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 +…

Review of Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver

Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver. ★★★★ I loved Chameleon Moon so much, and I think it would hold a strong appeal for fans of Welcome to Night Vale. Patrol is a true dystopian – a city where the sky is chocked with smoke and ash and the ground is just one step away from crumbling into the fires below….

Review of The Swan Riders by Erin Bow

The Swan Riders by Erin Bow. ★★★1/2 The Swan Riders is the sequel to the YA dystopia novel, The Scorpion Rules. I highly suggest reading the series in order. While I’ve been finding most of the YA dystopia genre pretty derivative, this series manages to be among the better half of what I’ve read, and it takes some turns…

Review of R/evolution by Tenea D. Johnson

R/evolution by Tenea D. Johnson. ★★★ R/evolution is a novella that takes different short sections on different characters to present a dystopic view of the future, where America has been subsumed by race and class problems and genetic engineering is the norm. Dystopians often take a current problem within our society and push it to an extreme. For…

Review of Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee. ★★★1/2 Not Your Sidekick is an adorable YA LGBT superhero story. Jess Tran’s parents are the resident superheroes of Andover, Nevada. Jess wants nothing more than to be a superhero herself, but unlike her gifted sister, she’s never manifested powers. Determined to try and make her own path in life nevertheless, she applies…

Review of The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow. ★★★1/2 While The Scorpion Rules is a mixed bag, it’s ultimately one of the better YA dystopians I’ve come across. Four hundred years ago, the humanity was on the edge of destruction when an AI named Talis decided to take control. After destroying a few cities, Talis instituted some rules for his new…