Posts Categorized: dystopian/post-apocalyptic

sales alert: Hunger Games ebook trilogy for $4.38

sales alert: Hunger Games ebook trilogy for $4.38

Update 5:43 pm: Looks like the deal is gone, friends. Hope some of you were able to take advantage before it changed back to $17. Looks like it was probably one of those pricing errors. I’m not sure how long this bargain will last, but apparently Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy is only $4.38 right now for Kindle. If you haven’t already read this awesome dystopian series, this is the perfect time to do so. Snatch this up before it’s gone! Thanks to Flann over at The Readventurer for the tip. :)

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Divergent: review

Divergent: review

Divergent by Veronica Roth Any book that arrives heavily hyped usually has a ton of marketing power behind it. Sure, there are critical reviews to consider, but these days many consumers are more aware than ever of the dollars at stake behind book and film negotiations. Which means that there’s a lot of pressure riding on any book to live up to its promise, particularly one that comes from a 23-year-old author who has already landed a 3-book deal and signed the movie rights to the studio behind the Twilight franchise. After so many heavily hyped and wearisome projects such as Halo or Matched, it’s a pleasure to find that every once in awhile, there’s a good reason behind the fanfare. Divergent is the fast-paced, action-packed story of 16-year-old Tris, who comes from one of the five factions in a dystopian Chicago. She must choose one of the factions–Candor (honesty), Abnegation (selflessness), Dauntless… Read more »

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Legend: review

Legend: review

Legendby Marie Lu I like an action-packed adventure, don’t you? Legend is a lot of fun to read, and follows two teens who are born into opposite sides in a futuristic Los Angeles in the Republic of America. 15-year-old June is an exceptionally gifted prodigy who is being groomed to become a military star. But when her brother is senselessly murdered, she embarks upon a mission to find his killer–and discovers that all signs point towards Day, a notorious criminal who is already wanted by the Republic. This is a cocktail of dystopian YA, Romeo and Juliet, and various wronged imprisonment stories all blended together with liberal dashes of adventure and intrigue. I liked both June and Day, and I was eager to learn more about the big mystery behind why the government is so interested in Day’s brother. The best thing about Legend, however, is the terrific action sequences… Read more »

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Dark Parties: review

Dark Parties: review

Dark Partiesby Sara Grant So…this book starts out with a make out scene. Neva does some kissing with her boyfriend and then there’s a little bit of We Must Rebel From the Protectosphere business before there’s another makeout scene…but this time, with her best friend Sanna’s boyfriend. Oops, it was really dark. I’m sorry if this sounds a little flippant, but although I liked this book well enough, it did strike me as a little odd that this is how it began. I actually had to flip back to make sure this was YA, since it was an unusual way for a dystopian young adult novel to start. In any case, this story is about a totalitarian society which strictly controls information and reproductive rights, and warns its citizens about the toxic atmosphere outside of the large dome under which they all live. Things are currently heightened because there are… Read more »

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Burn Bright: review

Burn Bright: review

Burn Bright (Night Creatures #1)by Marianne de Pierres Imagine a place where there are no Elders. No rules. No punishment. Only music and laughter and freedom. Deadly pleasures await on Ixion, an eerie island where young people are transported twice a year when they want to indulge in hedonistic pursuits. It is always night here, and every conceivable vice is available and encouraged. Retra has gone to Ixion in order to find her brother Joel, but her sheltered upbringing makes her cringe at the excess on display. She knows, however, that she cannot stand out and must give into pleasure before she can find what she most desires. This is a wildly exciting novel filled with visual splendor. There are balloon gondolas. Sleek, stingray-shaped powerboats. Female pirates. Cloaks made of bat skins. Electro-eyes that spy on citizens. Obedience strips that control where people with pain. And deadly night creatures who pounce… Read more »

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Blood Red Road: review

Blood Red Road: review

Blood Red Road (Dustlands #1)by Moira Young This review may contain mild spoilers, but they’re nothing that you won’t see in the trailer for the film. That’s right, Ridley Scott optioned this book for a film before it was even published, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a hugely entertaining spectacle full of adventure and excitement and thrills, with action scenes that you can clearly picture as you read them. Saba’s twin brother Lugh has been kidnapped by a band of horsemen, and she sets off alone on the quest to bring him back. Well, she tries to go alone, but her pesky little sister Emmi keeps finding a way to tag along after her, even though they’re trekking through a dried up wasteland filled with danger around every turn. Here are some of the things that made this story super fun: * Saba is a bad-ass. There’s no… Read more »

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Deadline (Newsflesh #2): review

Deadline (Newsflesh #2): review

Deadline (Newsflesh #2)by Mira Grant One year has passed since Shaun and Georgia Mason found more than they bargained for as they investigated the truth behind the Kellis-Amberlee virus, a mutated cure for human disease that led to the uprising of the dead. The events that transpired then have an enormous impact now as the high-profile bloggers from After the End of Times uncover a conspiracy that is even bigger than they ever imagined. A CDC researcher fakes her own death in a spectacular fashion and shows up at their headquarters, and soon the whole team is battling zombies, mutant dogs, and the ever-present ghosts of their past. When I finished this book late last night, my thoughts were “I have not a single criticism to offer. Not a single one.” And this still holds true. Without exception, every question and doubt I raised with Feed is answered here. The… Read more »

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