Category: Dystopia

The Sabbath by Arthur Nsenga

Posted July 26, 2017 by karenbaron in Dystopia, Fiction, Review, Science Fiction, Series / 0 Comments

The Sabbath by Arthur NsengaThe Sabbath by Arthur Nsenga, Shaunakay Francis
Published by Say La V Publishing on December 19th 2015
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 191
Format: Kindle
four-stars

Would you rather suffer for eternity, or die peacefully?

What if you had no choice?

The morning after witnessing a spectacular meteorite shower, Cory and
his girlfriend Lana didn’t expect to wake up immortal.

News bulletins claim the meteorites have released a chemical compound
called ATHENS which has caused mutations in the human race. The
twisted outcome has left people unable to die but with an increased
sensitivity to pain.

Now with the majority of food supplies contaminated, and the rich
controlling what little is left, the desperate young couple are force
to go on merciless food raids just to stave off the pain.

During which they accidentally discover a secret government device and
find themselves caught up in a diabolical plot to control the future
of humanity.

Realizing that there is more to ATHENS than what they were led to
believe; Cory and Lana set out on a crusade to uncover the truth.
Their journey will lead them into the darkest depths of humanity. If
they can follow the trail, they may be able to find some answers.

But will the cost of knowing the truth be too much?

My take on this story:             I was asked to read this book by Miss Shaunakay Francis almost a year ago now and I have finally been able to read it.

We follow Cory and Lana through dealing with what their government is calling The Sabbath. They are only calling it that because everyone in the whole entire world slept through a whole day and not just Cory and Lana after a night of getting drunk. The two friends get to Cory’s house to find out that his cancer-ridden mother is missing. He has no clue what to do especially since they all just learned that they can’t die. However, they can feel the pain and get sick while having it seem much worse than what it actually is.

After a bit of dealing with what do we do know we skip to a year later and Cory, Lana, and Isabel – Cory’s older sister are all still living in Cory and Isabel’s child home just trying to survive in a place that is basically being controlled by the government. In this new world that has been created the only jobs there are is working for the government and the only places with schools is in the cities that have walls surrounding them because it keeps the rich from hanging out with the normal people on the outside of the walls. We go with Cory and Lana for the time skip and follow them through everything including finding out that the government might be behind something that is really big.

This story isn’t that far into the future. It’s weird to think of something like this happening but it could easily happen. It kind of reminds me of a combination of The Hunger Games – without the kids fighting for survival and Divergent but not all the time. This story is really good and as I got closer to the end of the book I knew that it was going to be put into a sequel since we were going to be ending too soon and we didn’t really see a whole lot of other things.

Mr. Arthur Nsenga and Miss Shaunakay Francis have woven a good story. I am giving this book a four-star rating for. It kept me entertained when my cat would let me read it. Some days she is such a pest.

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A Bargain in Silver

Posted October 22, 2016 by karenbaron in Dystopia, Paranormal, Review, Series, Vampires / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A Bargain in SilverA Bargain in Silver by Josie Jaffrey
Series: Solis Invicti #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on January 3, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance
Format: Kindle
five-stars

If the price of safety is slavery, would you bargain your life? A deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience. It's not a deal that Emmy's willing to make, but as her world burns around her she finds herself in the arms of the enemy and the line between oppressor and saviour begins to blur. After an attack by the infected, Emmy is rescued by the handsome Drew who introduces her to the world of the Silver. Desperate to escape subjugation and confused by her attraction to him, she gathers what remains of her surrogate family and plans to make a break for freedom. But despite her efforts to resist, she is drawn further into the intrigues of the mysterious Silver through the agency of their ruler, the Primus: Solomon. Emmy refuses to submit to the cold and detached Primus and an attempt on her life makes it clear that he is unable to protect her from the political machinations of his race. As the connection between them deepens she must choose between her desire and her will to rebel, but can she trust his intentions when everyone is after her blood?

My Thoughts:   Does it matter if he is a vampire if he has a good heart?

I absolutely loved this book. I had the hardest time putting it down. I think I may have even growled at my family when they interrupted me. I was so worried about Emmy and her friends, that I couldn’t get them off my mind.

Emmy, for the most part, is your normal average girl. She wants to be part of a family and enjoy life. She gave up her life when her boyfriend disappeared, and move to London to start again. She gets a job as a bartender and gains a bunch of friends who become her family. Then the infection begins and she meets Drew. She is instantly drawn to him, even though she questions their connection constantly. She even allows someone she doesn’t really know to influence her perception of Drew.

Drew, who is second in command of the Solis Invicti, is kind in his own way. He is set in the fact that life is changing on earth and he will be one of those who will help make people comfortable and readjust to the new ways. He seems to try very hard to play within the rules that the Primus has set. Then he meets Emmy and instantly falls for her. Drew, however, knows of the consequences of loving her and wants to make sure that she has her complete free will to make the choice to love him back. He seems very noble. Can a vampire be good? He was born a vampire so perhaps it is possible.

