Review · Science Fiction

Day of the Oprichnik by Vladimir Sorokin

Day of the Oprichnik, by Vladimir Sorokin, is a slice-of-life dystopian about one oprichnik in Moscow in 2028. This society runs with futuristic technology and the draconian laws of Ivan the Terrible. The oprichnina, the most feared men in the country, perform all tasks necessary to promote and protect the czar’s interests. Andrei Danilovich Komiaga, the oprichnik of concern, must crush the enemies of the state, perform his assigned tasks, attend parties, and participate in secret rituals. This Russian dystopian novel looks at the corruption and control of a futuristic society from the top down.

Classics · Review · Science Fiction

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

After the president and Congress were executed, a religious group took over what was left of the United States, renaming it the Republic of Gilead. Women are forbidden from reading and must wear the (conservative) dress that signifies their class. They no longer own property and must travel in pairs or with assigned Guardians. The only value in a woman is her ovaries. Handmaids exist only to bear children for their assigned Commanders and their barren Wives. Offred, the narrator of this tale, is a Handmaid who has grown used to the system but is disgruntled with it.

Review · Science Fiction · Young Adult

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Series: The Chemical Garden Trilogy, #1 Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR Pub. Date: 2011 Genre: Dystopian YA, Romance Pages: 358 Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars Designer babies became the norm when the scientists discovered how to make a baby that would have a long lifespan and be immune to most illnesses, including cancer. The… Continue reading Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Review · Science Fiction · Young Adult

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Synopsis from the Inside Cover: Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted… Continue reading Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Review · Science Fiction · Young Adult

Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki

Synopsis from Goodreads: Fifty years ago The Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. To punish the guilty, he created the Hole, a place where sinners are branded according to their sins. Sinners are forced to live a less… Continue reading Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki

Review · Science Fiction · Young Adult

Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Synopsis from the Author’s Website: Incapable. Awkward. Artless.  That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: She wants to fail. Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen to work… Continue reading Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Children's Literature · Review · Science Fiction

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry’s Gathering Blue (the second book in The Giver Quartet) is about Kira, the two-syllable orphan with a twisted leg, who is spared by the all-powerful Council of Guardians. They want to use her gift of weaving to be the “designer of the future” (179) once she has completed re-threading the Singer’s Robe. My friend chided… Continue reading Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Review · Science Fiction · Young Adult

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent by Veronica Roth is the second novel in the Divergent trilogy. This is the synopsis of the novel, which you can find on the cover: One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying… Continue reading Insurgent by Veronica Roth


Which Faction Do You Belong To?

Yesterday, I posted a review about Divergent by Veronica Roth. We will now talk about the factions. This is based on the information given in Divergent. There are five factions: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite. These factions were created to solve some issue that they think destroyed our government last time. The characters’ ancestors… Continue reading Which Faction Do You Belong To?