Category: Dystopia

Review: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood Final Verdict: 3.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 04  Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful (socially, academically, etc.) The Handmaid’s Tale is a rather terrifying vision of an America wherein the government has fallen to religious (Christian) extremists,…

Experimental Review: Nova Express by William S. Burroughs

Nova Express by William S. Burroughs YTD: 03 William S. Burroughs is an unusual author, and this book irritated me, in a way. I’ve decided to adjust my review a bit to fit my mood, reaction, and the author.  I do this out of…

Review: House of Stairs by William Sleator

 House of Stairs by William Sleator Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 45 Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful (socially, academically, etc.) William Sleator’s House of Stairs is a fascinating psychological thriller about five orphans who are kidnapped, brought to an enormous…

Review: 1984 by George Orwell

1984 by George Orwell Final Verdict: 4.0 out of 4.0 YTD: 43 Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful (socially, academically, etc.) In the country of Oceania, Big Brother is always watching.  Even the tiniest twitch in one’s face or a blink of…

Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 33 Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful. In book two of Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss, Peeta, Haymitch, Gale, and the gang are back – and better than ever.  In…

Review: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand Final Verdict: 1.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 13 Plot/Story:  1 – Unbelievable Plot/Story. I must preface this review by stating that, having read Ayn Rand’s “About the Author” section, prior to reading this book, I commenced this monster with…

Review: The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau Final Verdict: 3.25 out of 4.0 YTD: 4 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting & believable. It is sometime in the future, on planet Earth, and something rather terrible has happened. For reasons not explained (though one…

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