Posts Categorized: sci fi or futuristic

Red Rising: Review

Red Rising: Review

Oh, Red Rising. Where do I even start with you? There were many “What in the world?!?” moments throughout this reading (that’s a good thing). This is essentially “Dystopian, eugenic, Capture the Flag on Mars”. For real. I did a lot of creepy, evil smiling throughout. What can I say? This book served to further chill the cockles of my cold, dark heart, and I just loved it for that. This is a story for readers who, like me, are fascinated by these questions: What happens when your enemy becomes your friend? What happens when you become your enemy? I’ve kept this as free of plot points as possible. The less you know about what is going on and what is going to happen the better. I wouldn’t want to deny you a single one of those jaw dropping moments. I am absolutely horrified by the world of Red Rising… Read more »

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Fortune’s Pawn: review

Fortune’s Pawn: review

When Fortune’s Pawn landed on my doorstep I regarded it with the usual skepticism. (I know, I’m terrible.) But sometimes taking a chance on something you’ve never heard of pays off in a big way, because I love, love, loved this book! It’s science fiction written like urban fantasy–while I may catch some flack for that description, what I really mean by that is that it’s a well-plotted, complex futuristic story, but it zips along with snappy dialogue and snark more commonly found in UF. And as much as a badass as Devi is, there’s also a definite focus on her love life as well. If you’re a fan of scifi, here are just a few things I’ve come up with to persuade you to give this series a chance. 5 Reasons to Read Fortune’s Pawn Devi is really IS like Ripley in Aliens. Marketing copy often makes me laugh… Read more »

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These Broken Stars Tour Kickoff + giveaway: World-building for the Future

These Broken Stars Tour Kickoff + giveaway: World-building for the Future

Welcome to the official kickoff for the These Broken Stars tour! Our readers know we only host tours for books and authors we are crazy about, and I can tell you that in this case we love both the book (here is Kate’s adoring review) and the authors. I met Amie in person when I was in Australia a year ago, where we bonded over our mutual love of YA scifi and other bookish discussions. Now here’s the thing: I rarely seek out real-life author interactions, particularly before I’ve read the book, because it’s inevitably awkward if I don’t end up liking it. BUT I LOVED IT, you guys. Lilac is that girl you wish you could travel with, because she’s independent and interesting and could fix your spaceship if it’s hit by an asteroid. (Well, maybe not an asteroid, but you know.) And TARVER. Tarver is one of the… Read more »

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These Broken Stars: review

These Broken Stars: review

I’ve heard this book described as Titanic in space, and while I suppose that is technically pretty accurate, it really only applies to the first 10% of the story, at which point the crash occurs.  From then on, it’s about two brilliant young people from opposite backgrounds who have to learn to work together to survive alone, marooned on a strange planet that seems to be haunted by the ghosts of their ship’s dead. Lilac is the only child of the wealthiest man in the universe (Which is, by the way, an amount of money that has no comparison in our world.  She’s not Paris Hilton-level rich; her father runs a corporation that essentially controls what goes on on almost every planet.  And he’s single.)  The two of them have been extremely close (not in a creepy way) since the death of her mother, and he’s taught her a great… Read more »

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Champion prize pack giveaway!

Champion prize pack giveaway!

Are you excited for Champion, the final book in Marie Lu’s Legend series? After the surprising cliffies in the last book, I know I am! The author has been teasing us mercilessly with cryptic tidbits for months, and while I’m a little worried about some of the things I’ve read, I also hear here will be “other things” just as swoon-worthy as Prodigy’s infamous bathtub scene. Be still my heart.   Aside from finding out what happens with Day and June, I’m also looking forward to finding out about this plague that’s going to strike, as well as how our heroine fares working within the dangerous Republic. (With Anden! Whom I have to admit is rather upsettingly attractive. Shhhh.) Check out the action-packed trailer for the book below. It features some of the best special effects and production values I’ve ever seen, and now I’m totally ready for these movie… Read more »

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Parasite: review

Parasite: review

Six years ago, Sally Mitchell woke up from a coma with no memory of anything but the hot warm darkand the sound of drums.  She did not know what humans were.  She did not understand language.  She remembered nothing of the seizure that caused her to drive her car into the path of a bus.  She had a completely new personality.  She was a completely new person. Sal’s life was saved by an intestinal parasite.  Hundreds of thousands of people have a version of the same parasite in them, a parasite genetically modified to fight disease and infection in its host.  No one knows how Sal’s parasite managed to wake her from a coma, or why she has no memory and a new personality, or why, for that matter, she is terrified of teeth.  But as Sal and her boyfriend try to figure out what is going on, they learn… Read more »

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Unfed: review

Unfed: review

In Undead, fifteen-year-old Bobby Brook and her mother moved back to Scotland from the US, where they’d lived for six years, following the death of Bobby’s father. Before the school year started, Bobby’s mother insisted that she go on a class trip to a ski lodge.  While Bobby was out in the wilds of Scotland with her classmates, there was a zombie outbreak, and all but a handful of the students fell victim to it.  The survivors—Smitty (the bad boy), Pete (the nerd), and Alice (the mean girl)—fought their way through a countryside teeming with zombies, forming a sort of weird, dysfunctional family, the center of which was Bobby and Smitty’s friendship/fledgling romance When last we saw Bobby and her friends, they were in a school bus, fleeing the disgusting zombie hordes, and that’s where we pick up at the beginning of Unfed: We’re in a school bus.  Which is… Read more »

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