Tag Archives: Dystopia

Waiting on Wednesday
May 28, 2014 posted by Emma

Waiting on Wednesday #81

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.


The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex, #1)


An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.


The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

Published by Greenwillow Books

To be released on June 10, 2014

Author Interviews
January 16, 2014 posted by Nichole

Author Interview with Sophie Jordan


I am so excited to be featuring Uninvited by Sophie Jordan as our January Book of the Month. I LOVED this book! Seriously…it’s just amazing from start to finish. Uninvited is like nothing that Sophie has ever written before….and I cannot WAIT for all of you to read. With that being said, I am thrilled to be hosting Sophie Jordan today! Check out her interview below!


89439Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.

A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature – teaching English seemed the natural recourse. After several years teaching high school students to love Antigone, Sophie resigned with the birth of her first child and decided it was time to pursue the long-held dream of writing.

In less than three years, her first book, Once Upon A Wedding Night, a 2006 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Nominee for Best First Historical, hit book shelves. Her second novel, Too Wicked To Tame, released in March 2007 with a bang, landing on the USA Today Bestseller’s List.


Winter or Summer?
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Cats or Dogs?
Celebrity Crush?
Chris Hemsworth
Current Favorite Movie?
Current? The Bourne Legacy
I’ve got tons of oldies: Love Actually, 28 Days Later, Shawshank Redemption
Current Favorite Song?
Say Something
Favorite Celebrity Couple?
Any and all that are still together.
Favorite TV Show?
So many!! Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Teen Wolf
Vampires or Werewolves?
Werewolves – nod to Teen Wolf here!
Harry or Ron?
Mac or PC?
I work on both – ha!
Hardcovers or Paperbacks?
Hardcopies or Ebooks?
Can you tell us about your latest book, UNINVITED, in 15 words or less?
Near-future, scarily realistic, empathetic protagonist, sexy boy, heavy themes.
Uninvited is pretty different from your Firelight series. It’s more focused in a sci fi/dystopia type of world. Was it more or less difficult to stray away from the paranormal genre?
It’s been a nice change, but I always love me some paranormal shifters in my books (and shows). 😉 I miss that a little, but had a great time doing something different. And UNINVITED is very different.
Uninvited is part of a 2 book series. You don’t see a lot of those around. Why not 3 books?
Three books is a huge investment … for the writer and for the reader. As a reader, I often make it to book two in a series, but not book three. This is actually a sentiment I’m hearing from a lot of readers these days. It was just really liberating to write a duology … and more natural to view my overall story as taking place in two parts. I don’t think Davy’s story could have been told in three books … but two books felt just right in my gut.
Do you have a name or release date for the second book in the series?
I do have a title, but I don’t have the green light to announce it yet. It should release a year after UNINVITED, so give or take a week. Either late Jan or early Feb.
When I was reading Uninvited, I found myself wondering about the people without HTS who committed crimes. Were they treated as severely as people with HTS? Did those occurrences even happen?
There are people who commit crimes w/o HTS, but as they’re out of the scope of the Wainwright Agency (the agency that polices HTS carriers), they’re not really “target-able”. Nothing can be done until after the fact. The HTS carriers are targeted because they can be identified and monitored.
My favorite part of Uninvited was Sean. Sighhhh. He was just the essence of perfection. Are we going to see a  lot more scenes between him and Davy in the next book?
Hmmm … Sean is there and you will see a lot of Davy. You don’t really want spoilers, do you? 😉
And what about Davy’s ex-boyfriend and old friends? Are they going to reappear in the second book?
Yes … and no. You will have some closure on those characters…I can tell you that much. The book is going to go in some surprising directions. Brace yourself.
Did any music inspire you while writing Uninvited?
I use a general playlist most of the time when I write. It’s always growing/changing.
If you could cast anyone to play some of the main characters in Uninvited, who would you choose?
I don’t usually have specific actors in mind when I write … although I have thought that Sean could be a young Chris Hemsworth…
What else are you working on? Do you have another YA series planned for after the Uninvited series?
I’m working on my third book in my new adult series right now … but I am also cooking up a new YA idea.
What is the best book you’ve read recently?
Hm. Probably A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers.
What is currently in your TBR pile?
 I’ve got an ARC of Christina Lee’s Before You Break up next.
13645645The Scarlet Letter meets Minority Report in bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s chilling new novel about a teenage girl who is ostracized when her genetic test proves she’s destined to become a murderer.