There must be something about Emmy that is special, something unseen by most. Emmy catches the attention of Drew immediately, but also Solomon, who is in charge of the Silver and apparently the world as it is now known. They are both drawn to her even though she has a smart mouth and refuses to be their slave.

Since the story is told from Emmy’s point a view, there are secrets that she feels but is uncertain what they are. The Silver have quite a lot of superstitions and ways that are unknown to humans. Honestly, they must have had this planned for a while, at least by one faction or another. Humans didn’t know that they existed and were completely caught off guard.

My rating is 5 stars. I completely loved this book. I am so recommending this to my friends as I know they would enjoy it too.

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About Josie Jaffrey

I have always written stories, but it wasn’t until I started the first book in the Solis Invicti series in 2014 that I really became obsessed with writing. I love to read, particularly where the escapism of the story is enhanced with an element of fantasy or science fiction. For me, writing is simply an extension of that journey, but I get to decide what happens next (though it’s amazing how often the characters seem to decide for themselves what I’m going to write!).

I grew up in the English countryside and studied Classics at the University of Oxford, subsequently converting to law. After a year working in London in Paternoster Square (where the majority of the Solis Invicti series is set), I returned to Oxford where I still live with my husband and two somali cats. When I’m not writing, I work as a solicitor specializing in Intellectual Property and Commercial law.

As a new author, I love to hear from readers with their comments and feedback on the books, so please do get in touch through the website or via Twitter.

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The Death Cure by James Dashner

Posted September 3, 2015 by karenbaron in Adventure, Death, Dystopia, Fantasy, Fiction, Review, Science Fiction, Series, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

The Death Cure by James DashnerThe Death Cure by James Dashner
Series: Maze Runner #3
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on October 11th 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 325
Format: Kindle
five-stars

It’s the end of the line.
WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test.
Will anyone survive?
What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say.
The truth will be terrifying.
Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all.
The time for lies is over.

My take on this book: Oh my god this book was so good. Everything about it was excellent. Granted I still think that Thomas could have been a helped his friends and understood what was happening after he got his memories back. This would have helped him even more with the fight against WICKED.

This book gave me a ton of emotions. That went from happy to sad to gross to pissed off, all different kinds of emotions. James Dashner did an excellent job with this book and the others in the series. I am glad to say that I read them and became one of his fans. I am going to give this book five stars because it was just that fabulous. I am also going to say “yes!” to anyone that asks for a recommendation on this book because it’s a really great read and not just for young adult readers.

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The Scorch Trails by James Dashner

Posted September 2, 2015 by karenbaron in Adventure, Book to Movie, Dystopia, Magic, Mystery, Review, Science Fiction, Series, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

The Scorch Trails by James DashnerThe Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Series: Maze Runner #2
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Delacorte Press on October 12th 2010
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 362
Format: Kindle
five-stars

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.   Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.  There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.   The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.  Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.   There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.

My take on this book: Another awesome and wow book ever from Mr. James Dashner. Just wow. That’s all I could think of throughout this book. In this one we definitely see character development along with a sense of the urgency and how much effort it must have took for all of them to get to where they needed to go. And poor Thomas. That’s all I am going to say.

In this one though we get some new characters who are like the opposite of the Gladers. This whole book was just one big whirlwind of emotions and trying to get to where they needed to go before their end date. I don’t want to ruin any part of this book for anyone but I do hope that Thomas and the rest of the Gladers get to live out their lives in peace away from WICKED! I mean that group has put them through hell but all they care about is trying to figure something out between these two groups.

This book for me is a five stars rating from me. It just has everything in it needed for a prefect book to get you into it and worried for all the characters. I think that is it for me since once again I don’t want to spoil anything for you guys. Yes though I would recommend this book to anyone that would ask me about it. Especially so that I can talk to them about it as well and see what they thought of it.

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Posted August 31, 2015 by karenbaron in Adventure, Book to Movie, Death, Dystopia, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Review, Series, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

The Maze Runner by James DashnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner
Series: Maze Runner #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Delacorte Press on October 6th 2009
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: Kindle
five-stars

There are alternate cover editions for this ASIN here and here.
If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
Everything is going to change.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
Remember. Survive. Run.

My take on this book: Wow. This book has been a mixture of emotions throughout the whole thing. Or at least that’s the way I felt while reading every single last bit of it. James Dashner had me hooked throughout the whole ordeal of the book and it was just wow. My mind is still..I guess..trying to process through the story since I finished it quite fast. This book is getting a five star rating from me. It was that good.

For me when I first heard about this book I was in high school and didn’t think that it would be something on my to-read list one day. But then again my taste in reading has changed since I was a sophomore in high school. That and this book was actually better than what I imagined it would be. All I have to say is if anyone asks me in the future or even right now if I would recommended this book to my friends and family I will totally say “Yes!” Because it’s really good and it makes you think about the characters, what is going on and if you could really stop what has happened to them.

I don’t really want to spoil anything in this book but this whole thing from the prologue to the end is really good and it just makes you want to jump in there and help the Gladers to get out while not getting killed by the disgusting creatures that live in the maze.

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