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review 2018-03-03 16:57
The Sky Is Yours
The Sky is Yours - Chandler Klang Smith

I can not start to describe The Sky Is Yours, but I'm sure it will end up on my most talked out list for sure. Dragons (who seem to just be there) have taken over Empire Island and the surviving humans try to make the best of it run either by the super-rich or the mafia. Amidst all this, Duncan and Swanny prepare their forced marriage. And then, hell breaks lose.

I feel conflicted about The Sky Is Yours. At first, I didn't know what to think about it, and honestly, I was having some trouble to keep my attention focused on the book. Duncan and Swanny are both rather flawed characters, which made them interesting and a little bit annoying at the same time, but I couldn't figure out what kind of book it wanted to be (after reading all of it, I'm still not sure).

What I can say though is that it is unlike any of the other Dystopian or dragon filled books that I've read, and I've read quite a few. This is one of those books I can only classify as genre-defying. Is it all good? No, there are quite a few stereotypes being played out and some of it is just a bit too much. Would I recommend it? That's a difficult one, since it certainly isn't for everyone, however it had something of a fresh tone (that we so desperately need in the Dystopian scene) so I'm looking forward to Chandler Klang Smith's next work.

Thanks to Blogging for Books and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2018-02-14 11:09
1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four (Penguin Modern Classics) by George Orwell (2004-01-29) - George Orwell

I think almost everything has already been said and written about 1984, so I will just add some thoughts of my own.

The concept of 1984 is so interesting and at the same time terrifying that it really intrigued me, especially in the way things have turned out. When I first read it I was around 18 and I was starting this Dystopian period where 1984 just couldn't be left out. I'd been more hesitant before then, because the story is well known and I don't always tend to like the school-recommended classics, but after graduating I felt safe to try.

I would certainly recommend it. Even if you wouldn't read it for its own impact, if you enjoyed any of the modern dystopian novels, reading 1984 is a must.

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review 2018-02-03 13:02
New Charity Blues
New Charity Blues - Camille Griep

New Charity Blues is marketed as a retelling of the Trojan War, but as such, the comparisons are rather subtle and I wouldn't recommend it being read like that. After a devastating plague survivors have scrambled together to form two communities, one poor, one relatively rich. When one girl is allowed into the New Charity from the City, she is surprised to see the riches there and she might hold the future of the entire world in her hands.

This was an interesting read. The focus was not so much on the post-apocalyptic setting of the story but more about relevant questions of good and evil, what we would like and what we should do. As such, very interesting. The dual POV was not my favourite but I enjoyed reading the novel nevertheless.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2017-11-16 04:27
Brave New World (Audiobook)
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley,Michael York

Brave New Shock Value: the Anti-Utopia


So, I read that. Or listened to that. I can see why this was a revolutionary novel when it was written. Huxley set out to write a satire of the utopian novels so popular in his day and wrote a horror story instead. It's certainly imaginative, and not entirely out of left field, unfortunately. It does show its age in some respects, but since this is meant to be uncomfortable, that's not as much of a deterrent as it could be. I'm not really sure what to rate this though, so I'm leaving it unrated.


Narration is top-notch though - 5 stars for Michael York.

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review 2017-10-09 22:22
What would we do without Shakespeare?
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

I have heard so much about Brave New World and after One Hand Clapping in which Burgess shows us, that the world has been going to shit for quite some time, I decided to finally dive into it and read some dystopian fiction. And I liked it.


All of this must have seemed pretty crazy in 1932, but from today’s perspective, I think Brave New World is not that far fetched and THAT is actually a pretty scary fact. If you think about it, technology is not what’s holding us back from engaging in such a future – if we wanted, we could breed, clone and condition humans according to Huxleys vision in no time. Our last two straws in preventing it are probably ethics and moral and I do not want to know what this novel would have looked like, if Huxley had written it after WW II.

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