Review of Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh

Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh. ★★★1/2 I’ve had a lot of bad luck with YA dystopia, but Rebel Seoul turned out to be a gem of the genre. In Neo Seoul, everyone is drafted into the military upon coming of age. Lee Jaewon’s escaped his past as a gang member in the slums of Old Seoul and now attends a…

Review of Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller

Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller. ★★★★ Blackfish City is an incredibly immersive science fiction novel that’s likely to be one of my favorite books of 2018. In an ecologically devastated future, floating cities are created to house refugees from flooded nations. One such city is Qaanaaq, situated near the Arctic Circle. The city is governed mainly by various…

Review of The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline. ★★★1/2 This YA dystopia is pretty different from the rest of its subgenre, in a good way. Frenchie is on the run. His parents and brother have already been taken, grabbed by government agents, shoved in a white van, and driven off to the schools. After years of ecological devastation, a…

Review of Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer. ★★★★ I’m so glad I finally got around to reading Borne. In fact, I think I liked it even more than Annihilation. Rachel is a twenty-six-year-old woman making her living as a scavenger in a nameless city. The city once played host to the Company, which created all sorts of biotech. Ultimately, the Company created…

Review of An Excess Male by Maggie Shen King

An Excess Male by Maggie Shen King. ★★★★ The Handmaid’s Tale is an apt comparison for An Excess Male, a dystopic sci-fi novel that extrapolates the results of China’s One Child Policy. An Excess Male centers around one family and Wei-guo, an “excess male” who hopes to join that family. In the future imagined by King, China has turned to polyandry…

Throwback Thursday: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. ★★★ I first read The Hunger Games sometime in middle school. I remember liking it, but I never felt the need to go back and reread. Eventually I got rid of my copy. Flash forward to this year, when I become a course tutor for a first year seminar on gender and leadership…

Review of Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter

Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter. ★★★1/2 For the last century, companies have been creating and exploiting gems — genetically modified people. Gems have recently been granted freedom from the corporations, but questions as to their legal status and place in society still have to be answered. The European Union is holding a conference to determine how the law…

Review of Dissension by Stacey Berg

Dissension by Stacey Berg. ★★★★ I first heard of Dissension while sitting at home on the couch, next to my mother who was reading a magazine put out by the Houston medical center. She made a noise, and when I asked her what it was, she passed me the magazine, open to an article about a local doctor…

Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler

Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler. ★★★★ Trigger warning: Sexual assault Parable of the Talents somehow manages to be even darker than the first book, Parable of the Sower. Of course, I knew it’d be dark. Octavia Butler’s work is always intense. But even prepared for it, Parable of the Talents was difficult to read in places. Like it’s predecessor, Parable…

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 of The Lifeline Signal by RoAnna Sylver

The Lifeline Signal by RoAnna Sylver. ★★★1/2 In Chameleon Moon, RoAnna Sylver introduced the dystopic city of Patrol, who’s citizens lived a precarious life above eternally blazing fire, governed by the nefarious Eye in the Sky. Oh, and most of these citizens also had some form of superpower – the reason they were trapped within Patrol. In this…

Review of Gilded Cage by Vic James

Gilded Cage by Vic James. ★★★1/2 Gilded Cage is a compulsively readable YA fantasy dystopia. I’ll admit, I was wary of picking it up. I haven’t had the best experiences with the YA dystopian genre, and at this point it feels like there’s a certain sameness to most of the books. But when Imyril over at x +…