Posts Tagged: scifi

Dress the Part: Uninvited (plus giveaway!)

Dress the Part: Uninvited (plus giveaway!)

Dress the Part is a monthly feature in which I use my past life as a costume designer and personal stylist to help the ladies of YA express themselves visually. This month I’m gonna take a look at Davy from Sophie Jordan’s Uninvited, a book about a future world in which we have found a way to test for “the kill gene.” Poor Davy’s cozy upper middle class existence is ripped away from her when she tests positive for the gene, and she pretty quickly loses everything she cares about (her future at Juilliard, her boyfriend, her friendships, etc.). More importantly for our purposes here, she has to get a huge fucking neck tattoo. So Davy gets her neck ink, and a few chapters later she is described as wearing khaki shorts, a bright blue tank top, and tennis shoes. With the ladybug necklace her dad bought her for her… Read more »

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Avalon: review

Avalon: review

When I was 21, a mutual acquaintance introduced me to Buzz Aldrin at a cocktail party. We had been talking for under thirty seconds when he just turned around and walked away.  While I was in the middle of speaking.  I got to talk to the second human to walk on the moon, and I was so boring he couldn’t even be bothered to make up a polite excuse for turning his back on me mid-sentence.  It was the greatest moment of my life. Because I love space.  Space adventures are among my favorite things in the world.  And Avalon is a really, really fun addition to this genre.  I mean, it has laser guns and a cute boy.  What is there to complain about? Not much, but… well, a few things bothered me. For instance, two (male) members of the Avalon’s crew are virtually indistinguishable from each other, character-wise,… Read more »

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Starters series & Social Club series: giveaway

Starters series & Social Club series: giveaway

Today we’re giving away two different sets of hot new releases! In the dystopian novel Starters, a desperate Callie signs up with Prime Destinations, a service that arranges for wealthy clients to “rent” her young body and live vicariously through her. But the renters are creepy and Callie just doesn’t know who she can trust. The sequel Enders is out tomorrow, and it’s a race against the clock as Callie tries to remove the chip implanted in her body that allows the Enders to control her actions.  I thought the first book was pretty fun, so it should be interesting to see how the story wraps up in the sequel. What do you think of the redesigned covers, by the way? I liked the original Starters artwork, but it might’ve made Callie look a little younger than she actually is. “The Start-Up” interesting consists of three serialized novellas, a concept… Read more »

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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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