Category Archives: Science Fiction

Cut Off by Adrianne Finlay

Cut Off by Adrianne Finlay

The beginning of Cut Off seemed pretty straightforward. A survival reality show with a bunch of kids competing for the top prize. And then it all went insane and went every which way. It was sort of sci-fi and sort of horror (though not terribly scary horror). There are parallel dimensions and creating a timeline out of your mind and being able to choose the one where you end up. My 13 and 15 year old sons (who both liked the book more than I did) thought it explained the multiverse much better than anything else they have encountered. The best chapter in the entire book jumps between snapshots of what’s happening in various parallel universes as they are trying to find the right one. I recommend this book to teens and up, particularly those who like sci-fi and especially parallel dimensions.

3 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 48
Pages Read in 2022: 17,554
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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The Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin

The Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin

The Obelisk Gate is the second book in the Broken Earth series and, like the first book, I spent the majority of this one completely confused about what was going on. It would seem that that would make the book not very enjoyable, but it’s actually pretty great. Hoa is continuing to tell the story to “you” (the book is written to Essun, the main character, which is a very interesting and effective writing style choice). In this book you get to know Essun’s daughter Nassun better and it turns out she’s pretty awesome (and powerful) and it is quite interesting watching her come into and start to understand what she can do. I hope I am less confused by the third book, but even if I’m not I am sure it will be a good book, too. I recommend The Obelisk Gate to people who enjoyed the first book in the series.

4 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 8
Pages Read in 2022: 2784

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The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie

The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie

This is not your average love story. There’s love, sure, but mostly there’s revenge and anger because of that love. Like Poe, I never knew who to trust and of course the one person I barely suspected at all was the very one I should’ve suspected the whole time. The writing is fabulous. The cadence and sentence structure really appeals to me. The story unfolds at a good rate. It’s a standalone novel, but there is some connection to the Matched trilogy (absolutely no need to read the trilogy first). I truly enjoyed reading this book. I recommend it to everyone who enjoys books about totally awesome girls.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2021: 91
Pages Read in 2021: 29,437

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Timebound by Rysa Walker

Timebound by Rysa Walker

Timebound made my brain hurt. There’s time travel involved and different timelines that may or may not all continue to exist and the need to go back in time to prevent people from having changed the world. Even though it made my brain hurt, it all still made sense (as much sense as time travel makes). The action is very steady and questions are answered at a good pace. The main storyline is wrapped up at the end of the book, but many other things remain open for subsequent books in the series. I recommend this book to people who enjoy sci-fi and historical fiction.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2021: 74
Pages Read in 2021: 23,971

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Warden’s Vengeance by Tony James Slater

Warden’s Vengeance by Tony James Slater

Warden’s Vengeance is full of action. Just when you think Tris and the others are going to get a little break something else goes wrong. A few things are tied up by the end of this book, a few things are still left to be dealt with, and a couple things are just getting started. It has a satisfactory ended, though it did leave me wanting to read the fifth book in the series. I enjoyed it a lot and recommend it to people who enjoy sci fi.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2021: 44
Pages Read in 2021: 13,052

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Sometimes I was a bit confused about who a section was about because the author chose to write vaguely at some points before suddenly switching to specifics (occasionally randomly switching back to being vague again for no apparent reason). This really reduced the enjoyment of the book for me. What was going on and what the 5th wave actually was unfolded very well, however. It definitely kept me interested. The end was mostly satisfactory and because of that plus the fact that I didn’t love the writing style, I will not be continuing with the series.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 57
Pages Read in 2020: 16,059
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Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

I’m not sure just what I was expecting when I started reading Slaughterhouse-Five but it definitely wasn’t what the book is. I found the tone a bit jarring, which was good given the themes, and a bit sarcastic as well, which I enjoyed. It took a while to get used to the back and forth randomness. It’s not a style of writing I particularly enjoy, but it fit the themes as well. It’s pretty short so it reads fast. Vonnegut’s commentary on life and war and people throughout this book gives you a lot to think about. While I didn’t love it, I’m still glad I read it and do recommend others read it.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 52
Pages Read in 2020: 14,644
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Dante’s Path by David Meredith

Dante’s Path is the third book in the Aaru series. It picks up right where the second one left off. There are so many storylines in this series and the author is amazing at weaving them together and not losing any of the threads. The characters, including the minor characters are very well fleshed out and I actually care about what happens to many of them. The end tied up a few things, but also set up even more. I’m looking forward to the fourth book now! If you liked the first two Aaru books, you’ll love this third one.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 51
Pages Read in 2020: 14,413
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Warden’s Fury by Tony James Slater

For the most part I really enjoyed Warden’s Fury. At times it dragged a bit and was a little repetitive. I kind of felt like the author was trying to make this one as long as the previous books in the series. There were a couple twists and turns I did not expect that were excellent (such as the identity of Ingumen!). The epilogue was just nuts and left me quite looking forward to the next book in the series. If you like space opera type sci-fi, this book and series is for you!

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 35
Pages Read in 2020: 9123
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