Category Archives: Dystopia

Review: Broken Skies

Author Theresa Kay / Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 290 Pages

Broken Skies CoverI haven’t read this author before. It is easy, casual reading. The pacing was excellent. The plot was being advanced while you get to know the characters at the same time. She never stopped the action and had you read paragraphs of information. Bravo! The dialogue was written with the appropriate vocabulary for the characters.

Jace and Jax (short for Jasmine) are brother and sister twins. They are both competent young adults with skills and maybe a few secrets. Jax is a courageous tomboy. I relate to the idea that she doesn’t know how to ‘fix her hair.’ The main alien character’s name is Lir. Unlikely strangers are thrown together for a rescue mission. There is a little, sci- fi, some romance, action and how do you figure out who to trust built in.

It is a real writing skill to be able to write a fight scene. Enough detail to tell us who is where and what they are doing, but not so much that it slows down the excitement and pace with long passages of description. Ms. Kay hit that balance just right.

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Review: Outlier- Rebellion

Author Daryl Banner / Reviewer Felita Daniels / 516 Pages

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Book 1 in the Outlier Series

The story introduces you to several characters and does this well. I really care about many of them. You are certain that these people will end up colliding into each other’s lives in one way or another. It is at its roots a book about the haves and the have nots. The differences in those worlds is described and shown by the author without pages and page of narration. But at times the pace is uneven.

How do the young and old feel about their lives? What these characters believe, expect, hope for, and what they are willing to risk to change their lives is what keeps you reading. There are many small spots of wisdom in the writing. “Ellena, she’s always learned never to open her mouth among so many opinions. The only thing you invite in an open mouth is acid in a room like this.” I did find myself rooting for some characters more than others and looking forward to the next section that would feature one that I liked. There is some romance in the book, but not so much to put off the folks that say “I don’t read romances.” There is an undercurrent of who are you, in relation to what your legacy (power or talent) is. Of course, with any power the question also arises of how you wield (or abuse) your gift. Continue reading

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New Release: Walled

Walled Book CoverWalled (The Line #2) by Anne Tibbets

Published by: Carina Press (HQN)
Publication date: December 1st 2014
Genres: Dystopia, New Adult (Book 2 of 2)

Synopsis

Freedom means making brutal choices.Rebel lovers Naya and Ric have survived one year in hiding, raising Naya’s twins from infants to toddlers in the shadow of the brutal Auberge dictatorship. They’re alive, and they’re together, but the city is crumbling around them and the haunting memory of Naya’s dark days on The Line have never fully left them. Living in isolation won’t be an option forever.When a mysterious revolutionary seeks their help to infiltrate Auberge’s electronic heart and shut it down, it’s an opportunity—it’s risky, yes, but if it works they’ll get out of the city and taste freedom for the first time. Naya needs this. They need this.Beyond the broken walls of Auberge, Naya and Ric find the paradise they’ve always longed for. But with anarchy reigning and Naya’s children lost amidst the chaos, they’ll need to forfeit their post-apocalyptic Eden…or commit an unspeakable act.

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