Posts Tagged ‘dystopian’

Blackwater by TWM Ashford

February 19, 2018 - 9:06 pm No Comments

Blackwater by TWM Ashford
Published by White Inc on 17th January 2017
301 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Blackwater has its issues. Residents are disappearing, parts of the slums are being torn down. People are rioting and bodies are turning up. Hunter is a vigilante moving in the shadows and seeking information about it daughter Amy.
Hunter was a brooding loner. He only had a few close friends Liandra owner of The Engine Room, who also got Hunter his jobs and Abdul, a librarian and fount of all knowledge. They were there for him when he needed it. Good at what he did, in fact he was too good which made a lot of enemies. He only went for people who deserved to die, trying to find out what happened to his daughter.
This story is very descriptive, the sights and smells of Blackwater come to life whilst you are reading. This a quick pace book as there is always something going on. The story is full of action and some of the scenes will make you wince. There were times that I could not get over how many injuries Hunter had and how he could carry on, but he showed how determined he was. Throughout I was routing for Hunter which made it a page turner.
Whilst the story did not finish on a cliff-hanger, the story was not over and the Blackwater vol2 is already published so you carry on Hunter’s journey. If you like dystopian, fantasy and action all thrown into one then pick up this book

The Tree of Rebels by Chantelle Atkins

February 14, 2018 - 6:05 pm No Comments

The Tree of Rebels by Chantelle Atkins
Published 8th November 2017
442 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

70 years after the last war, people were surviving. Now living in Provinces, children studied until the age of 14 and then put to work. Museums housed items from the “Old World” like laptops and books. There food was rationed and families were only allowed one child. The majority of people were happy but some knew what the world was like before. Lissie Turner lived in Province 5 with her parents and her 105 year old Great Grandma. Having listened to her Great Grandma talk about the olden days and then finding a dog and an isolated apple tree outside the fence, her curiosity gets the better of her and she starts to ask questions.
The majority of dystopian books I have read tend to have main characters that were older than Lissie and it took me a while to get my head around that she was only 13. She was a curious child and the more she found out the more she kept digging and like most children always had a sense of guilt when she knew she was doing something wrong. Once Ned her best friend found out her secret, she was more determined as he helped her share the guilt and was a true friend who stuck with her.
This was different to many dystopian books I have read as it was a slower pace. I enjoyed that whilst I was reading about Lissie’s life, I was also finding out about her great gran in the “Old World” as Lissie read from her diary and then there were the stories from the Rebels. The action picks up near the end of the book and you are wondering with everything going on can Lissie survive.
For lovers of Divergent and The hunger Games then this is a must read and whilst there is an age suggestion, as an adult I enjoyed reading it. I am looking forward to reading Return To The Tree of Rebels.

Untreatable by Jennifer Laslie

February 10, 2018 - 8:27 pm No Comments

Untreatable by Jennifer Laslie
Published on 15th May 2015
321 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

100 years ago the USA created a formula that made obesity extinct. Selling it to other governments, America was top of their game. Whilst it was a miracle at the start, people began to waste away, and eventually there was not enough food to satisfy them. However some groups did not trust the government and went into hiding. Now society is dying out and scientist are trying to find a cure.
One group that went into hiding was the Lakota Sioux. Living off the land, their generations thrived in a healthy environment. Tahlia was one of their offspring. She loved her life but wanted to do more, so was excited to go on a supply run to the nearest town. Knowing it would be dangerous, still did not stop her excitement. Tahlia was quite naïve as she was sheltered in her tribe, but when her and her tribes lives were in danger, she became a completely different person. She was strong, determined and brave. A lot of that was down to Quentin, the son of the scientist who were trying to find the cure. One of the rich kids who had everything but what he wanted love. He was not afraid to put himself in danger. Together they were a great team.
Having read a lot of dystopian books, I found that this had an unique storyline and it makes you wonder if there are scientist working on this condition at the moment. Written from the main characters POV, it enable you to get the whole story. This story is for young adults and older ones like me. The story flows effortlessly and there is enough intrigue to keep the pages turning until late in to the night. This is the 1st book I have read from this author and I will be on the look for more dystopian from this author. A good read

Immersion by Colleen Nye

November 18, 2017 - 10:23 pm No Comments

Immersion by Colleen Nye
Published by Blue Deco Publishing on 25th November 2017
268 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

