Review of Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. ★★★★ I’ve heard a lot about Parable of the Sower. I only narrowly missed out on reading it in high school — the freshmen English teachers began teaching it when I was a sophomore. I’ve also heard people say that it’s eerily accurate to the United States after November 2016. I’ll…

Review from The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey

The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey. ★★★★ I’m not a huge fan of zombies, but when I heard M.R. Carey was writing a prequel to The Girl with All the Gifts, I knew I had to get my hands on it as soon as possible. Years before the start of The Girl with All the Gifts, the…

Review of The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin. ★★★★ The Obelisk Gate directly continues where The Fifth Season left off and must be read in order. If you haven’t read The Fifth Season, go read it. Now. Seriously, it’s one of the best fantasy books I’ve ever read. When I say The Obelisk Gate directly continues The Fifth Season, I mean it starts in the very…

Review of The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor

The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor. ★★★ The Book of Phoenix is the prequel to Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death, which I haven’t read. It’s possible that this was a mistake, but there were enough oddities regarding the ending that I think it may be more to do with the book itself. It’s science fiction with a very…

Review of And All the Stars by Andrea K. Host

And All the Stars by Andrea K. Höst. ★★★1/2 And All the Stars is one of the better YA apocalyptic novels I’ve read. Towers have sprouted from cities around the world, spreading a strange dust. Those who encounter the dust either die or transform… Madeleine Cost is a fifteen year old artist who’s skipping school to go paint a…

Review of On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis. ★★★1/2 On the Edge of Gone is a stand alone YA science fiction novel about the end of the world. A comet is about to hit Earth, and Denise’s family does not have a place in either the permanent shelters beneath the ground or the generation ships heading off planet….

Audio Book Review of Angelfall by Susan Ee

Angelfall by Susan Ee. ★★★ Angelfall is a YA novel that takes place six weeks after the beginning of the apocalypse, when angels began attacking the world. I don’t regret listening to it, but it did fall into many pitfalls of the YA genre. Penryn is out on the streets with her wheel chair bound sister and schizophrenic…

Review of The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin. ★★★★1/2 The Fifth Season is the start of an inventive apocalyptic fantasy trilogy set in a world wracked by frequent catastrophes which destroy civilizations and leave ruins in their wake. People have grown used to a world of disasters and prepared, storing food for hard times ahead. But when a giant rift in…

Review of Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac

Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac. ★★★1/2 Killer of Enemies is a pleasantly entertaining YA book about an Apache heroine who kills monsters. A mysterious event causes all electronics to stop working, plunging the world into disaster. Prior to the cataclysmic event, the Ones (the elite rulers) had created genetically manipulated pets for themselves. Freed of their electric fences,…

Review of Dawn by Octavia Butler

Dawn by Octavia Butler. ★★★★ Trigger warning for rape and sexual assault Dawn is the story of a woman who wakes up in an alien spaceship centuries after the Earth is largely destroyed by a nuclear war. The Oankali pick up the survivors, but it is ambiguous as to whether they are saviors or kidnappers. At any rate, the humans are…

Review of Sourcery by Terry Pratchett

Sourcery by Terry Pratchett. ★★★1/2 Sourcery is the fifth Discworld book and stands alone from any of the others. However, it’s definitely not one I would suggest starting with. If you’re interested in Discworld, I would suggest trying Guards! Guards!, Going Postal, or Small Gods. Sourcery is one of the weakest books, and is more reminiscent of The Light Fantastic than anything else. It…

Review of World War Z by Max Brooks

World War Z by Max Brooks. ★★★★ I’m not normally a fan of zombie books, but I really enjoyed World War Z. I got completely sucked in and ended up reading all of this in around twenty-four hours. For those who don’t know, World War Z is written in the form of interviews recorded for a UN report…