Tag: dystopian

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (The Folio Society Edition)

In the introduction of The Folio Society’s edition of Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood writes… ‘Like The Handmaid’s Tale, Oryx and Crake is a speculative fiction – in the line of descent from Orwell’s 1984 – not a traditional science fiction in the line of H.G Wells’s War of the Worlds.’ Her reasoning is that

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The Farm by Joanne Ramos

Ambitious businesswoman Mae Yu runs Golden Oaks – a luxury retreat transforming the fertility industry. There, women get the very best of everything: organic meals, fitness trainers, daily massages and big money. Provided they dedicate themselves to producing the perfect baby. For someone else. Jane is a young immigrant in search of a better future.

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VOX by Christina Dalcher

To truly capture the essence of this book, I am going to write a review of only 100 words: As relevant and terrifying as The Handmaid’s Tale, Vox is a dystopic nightmare brought to startling reality. With a focus on language and social interaction, Dalcher manages to perfectly convey a chilling atmosphere of fear, oppression, hatred and silence

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BOOK REVIEW: Ruin’s Wake by Patrick Edwards

‘Ruin’s Wake imagines a world ruled by a totalitarian government, where history has been erased and individual identity is replaced by the machinations of the state. As the characters try to save what they hold most dear – in one case a dying son, in the other secret love – their fates converge to a

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BOOK REVIEW: The Migration by Helen Marshall

The world is besieged by natural disasters, a disease that affects only the young is spreading, and tragedy appears at the forefront of everyone’s lives. The Migration is a wonderfully skilful novella that combines an elegiac beauty with an overarching sense of societal menace. Written from the perspective of Sophie, a sixteen-year-old girl who is

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BOOK REVIEW: Bindlestiff by Wayne Holloway

Bindlestiff is one of those books that took forever to read, forever in a good way…I just didn’t want it to end. I set about each evening to devour more of this offering from Wayne Holloway only for my mind to shut down after a few pages – it wasn’t through boredom it was that

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BOOK REVIEW: We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

What is interesting about literature written in the past is the omnipotent manner with which one, from our saggy hi-tech sofas in the future, can now read it: the time capsule quality of it. A quality so much more heightened when reading someone’s version of the future as written in the past, often wildly off

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BOOK REVIEW: The Rending and the Nest by Kaethe Schwehn

Just when the world turned around a little too fast and spun itself into a new dystopian reality is hard to pin-point exactly. It seems it might have kicked-off around 2016 when every one of your favourite celebrities started dying and the Western electorate ticked the box marked ‘collective suicide pact’. Then again, it could

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BOOK REVIEW: The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

– Short Review – This book is a whirlwind – fast paced, gripping and building on the world that Ness so delicately nurtured in the first book ‘The Knife of Never Letting Go‘ also reviewed on STORGY. Todd’s world is changed forever when he makes a deal with the Devil Mayor Prentiss (President Prentiss) to

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INTERVIEW – Gregory Norminton

Q: The Devil’s Highway is your first novel for ten years. What was it about this story that inspired you to write it? I have always wanted to write about my home landscape – by which I mean the landscape of childhood, ‘the happy highways where I went / And cannot come again’. For me,

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