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Author: Sarah Addison-Fox
Series: Allegiance, #1
Genre: Christian Fantasy Adventure
(though I’d say more dystopia but in a fantasy world and with slightly less drama)
Setting: Etraea and Kyraenea, both countries in a made-up world. Non-magical.
Publisher: Sarah Addison-Fox
Source: from author (in exchange for honest review)
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection, #1
Genre: Dystopian Romance?
Source: from library
Overall Rating: 4/5 stars
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
Onto the review!
Title: The Remnant
Author: William Michael Davidson
Genre: Christian Dystopian/Science Fiction
Setting: Semi-futuristic United States
Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press
Source: from author (in exchange for honest review)
Overall Rating: 5/5 stars
Colton Pierce apprehends Abberants—those who display symptoms of faith—and quarantines them on a remote island to ensure public safety. Years prior, the government released a genetically-engineered super flu that destroyed the genes believed to be the biological source of spiritual experience in an effort to rid the world of terrorism. As an extractor with the Center for Theological Control, Colton is dedicated to the cause.
But Colton’s steadfast commitment is challenged when he learns his own son has been targeted for extraction. An underground militia, the Remnant, agrees to help Colton save his son in exchange for his assistance with their plan to free the Aberrants on the island.
Colton is faced with the most important decision of his life. Remain faithful to the CTC? Or give up everything to save his son?
I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect when I started reading this book. I was a little wary, as I’ve never read a novel like this before. Of course, it is pretty original, so I’d probably be hard-pressed to find another book like it.
I loved it (and you can see by my rating), and I’d definitely recommend to anyone … even people who, like myself, are skeptical of this genre.
I removed one point because it got off to a slow start. I was hardly able to make my way through part one. However, after that, it quickly sped up and became, well, amazing. My favorite scene was in the Mourning Room when Selma talked to Colton. I also enjoyed everything about downloading the virus, because I find that idea intriguing, and also when Selma tells Colton about ‘Gus.’
The characters were all vividly portrayed and easy to keep track of. I especially liked Selma and Colton (more specifically, them together – they made a great team, honestly).
Selma was a unique, interesting individual. She’s intriguing, and she stands up for herself while still being womanly.
Colton is a pretty cool guy. I totally got his motivations and understood why he did what he did. I also sympathize with him about Marty. Though I’m good with kids (unlike Colton …), I can’t stand signs of weakness. It just bugs me. I’m like, “So what if you fell down and broke your arm? Get up!”
Ashton deserves to die. Hopefully there will be a sequel featuring the tragic death of one Ashton. 😉 Seriously, though, I hate him sooo much!
And ‘Gus’ was amazing, of course. 😛
Probably the weakest part of the book. Although it is futuristic, not a lot has changed. Sure, there are some technological advancements (such as the ability to, you know, plant a chip in someone’s head and keep tabs on them …), but the characters in this book use the same cars we do (albeit battery-operated) and not many social changes seem to have taken place.
For instance, Colton mentally refers to Ashton as feminine. Would they really even care enough to point that out in the post-2060 world? I don’t think so. It’s all going downhill, especially if religion is banned! 😉
But this is just me picking at little things, and it didn’t really decrease my enjoyment of the story.
Could have used a little polishing here and there, but it was overall good. Still, it was too long for my taste. I wish it could be shortened a bit. There could have been less explanation about every little thing.
No language. Mild violence (including someone almost getting choked and then a lot of talk about cyanide gas being used to kill a lot of people). Disturbing stuff, such a religion/anything religious (e.g. praying, using the word ‘God,’ etc.) being banned and people who do these things being sent to ‘the Island’ and then those people being scheduled for termination (with cyanide gas). One kiss towards the end, not-detailed, and some (barely noticeable, never a big part of the plot at all) romancey stuff.
This is one of those books that I’ll probably reread at some point, that I won’t delete from my Kindle, and that I’ll recommend to my friends. I’m hoping the author will come out with a sequel … and if not, I’d be excited to read something new by Mr. Davidson, anyway!
About the Author
William Michael Davidson lives in Long Beach, California with his wife and two daughters. A believer that “good living produces good writing,” Davidson writes early in the morning so he can get outside, exercise, spend time with people, and experience as much as possible.
A writer of speculative fiction, he enjoys stories that deal with humanity’s inherent need for redemption.
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Title: 3 Days: A Passion
Author: T.M. Fairman
Genre: Dystopian Inspirational (okay … that sounded better in my head …)
Age-Range: 15+ (upper young adult adult)
Era: set in the future
Publisher: T.M. Fairman
Source: in author (in exchange for honest review)
Rating: 3/5 stars
Content: 2/5. Lots of drama (that is pretty depressing), lots of mentions of death and dying.
Within the aftermath of an epidemic that has been contained through sacrifice rather than cure, a young woman discovers she has contracted the Disease.
She has three days to live.
Society has deemed her irredeemable and requires her to pass her last three days in quarantine; a sacrifice for its own preservation.
Her only link to the life she once had is her husband.
Together they must try to battle with their demons.
Together they must try to discover how their love can be expressed during separation and in the face of death
Together they must wrestle with the issues of love and loss, grief, depression and hope before finally having to say goodbye to each other.
On this sad, but beautiful journey, they are faced with the questions;
Where does the light come from in their lives?
What happens when that light goes out?
What is there beyond life itself?
I gave this book 3/5 stars. It was okay. If I were to lean more on my personal tastes than my honest opinion of the actual book, it’d be closer to 2/5 stars.
Let’s start with the plot. It seemed a little too slowly paced to me. I understand that the author probably wanted to add to the drama with lots of description, flashbacks, etc., but I found it a bit boring. Which is odd, because I’m used to lot of description in classics, etc.
Also, the ending disappointed me a little. (Highlight to read spoilers) I wanted to see the Disease cured! What’s the point if we can’t see the disease cured? (End of spoilers)
By the end of the book, we still didn’t understand where the Disease came from, what it was, how it could be cured. I know it probably stands for something allegorical, but it bugged me.
(Highlight to read spoilers) Also, we never really learned if either of them became Christians or not, or arrived at any decision spiritually. (End of spoilers)
The characters were all vividly painted, and I got to know them very well. We never really learned any of their names, which I thought was cool. The husband sounded like a great guy, and I loved how he learned to cope towards the end. The wife was … well, I liked her, but I feel like we learned more about her from her husband than from anything else, so her character development was a little more show than tell.
There was a lot more show than tell in this book, but it didn’t really effect the book that much. It’s a style I rather appreciate. The writing of this book really reminds me of Elizabeth Goudge with maybe a dash of Charles Dickens.
I found it to be a little cheesy, too. I know, I know. I shouldn’t say that about something that’s a great tribute to married love, but … well … it just was a little too much sometimes.
Overall, this was a thoughtful novel. Although I feel like it could have ended better and the setting could have been better explained, this is a good book for people who enjoy lengthy prose and well-developed characters.
Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins (http://www.suzannecollinsbooks.com/)
Series: The Hunger Games, #1
Age-Range: Young Adult
Setting: Panem, futuristic USA
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source: loan from friend
Rating: 4/5 stars. Though I loved the book, it wasn’t my favorite ever.
Content: 3/5. Mostly violence. It didn’t bother me (old iron sides …) at all, but it probably would disturb some people … a lot.
Winning will make you famous. Losing means certain death.
The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.
When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.