Kingdom of Needle and Bone by Mira Grant

“Of such small moments are disasters made.”

Friends, it pains me to say that this was just not the book for me. This is my first Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire) read and while I absolutely adored the plot, unfortunately the writing style and narrative voice just did not work for me. This is definitely a case of right book, wrong reader.

“Many of them would continue to leave their homes even as they began feeling unwell. The virus would spread. The virus always spreads.”

Lisa Morris is an 8 year old girl on vacation in Florida. She is starting to feel a little sick, but it is their last day and she doesn’t want to miss out on going to the amusement park for one last time. By the time she gets home to California, she’s very sick and thanks to trams, rides, and airplane rides — so are hundreds of others. Lisa’s Patient Zero of the Morris Disease outbreak and the first casualty. The world is forever changed.

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Suicide Club by Rachel Heng

Suicide Club is a chilling tale of a near-future dystopia where population decline has led to strict Sanctity of Life laws and systems to extend life ever longer. Poetically written, Heng weaves a dystopian nightmare that is plausible; however, I struggled to connect to the story as I had expected to and was left wanting much more.

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8 books to read if you love The Handmaid’s Tale

I AM SO EXCITED! Season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale is available tomorrow, April 25! (view trailer here) As one of my all-time favorite dystopian novels and a lover of speculative fiction and sci-fi, I wanted to put together a Recommended Reading List in celebration of season 2 – so I took to Goodreads and narrowed it down […]

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The Amazing Mr. Morality: Stories by Jacob Appel

This is a delightful collection of ten eloquently written short stories by Jacob Appel. Each story in the collection deals with a moral or ethical issue… which is right up my alley, as well all know! Incredibly well written and captivating from the start, Appel has a way with words that is almost poetic. The […]

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The Rending and the Nest by Kaethe Schwehn

5 stars, fantastic sci-fi and speculative fiction for the adult reader.

The Rending and the Nest is one of the most compelling, unique, sad, and hopeful books that I have read. At its core this is a character-driven book set in a post-apocalyptic setting, using that setting to delve into topics of community and the human condition… when everything we knew from before is left behind, how do we persevere? Continue reading

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