Tag: dystopian

Graphic Novel Review: V for Vendetta

Graphic Novel Review: V for Vendetta

I think most people are familiar with the story of V for Vendetta. I, like many others, have watched the movie, and I really really liked it. So when Gaby insisted on buying this for me as a late birthday gift, I was super excited. It’s one of those books that I’ve been meaning to read for a while — and I really wanted to start reading more graphic novels. Sadly, it didn’t go that well. The story is split up into three “books”. I really liked Book 1. It established the society that I was familiar with through the movie, and the art was […]

Posted December 13, 2013 by Debby in Graphic Novel Reviews, Reviews / 2 Comments
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Book Review: More Than This by Patrick Ness

Book Review: More Than This by Patrick Ness

More Than This was introduced to me as being a dystopia. As I started reading, I was puzzled. It wasn’t a dystopia until past halfway into the book. All along the way I was asking myself, “Well then, how would you describe it?” I couldn’t answer my own question. Because More Than This is precisely that unique. There’s no other book like it. And that alone makes it a book worth reading. From the first page, More Than This draws you in. Seth drowns and then… wakes up. All alone in an abandoned world. The beginning is a bit slow, because through flashbacks, you gradually […]

Posted November 29, 2013 by Debby in Reviews / 11 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Pawn by Aimée Carter

ARC Book Review: Pawn by Aimée Carter

When you first hear of Pawn, I totally wouldn’t blame you if your reaction is, “Oh boy, here we go, yet *another* dystopia…” It may have popped up in my head as well. But I love dystopias a whole whole lot, so I wasn’t ready to give up on the genre just yet. And it turned out quite well – because while it’s not a flawless book, it did have certain qualities that reaffirm my love for the genre. First off, I really like the world Aimee Carter created here. As far as dystopias go, it was well thought out (though maybe not the most […]

Posted November 25, 2013 by Debby in Reviews / 14 Comments
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Book Review: What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

Book Review: What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

What’s Left of Me is certainly one of the better and more unique dystopias out there. The creative premise is instantly captivating and definitely memorable. It’s a great read, and I certainly enjoyed it. But somewhere it does just lack that spark that makes me over-the-top fall in love with it. I must say I love the concept and its execution. Addie and Eva are two souls in one body. The story takes place from Eva’s point of view, the recessive soul. However, hybrids are illegal, and the fact that Eva hasn’t disappeared is not allowed. They try to keep this a secret, because letting go […]

Posted June 7, 2013 by Debby in Reviews / 0 Comments
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ARC Book Review: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

ARC Book Review: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

The first words that come to mind having finished this book are: hot damn, what a page turner. To be honest, while I am a big dystopia fan, I was sort of losing my faith in the genre. It’s being inundated with bland stories with bad world building and cheap romance. A lot of the ones I was picking up just lacked that spark. But this book… The Testing is one to look out for guys. What I think is strongest about this novel is that it really has that chilling dystopian feeling. What I mean by that is that the story is quite dark […]

Posted May 26, 2013 by Debby in Reviews / 25 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Taken by Erin Bowman

ARC Book Review: Taken by Erin Bowman

Taken can best be described as The Hunger Games meets The Maze Runner. I know it’s typical to compare any dystopian novel to The Hunger Games, but reading this one really gave me the same kind of vibe (maybe not so much as the first book, but the overall series for sure). Well, I obviously love The Hunger Games, yet I eventually gave up on The Maze Runner (the series). Aptly, my feelings for Taken lie somewhere in the middle. The plot is Taken‘s saving grace. Super intriguing. And action-packed. Most of the novel consists of a pattern of action-revelations-twist. It may have been a […]

Posted March 28, 2013 by Debby in Reviews / 16 Comments
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Book Review: Partials by Dan Wells

Book Review: Partials by Dan Wells

Despite a slow, very slow start and characters that were not the most engaging in the world, toward the end, Dan Wells did manage to convince me. This is a good story. But perhaps the best thing I can say about it is that it is a great set up for a series. It should be said that Partials is perhaps one of the more original dystopias out there. It’s a truly frightening post-apocalyptic world and has the necessary world building to make it semi-realistic. Perhaps the thing most hard to believe is how the people did still let themselves be controlled by the Senate. […]

Posted February 24, 2013 by Debby in Reviews / 8 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Dualed by Elsie Chapman

ARC Book Review: Dualed by Elsie Chapman

Dualed is a debut novel with an intriguing dystopian concept. Every person has an Alt – a genetically identical twin – and they must prove their worth to the community by eliminating that Alt before they turn 20. Only upon “completion” do the citizens finally get to live a peaceful life. That sounds epic, right? Sadly, I was slightly disappointed. This novel held a lot of promise, but right from the get go it became obvious that the concept left a lot of questions by which you can poke holes in the logic of the world building. Basically, this is a walled community, set up […]

Posted February 16, 2013 by Debby in Reviews / 2 Comments
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