Posts Tagged ‘dystopian’

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

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