Books in Discussion - Round 2

I have a couple of spare hours and will endeavour to cover more of my backlog: books read over the past twelve months that I never had time to review. It’ll be so nice to clear away another pile of books off my desk!

The Tribe trilogy has to be one of the best Young […]

Review: Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean

Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean edited by Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar & Anita Roy Allen & Unwin 2015 Trade Paperback 200 pages Short Story Anthology; Fantasy; Dystopian; Post-apocalyptic; Speculative Fiction; Young Adult

The best speculative fiction – if not, by its very nature, all speculative fiction – explores issues of social justice and […]

Review: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina The Tribe #1 Walker Books 2012 Trade Paperback 395 pages YA Fantasy; Dystopian Fiction; Speculative Fiction

If, like me, you have a childhood steeped in fantasy and folklore; a love of the natural world and a soul-deep recognition of its greater importance in the scheme of […]

Review: Ignite Me

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi Shatter Me #3 Harper 2014 Hardback 408 pages YA Speculative Fiction; Romance

The third and final full-length novel in the Shatter Me series (which includes two e-novellas) decides firmly, once and for all, whether Mafi wanted to write a science fiction/speculative fiction story, or a romance. The answer? Romance, […]

Review: Allegiant

Allegiant by Veronica Roth Divergent #3 HarperCollins Publishers 2013 Paperback 526 pages YA Science Fiction; Dystopian Fiction; Speculative Fiction

This review contains major spoilers.

The third and final instalment in the Divergent trilogy picks up immediately after the ending of book 2, Insurgent, which culminated in a rather anti-climactic revelation. If you remember, the […]

Review: Fracture Me

Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi Shatter Me #2.5 HarperCollins 2013 E-book 60 pages YA Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction/Fantasy/Dystopian/Romance

As Omega Point prepares to launch an all-out assault on The Reestablishment soldiers stationed in Sector 45, Adam’s focus couldn’t be further from the upcoming battle. He’s reeling from his breakup with Juliette, scared for his best […]

Review: Countdown

Countdown by Michelle Rowen Harlequin Teen 2013 E-galley 336 pages YA Science Fiction; Dystopian Fiction; Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

Sixteen-year-old Kira Jordan has been living on the desolate streets for two years after her family is brutally murdered one night and she rejected the foster care system. She’s become an adept shop-lifter and pick-pocket, a petty […]

Review: Under the Never Sky

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi Under the Never Sky #1 Atom 2012 Trade Paperback 374 pages YA Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy; Science Fiction; Dystopian Fiction

Aria has always lived inside the utilitarian, uniform grey walls of Reverie, one of a group of domes called “Pods” constructed to save people a long time ago. Her […]