Book Review: Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy #1) by Jeff VanderMeer

I'm so glad I came upon the Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer. Annihilation (FSG, 2014) is exactly the book I needed on this lazy, cold spring weekend. I read the whole thing in a day, and immediately purchased book #2 on my Kindle the instant I was finished. I plan to devour this series. … Continue reading Book Review: Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy #1) by Jeff VanderMeer

Book Review: Happily Ever After: Companion to the Selection Series by Kiera Cass

Happily Ever After: Companion to the Selection Series (HarperTeen, 2015) is a compilation of previously published novellas and new bonus material, all pertaining to The Selection series by Kiera Cass. The bonus material was a nice touch. I loved the scenes from Celeste's point of view; those were definitely the highlight. I feel like I … Continue reading Book Review: Happily Ever After: Companion to the Selection Series by Kiera Cass

Book Review: The Guard: A Selection Novella by Kiera Cass

The Guard: A Selection Novella (HarperTeen, 2014) is a companion novella to The Selection series by Kiera Cass. The Guard is told from the point of view of Aspen, America's first love, who is eventually enlisted as a guard at the palace in the original series. *Spoilers Ahead If You Haven't Read The One* I … Continue reading Book Review: The Guard: A Selection Novella by Kiera Cass

Book Review: The Prince: A Selection Novella by Kiera Cass

"Was I so mysterious? Perhaps I was. I'd mastered smiles and half truths. But I certainly didn't want to appear that way." The Prince: A Selection Novella (HarperTeen, 2013) by Kiera Cass is a mini-novel retelling the first days of The Selection from Prince Maxon's point of view. I was surprised to see how much … Continue reading Book Review: The Prince: A Selection Novella by Kiera Cass

Book Review: The Queen: A Selection Novella by Kiera Cass

"In that instant I wanted him, the crown - every last piece of this - like nothing before." The Queen: A Selection Novella (HarperTeen, 2014) by Kiera Cass is a short prequel to The Selection series. Although it's a prequel, it's best to have read the original trilogy, consisting of The Selection, The Elite, and The … Continue reading Book Review: The Queen: A Selection Novella by Kiera Cass

Book Review: Brave New Girl by Rachel Vincent

"'...you're not a mistake. In fact, you're kind of a miracle. ... The girl who shouldn't exist.'" Trigger 17, p. 152 Brave New Girl (Delacorte Press, 2017) is a YA dystopian novel by Rachel Vincent. The story is about Dahlia 16, a clone who was engineered to become a hydroponic gardener. Dahlia is one of … Continue reading Book Review: Brave New Girl by Rachel Vincent

Book Review: The Crown by Kiera Cass

The Crown (2016) by Kiera Cass is the fifth and final book in the #1 NYT Bestselling Selection series. After her mother suffers a heart attack, Eadlyn Schreave, princess of a futuristic U.S. monarchy, has narrowed her suitors down to the six "Elite". She must step in as regent while her mother recovers her health, although the … Continue reading Book Review: The Crown by Kiera Cass

Book Review: Atlantia by Ally Condie

Atlantia (2014) is a standalone YA dystopian fantasy by Ally Condie. I selected this book based on my fondness for mermaid- and oceanic-themed stories, and because I thoroughly enjoyed Condie's debut, Matched, back when my son was born. While the rest of the Matched series didn't hold me, I've still kept an eye out for Condie's … Continue reading Book Review: Atlantia by Ally Condie

Book Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium (2011) is the first book in a teen dystpoian trilogy by Lauren Oliver. Lena Haloway is a seventeen-year-old girl living in a distorted futuristic version of Portland, Maine. In the new United States society, love is considered a toxic disease, and citizens are "cured" of it via brain surgery once they turn eighteen. Lena is counting down … Continue reading Book Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Book Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass

The Heir (2015) is the continuation of Kiera Cass's original Selection trilogy, and the first book in (what I'm guessing will be) a new trilogy about the next generation of the Illéan royal family. I cannot believe this was nearly a 350-page book, because it felt so short! I absolutely devoured it and couldn't put … Continue reading Book Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass

Book Review: The One by Kiera Cass

The One is the third book in The Selection series by Kiera Cass, following The Selection and The Elite. While I really enjoy Cass's writing style in that it's incredibly easy to read and become immersed in, I'll admit I was shocked and rather disappointed with the ending. I don't want to give anything away, but I … Continue reading Book Review: The One by Kiera Cass

Book Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

The Elite (2013) by Kiera Cass is the sequel to The Selection, and the second book in The Selection trilogy. In this story, we read the continuation of America Singer's stay in the royal palace as the 35 girls in the prince's Selection are narrowed down to just six contenders. The writing reads much the same as the first … Continue reading Book Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection (2012) by Kiera Cass is a teen dystopian romance, and is pretty much as close to perfect as you can get. This novel has everything: world-building without the crutch of magic, royalty, a futuristic dystopia-lite U.S., a love triangle, tons of clean romance, and a protagonist who's a phenomenal role model. Not to mention, Cass's writing … Continue reading Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Book Review: Matched (Book 1) by Ally Condie

In a dystopian future, a teenage girl is caught in a forbidden love triangle and seeks to defy the powers that be. But I’m not talking about The Hunger Games! This is Matched, by Ally Condie. Seventeen-year-old Cassia Reyes is surprised to discover that her government, “the Society,” has “Matched” her to wed her best and lifelong friend, Xander. … Continue reading Book Review: Matched (Book 1) by Ally Condie

Book Review: The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

I read all three of these novels obsessively in a matter of days. The story as a whole is well-written and highly addicting. The first book, The Hunger Games, opens with a tough, stoic heroine, Katniss Everdeen, in a dystopian future controlled by an evil Capitol. The Capitol forces adolescents to participate in a televised fight to the … Continue reading Book Review: The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Book Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry

I read Lois Lowry’s classic fantasy, The Giver, as an adult. In a Matched- or Hunger Games-like dystopian future, a boy’s destiny is chosen for him. He must become something of a memory keeper for his literally colorless society. As he awakens to the history of humanity, which he has never known, he discovers something else: the evil and … Continue reading Book Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry

Book Review: 1984 by George Orwell

1984 by George Orwell, published in 1949, is the signature dystopian novel. Inspiring later literature like The Hunger Games, Orwell’s frightening story of a totalitarian government and their oppression of the people strikes a chord with the political fears of people in the 20th century and today. A fascinating and unforgettable read, in ways reminiscent of … Continue reading Book Review: 1984 by George Orwell