Robot Boy primarily revolves around Isaak, a boy who discovers he was not born human, but was created as a weaponized robot. One night, a girl named Azure helps him escape from a group of soldiers who are hunting him down in order to destroy him. Isaak and other robots find refuge with a secret organization called the Underground—a place where humans and robots work together towards a future where they can co-exist. Isaak struggles with the choice to hold onto his humanity and risk death or become the very thing he was made to be in order to survive. Continue reading
If you’re a Hunger Games fan and looking for another great dystopian read, you’re going to want to read Red Rising. I’d say it’s even grittier than Hunger Games. It’s a mesh of science fiction and ancient Rome.
The story follows Darrow, a young miner who lives on Mars and deemed a Red, the lowest rank in this world’s caste system. All he knows is a rough life of poverty and digging all day, extracting precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. Apparently, the Reds are humanity’s last hope, but that’s all a lie. Mars has been habitable—and inhabited—for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. They’re the kind of people who look down on Darrow and his fellow slave laborers, who are exploited and worked to death without a second thought. But one day, Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school with the intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. Continue reading
After turning the last page of this book, my first thought was “what the hell did I just read?” This book isn’t a light read. If you rush through it, you might miss the point or at least a passage that might mean something to you if you take the time to digest it. Downes’ Fell of Dark is meant to be read carefully and be savoured for its beauty and horror.
It follows two young boys. One named Erik and the other named Thorn. Erik was abducted as a child not long after his father died. As he grows older, he performs miracles and grows into a giant, standing at almost eight feet when he finally meets Thorn. After he performs his first miracle and sees blood on his palms that no one else can see, he decides to keep an oath of silence and gives up his friends. Erik’s narrative is addressed to the wife he feels he’s destined to meet. He also reads the Bible in Latin and considers himself “a martyr waiting for [his] holy death.” Meanwhile, Thorn is bullied at school and his parents have been abusing him since his sister died. He is tormented by voices in his head: the “growls and grunts and whining saws” of Sawmen, Guardians, and the Architect who direct his actions and reactions. Teenagers Erik and Thorn are destined to meet and have a disastrous first encounter. Continue reading
Science fiction is all the rage lately. It’s interesting to me the different kind of stories and characters that could spring up from one genre. Some of us may not believe in Astrology, but we’re curious just the same to read about our horoscope in the daily newspaper. What if humanity was divided up into each astrological sign and people would live life based on the traits each sign represents? That’s where you get Romina Russell’s Zodiac.
It’s the first book of a series, which meshes science fiction with high fantasy. The story follows Rhoma Grace (friends and family call her Rho for short). She’s from House Cancer. When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts her new role. Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to seek his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians. Continue reading
The #weneedmorediversity movement has spread like wildfire across the internet, especially on social media. It made me aware of the lack of stories about minorities. It also encourages me to read more diverse stories with diverse characters. The Walled City is a great book to pick up to open yourself up to another culture.
The Walled City is about three characters: Dai, Jin, and Mei Yee. Sometimes, it hurts a book when there is more than one narrator. But Graudin transitions from character to character nicely. Each of them are fully developed characters and have traits readers will love. I never found myself struggling with favouritism. Continue reading
I’m a huge fan of the show Downton Abbey. My mother and I can’t get enough of it. We adore the storylines and the characters (even malicious Thomas Barrow!). When I stumbled upon Downton Abbey: Rules for Household Staff on NetGalley, I was intrigued to read it.
It’s a tiny instructional book on how to properly serve in a well-established home during the 1800s and early 1900s. It starts off with a foreword from the fictional butler of Downton Abbey, Mr. Carson. The book seems to mirror his voice throughout too. While it may be amusing for fans of the show, it can also come across a little dry and boring for someone who may know nothing about the show or the time period. Continue reading