Review of Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Scythe by Neal Shusterman. ★★★1/2 TW: physical and emotional abuse In this utopia future, humans have defeated death. We are immortal, never to die by natural causes… except, humans still need some death. Enter the scythes, professionals whose task it is to provide death where nature cannot. It’s quite a concept, and Neal Shusterman milks it…

Review of Atlas Alone by Emma Newman

Atlas Alone by Emma Newman. ★★★ I ultimately found Atlas Alone to be disappointing. Part of this is that the previous three books have set a high bar, the other part is that I wasn’t happy with the novel’s asexual representation. The majority of this review is devoted to Atlas Alone‘s depiction of asexuality. Atlas Alone is the fourth novel…

Review of Impostors by Scott Westerfeld

Impostors by Scott Westerfeld. ★★★1/2 I grew up reading Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies trilogy. Legit, I was in 5th grade when I first read the books! They were a substantial part of my childhood, so when I heard that Westerfeld was releasing a new YA novel set in the same universe, I had to read it. Frey lives a…

Review of Exo by Fonda Lee

Exo by Fonda Lee. ★★★★ Exo is possibly the best young adult dystopian novel I’ve ever read. Exo takes place after Earth has been successfully conquered by an alien species, the zhree, who have turned it into one of their colony planets. On the surface of it, Exo is very similar to loads of other YA dystopian novels. You’ve got…

Review of Finder by Suzanne Palmer

Finder by Suzanne Palmer. ★★★★ TW: Suicide A Scottish, interstellar repo man encounters mysterious alien spaceships, Martian weapons dealers, a family of near identical women and more in this wonderful debut from the Hugo-Award-winning Suzanne Palmer. Fergus Ferguson is a finder, sent to retrieve stolen items. His latest job? Steal back the spaceship Venetia’s Sword from ganglord Arum…

Review of The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling. ★★★★ When I was reading this, I was seriously thinking that it feels like a (100% queerer) version of Annhilation crossed with something like Sandra Bullock’s Gravity… and then I saw that was the official comp! So I apparently wasn’t alone in thinking that. I’d heard a lot of positive buzz about The Luminous…

Review of Tiamat’s Wrath by James S.A. Corey

Tiamat’s Wrath by James S.A. Corey. ★★★★★ Tiamat’s Wrath destroyed me. How the heck am I supposed to review it? And without spoilers??? It’s a nigh impossible task, but I’ll give it my best go. Before diving into the nitty-gritty, I need to note that Tiamat’s Wrath is book eight in a nine book series. YOU MUST READ THE…

Review of A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine. ★★★★ A Memory Called Empire is sure to be one of the standout sci-fi debuts of 2019, and I can totally see where the comparisons to Ancillary Justice are coming from. Ambassador Mahit Dzmare’s small station wants to maintain its independence from the ever-ravenous Teixcalaanli Empire, which is constantly conquering and expanding…

New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color edited by Nisi Shawl

New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction of Color edited by Nisi Shawl. ★★★ I was excited about the anthology New Suns, but I ended up disappointed. This anthology has so many great authors. Unfortunately, the stories never reached the level of “great.” It’s a risk you run with every anthology since not even wonderful authors hit it out of…