Dystopian

Nerve – Jeanne Ryan (14+)

I liked the movie “Nerve” and when I found out it was a book I wanted to read it. When I read Divergent I thought it was better than the movie, so I thought “Nerve” might be too. In Nerve, the characters get money for doing dares. The dares become increasingly dangerous with severe consequences. […]

Firstlife (Series Book 1) – Gena Showalter (14+)

3 1/2 stars. I really loved the concept of this series. We live a firstlife, and during your firstlife, between the ages of 16-18 you have to choose where you will live your secondlife: Troika (the light and morally superior) or Mryiad (the darkness full of delicious excess) or remain unsigned and go to a […]

Mindwalker – A J Steiger (14+)

4 1/2 stars. I’ve had a book hangover for nearly a month (argh!) and I needed something very powerful to break that spell. “Mindwalker” was the book to do that. Powerful, original, a scary premise, and a big hearty nod at humanity’s past and present. A J Steiger captured me from page one and I […]

Gone – Michael Grant (13+)

The “Gone” series has been out since 2008 but this is the first chance I’ve had in my crazy reading schedule to pick it up. I thought it’d be a good choice for my YA book club “The Outsiders”, and goodness knows I love a good dystopian thriller. It’s a long book at 500+ pages […]

Quarantine – Lex Thomas (15+)

This series is really is a modern reenactment of “Lord of the Flies”. A perfectly paced YA dystopian novel which of course requires a slight suspension of reality. McKinley High is under military quarantine as the teens have been infected by a virus that makes them deadly to adults. In “Quarantine” Lex Thomas manages to […]

How To Bee – Bren MacDibble (9+)

4 1/2 stars. I love when a book surprises me, and that’s exactly what “How To Bee” did. It’s a beautifully told tale set in the near future where bees are now extinct and children pollinate our plants. And although the world Peony lives in is extremely challenging, the novel is ultimately uplifting. As a […]

Blame (14+) – Simon Mayo

I don’t lightly give a book 5 stars. It has to be engaging, well written, great characters and a great story to boot. “Blame” has all of this and more. I have loved 5 star books, like George Orwell’s “1984” and Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”  for over half my life, so Simon Mayo had a […]