Review of Latchkey by Nicole Kornher-Stace

Latchkey by Nicole Kornher-Stace. ★★★★ Have you read Archivist Wasp? If you haven’t, you really should. It’s a striking, post-apocalyptic, ghost-hunting body novel that tells a deeply intense story without even a hint of romance. Latchkey is a follow-up, taking place three years later. I strongly suggest reading Archivist Wasp first, and this review will contain spoilers for Archivist Wasp. The girl once…

Review of Regeneration by Stacey Berg

Regeneration by Stacey Berg. ★★★ Regeneration is the sequel to the post-apocalyptic novel, Dissension. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy Regeneration as much as its predecessor. As Regeneration starts where Dissension left off, I think this is a series that needs to be read in order. Also, I can’t figure out a way to do any sort of plot synopsis without spoiling Dissension. So be warned, spoilers follow from…

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 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…

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 Lotus Blue by Cat Sparks

Lotus Blue by Cat Sparks. ★★★ Centuries ago, wars ruined the earth, destroying cities and wrecking the environment. But humanity remains as people struggle to survive in the harsh world that remains. But an ancient and powerful war machine, Lotus Blue, has awaken in the desert, and what’s left of the world may be at risk. Lotus…

Review of Radiant by Karina Sumner-Smith

Radiant by Karina Sumner-Smith. ★★★ Radiant is possibly the only YA fantasy book I’ve ever read where the primary relationship is a friendship between two girls. Unfortunately, Radiant never quite connected with me. Xhea is teenage girl who is, impossibly, without magic. Yet, she does have an unique ability: Xhea can see ghosts. She makes a living in the Lower…

Review of Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace

Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace. ★★★★ In a way, Archivist Wasp reminds me of Mad Max: Fury Road. In a post apocalyptic world, Wasp is the Archivist, hunter of ghosts. She has to kill to keep her position or be killed herself. When she meets a ghost stronger than the rest, that of a dead solider, she sees a way…