Genre: Dystopia

Average Rating: 3.73


Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Posted 14 May, 2015 by Jamie Mariano in Review / 1 Comment
Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

“I never feared the night, not even as a child, but Blackcliff’s night is different, heavy with a silence that makes you look over your shoulder, a silence that feels like a living thing.” SEQUEL? Sequel. Need sequel. Tell me there’s a sequel. There’s always something captivating about a book that refuses to let your fingers pry itself from its pages. An Ember in the Ashes is like that, with a little hint of something… more. Again, we come across a hybrid novel of fantasy and dystopia, and again, it works. Though the novel presents a world that is left slightly unanswered, Tahir gives readers an enticing spark of a story with characters you just can’t leave behind. Laia and the remaining members of her family live under the Martial Empire. It’s tyranny at its finest, and for Laia and the rest of the oppressed Scholar people, it’s useless to fight back. But when her brother is taken away by the Empire’s soldiers, all Laia has left is to fight — even if it means infiltrating the Empire’s most dangerous walls: Blackcliff Academy. For Elias, Blackcliff Academy’s walls breed nothing but heartless, brutal weapons for the Empire. He knows this because he’s one of the academy’s top soldiers, trained to enforce the Empire’s cruelty on command. But as promising as his future is in Blackcliff, what Elias desires is far more dangerous: freedom. When Laia and Elias cross paths […]


Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Posted 24 March, 2015 by Jamie Mariano in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

“I’m a Red girl in a sea of Silvers and I can’t afford to feel sorry for anyone, least of all the son of a snake.” When there are stories that leave you up at 3:41 in the morning, wondering why haven’t I learned my lesson yet, then those are the stories worth talking about. I always try my best to stay away from hype, but sometimes, sometimes I just can’t resist. Red Queen was a good read. And while this story is indeed reminiscent of other YA favourites, it is Aveyard’s writing and world building that win you over. All her life, Mare has only known how to survive. As a Red, it’s the only thing that matters. Pickpocketing scraps for the family seems like the right thing to do, before she’s conscripted to a centuries-war fought by the Reds and won by the Silvers. Mare can’t afford to waste her time longing for a life elsewhere… that is, until her best friend is forced to join the war. To save her friend, Mare enters the Silvers’ elite society — one of privilege, power, secrets, and to her surprise, a revelation that would change history. Mare’s world is divided between Red and Silver, but what Aveyard reveals is a story much greyer than expected. Nothing’s certain in Red Queen. There are secrets. Betrayals. Lies. The history between the Reds and Silvers sprawls through centuries […]


Review: Mirror X by Karri Thompson

Posted 27 September, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Mirror X by Karri Thompson

I’ve been trying to expand my reading horizons and this sounded like something that I haven’t read before. Mirror X was a real let down for me. I actually debated multiple times just putting it down, but it was something that I told the publisher I would read so I figured I’d give it a chance. Cassie wakes up over one thousand years in the future, finding out that she had died, been frozen, and was reanimated. This brings me to my biggest problem with this novel: it was very unrealistic. Cassie was immediately at ease with Doctor Michael Bennett, almost the moment she wakes up. I mean, you wake up a thousand years into the future and are calmed right off the bat by a random doctor? No. And then things just got a lot more interesting with the introduction of the baby issue. You see, the citizens of this world are infertile and they want to use Cassie was a breeding mare to help their population. She put up a fight a little at first. Then gave up. Realistic? No. I guess what I’m trying to say is that there was a plethora of things in this novel that just tickled me the wrong way. It was too unrealistic, even for a dystopian/sci-fi novel. It seemed as if Thompson was just trying to pile on drama with all […]


Review: After the End by Amy Plum

Posted 30 July, 2014 by Abbey in Review / 0 Comments
Review: After the End by Amy Plum

