Railsea by China Mieville

January 14, 2013

railseaOut of all the young adult books I have read in 2012, by far, so far, the most memorable and most impressive has been Railsea.  There is no way to explain this book in a way that will give the full impression of what it’s like without reading it, but I will try.  Mieville has created a brand new futuristic world that is criss-crossed throughout by the Railsea, a system of railroad tracks that covers the whole surface of desert land.  The rivers and lakes have been sucked dry, and there is only desert and miles up on miles of rails that intertwine and cross each other.  The only method of transportation is by rail.  Read the rest of this entry »


It’s the End of the World as We Know It

August 23, 2011

Last week I had the pleasure – and terror – of reading Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (to be published in November 2011). In her debut novel, Mafi paints a rich, gorgeous, and terrifying post apocalyptic dystopian world that left me trembling and eternally grateful for free speech and ice cream. But while I hurriedly checked to be sure that my books and pets were safe and reassured myself that I wouldn’t incinerate if I stepped outside, Mafi’s vision lodged itself into a small but growing knot of anxiety in the back of my mind. I speedily ingest dystopian fiction, from the recent Hunger Games trilogy and Divergent, to the classic 1984 and The Giver. Okay, perhaps I’m taking all of this a little too seriously. How likely do you believe it is for the government to remove color from the world, as described by Lois Lowry? Read the rest of this entry »

Teens’ Top Ten 2011: Matched by Ally Condie

July 18, 2011

Matched by Ally Condie is one of the Teens’ Top Ten Nominations for 2011.

Imagine living in a world where the government chooses everything for you: where you live, where you work, even who you marry.  Cassia has always trusted the Society and the choices they make for her.  On her 17th birthday, Cassia anxiously prepares for her Match ceremony.  Everything is perfect, including her match.  She is paired with her best friend, Xander, and she prepares for the life they will lead.  That is, until she sees Ky’s face appears on her match disc.  Suddenly, all the faith Cassia has in the Society begins to falter.  Is it possible that the Society is wrong?  Read the rest of this entry »

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