When Davy Hamilton’s tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn’t feel any different, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

The first in a two-book series, Uninvited tackles intriguing questions about free will, identity, and human nature. Steeped in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s trademark mix of gripping action and breathless romance, this suspenseful tale is perfect for fans of James Patterson, Michelle Hodkin, and Lisa McMann.

Book Reviews
October 6, 2013 posted by Nichole

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) – Alexandra Bracken

10576365When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.


I read this book for my September pick for Secret Readers. I’m so sorry that I didn’t finish this in September, but at least I have it up  now!


The Darkest Minds was a very interesting book for me, because I almost DNF’d it. I hated the first 100 pages. I found them boring and very difficult to read. The child abuse that occurred in this book was heartbreaking. I wasn’t okay with reading about adults abusing children, children abusing children, and children dying. I remember once that I argued with someone that Divergent was filled with child abuse. They couldn’t understand the concept that even in a dystopia book, if a child is getting abused by an adult….there’s an issue. It’s abuse. And, yes, I do have a slight problem reading about that in the YA genre….any genre actually. So, it bugged me in this one. A lot. To the point that I was bitching about it on Facebook and begging people to tell me there was a reason to continue this book. Thankfully, there was.

After I got through the initial 100 pages of The Darkest Minds, things really started to pick up. It was action packed and full of adventure. The characters…omg…the characters! I laughed so hard during this book. It was like being in the background of this book and actually watching real people. I would often forget that it was an actual book and just lose myself in it. It was so real, so mysterious, so action packed, so….everything. I loved it!

A couple negative things about The Darkest Minds. First, it was very predictable. I was never shocked. I always knew what was going to happen. WHERE is the fun in that? I mean…I still loved the book…but I wanted a few moments where I could just be like WOW! Did that REALLY just happen?! Yeah…that didn’t happen. Also, I didn’t care for the last 100 pages of the book. I guess that figures. I didn’t like the first 100…I didn’t like the last 100. FIGURES! I went back to my mind frame during the last 100 pages that it was full of abuse. It also got really boring. I don’t want to tell you why, because that would really just spoil a lot of things for you, but it was.

One thing that I really liked about this book was the paranormal magical quality that it included. Normally you don’t really see that type of stuff in Dystopia books. I liked that the kids were categorized into “colors.” I would have liked to see a wider diversity of colors and powers. I didn’t really like that all the kids had pretty much the same powers as their color.  I wanted to see more of an X-Men quality. I wanted to see someone come out who had the power to freeze someone to death or something. Or move metal with their minds! I mean….obviously not JUST the same as X-Men, but I did want a little more in the power department. I really enjoyed the power thing, though.

The romance is The Darkest Minds didn’t seem very “insta-lovely,” and there wasn’t a love triangle! It seemed to progress from acquaintances, to friends, to a crush, to love. We really didn’t see any kissing or anything until the very end of the book. The whole thing seemed more about friendship and survival…with a little mixture of romance. I liked that the romance didn’t smother the entire book.

Even though I have some negative things to say about this book, I really adored it. I read through this practically at the speed of lightning, and I’m already itching to get my hands on the second book. I NEED IT! It’s a great dystopia with amazing characters. Go get your hands on this one!


Pages: 488

Publication Date: December 18th 2012

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Rating: : ★★★★☆


Teaser Quote: “…crackers…” a voice breathed out nehind us, “yesss…”
Both of us turned, watching as Chubs twisted around in his seat and settled back down, still fast asleep.
I pressed a hand over my mouth to keep from laughing. Liam rolled his eyes, smiling.
“He dreams about food,” he said. “A lot.” 