This was my first Amy Plum book. I’ve read a few dystopians, and the idea of one that really wasn’t intrigued me. For her whole life, Juneau has been told that World War III was responsible for mass destruction and that her clan are some of the only survivors left. When Juneau comes back from a hunting trip to find her whole clan missing, she finally learns the truth: there was no WWIII. So she goes searching for her clan and is forced to seek help from a boy she knows she can’t trust. This book has left me incredibly irritated. A lot of questions were raised, but hardly any of them were answered. It almost feels as if the book ended in the middle of the story. The fact that I want the answers so badly can probably be attributed to the good storytelling. There wasn’t a lot of action. It didn’t bother me for the most part. However, there were a few times when I was bored due to the lack of things happening. I loved Juneau. She had no problems whatsoever taking care of herself. My favorite characters are those who are independent and Juneau was definitely that. That’s not to say she didn’t struggle with some things. Skinning a rabbit? Done. Building a fire? Easy peasy. Talking to members of normal society? Now that’s a problem. […]


Mini-Review: Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

Posted 19 July, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Mini-Review: Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

“When I first saw the sand, I thought it was beautiful. Like maybe it’d be fun to just roll around in and make sand angels. Now I know the truth, that sand is actually the love child of proud parents Marie Antoinette and Joseph Stalin.” I absolutely adored Fire & Flood. I really enjoy Scott’s trilogy, The Dante Walker series, so I was very excited for this novel. This novel is a dystopian which is different from Scott’s paranormal series. The characters in this novel are in a Hunger Games-esque fight for The Cure. I really liked the plot of this novel and that the romance was a serious subplot. The events in this novel were thrilling and I was rooting for the main character. The pacing was fast and furious and I just really enjoyed watching the character’s journey in this novel. Tella was not what you would expect in a novel like this one. She wasn’t Katniss Everdeen—she wasn’t strong, tough, or kickass. She was a girly girl who liked girly things. The only reason she was part of this competition was to save her brother. She really grew over the course of the novel but not into a full-on warrior. I really liked that because it set her apart from every other dystopian heroine out there. Guy was mysterious. I really don’t know much about him except […]


Review: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Posted 8 August, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Favorite Quote(s): “Perry held her against him. ‘I missed you,’ he whispered in her ear. He couldn’t hold her close enough. ‘I should never have let you go. I missed you so much.’” Favorite Character: ROAR!!! First Line: “Aria was here.” My Musings: It’s been a while since I have read a Veronica Rossi book. Actually, I believe that I read Under the Never Sky in my pre-blogging days. So I was ecstatic when this book came into the library for me—I had been waiting for a while to read more about Perry and Aria’s journey. In this novel, Perry has become Blood Lord and Aria is still searching for the Still Blue. Perry brings Aria to his home in the Tides, but the Tides don’t take too kindly to Aria. So Aria leaves with Roar in search of finding information about the Still Blue and to find Roar’s love, Liv. And of course, all sorts of action-y stuff goes on, but I don’t want to spoil anything for you all! I liked Aria more in this novel that the first one. In the first one, she was timid and weak, having to adapt to life on the Outside. In this novel, she is much stronger—physically, mentally, and emotionally. She’s a tough cookie in this novel, but you can still see her gushy insides when she’s with Perry. But anyways. Aria is […]


Review: Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Posted 23 April, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Favorite Quote(s): “But maybe happiness isn’t in the choosing. Maybe it’s in the fiction, in the pretending: that wherever we have ended up is where we intended to be all along.” “This is what amazes me: that people are new every day. That they are never the same. You must always invent them, and they must always invent themselves, too.” Favorite Character: Lena. She has really matured over the course of the series, and has learned to fight for what she believes in. First Line: “I’ve started dreaming of Portland again.” My Musings: I have to start by saying that Lauren Oliver is a phenomenal author–The Delirium series is one that I’ve loved since the first novel. Requiem was no different. Oliver created a new world where love was a disease. And there were the resistors. Those who wanted, and fought for, the decision to choose. The writing and world building of this novel were very interesting. The concept of a loveless world was something that you don’t see very often. The fact that Oliver was able to take that idea and make it her own is very inspiring. The prose itself was fluent. The story flowed very well, while switching back and forth between Lena and Hana’s points of view. I immensely enjoyed Lena’s narration, but it was hard to get into Hana’s. That may be simply because she […]


Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Posted 18 April, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 4 Comments
Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Check out my review of Divergent (Divergent #1) Favorite Quote(s): “’We’re all right, you know,’ he says quietly. ‘You and me. Okay?’ My chest aches, and I nod. ‘Nothing else is all right.’ His whisper tickles my cheek. ‘But we are.’” “Like a wild animal, the truth is too powerful to remain caged.” Favorite Character: Tobias. He’s cute and brave and he loves Tris. First Line: “I wake with his name in my mouth.” My Musings: Insurgent was one of my top reads this year so far. Roth blew me away with Divergent. However, this novel blasted me off of the planet. Roth’s writing is brilliant. It’s unique, descriptive, and captivate. The plot over the course of this novel was astounding. There were so many twists and turns, I’m surprised that I had the ability to keep up with them. There were absolutely no dull spots within this novel. There was always something happening, and that is something that is somewhat rare in YA writing. I loved the dystopian world that Roth continued to evolve. The world where people are split into factions–but that system has begun to go downhill. This made for a world full of adventure, and oh how much adventure there was! The characters, like the previous book, were very well developed. We got more insight into the world of Tris and Four. Tris continues to become […]


Mini-Review: Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

Posted 7 March, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 3 Comments
Mini-Review: Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

Favorite Quote(s): “’If you touch me like that again, Evangeline,’ he began in a husky tone, dropping to his seat once more, ‘in the space of a heartbeat, I will have you off this bike and onto the closest horizontal surface. And I woan be picky, no.’” Favorite Character: Evie. Very interesting character. First Line: “She’s so lovely, so fragile” My Musings: Poison Princess is a great dystopian novel. I loved the concept of the world that Cole created. It was interesting, and her plot and characters sealed he deal. Cole’s writing was descriptive, and it transported me into a world unlike one I’ve ever experienced. I was scary yet thrilling to see the world that these characters were living in. I also loved the concept of her novel. I have never read a novel centered around Tarot cards. Cole’s new idea was wildly refreshing in the world of YA literature that is mainly based around werewolves, vampires, and the like. Cole’s characters were dynamic as well. I loved watching them grow and develop as the novel went on. Evie evolved a lot. She grew into someone strong and somewhat wrathful. However, it was necessary in regard to all that she had gone through. I also enjoyed Jack’s character. That accent! Other than that, though, Jack had a rough exterior, but I don’t believe that that is all that is to him. I think […]


Review: Reached by Ally Condie

Posted 7 February, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 1 Comment
Review: Reached by Ally Condie

Favorite Quote(s): “There is ebb and flow. Leaving and coming. Flight and fall. Sing and silent. Reaching and reached.” Favorite Character: I really like Ky’s character. He was determined to get Cassia safe and live happily ever after. First Line: “Every morning, the sun comes up and turns the earth red, and I think: This could be the day when everything changes.” My Musings: I can honestly say that Reached was everything that I was expecting–and possibly more. I’m sad to see this series end; I cannot believe that I won’t be reading about Cassia, Ky, and Xander again. It saddening that their tale has finally come to an end. As always, Condie has exceeded my expectations. Reached had an amazing ending, which served as a great wrapping up of the series. There were so many unexpected, as well as expected endings, and loose ties present throughout the last two novels were successfully tied up. One thing that I enjoyed a lot was watching the characters grow over the course of the series. I loved watching them go against authority and stand up for what they believed was right. They managed to get past all the obstacles thrown their way, and still come out with a positive attitude and hope for the future. I found that really amazing. I loved Cassia and Ky’s love. It has always stood out to […]