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The Diabolic – S J Kincaid


Yet another dystopian sci fi fantasy!

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Set in the far distant future the known universe has expanded BUT many planets are seen as being unsafe places to live and only the space station that supports the Emperor and his supporters is seen as a safe haven.

Genetically modification is the ‘norm’ and diabolics are bodyguards created to protect the young of the senate, human looking but devoid of independent human thought or emotion – or so it seems!

The first in a new series. Complex, but I’m sure fantasy fiction lovers will enjoy.

 

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The Fireman – Joe Hill


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Joe Hill’s writing skills are as strong as his father’s Stephen King, and this is clearly apparent in his latest piece – The Fireman. 

The novel is set in a dystopian near future. A unexplained virus which causes it’s sufferers to self combust at some point in the future, has ravaged parts of the USA. A small group of the infected have managed to ‘tame’ the dragon scale disease and manage themselves in a secret hideaway, with the help of the mysterious ‘fireman’. He looks for those who are able to be ‘saved’. However gangs of the un-infected roam the streets looking to exterminate the infected ‘self-preservation’.

A weighty tome! But an engaging and action packed read.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot – David Shafer


It took me awhile to get into this book, mainly because of the compex plot lines – but one in, I really enjoyed WTF (yes, that’s the coloured first le25222743tters of the book’s title – and that should have given me a clue as to the nature of the plot!)

Set in the present, or near future, WTF is about a group of seemingly disconnected men and women, who are drawn together in an attempt to foil the a plot by a global network who is aiming to ‘gather’ all private information stored online and in the cloud, in order to gain world domination.

So part thriller, part sci-fi and computer action adventure, part dystopian…….

As I said, complex, for a very capable reader.

Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken


A society where every c10576365hild who survived the ‘mystery illness’ has a been given colour code, dependant upon the level of ‘powers’ that they now have.  A society where any level of power is viewed with fear by all adults, including parents. A society where under 16s are placed in detention centres and the most powerful ones are ‘cleansed’. That is the world of that Ruby exists in.

Fast paced and action packed. A new dystopian vision – where Ruby’s gift challenges her basic need for friendship and companionship – where she has to make some very difficult choices.

Definitely written for a sequel and very readable.

Gathering Blue – Lois Lowry


This book is the second in the Giver Quartet and while this book could stand alone, as can the others, it makes more sense and is more powerful when read with the other three.  Kira’s story adds another dimension to Jonah’s dystopian experience and promises more development and adventure. Both take place in the future after some kind of cataclysmic, world-shattering event and seem to fit together somehow, though exactly how is not clear. Kira’s world is more savage and disorderly, with the kind of violent brutality that readers might expect in a story set in medieval times: Deformed people are outcasts, parents slap their children, day-to-day life is meager, dirty, and angry, and villagers are fearful and superstitious. However, as in The Giver, a young person with special qualities emerges as the hero, and the overriding message is that kindness, honesty, and a selfless use of talent will create a better future for all.

This is a really good read and we have the third book on order, so that students can continue to enjoy the series.
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The Rig – Joe Ducie


Imagine a higimagesh security prison on a converted oil rig in the middle of the North AtlanticOcean.

Imagine that the only prisoners here are juveniles – servimng a minimum of 5 years.

Imagine a corrupt private prison company – that uses high spec technology to monitor all inmates 24 hours a day – where they are, what they eat, who they see, what job they do…….

Imagine  15 year old Will Drake, who is determined to escape the prison that no-one can escape from.

Add to this mix the fact that something is not quite right, in the depths under the rig.

A very good read – especially for sci-fi and action fans.

 

 

Noble Conflict – Malorie Blackman


I have always enjoyed Malorie Blackman’s books (apart from the last vampire effort) – and this is no exception.

Noble Conflict is set in the near future – a dystopian world where the ruling peace keepers ( the Guardians) keep a17119447 tight rein on controlling the rebel forces threatening their society from the ‘Badlands’ on the outer perimeters of the city. This is the world that Kaspar is born into and believes in.

But what happens when everything you have been bought up to believe is put under question? Why (and how)  is Kaspar ‘seeing’ the memories and dreams of one of the rebel fighters? Why do the rebels insist that they are only interested in peaceful protest when they are obviously terrorists involved in destroying schools and water supplies?

Well written, fast paced – with a number of twists and turns.