Monthly Archives: October 2013

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

First and foremost, I think the ending, which has probably been discussed ad nauseum, is likely going to put off a lot of people.  I understand that but necessarily agree that it wasn’t necessary.  And the poignancy of that ‘shocker’ … Continue reading

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The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

The Testing is a solidly written novel with an interesting lead character and several interesting plot machinations. But fans of the dystopian genre will note that this is a bit too much like a cross between Hunger Games and Legend … Continue reading

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Wasteland by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan

Wasteland is one of those novels that sound good, should  be solid, and yet somehow leave the reader apathetic about the main characters and even bored at times.  It was a frustrating and lifeless read for me despite being solidly … Continue reading

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City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster

I really enjoyed the pan Asian setting of this novel – it takes a bit from Japanese, Chinese, and especially Indian cultures to create a world that is thoroughly described in the novel.  Since the novel takes place in a … Continue reading

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Perdition by Ann Aguirre

Perdition is one part Kick A heroine, one part alpha male, and one part actioner – all leading up to an anti hero that you root for despite what she does to survive. Dred murdered the previous leader of the … Continue reading

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Arclight by Josin L. McQuein

Upon first read of the synopsis, you would think this is a dystopian similar to Aguirre’s Outpost Series. But in actuality, what we have here is a loosely written and moody dystopian without the violence.  The story is interest The … Continue reading

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Taken by Erin Bowman

Taken is the atypical dystopian in that it is written from a male POV.  Parallels can be drawn with the much richer Mazerunner series in that regard – but honestly, Taken has a few issues that detract from an otherwise … Continue reading

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