dystopia

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Embrace the Night Eternal

Right now is a great time for those who love post-apocalyptic sci-fi. I am reading three different series with that theme and just finished watching the last episode of Dollhouse, which had a post-apocalyptic thread running through its season closers. I was surprised - and delighted - to find that ...

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Driven

Eve Kenin (aka Eve Silver) went on my auto-buy list the second I finished Driven. This book packs a wallop, no doubt about it. The action never stops, but the characters are compelling and unforgettable. Finishing the book was difficult because I didn’t want to leave them or their adventures behin ...

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How I Live Now

What an odd, unsettling little book How I Live Now is. Should I be surprised that this received the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult fiction? It seems all of the YA award winners these days are for stories that push the envelope. And this one does. It really does. Daisy h ...

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Sam's World

Time-travel romances often take their characters into the past or bring them to the present, but the future seldom seems to be the destination of choice. While most futuristics seem to involve aliens, space travel and other worlds, I've always had a soft spot for SF tales of the future right here on ...

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Archangel Protocol

Archangel Protocol is an absorbing read, so much so that after I finished it, I drove to the bookstore and bought its sequel, Fallen Host. I normally avoid books and movies with extremely strong religious components - I had an intensely negative reaction to the new movie Signs precisely because of t ...

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The Handmaid's Tale

If there is one word that describes Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, it will have to be harrowing. But it is also compulsive, and perceptive, and heartbreaking. First published in 1986, it's been dissected in countless student papers and erudite commentaries. But a raving review about such a c ...