Linked – Imogen Howson
Book Reviews
June 11, 2013 posted by Nichole

Linked – Imogen Howson

14999965Elissa used to have it all: looks, popularity, and a bright future. But for the last three years, she’s been struggling with terrifying visions, phantom pains, and mysterious bruises that appear out of nowhere.

Finally, she’s promised a cure: minor surgery to burn out the overactive area of her brain. But on the eve of the procedure, she discovers the shocking truth behind her hallucinations: she’s been seeing the world through another girl’s eyes.

Elissa follows her visions, and finds a battered, broken girl on the run. A girl—Lin—who looks exactly like Elissa, down to the matching bruises. The twin sister she never knew existed.

Now, Elissa and Lin are on the run from a government who will stop at nothing to reclaim Lin and protect the dangerous secrets she could expose—secrets that would shake the very foundation of their world.

Riveting, thought-provoking and utterly compelling, Linked will make you question what it really means to be human.


Elissa’s world for the past three years has been a nightmare. She’s experienced horrific pain, random bruising all over her body, blackouts, nausea, and numerous other symptoms that have beat up her body and left her feeling close to death. Over the past three years, Elissa has seen doctor after doctor, and they finally found a cure: brain surgery. The doctors have guaranteed Elissa that this surgery will remove all of the symptoms she’s been experiencing and give her back her normal life. And they’ve given her all of four days notice.

Having just convinced herself that she can go through with the surgery, Elissa has a horrible vision of a girl in trouble. She soon discovers that this girl is her twin sister removed from her family at birth. And the even weirder side of the puzzle? They’re linked. Now Elissa must fight to keep both herself and her twin alive, even if that means evading her planet’s officials and racing off to somewhere that no one will ever be able to reach them.

Linked by Imogen Howson threw surprise after surprise after surprise my way. Going into it, I knew that it was a dystopia/paranormal type book, but it’s really more Sci-fi than anything. I haven’t read very many amazing Sci-fi books out there, so I got a little worried when that aspect of the book started peeking through, but it was amazing! The world that Imogen Howson created was beautiful, startling, well thought out, and just brilliant.

The first part of the book focuses more on the dystopia aspect of the book. This is probably the part of the book that I enjoyed the most, but we’ll get into that further on in the review. It was really obvious that this was not planet Earth. People could drive on rooftops, every door, everywhere, had locking mechanisms that were very different from what we experience today. Oh, and they had a government spacecraft that they used to communicate with other active planets. In the first half of the book, Elissa and her twin are trying to run from all of these people that are after them and trying to find a safe place to catch their bearings. So many things happen in this part of the books. They’re learning who to and who to not trust, more about the twin and their link together, changing their appearances, and really making the big decisions on where to go from there. This first half was really upbeat, fast paced, and a little bit stressful (in a good way.)

The second half of the book focuses more on the Sci-fi aspect of the book. Please be warned that this paragraph may be very spoilery. This half of the book focuses on the girls travelling in space to another planet. Here, we get to meet the crew, the captain and the co-captain, witness how the space ship works. And there’s lots of action going on in this section of the book. There’s a lot going on with Elissa’s twin and people are after them. This means that a bunch of other space ships are attacking them in the middle of space. It’s really cool, and it’s like no other YA book that I’ve read before. And the book is really well written, which it makes it that much more fascinating. The only complaint that I have is that their time in space got a little repetitive. I wish that it would have been cut down a little bit.

There’s not really that much romance in this book. There is a slight one, but it really doesn’t develop until like the last 3 chapters of the book. It was really awkward for me, because the characters basically hated each other throughout the whole book. There was no subtle flirting or touching. It was really just a “I don’t like  you” kind of thing. And it was really awkward for me to have those two characters latch on and profess their love for each other at the end of the book. Where did that come from? I was fine with their being no romance in the book, and I would have preferred that it stayed that way rather than have that awkwardness.

