Posts Tagged ‘dystopian’

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

Light Dawning by Ty Arthur

July 1, 2017 - 6:15 am 1 Comment

Light Dawning by Ty Arthur

Published on 26th May 2017

228 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Cestia was once an affluent land, now under Southern rule. With battles breaking out all over the city, the population were not enjoying living in squalor and fear. With this story concentrating on 4 individuals Myrr a petty thief, Casterley a resident of Cestia caught up in the conflict, Tala a young woman with mystic powers abandoned by her protectors and Father Erret a religious fanatic.

Each of the main characters had major flaws and at the start had their own agenda. Whilst they worked better together cracks began to show in the group the longer they spent in each other company. The longer Myrr and Tala spent together the closer they got and with each having an uncontrollable power the used each other as an anchor.

From the start of this story you can feel the oppression and despair. The descriptive way the author writes gives you the feeling that you are there trudging in their footsteps getting soaked through to the bone. Throughout this book, there is no definitive hero, each of the main characters had a different part to play in this adventure. Whilst I found the story to be a slow start it soon picked up pace and with graphic fight scenes made this an exciting read. For me the highlight of the book was the short story at the end and author’s note. A dystopian read with a difference.

Flying Away (The Flykeeper Chronicles Book1) by Caroline Gill

March 16, 2017 - 9:21 pm No Comments

Flying Away (The Flykeeper Chronicles Book1) by Caroline Gill

Published 12th January 2016

204 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

After losing her parents Iolani moved in with her cousins and her grandparents. From the outside, they were your typical family but Eleanor and Iolani were special. Eleanor was a happy child but she glowed until one terrifying night at the lake, Iolani with the help of her buzzing friends tried to save her but Eleanor lost her sparkle. Trying to make it right, Iolani stumbles across something far worse and knows that to help her cousin she need to fight against a force that is strong, bigger and more powerful than her.  With her horse and a comatose Eleanor, she treks through the country to find her only true friend, an old-school friend who she knows will help her.

At the beginning of this book I was so confused, I had not a clue what was going on, but this got me intrigued to read more. The author had a knack of telling a story, every bit that was confusing at the beginning was explained throughout, making this an addictive read. Iolani was very family orientated and knew what she had to do, even if it meant putting her own life in danger.  The use of flies as the magical beings to help Iolani was unique and I loved the way she got the flies to work with her, protect or even save her. With near death experiences, kidnapping, and an epic journey across the countryside and desert made this action packed and a fast read. The back story of the loss of her parents was moving and you could feel Iolani’s grief and pain, but I think this made her a stronger girl and her being 15 made it more exciting especially when she came across someone bigger and stronger than her.

Book 2 and 3 are already out and I hope I get to find out more about Iolani’s gift and what has happened to Mr Chong and the green lanterns.

I never judge a book by its cover, however I think this cover is gorgeous and shows just how talented the author is, as she designed this herself. If you want a fantasy book with a difference then read this, you will not be disappointed.

Ultraxenopia (Project W.A.R. Book 1) by MA Phipps

February 24, 2017 - 10:00 am No Comments

Ultraxenopia (Project W.A.R. Book 1) by MA Phipps

Published by Shire-Hill Publications on 5th January 2017

332 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

At the age of 21 Wynter has to sit an exam, an exam to decide her job and living status. However, when she suffers what she thinks is a panic attack, her whole life changes. When she sees flashes of her future self she knows she is in trouble. Taken by the State, questioned about PHOENIX (a terrorist organisation) she knows she has to find the man of her dreams.

Wynter was quite a shy young woman, not wanting to draw attention to herself, but the more she found out about her condition, and the danger she was in, did make her a stronger woman. She still has a sense of vulnerability about her but always knew when she had to man-up.

As this is set in a dystopian world then expect comparisons between other books in the genre, but this book is not a copycat. The original storyline of her being used as a guinea pig in the lab and what she is to become knocks the comparisons out the window. Written in the main character’s POV, this book grabbed me from page 1. With the suspense building through the story made it a book I did not want to put down. The story flowed smoothly and it had an evenly balance of action and sci-fi. The medical procedures were explained well and I never once was confused. There is a romance storyline, but this ran undercurrent to the main storyline

The ending of the book did not feel like a cliff-hanger but has left it open for the already published book 2.  I am looking forward to reading more from this author