low class citizens in futuristic Beijing. Yet, Cinder has an even bigger secret that she didn’t even know she had. Continue reading

Prediction: The Next Phenomenon

Ever hear of Harry Potter? If you haven’t, have you been living under a rock?

Heard of Twilight? Most of us have. If you managed to escape the damaging shrills of vampire fan girls, lucky you.

So what do these big name book titles have in common? Well, they all became a phenomenon.

In the book world, it gets hit with a new phenomenon, on average, in a cycle of every five years. Once you realise what the newest hot trend is, it is sometimes too late to jump onto the bandwagon—at least, for writers.

The vampires have had their spotlight, but the question now is: what’s next? Continue reading

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins), 2011

After her name is called, the girl walks onto the stage with all eyes on her. At the Choosing Ceremony, the audience remains quiet, waiting for her to make her choice. The girl gazes from one bowl to the next. There are 5 of them with different, symbolic matter in each bowl. They represent the 5 factions the society is divided into.

Stones huddle together. They stand for the selfless—the Abnegation.

Soil sits, settling at the bottom of the next bowl. It represents the peaceful—the Amity.

Glass reflects light. It symbolizes honesty—the Candor.

Water is contained in the fourth bowl. It stands for intelligence—the Erudite.

Fire burns fiercely in the last. It represents the brave—the Dauntless.

The tiny sixteen year old stands in front of the crowd with a blade in her hand, getting ready to slice her palm and let her blood drop into one of the bowls, confirming which faction she will live in for the rest of her life.

If she chooses the bowl with the stones, she remains in Abnegation and stays with her family, remaining in a life she feels she does not fit in. If she chooses one of the other bowls, she turns her back on her family, gaining a new way of life and a chance to reinvent herself.

This is Beatrice Prior’s dilemma. She must choose. Continue reading