Author: Ali Smith
Published: 20th October 2016
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
“And whoever makes up the story makes up the world, Daniel said. So always try to welcome people into the home of your story.”
The first in a quartet of seasonally-themed novels, Autumn sets off with a clever, witty, warm, cold, clever, melancholic, hopeful look at the current state of Britain.
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Title: The Divinity Bureau
Author: Tessa Clare
Published: 21st September 2017
Publisher: Asset Creative House
“Look around you, Roman. Below us lie the lives of 350 million people, spread across the Confederal Districts. Some of them will live forever. Some won’t even live to see a day. But they’re all people that touch someone’s life in some way or another. And I get it. 350 million is a lot, and more than our world can sustain. But I just had this thought that maybe if we all had good intentions – if we all decided that we wanted to leave the world a little better than before – overpopulation can be our greatest strength instead of our biggest weakness.”
Roman Irvine is a disgruntled IT Technician for the Divinity Bureau, a government agency that uses random selection to decide who lives and who dies. In a world where overpopulation has lead to pollution, a crippled economy, and a world in crisis, he’s accepted the bureau’s activities as a necessity… until he meets April McIntyre.
April has every reason to be suspicious of Roman. He works for the Divinity Bureau, which sent her father to an early grave. But he’s also sweet and loyal, and unbeknownst to her, he saved her life. As Roman and April fall deeper in love, the deeper they’re thrust into the politics of deciding who lives and who dies. Someone wants April dead. And the bureau’s process of random selection may not be so random after all..
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A few years ago, classic fiction made up about a quarter of the books I read in a year. Particularly modern classics, such as F.Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, George Orwell (to name but a few). In the last couple of years, no longer studying English literature, classics have not only slipped away from my compulsory reading lists, but they have disappeared from my reading altogether. Which is a shame, because some of my favourite books are classic novels, and I’m certain that I’m missing out on the opportunity to find a new favourite, every month I go without adding a new classic to my TBR. There is something almost as magical in a classic as a fantasy novel; gaining an insight into the past through the eyes of the past; through the eyes of influential individuals whose work has stood the test of time. Continue reading “FIVE CLASSICS I WANT TO READ IN MY LIFETIME”
Title: The Wrath and the Dawn
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Published: 12th May 2015
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books
“This dangerous girl. This captivating beauty.
This destroyer of worlds and creator of wonder.”
One Life to One Dawn.
In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.
Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?
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Author: Colleen Hoover
Published: 10th August 2012
Publisher: Atria Books
“Life wants you to fight it.
Learn how to make it your own. ”
Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.
Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.
Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.
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Author: Piet Hein Wokke
Published: 1st May 2017
Publisher: Xowox Publishing
“Do people ever really fight over religion?
Or do they use religion to fight?”
War rages in the West, but the East is not immune to its call. In the capital of Beledar – Mayasin – the old Emir is dying, and his son, Jalal, British-educated and with modern sensibilities, is poised to take leadership over a fractious nation.
Growing up in the poorest streets of Mayasin, Abdullah ekes out a meagre living shining shoes, selling arak, and performing less savoury favours for visiting foreigners in the city. But one bloodied, fateful night when the course of his life changes forever.
In a remote desert village on the other side of Beledar, Khalid is witness to immense brutality, meted out by his elder brother. He is forced to go along with it and not yet a teenager, he already has blood on his hands.
Sunni and Shi’i, royalist and revolutionary. One is destined for the palace, the other for the army. As their nation grapples with a new world, new independence, new ideas, and new struggles, the lives of these two boys will become inextricably intertwined… and the fate of the whole country will hang in the balance.
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Last night, I finished a Brazilian Netflix show called 3%. It hasn’t been advertised much at all, and I haven’t heard a single person talking about it. I found it after scrolling aimlessly through the sci-fi section a few times. It didn’t look like anything amazing, but I read the word ‘dystopian’ and something inside of me cheered a little. Dystopian – I hadn’t read or watched anything from that genre for a while. And it got me wondering…where did YA dystopian fiction go? Continue reading “Where Did The Dystopian Fiction Go?”