It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus! Today, it’s Thea’s turn and she takes a look at a dystopian science fiction classic, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, and the recent Hulu television adaptation. How does the television show stack up? Spoiler alert: Thea loves it. “>Head over to Kirkus to check out […]
Title: The Bone Snatcher Author: Charlotte Salter Genre: Middle Grade, Horror, Dark Fantasy, Apocalypse Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers Publication Date: February 2017 Hardcover: 352 Pages Murder, madness, and sea monsters combine in this thrilling and atmospheric middle grade debut perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman, Lemony Snicket, and Tim Burton. Sophie Seacove is […]
Title: Gilded Cage Author: Vic James Genre: Dystopia, Fantasy, Young Adult Publisher: Del Rey Publication Date: February 2017 Hardcover: 368 Pages A darkly fantastical debut set in a modern England where magically gifted aristocrats rule, and commoners are doomed to serve—for readers of Victoria Aveyard and Susanna Clarke NOT ALL ARE FREE. NOT ALL ARE […]
Title: Scythe Author: Neal Shusterman Genre: Horror, Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Young Adult Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Publication Date: November 22, 2016 Hardcover: 448 Pages In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (“gleaned”) by professional reapers (“scythes”). Citra and […]
It’s Friday and we are over at Kirkus! Today – to celebrate Halloween and possibly prepare for the coming US elections – Thea is looking at recent examples of Dystopian Political Futures: Go over there to check it out.
Today, we are delighted to unveil the cover of The Spark–the third book in the Extrahuman Union quartet from Susan Jane Bigelow (and the third novel from Book Smugglers Publishing). Without further ado, behold! The Smugglerific Cover! About the Book Deirdre Burns White is an Extrahuman who can make fire with her mind. Once imprisoned […]
Falling by Susan Jane Bigelow 3,378 Words A short story set in the Extrahuman Union universe, set between the events of Broken and Sky Ranger by Susan Jane Bigelow. LONG AGO, ALICE HAD A poster of Sky Ranger on her wall. He was the first, the only Sky Ranger then: a slight, tall, wiry man […]
What would happen if the most important, fundamental element for human survival was toxic? In H2O by Virginia Bergin we learn the answer: nothing good. Title: H2O Written by Virginia Bergin Genre: Apocalypse, Dystopia, Young Adult, Science Fiction Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Publication Date: October 2014 Paperback: 327 pages .27 IS A NUMBER RUBY HATES. It’s […]
A profound, feminist dystopian novel about friendship, sisterhood and courage, Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff is exquisite. Title: Maresi Written by Maria Turtschaninoff Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia, Speculative Fiction Publisher: Pushkin Press (UK) Publication Date: January 2016 Hardcover: 256 pages Maresi came to the Red Abbey when she was thirteen, in the Hunger Winter. Before […]
A surprising parable about technology, nature, and free will, The Wild Robot by Peter Brown is beautiful, at turns heartbreaking, and deeply profound. Title: The Wild Robot Written by Peter Brown Genre: Middle Grade, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Publication Date: April 2016 Hardcover: 288 pages When robot Roz […]
In which we celebrate the publication day of Broken by Susan Jane Bigelow, and offer up one sweet giveaway We are beyond thrilled to finally announce the publication day of Broken (The Extrahuman Union Series, #1) by Susan Jane Bigelow–the very first novel from Book Smugglers Publishing. And to celebrate publication day, we’re giving away […]
An introduction to The Extrahuman Union series by Susan Jane Bigelow. Broken is the first book in the Extrahuman Union series of four interconnected novels, featuring a group of superheroes struggling to survive in a dystopian future under the oppression of a totalitarian regime. Over the course of these books, we watch these very human […]
“Inspirations and Influences” is a series of articles in which we invite authors to write guest posts talking about their Inspirations and Influences. In this feature, we invite writers to talk about their new books, older titles, and their writing overall. Next Tuesday (March 22, 2016) we will publish Broken by Susan Jane Bigelow–the first […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus for our regular weekly column! Today Thea FINALLY reviews Updraft by Fran Wilde (just in time for awards season): Given all of the Nebula buzz for this title, Thea decided to FINALLY review the book. Featuring some of the best and most original world-building Thea’s had […]
Darrow’s final adventure comes ot a triuphant close in Morning Star by Pierce Brown. Title: Morning Star Written by Pierce Brown Genre: Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction Publisher: Del Rey Publication Date: February 2016 Hardcover: 518 pages Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged […]
In which we reveal the cover and open up preorders for Broken by Susan Jane Bigelow We are beyond delighted to finally unveil the cover of Broken (The Extrahuman Union Series, #1) by Susan Jane Bigelow–the very first novel from Book Smugglers Publishing. Without further ado, BEHOLD! The smugglerific cover! About the Novel In a […]
Decoding the Newbery is a monthly column in which Newbery Medal winners are examined and deconstructed by regular contributor and author Catherine Faris King. This month, Catherine reads The Giver, the Newbery winner for 1994. “… He had been taken aside for a brief private lesson in language precision. He was not starving, it was […]
An A.I. on a powertrip defines the rules of rulership in the future…and it’s pretty badass. Title: The Scorpion Rules Author: Erin Bow Genre: Speculative Fiction, Dystopia, Post-Apocalypse Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books Publication Date: September 2015 Hardcover: 384 Pages The world is at peace, said the Utterances. And really, if the odd princess has […]
Only Ever Yours is 1984, Mean Girls and Handmaid’s Tale rolled into one, featuring a brave if completely pessimistic magnifying glass to how we treat women right here right now. It takes everything that is misogynistic about our world and boils it down to an undiluted, concentrated dose of bleak despair. I am pretty sure […]
Joel Ross makes a triumphant middle grade debut with The Fog Diver – a swashbuckling, science fiction-fantasy that conjures comparisons to Kenneth Oppel’s Airborn and Jenn Reese’s Above World. In other words: READ THIS BOOK NOW. Title: The Fog Diver Written by Joel Ross Genre: Science Fantasy, Middle Grade, Adventure, Post-Apocalypse/Dystopia Publisher: HarperCollins Publication Date: […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus for our regular weekly column! Today Thea takes a look at YA speculative fiction novel Undertow by Michael Buckley. Undertow is NOT what she was expecting. In a good way. Head over to kirkus to read the full review.
Only four issues into this new comics and my love for it knows no bounds. Bitch Planet is a pulpy dystopian series written by Kelly Sue DeConnick (Of the excellent Pretty Deadly and Captain Marvel) and artist Valentine De Landro. From a storytelling perspective, Bitch Planet takes place in a horrifying dystopian future where white […]
“Everywhere you go, pain and misery seem to follow. Well, I’m done following along with it. I won’t be a part of your violence anymore. And I won’t let the children be infected by it either.” Title: Sweet Tooth: Endangered Species Written by Jeff Lemire Genre: Apocalypse, Dystopia, Comics, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction […]
“What if they aren’t the solution at all, but the problem? What if they caused it? What if he caused it?” Title: Sweet Tooth: Animal Armies Written by Jeff Lemire Genre: Apocalypse, Dystopia, Comics, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction Publisher: Vertigo Publication Date: June 2011 Paperback: 144 pages Following on the heels of THE […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus for our regular weekly column! Thea takes over this week with a review of a highly anticipated book, dystopian YA speculative fiction novel City of Savages by Lee Kelly. A debut from Lee Kelly, and the debut novel from Saga Press, City of Savages is not […]
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