The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera CassThe Selection by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #1
Genre: Dystopia
Release Date: 7th June 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Publisher
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Rating: one-half-stars

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself--and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Protip: do NOT let Gillian and/or Meg talk you into reading this book. Honestly, if the urge ever comes over you to pick up The Selection just like, go and roll around in a garbage pile for a while because it’s basically the same effect. Continue reading

The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

The Ask and the Answer by Patrick NessThe Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
Series: Chaos Walking
Genre: Dystopia
Release Date: May 4, 2009
Publisher: Walker Books
Source: Bought
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Rating: five-stars
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #181818;">Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss.</span><br style="color: #181818;" /><br style="color: #181818;" /><span style="color: #181818;">Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor's new order.</span><br style="color: #181818;" /><br style="color: #181818;" /><span style="color: #181818;">But what secrets are hiding just outside of town? </span><br style="color: #181818;" /><span style="color: #181818;">And where is Viola? Is she even still alive?</span><br style="color: #181818;" /><span style="color: #181818;">And who are the mysterious Answer?</span><br style="color: #181818;" /><br style="color: #181818;" /><span style="color: #181818;">And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode...</span></p>
“Your Noise reveals you, Todd Hewitt.”

Let me tell you about how I had my life ruined by aliens. The Knife of Never Letting Go was a great book. I loved it, and I’ve been recommending it like crazy. But The Ask and the Answer completely blows its predecessor out of the water. So much happens in such a (relatively) short book, it’s a wonder people’s heads don’t explode while they’re reading it. I loved it, and before writing this review I was going to just give it a 4 stars/Essential rating, but now I’ve decided to go with All Time Favourite. Because my life is ruined and I am crying.

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The Uprising by Lisa M. Stasse

The Uprising by Lisa M. StasseThe Uprising by Lisa M. Stasse
Series: The Forsaken #2
Genre: Dystopia
Release Date: November 7, 2013
Publisher: Orchard Books
Source: Publisher
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Rating: one-star

Alenna is being hunted. She can run and hide. Or she can stand and fight. Alenna is being chased by the government that destroyed her life. Determined to strike back, she joins the uprising. But victory has a high price. Will she risk everything and return to the Wheel? Or will she leave Liam, the boy she loves, to his fate? Battered. Bloodied. Defiant. Alenna's fight for survival continues.

I sit in an uncomfortable metal chair, facing a row of six scientists in white lab coats. These are my inquisitors.

The romance in this book ruined it for me. I was so excited to see Alenna and co. start to fight back against the oppressive government who sent them to the island in the first place. I mean, this is called The UPRISING, after all. However, not much happened in this book aside from the constant “I love you”‘s and “I don’t want you to get hurt”‘s, much to the disgust of everyone involved.

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Shift by Hugh Howey

Shift by Hugh HoweyShift by Hugh Howey
Series: Silo #2
Genre: Dystopia
Release Date: April 25, 2013
Publisher: Century
Source: Publisher
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Rating: three-stars

In a future less than fifty years away, the world is still as we know it. Time continues to tick by. The truth is that it is ticking away. A powerful few know what lies ahead. They are preparing for it. They are trying to protect us. They are setting us on a path from which we can never return.

Shift was a bit of a disappointment for me. I really enjoyed Wool, and I was looking forward to finding out how everything began and how the silos first came about. Unfortunately, Shift fell flat in terms of excitement, action, and character development. It’s quite a boring book for the most part, with little important events and a mystery scattered throughout. Wool was so much better, and I think I was expecting too much from this one.

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The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy FarmerThe House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Series: Matteo Alacran #1
Genre: Dystopia
Release Date: September 26, 2013
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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Rating: four-stars

Matt is six years old when he discovers that he is different from other children and other people. To most, Matt isn't considered a boy at all, but a beast, dirty and disgusting. But to El Patron, lord of a country called Opium, Matt is the guarantee of eternal life. El Patron loves Matt as he loves himself - for Matt is himself. They share the exact same DNA. 

As Matt struggles to understand his existence and what that existence truly means, he is threatened by a host of sinister and manipulating characters, from El Patron's power-hungry family to the brain-deadened eejits and mindless slaves that toil Opium's poppy fields. Surrounded by a dangerous army of bodyguards, escape is the only chance Matt has to survive. But even escape is no guarantee of freedom… because Matt is marked by his difference in ways that he doesn't even suspect.

In the beginning there were thirty-six of them, thirty-six droplets of life so tiny that Eduardo could see them only under a microscope.

How had I not heard of this book before a few months ago? It seems as though everyone I speak to has already read it, and yet it has been avoiding my radar for the past few years. What?!

The House of the Scorpion is a great read. It’s about love and family, and how those two things make us human. It’s about rising up, and empowerment, and fighting your so-called destiny. I love all of those things, so I knew as soon as I picked this book up that this would be one for me. Add to that a writing style that reminds me of Neal Shusterman’s Unwind, and we have a winner. Continue reading