Some things in the book were a little confusing at times. This didn’t happen very often, though. I think what the issue was is that this was a whole different world. Not to mention that there were surrounding planets and moons, AND there was a space ship that we had to learn about. It’s really a book that you need to concentrate on or you’re going to get lost.

One thing that did bug me was that the chapters were verrrry long. I’m a pretty fast reader, but there were a couple chapters in the book that took me about 45 minutes to an hour to read. I’m a person who prefers stopping points in my books, so it was a bit annoying, but not anything major.

The ending of the book was really enjoyable. There are no cliffhangers, which I LOVED! I can’t stress to you guys how much I hate cliffhangers. I understand why authors do it, but it’s really just annoying. The ending of Linked sets it up really nicely for a second book. I’m not sure if this will become a series or if it’s a standalone. I almost think that Howson has to create a second book with how she set it up, but a bunch of questions that arise in the beginning of the book are answered in the last two chapters.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It’s a really heavy read, though, and made me want to read something very light right after it. It’s intense, it kept me on my toes, and it left me craving more. Linked is 100x better than I thought it would be, and I’m really interested in reading more by Imogen Howson.

This book released today, so make sure you guys go pick up a copy! You’re not going to regret it.


Pages: 368

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

Publication Date: June 11th, 2013

Source: ARC provided by the publisher

Rating: : ★★★★☆


Teaser Quote: She was elsewhere. In someone else’s body, looking through someone else’s eyes.

There was the cold, gritty feel of dried mud and grass beneath her curled-up legs, the taste of dust and metal in her mouth. All around the night pressed against her, thick, hot and full of noise. Something thundered over the bridge above her head, then faded into the distance; not the quiet rattle of a beetle-car, but the rumble belonging to a heavy-goods vehicle.

Otherborn – Anna Silver
Blog Tour
April 5, 2013 posted by Nichole

Otherborn – Anna Silver



Otherborn  by Anna Silver
Series: Otherborn, #1
Publication: April 4th 2013 by Sapphire Star Publishing
Genre: YA Dystopian
Synopsis: London and her teenage friends live in a reprocessed world. 
Confined within Capital City’s concrete walls, London has done the impossible and the illegal. She’s created something New- a song. But her mentor, club owner Pauly, is not impressed. Since the historic Energy Crisis forced everyone behind walls generations ago, the Tycoons have ensured there is truly nothing new allowed under the sun. Pauly warns London to keep her song to herself, if she knows what’s good for her. 
What he doesn’t know, is that London is keeping an even bigger secret: she dreams. And she’s not alone. London’s band-mates and friends have begun dreaming as well, seeing themselves in “night pictures” as beings from another world. As Otherborn, they must piece together the story of their astral avatars, the Others, in order to save their world from a dreamless, hopeless future. 
When Pauly is murdered and an Otherborn goes missing, London realizes someone is hunting them down. Escaping along the Outroads, they brave the deserted Houselands with only their dreams to guide them. Can they find their friend before the assassin finds them? Will being Otherborn save their lives, or destroy them?
I’m a huge fan of Dystopian books, so I was really excited to give Otherborn by Anna Silver a chance. I have to admit, the book did start out a little weird. In this new world, people don’t dream or create anything “new”, which was really hard to get used to….basically because it’s impossible. So, I did have a slight problem with that aspect of the book. Fortunately, there was more than that to the book.
The characters in Otherborn were really interesting and well created. I especially enjoyed London’s character. I found her to be both strong and hardheaded, but she also had a very soft quality about her. It did get a bit uncomfortable at times to read about her getting high or cutting herself. That’s really not my cup of tea, but that may be something that doesn’t bug others to read about.
I have to say….the world that Anna Silver created is really interesting and at times…jaw dropping. Like I said before, there was some awkwardness with some of the plot, but it takes real skill to create such a world. Kudos to Anna Silver.
The ending of the book was a big shocker! Don’t worry, I’m not going to spoil anything for you, but oh my goodness. I was totally impressed with the ending, and I cannot wait to see what’s next in the Otherborn series. Great ending!
I would recommend Otherborn to fans of dystopia books. It takes a little bit to get into the book, but after that it’s awesome.
: ★★★☆☆
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Book of the Month
February 26, 2013 posted by Nichole

Revolution 19: Character Interview with Farryn

Character Interview with Farryn



How long have you been creating technology to work against therobots?

