Category Archives: Dystopian

Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi

Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi

Fracture Me is the second novella in the Shatter Me series. This one is told from Adam’s point of view. I find Adam to be rather undeveloped. The novella contributes little to his character development. The end of the novella made me actually roll my eyes. It was kind of ridiculous. I still enjoyed it, but it just wasn’t as good as the previous books and novella in the series. It’s still a must read for anyone invested in what happens to the characters.

4 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2023: 17
Pages Read in 2023: 5572

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Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

The second book in the Shatter Me series, Unravel Me picks right up where Shatter Me ends. It’s extremely confusing at the beginning which is intentional because Juliette is confused by everything that is going on and it’s from her point of view. The writing is slightly different in this book because Juliette is less in her head as she begins to associate with more people, though sometimes she reverts back to how she was in the asylum depending on what is going on and how it is affecting her. It’s incredible how well this works. The writing is, quite frankly, a masterpiece. The way things are phrased conjures up such vivid and unique images and feelings. There are a couple twists I wasn’t even remotely expecting. I very highly recommend this book to everyone who enjoyed Shatter Me.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2023: 16
Pages Read in 2023: 5509

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Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

The first novella in the Shatter Me series, Destroy Me takes place right at the end of Shatter Me. It’s from Warner’s point of view. I never thought I could feel sorry for Warner, but getting inside his head and seeing what he’s dealing with made him a much more sympathetic character. Warner’s voice is quite different from Juliette’s. I highly recommend reading this novella after completing Shatter Me. It really completes that part of the story.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2023: 15
Pages Read in 2023: 5024

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

From the first page I was completely sucked in to Shatter Me. I usually read multiple books at once but barely could put this one down so the others had to wait. The writing style is amazing. It’s told in first person point of view and it really feels like you truly know Juliette. I don’t know what took me so long to read this book (I’ve been meaning to for years). I’ll be finishing the series over the next few weeks for sure (and then maybe everything else the author has ever written, too). I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys young adult dystopian.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2023: 11
Pages Read in 2023: 3882

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Happy Doomsday by David Sosnowski

Happy Doomsday by David Sosnowski

Happy Doomsday started out so great. Rotating between three people who would ultimately end up together with crazy stuff happening in between, the writing is very good and the story sucks you right in. But then it just kind of lost itself. It’s like the author just didn’t know where to go or what to do. The last quarter wasn’t great which was a disappointment after the first three-quarters being excellent. It’s not a bad book, especially if you enjoy young adult dystopian, but it’s not at all a must read.

3 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2023: 10
Pages Read in 2023: 3554

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Reached by Ally Condie

Reached by Ally Condie

Reached is the final book in the Matched trilogy and completes the story very nicely. There’s no specific end, nothing wrapped up in a perfect bow. Life continues and it might be a happy ending and it might not, and you are never quite sure if the Rising is good or not or if it’s just an alternative to the Society while being pretty much the Society repackaged, but it still is such a satisfying conclusion. This one is told from three alternating points of view, Cassia, Ky, and Xander, which is very effective. It spurred several very interesting conversations with my 13 and 15 year olds. I highly recommend this book to everyone who enjoyed the first two in the series.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 41
Pages Read in 2022: 15,145
Graphic Novels: 1

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Crossed by Ally Condie

Crossed by Ally Condie

There’s a lot of running in Crossed. There’s also a lot of finding. Compared to the first and third books in the trilogy, this one moves a lot slower. The alternating Ky/Cassia points of view works very well. There are many questions, but few answers, the biggest being is Ky right? Should they go to the Rising? Is it any better than the Society? There comes a point when things start moving a lot quicker and some chapters are less than a page which is very effective particularly when combined with the alternating POVs. This book sets up the next one very well while still having a satisfactory ended. I highly recommend it (the whole trilogy) to anyone who enjoys young adult dystopian.

4 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 31
Pages Read in 2022: 11,232
Graphic Novels: 1

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Generation M by Scott Cramer

Generation M by Scott Cramer

Generation M is the third and final book in the Toucan Trilogy. Once again, the author did an excellent job of nutshelling every time something that hadn’t been mentioned since a previous book came up. The character development continued to be excellent and not just in the children. I found it fascinating how the majority of the adults were so attached to the thought that kids couldn’t possibly be creating a thriving society without the help of adults. I thought that was probably one of the most realistic things in the entire book. I highly recommend this book and the entire series to anyone who enjoys young adult dystopian.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 26
Pages Read in 2022: 9166
Graphic Novels: 1

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Matched by Ally Condie

Matched by Ally Condie

I first read Matched a decade ago and I remembered enjoying it a lot so I decided to read it to my 13- and 15-year-olds for their bedtime story. Once again I enjoyed it very much. We had many great conversations sparked by the chapter or two we read that day. It was very interesting to discover one of my sons would be okay with being matched if it really did guarantee a successful marriage while my other son was totally against the idea. The book is dystopian, but the Society is presented as utopian. As with any utopian-appearing place it is anything but utopia. That inspired a discussion about how some people see the cracks in the perfect facade while others do not or deliberately overlook them and which type of person they’d want to be. The romance part of the book is sweet and very clean (one of my sons, who enjoys a little romance but gets annoyed if there is too much, was very much a fan of the amount in this book). I love the author’s writing style. I just find it very comforting somehow just in the way she phrases things. The use of a poem to push Cassia to act is very clever (and, back when my older daughter read the series at the same time I originally did, it kind of caused her to become a little obsessed with Dylan Thomas and especially with Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night). I’m glad I decided to reread this book and share it with my boys. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys young adult dystopian.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 19
Pages Read in 2022: 6893
Graphic Novels: 1

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Night Without End by DP Fitzsimons

Night Without End by DP Fitzsimons

I read the first book in this series a few years ago so it was a bit hard to get up to speed reading this second one. The author didn’t really go over what happened previously much at all (mostly just hints through dialogue) so until about a quarter or so through I was struggling to remember and a little bit lost. The fact the “trick” happened basically the same way twice to both ships was kind of annoying, but then I guess if it worked once they figured it would work again. There was a bit too much graphic violence for my tastes. Overall, though, I enjoyed the book (even if the cover really freaks me out). I cared deeply about the characters and wanted to keep reading to find out whether they get infected or eaten or not and whether any of them would survive to get to New Earth (I guess since there are more books in the series I assumed some would but I wanted to know which ones it would be). I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys young adult sci-fi or dystopian.

4 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 16
Pages Read in 2022: 6090

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