VR is very popular in a lot of households, whether it be used via your mobile phone or game console. In my house it is used to kill zombies or swim in the ocean, but what if the VR system was harming people. Seren lived in a time when VR was taking over people’s lives, they were the must have item. People were killing for them and crime was rife in most major cities. Due to Seren losing her parents at an early age, she was brought up by her grandma, but on her return from London, she came back to her life in danger. A chance meeting with Chase her schoolgirl crush takes her on a cloak and dagger adventure.
Having put her life on hold to look after her grandmother, Seren was a bit of a loner, her only true friend was Aaric who lived in London. She never did anything risky and was very headstrong. Chase had known Seren since school, she was one of the only people not to judge him. He had terrible parents and due to them had a horrific upbringing.
From the start the author described a world of woe and you could understand why people were drawn to the VRs. When Seren and Chase hooked up I was surprised as this was out of character for Seren, however the author with their back story explained their connection. The story is compelling, as you follow Seren on her dangerous adventure. The more I read, the more I could not believe how much Seren could go through physically and mentally. When I thought I was on the right track and was positive what was happening next, the author threw curveball that took the story down another direction
This book ticks many genre boxes and whilst it will appeal to Sci-fi and dystopian lovers, Thriller lovers will also like this book. A stand-alone novel which kept me reading into the night.

The Change 1-3 by Guy Adams

October 20, 2017 - 7:59 pm No Comments

The Change 1: London: Orbital by Guy Adams
Published by Solaris on 13th July 2017
122 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

The world has changed, after an appearance in the sky, what it was no one knows. Howard wakes up on the road to London, with no memory of who he is or what has happened. Hubcap comes to his aid after rescuing him from a pigeon attack, where the pigeons had black tentacles. This was the start of a special friendship.
As the story progresses you get introduced to the group that Hubcap lived with and they were a very diverse group. Tank and Tiger leaders of the group were not what you expect and they ideas for Banquet night were ingenious. Whilst they lived in a dystopian world the group have camaraderie and fun. Whilst there are hints to what is attacking the people, it is near the end when the monster is introduced. With its mixture of steampunk and sci-fi, it attacks brutally and without guilt. An added touch was the back story on how the monster developed.
This story is fast paced and from the moment Howard wakes you are captivated, as you want to know what happened to the world. A good start to what is going to be an interesting series

The Change 2: New York: The Queen of Coney Island
Published by Solaris on 13th July 2017
127 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Moving to another country, this story follows Grace as she journeys through New York. Her goal is to get to Rickers island, but she needs the permission from the Queen to cross the river.
Most of the people she encountered on her journey to Coney Island were dangerous and she went out of her way to avoid them, but when she met an eccentric man who thought he was God, her instincts told her was harmless and, yet another strange friendship was formed.
When Grace and God arrived at Coney Island it was like some strange carnival and freak show all rolled into one. The descriptive writing gave you a clear idea on how Coney Island had developed since the change. One favourite scene was Grace’s fine dining on the rollercoaster. The Queen reminded me of the Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland). When Grace had to do her quest in Dreamland, there was something eerie about the place, and as the story progressed you learnt more about the strange group of people that lived there.
This series is just getting better and better

The Change 3: Paris: A City of Fools by Guy Adams
Published by Solaris on 13th July 2017
102 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

The 3rd in the series and we are whisked off to Paris. Loic is a homeless man living in the sewers. Since rescuing Adrian a young boy, he has someone else to look after and at times he fears the responsibility. There is a strong bond with everyone who lives in the sewer and they all watch out for each other. As well as trying to feed everyone living there, they also must protect themselves from the Impressionist, a very colourful liquid monster. It was not till Adrian was kidnapped do we find out more about these monsters. However, they were not the only weird creatures roaming around Paris, Loic also comes across an eccentric opera singer and her partner. The sadistic owner at the Grand Guignol had an audience to entertain and plenty of people wandering around to become unwilling victims. Written from Loic POV, you could sense his loneliness and despair with the world. Some of the scenes were darker than the first 2 books and I felt that with this book the style of writing change. Whilst there were quite a few minor characters, the author just glanced over them and whilst Loic story was interesting there was not the backstories that the other 2 books had.
Each story can be read as a standalone book. They are a quick read and with each book you will either have a favourite character or monster. Whilst reading these stories, I was amazed at the authors imagination. With a mixture between dystopian, horror, Sci-Fi and fantasy, these will please teenager and adults alike. There are a further 3 books in this series