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: The Red Queen

The Red Queen by Isobelle Carmody The Obernewtyn Chronicles #7 Penguin/Viking 2015 Large Format Paperback 1108 pages Fantasy; Post-Apocalyptic Speculative Fiction

Well, it’s done. It’s over. Finito. I think, after all this time, there was a part of me that never expected this series to actually end, and a part of me is in […]

Mini-Reviews: Australian Women Writers

Each of these books deserves a proper, full review, but since they cover a long time period – the first one I read back in March – my memory of each is just not strong or clear enough to do so. So, apologies all ’round. I’m grouping them together for reviewing purposes based on the […]

Mini-Reviews: Recent-ish Reads

While I haven’t been able to read much this year, I’ve had even less time to post reviews of what I’ve read. Here are some mini-reviews, so I can finally re-shelve some books!

Worldshaker by Richard Harland Allen & Unwin 2009 Trade Paperback 366 pages YA Speculative Fiction; Post-Apocalyptic Fiction; Alternate History; Dystopian Fiction; Steampunk […]

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: 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: 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 […]