Posts Tagged: science fiction

[Review] Unknown by Wendy Higgins

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23 August
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There is something truly terrifying about an apocalypse setting that scares and fascinates me at the same time.  I think Wendy Higgins did a good job of building a truly scary world in Unknown.  I finished this book in two days.  I only put it down to sleep.  Even when I put the book down I still kept think about how frightening this book actually was.     Unknown starts out like any other contemporary love story.  A girl grows up with her brother and his best friend.  Then the brother’s best friend becomes her friend as well.  Of course,… Read more »

[ARC Review] Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

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22 October
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I read this book as part of the Dewey’s 24hr readathon. Wolf by Wolf is so fascinating that it didn’t feel like I was reading it as part of a challenge. It was easy to read this book in one day. I love the question the author says she asked herself, the afterward, on coming up with this book’s concept, “What if…?” What if, is definitely what Wolf by Wolf is all about. What if Germany and Japan won the WWII? What if Third Reich ruled most of Eastern Hemisphere? Therefore, Hitler would need to die. I think most of… Read more »

[ARC Review] The Cage by Megan Shepherd

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24 May
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When I finished this book the first thought I had was a feeling of accomplishment. Why? I had a really really really hard time getting into this book at first. It started with five teenagers waking up in a place and having no idea of who they were there or who put them there in the first place. I felt just as confused, as a reader,  because the book kept jumping around from so many points of view and all of them told in third person point of view. I just found it hard to keep up with and at some points,… Read more »

[Review] Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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22 April
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Here’s the weird thing about this book. I really, really enjoyed it despite not having any nostalgic connection to any of the things that were mentioned. Sure, I’ve seen some of them. But, overall, it’s not like I was an 80’s kid. Were this to really hit home for me it would require far more Can’t Hardly Wait and Spice Girls, probably a lot of Super Nintendo and N64 games. Still, it was an awful lot of fun. It’s the future and everyone lives in poverty, famine, other such depressing nonsense, so everyone plugs into this simulation, OASIS. It’s free… Read more »

[Review] House Immortal by Devon Monk

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18 April
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Man, it’s been a tough two months. I didn’t mean to disappear so suddenly. I feel like everyone in my house has been sick since mid-February. They might possibly have been. I couldn’t focus on reading and  couldn’t write reviews and I was just a big ball of useless. I’m actually starting to feel better now, so here’s hoping that everything is looking up from here on out! This is totally my first time reading Devon Monk, which is silly, because she has a huge bibliography already. No matter, I finally got into her books after looking into getting on… Read more »

[Review] Fairest by Marissa Meyer

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04 February
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So, this is the book they used to shoehorn out Winter and make us wait for it. Still not sure that that was worth it. Sure, it’s a fancy little tidbit, but they didn’t have to postpone a book that was a) the end of a series and b) already finished in order to release it. After being teased year after year by George RR Martin, I’m always a little upset when books I actually want are pushed back for any reason, especially silly reasons. Dear publishers, just don’t. Don’t play with my feelings like that. I’d appreciate it. I… Read more »

[Audiobook Review] The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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31 January
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I actually DNF’d this book once. I’ll admit it. I got about fifty pages in and absolutely nothing was making sense and I just didn’t have time for that sort of nonsense. I’m all for having books be mysterious, but this, despite the memory loss, made everyone just seem really dumb. Four hours into this audiobook, I considered DNF’ing again, but by that point I was almost halfway through. So, I decided to see it out to the end. I’m not sure if that was a good thing or not, honestly. Our main protagonist, Thomas is sent to a settling… Read more »

[Audiobook Review] The 100 by Kass Morgan

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10 January
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So, I this was sitting on the first page of the library’s audiobook selection for science fiction and fantasy, and I’ve been hearing everyone on twitter talk about watching the show. So, I thought, why not? Why not give this book a chance? Because, really, how bad could it be? The audiobook was well read. There were two narrators, one for the boys and one for the girls and I really have no issues with their presentation. It actually made this easier to listen to. But the book was so, so bad. I have no idea how this compares to the… Read more »

[Short Story Review] Legion by Brandon Sanderson

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31 December
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This story was interesting, but also very strange. Our main character is brilliant, but he combats his brilliancy by creating hallucinations that act as exports in the area of information he’s trying to access. These hallucinations have their own issues and personalities and know everything from general knowledge, to psychology to foreign languages. This helps him solve cases and do crazy things. He’s like Sherlock, if Sherlock talked to himself. Anyway, he’s supposed to find a stolen camera and instead finds a terrorist cell. They are vanquished in short order, but it’s obvious that there is much more to our… Read more »

[Short Story Review] Mitosis by Brandon Sanderson

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17 December
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Hah, well this was a silly in between short story. I am not entirely sure what the point of it was? It doesn’t really add much to the characterization of the established Reckoners and it doesn’t really do much in terms of major plot points. David is still pining over Megan, though I mentioned in my review of Steelheart that despite telling me he has feelings, they have about as much romantic chemistry as a wet sock. The city of Newcago is brimming with refugees coming to live somewhere without the fear of epics, but there are just as many… Read more »