Posts Tagged ‘dystopian’

Serenity Falling by GL Cromarty

July 10, 2018 - 7:22 pm No Comments

Serenity Falling by GL Cromarty

Published by Creative Texts Publisher LLC on 21st August 2017
305 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies


The wall has been repaired but Hannah and her fellow Aterrans are still not safe. The powers at be in Aterra, still think they are in danger from the Shadowlands especially John Tanis.
Each chapter alternates between the Aterrans and Shadowlands, this enables the story to flow and showed just how much danger Hannah and co were in. Coming to the forefront was Theo and Nate, whilst genetically modified they had a childlike quality to them and always wanted to do the right thing. As their skills became known, they became an integral part to the cause. In book 1 Bill’s character was already not liked and just when you think he cannot get any worse, he shocks you just showing what a narcissist he was. Whilst Tanis gets a conscious and a slightly softer side peaks through. The banter and bickering between Tanis and Garren continues showing a sense of respect they have for each other.
Whilst the Janu do not play a big part in this story, there is more than enough bloodshed to satisfy the action fans. With the addition of technology gives the story a more apprehensive feel to it and you will find yourself wanting to keep reading to find out what happens. There are scenes that you will not see coming and at times I just sat there in shock.
This story had a different feel compared to book 1 and I could appreciate how much hard work the author put into this story. There was a lot going on, but the pace and well thought plot made it a good addition to the series. Finishing on an unexpected cliffhanger, with the addition of new characters I’m off to read the final book in the series

Out with a Whimper by Michael Noe

June 17, 2018 - 3:17 pm No Comments

Out with a Whimper by Michael Noe
Published by J Ellington Ashton Press on 23rd March 2017
133 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

In all zombie reads or films, you always have that one person, a hero ready to fight or die, save as many people as they can and have a warm beer in the evening. But what about the people who just want to keep their heads down and survive. Matt Chapman is one of those people. Written as a journal from his POV, you follow Matt as he comes to terms with the decisions he made.
Matt had no family and it was easy for him to hole up and wait it out. The thing is he was not ashamed of it. Whilst he was used to his own company, it was not long until he missed the simple things in life and slowly you watch him start to crumble. Staying under the radar whilst he went out pillaging he soon realised that drink and drugs helped his moods. Stuck in a rut, he is just surviving, but a meeting with a feisty woman soon helps him live again.
This book showcases the author’s skills, with the majority of the story just about Matt, we watch as the character develops as he journeys out of his home. The story is descriptive, the sights and smells that Matt encounters makes you feel that you are following him on his journey. With the addition of the other characters show just how much Matt had developed as a person, although at times his hard nosed sarcastic self does still make an appearance.
You can feel the tension when Matt went out and even though you knew he was alone, you still expected something to jump out at him. There were times that I had a giggle, one scene was when a drunk was singing down the road swinging on the lamp posts, with not a care in the world. As it is a zombie story expect some violence, and some of it comes from an unlikely source.
If you want a zombie story with a differences then pick up this book, and because you will be drawn into Matt’s story you will find it a quick read.

Eve of Man by Tom Fletcher and Giovanna Fletcher

May 30, 2018 - 9:44 pm No Comments

Eve of Man by Tom Fletcher and Giovanna Fletcher
Published by Penguin on 31st May 2018
408 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

