Category: Dystopia

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One was first published by Broadway Books in 2011. I’ve had it on my “to be read” pile for about six years and finally decided to read it as part of my 2018 TBR Pile Challenge because the movie adaptation…

Thoughts: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel Final Verdict: 3.75 out of 4.0 Station Eleven begins, ironically and appropriately, in a theater with a staging of William Shakespeare’s King Lear. Three of the novel’s recurring characters are first encountered in this opening scene, a…

Thoughts: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith So, this is the way the world ends.  Not with a bang, but with a …uh… clacking-buzzing sorta sound? Yes, I think T.S. Eliot would be proud of Andrew Smith’s newest wasteland, which is to say, an average, all-American,…

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

. Divergent by Veronica Roth Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 41 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting and believable. In Chicago, sometime in the (not too distant) future, society has been torn apart by war, and those who remain have separated into…

Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey Final Verdict: 2.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 35 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting and believable. Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave is a young adult sci-fi dystopian novel that has been carefully constructed to check off all the…

Review: The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith

The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 34 This review may contain minor spoilers. Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting & believable. Poor Jack.  Sixteen years old and still a virgin.  Then, in one night, he has the opportunity…

Review: Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami Final Verdict: 3.25 out of 4.0 YTD: 25 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting & believable. Every year, in the Republic of East Asia, one 3rd-year Junior High class, made up of 15-year olds, is selected at random to participate in…

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