Ever since I made it out of reeducation, where I saw my mother die and my father give up.


What are your feelings toward the robots?

They killed my mother. Don’t really have to say much more, right? Although the techie in me has to admit that they’re amazing machines…I’d love to get my hands on a sphere bot, or a Petey, or a Lecturer, to reverse engineer it…


There are some that would consider you a traitor for fighting against the robots. What would you say to them?

I don’t care what the damned true believers think. They can go rust themselves.


I have to ask, what are your feelings toward Cass?

She makes me want to keep trying, to not give up like my Dad.


What about her drew you in?

She’s a survivor, like me, except twice as tough as I’ll ever be. (Not that I’ll ever admit that to her.)


What can we expect from you in the second book?

I hope to stay alive, and to keep Cass alive, and to help figure out a proper way to fight.


Will we see your relationship with Cass progress?

Yes, but with some serious growing pains.

If you could say one last thing to your mother, what would it be?


Wow, you’re not pulling your punches, are you? Okay, if you’re really going to make me go there…I’d say I’m sorry I couldn’t save you. I was just a little boy.

Book of the Month
February 21, 2013 posted by Nichole

Eight Things You Don’t Know About Gregg Rosenblum and Revolution 19

Eight things you don’t know about me and Revolution 19:

Most likely you know very little about me, beyond my official bio that’s floating around the ‘net…this is my first book, after all. So here are a few random facts about me and Revolution 19, in no particularorder:

1.     I’m a superstitious writer. I have a pair of “writing rings”—they’re actually guitar strings twisted and soldered into rings—and I wear them only when I’m writing.

2.     I hate first drafts! A blank page scares me. Once I get something down, I’m happy digging into revisions, but that first draft…torture. One trick I have is to type first drafts single spaced, with a small font and wide margins, so that I don’t obsess over how many pages I’ve written or failed to write.

3.     One of my bad writing habits is that I massively overuse the word “suddenly” in first drafts. “Suddenly” is rarely ever helpful—it actually slows the action down just when you’re trying to describe something quick happening—so I don’t know why I keep using it in early drafts. I always do a word search for “suddenly,” and go back and kill most of them.

4.     I’m married to another YA writer (Wendy Wunder, author of The Probability of Miracles). We met in the MFA in Creative Writing program at Emerson College in Boston.

5.     Another odd writing tic I have is I don’t like to use the verb “asked.” I’m always saying “said” when the character is asking a question…my editors have to catch that for me. I guess it’s an overreaction to the old writing rule that you should avoid flowery speaking verbs and just stick with “said,” because it’s invisible to the reader and that’s what you usually want.

6.     The first draft of Revolution 19 had a character named “Trask,” who never made it to draft 2. He was an underground rebel in the City, and he ended up betraying Nick, Kevin, and Cass. He had nice hair. He was ruining the book, and had to go. Sorry, Trask.

7.     I have specific music needs when I’m writing. There’s a lot of pop-punk and guitar-driven stuff that I listen to when I need energy, but when I’m really focused and writing, I listen to “Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis over and over. Music for writing can’t have lyrics, because the words get in the way of my words. The music can’t be so relaxing that it makes me sleepy, but also can’t be so engaging that I focus too much on it. “Kind of Blue” nails it.

8.     Like many writers, I’ve written an unpublishable “trunk” novel…one that was a necessary but painful part of the learning process, that never saw the light of day. Mine was titled “Graham’s Grove.” That’s all I’m going to say about it.