50 years where only boys were born. The earth is in trouble, then an unlikely couple have a miracle. Eve the first girl born. Living in a dome to protect her, is she the answer to save the world.
Bram, pilot and son of one of the powerful men in the EPO. He has know Eve for a long time thanks to high tech technology.
But what if they both want something different?
Eve lived a lonely life, whilst she lived in beautiful surrounds and had the “Mothers” with her throughout her growing up, she had no one of her own age. What she learned was from archives and watched 24/7. Her only companion was Holly an AI. Even though she had a sheltered life, she was wise to the EPO tricks. As she grew up she started to question her existents and the reason behind her imprisonment.
Bram was one of the pilots of Holly. Being the son of one of the big bosses, did not go down well with some of his team. But he was good at what he did. However when he began to get to close to Eve and question authority, he had to make a stand.
With an unique storyline, this story captured my attention from page 1. As the story progresses you find out the character’s history and even though Eve and Bram had not officially met, they had a similar background. Bram was a strong character and this was probably due to his abusive father. His true leaderships skills comes to force further in the book. The relationship between Eve and Bram was innocent and sweet and you want to carry on reading to see how their friendship developed. Whilst some of the mothers’ history was revealed in the story, I would like to know about the them as they remind me of a group of nuns.
Like any dystopian story, you have the downtrodden and this book is no different. The Freevers are a group of people that are not happy with the situation with the EPO. Wanting to free Eve, they work in the shadows for their cause. Whilst technology plays a big part in the story, the authors managed to blend some lower tech into the mix, so look out for a Rubiks cube the bane of many 80s child’s life. The book has a steady flow to it, and the action builds up to a dramatic climax which leaves you wanting more.
Although this book is written by two authors the style of the writing makes it impossible to tell who had written what. This book is ideal for young and old alike and if you are looking for your first dystopian novel this will be a perfect read. Be warned this does finish on a cliff hanger and I hope that I do not have to wait to long for book 2. A great start to this series.

Divided Serenity by GL Cromarty

May 9, 2018 - 9:43 pm No Comments

Divided Serenity by GL Cromarty
Published 6th December 2016
258 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

A digitally enhanced wall has always been around Aterra. Originally built as protection from the residents of the forest, the Shadowlands and Janu. Hannah, a technology expert, is the last hope to repair the wall. Having to step out her comfort zone, not only is her life in danger but so is the whole of Aterra.
At the beginning of the book I really struggled to get into the story, the timelines were jumping about and whilst clearly identified I just could not follow the story, but as soon as the story was brought into the present, it all fell into place. With 3 main characters, Hannah, an expert in ancient technology, lover of William (Bill) Bremmer and completely out of her depth when it comes to travel and conflict. Bill Bremmer, President of Aterra, a despicable character who like some politicians was out for personal gain and finally John Tanis, leader of the Shadowlands, an expert in combat and personal enemy of Bill. Whilst the story revolves round these characters, there are a lot of minor characters that help tell this story and the majority have their own tale to tell. There were a few quirky characters, Theo being one of them, who has a very interesting history, which when revealed was unexpected. One character I was really interested in was Kein and in quite a few scenes I was reading frantically to see if he would survive.
This story is medieval meets technology and with its dystopian feel will please a lot of readers. After those first few chapters, the story flowed quickly. The conflict was endless and with its unfairness in weaponry I can only imagine where the story will go and I for one knew which fraction I supported throughout this book . As book 2 and 3 are out I am going to throw myself into continuing journey of Serenity

Blackwater Vol 2 by TWM Ashford

April 28, 2018 - 10:13 am No Comments

Blackwater Vol  2 by TWM Ashford
Published by White Inc on 29th January 2018
337 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

After 3 months recovering from his injuries, Hunter is still nowhere near finding out the truth about his missing daughter. His only way to progress is to take The Chronicle up on his invitation to meet. Not knowing where he is, he has to put his trust in Eddie one of the criminals he seeks vengeance on and in doing so formed an unlikely friendship.
Having read book 1 I knew how downtrodden Blackwater was, but Hunter’s visit to the Hollows took him to a place where even the police feared to read. Part of Blackwater, it sold everything from slaves to guns. Hunter still does what he does best, kill the bad guys to get nearer the truth and in this book the body count was increased.
The story alternates between Hunter’s current journey and the history behind Amy’s disappearance and what Hunter did to get on the Thin Man’s radar. Although the timelines are not highlighted, it is obvious which part of the story the chapter was about and it was interesting to read about Hunter’s former life. A part of the book was dedicated to The Chronicles reminiscing about his life, how the Thin Man became the man people feared and what type of child Lucciano was. After Hunter had met with The Chronicle his adventure took him a place stranger than the Hollows, where some of the folk were even freakier than the usual Blackwater residents.
Whilst this story is still dystopian, it did have a more fantasy feel about it. The sights and smells of Blackwater came to life and yet again I was drawn into Hunter’s adventures. The action was evenly spread throughout the story ending in shock discovery and a cliff-hanger. A good follow up and I hope it will not be long before the ancient God returns