Update on a Statisicity by Yaron Glazor

Last month, this blog hosted a guest post on dystopian science fiction by author Yaron Glazer. We’re happy to announce that Noble Beast is going to publish Statisicity, his dystopian sci-fi thriller set in Shanghai in the year 2084. Noble Beast is an amazing new publisher of enhanced ebooks, and their recent title – Steampunk […]

Prediction v. Prescription in Dystopian Science Fiction [Guest Post]

Authors of science fiction are often graded on the accuracy of their predictions. Gibson’s Neuromancer is praised for its prescience, and popular culture is littered with comparisons of contemporary regimes to the government of 1984. But is this the right measure of their success? Hardly. Descriptive accuracy is the province of journalism. Books like 1984 and Brave New World are great not […]

Review | The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Wowsa! Talk about a page-turning thriller! I just finished Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave in a little more than 24 hours. Yes, this means I have a sink full of dishes and an unmade bed. The 1st Wave = Lights Out, The 2nd Wave = Surf’s Up, The 3rd Wave = Pestilence, The 4th Wave […]

Review | Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

2013 A to Z Challenge: Letter R = Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job was to start fires…Books were for burning… along with the houses in which they were hidden, and sometimes even the people who hid them. His work was accepted and encouraged by the public majority. Montag enjoyed […]

Review | Crewel by Gennifer Albin

When Adelice’s parents discover she has the magical weaving gift that enables women to weave the fabric of reality, they do all in their power to train her to hide it. At age sixteen, all young women in Arras are tested for their weaving abilities. If the girls pass their tests, they are swept away […]

Review | Legend by Marie Lu

Description from Goodreads: What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors, the Colonies. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into […]

Review | Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Synopsis from Goodreads: In this sequel to the bestseller Divergent, war now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets emerge, and choices will become more irrevocable–and even more powerful. Transformed by her decisions, haunted by grief and guilt from those decisions, radical […]

Review | Divergent by Veronica Roth

Synopsis from Goodreads: In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will […]