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.
I first discovered The Accusation by Bandai from a BookTube channel, thought I cannot recall which one exactly. There was something intriguing about this collection of short stories beyond the obvious – I always enjoy a good short story, and I actively seek out books in translation. This was a collection of stories from a place where we do not get stories, where literature and film and everyday life is somewhat of an unknown. It is a story the author went to great lengths to hide and smuggle out of North Korea to China. It is a story which, by all rights, I should have heard about soon due to nothing less than the sheer importance that it was published.
An Unkindness of Ghosts By:
Oct 3, 2017
Stonewall Book Award Nominee for Literature (2018); Lambda Literary Award Nominee for LGBTQ SF/F/Horror (2018) Rating:
It has been a very long time since any book has made me want to pick up my old quote journal and copy lines down. The journal isn’t pretty. It’s not one of those moleskin bullet journals, just a pocket sized notebook an old teacher gave us with some inspirational quotes after high school graduation. I’m not sure where it is now. I never thought I’d go looking for it again. But An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon made me want to dig that notebook out and copy down lines right from chapter 1.