Category: Dystopian

Boosting Black Voices: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Boosting Black Voices: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Greetings Bookworms, Remember a while back when I did a listicle promoting Black rom-coms? I’ve had this list of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy authors percolating in the back of my brain since then. Actually, I’ve had the skeleton of this post written since then, but you know, LIFE. I was spurred to finally get this post out in the internet because I’ve had a couple of occasions recently where I’ve… Read more »

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Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler

Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler

Greetings Bookworms! I’ve been on an Octavia Butler kick lately. After I read Fledgling (review) wherein Octavia Butler turned vampire lore upside down, I decided it was time to tackle dystopian/post apocalyptic Butler. When an author totally blows your mind in multiple genres (because Kindred too!), it only makes sense to explore their entire backlist of titles, right? Enter Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents. Parable of… Read more »

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The Fifth Season and The Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin

The Fifth Season and The Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin

Rusting Earth, Bookworms! I’ve told you before that I rely on my bookish friends on Twitter for oodles of recommendations, but I cannot thank Shaina enough for raving about NK Jemisin. I devoured The Fifth Season (with my ears) and waited on tenterhooks for a few weeks before the sequel, The Obelisk Gate was released. Obviously, I gobbled that book down as well, but I was only semi-lucky in the timing of… Read more »

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The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

Greetings Bookworms! It’s always a good day when we’ve got a new Margaret Atwood novel to discuss, isn’t it? She’s back and doing what she does best, dystopia-ing it up. In her latest novel, The Heart Goes Last, Atwood explores many of the themes that made The Maddaddam Trilogy (review) and The Handmaid’s Tale (review) so doggone awesome. Let’s talk about it, okay? (Like you have a choice in this. Ah the beauty… Read more »

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Hidey Ho, Bookworms! I know I’m constantly shoving book recommendations in your faces, but I like to think we have a symbiotic relationship. I mean, when one of my friends says “OMG Katie, read this book right now” I’ll do it… Eventually. Case in point! My friend Ash told me that I needed to read Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and I totally did. Seriously, it was in a timely… Read more »

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The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon

The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon

Good Morrow, Bookworms! Raise your hand if you use your smart phone more than you’re proud of. My hand is high in the air, y’all. (I blame Trivia Crack.) I remember hearing a whole bunch of folks talking about the awesomeness that is The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon so when it popped up as available from my library’s digital services, I had to download it. Because I’m controlled by… Read more »

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The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

Greetings Bookworms! I love y’all. Have I mentioned that? I love the book blogosphere, too. It’s where I get most of my book recommendations. Sometimes it takes me a while to get around to reading something, but there are some bloggers (and generally awesome human beings) who never steer me wrong. My girl Heather at The Capricious Reader thought the Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness was amazing and, as usual, she… Read more »

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Good Morrow, Bookworms! I’m feeling rather Shakespearean today, and it’s the fault of Emily St. John Mandel’s new (and awesome) novel, Station Eleven. There’s been a lot of buzz floating around about this book, but don’t believe the hype. Well, no. DO believe the hype. But believe it because I said so. (Shhhh, it makes me feel important.)  Station Eleven explores a world twenty years after a flu pandemic knocks out 99%… Read more »

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The Ark by Annabel Smith

The Ark by Annabel Smith

It’s The End of the World As We Know It, Bookworms! I feel fine. How about you? It’s no secret that post-apocalyptic fiction is my jam, so I was pretty excited when Annabel Smith contacted me about checking out her new book The Ark. You might recognize Annabel’s name as one of the founders of the Six Degrees of Separation meme. Annabel and I bonded over the fact that her… Read more »

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Sad Robot Stories by Mason Johnson

Sad Robot Stories by Mason Johnson

Greetings, Bookworms! You know how I’m always rattling on and on about books and how you should read them? Sometimes I actually take other people’s advice. Really. I listen when you give me suggestions, I promise. Case in point. A few weeks ago I put together an Idiosyncratic Lit List dedicated to robot stories. When I posed the question at the end of the post as to what I’m missing… Read more »

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