July 2, 2019
Guardian's Not the Booker Prize Nominee (2018) Rating:
A rather timely horror novel, Sealed by Naomi Booth is set in a world in fear of an epidemic, the knowledge of which is suppressed in a country whose government seems to be sliding into a dystopian landscape. Reading this during the beginnings of the Coronavirus outbreak and around the time of the massive fires in Australia provided a rather morbid ambiance, one that hits a little too close to reality was a very unique experience.
Last Ones Left Alive By:
August 27, 2019
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
Debut author Sarah Davis-Goff brings us a standalone novel titled Last Ones Left Alive, a unique take on what happens when a sheltered young woman has to suddenly face the post-apocalypse alone. This novel is set in a post-apocalyptic Ireland, a place filled with zombie-like creatures called skrake. Orpen’s early life was sheltered, having been raised by her mother and Maeve on an uninfested island off the Irish coast. But now her mother’s gone, and Maeve is gravely ill. Determined, angry, and searching for her identity in the remnants of the world, Orpen takes Maeve to Ireland on a journey to find a rumored city and the banshees—the all-women fighting force that’s fought the skrake for generations.
How Long Till Black History Month By:
N. K. Jemisin
November 27, 2018
Locus Award for Collection, Nominee for Short Story for “Cuisine des Mémoires” and “The Storyteller’s Replacement” (2019); World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Collection (2019); ALA Alex Award (2019) Rating:
Featuring a variety of short stories in fantasy and science fiction genres, How Long ’til Black Future Month is a collection for fans of N.K. Jemisin and those new to her work. Previous books by Jemisin include the Hugo Award winning series The Broken Earth, as well as the Inheritance Trilogy and Dreamblood series.
The Record Keeper By:
June 18, 2019
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
Agnes Gomillion’s debut novel The Record Keeper is a book that examines race relations both past
and present in a near-future dystopian North America. The third world war began
with a computer virus that decimated technology and ended with the world cold
and empty, the people heavily divided. Now, the Kongo people are tasked with
cultivating crops for the rest of humanity, or what is left of it.
The Emperor's Railroad By:
April 19, 2016
Dreaming Cities #1 Rating:
A thousand years ago America as we know it was consumed by war and a plague that turned humans into zombie-like creatures decimated the population in The Emperor’s Railroad by Guy Haley, the first book in the Dreaming Cities series.
After the Green Withered By:
May 13, 2018
After the Green Withered #1 Rating:
I am thrilled to be a part of the Ultimate Blog Tour for Kristin
Ward’s novel After the Green Withered,
winner of the 2018 Best Indie Book Award. This dystopian novel is the first
book in a series, also titled After the Green Withered, which is aimed at a
young adult audience. The story follows an eighteen year old named Enora as she
graduates high school and is enrolled in an academy where the elites and heads
of society graduate and are doled jobs. Despite not wanting to go, Enora has no
choice. The change would give her parents more water credits, which they
desperately need. But the lack of water isn’t the only thing Enora and her
world struggle with. There are other forces at work. Everything isn’t as it
seems, and secrets better left hidden are slowly brought to life.
Blackfish City By:
Sam J. Miller
April 17, 2018
Blackfish City is
a dystopian science fiction novel from Sam J. Miller whose novel The Art of Starving won the Andre Norton
Award. The story takes place on an earth drowned by the sea. Climate change has
shrunk livable land, countries have fallen, and refugees migrate to places like
Qaanaaq – a floating city near a geothermal vent close to Greenland. But as
much as Qaanaaq is a savior for the displaced, it has its own problems. Steeped
in corruption and with no housing or work for incoming refugees from “drowned
cities,” disease is rampant. A disease referred to as ‘the breaks’ spreads
among the people while outside the city a mysterious woman riding an orca and with
a polar bear companion can be seen, a woman steeped in mystery and rumor.
There have been a lot of fantastic books this year. Some of my favorites have already been outlined in my Top 2018 Books list. Everything I enjoyed couldn’t have possibly fit in one list, though. And some books I still want to talk about weren’t necessarily full 5 star reads. But they were good nonetheless with interesting plots and themes and characters I really cared about. I noticed something in common with some of these: they didn’t have a lot of reviews on Gooodreads.
Before She Sleeps By:
August 7, 2018
Before She Sleeps by Binah Shah is a book is a dystopian novel set in a post-apocalyptic society where decreased fertility and disease have led to the human race declining, women being forced into marriages with multiple husbands. The story follows several women who resist this society and its rules. They do this in a very direct way – they are all part of an underground resistance – but also in their own smaller, personal ways. This is very much a story of autonomy and regaining autonomy.
The Biggerers By:
September 11, 2018
Ladies and gentleman, I have finally finished the largest book I may have read all year – #Tometopple books included. The Biggerers by Amy Lilwall is a massive 500+ page dystopian, near future novel by a strong new voice in the genre.