This book has singlehandedly put me behind on my reviews by about two months. Thanks, book! Also, I’m blaming the book but it’s totally me. Obviously. I’m not sure I will actually be continuing this series. If not for my OCD (legit), and my “I might die if I don’t finish a book series” compulsion, or whatever the hell, I know I would have written it off already. It is too dark and scary for my poor brain right now, and the angel thing isn’t really all that up my alley if you know what I mean, even if I […]
“But I’m no hero. I’m more of a last resort, a scorched-earth policy. I’m the person you hire when the heroes have already come home in body bags” (2). There’s nothing like the feeling when you discover the first book in a series and it hits all your readerly buttons. I was pretty sure I was going to like Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse when I read about it—searching for women Native American authors to support (in the aftermath of the Sherman Alexie scandal.) I actually bought a copy for my sister for our second annual Christmas Eve Jolabokaflod […]
Post-apocalyptic fiction is my my favorite genre. I am also on a kick of reading rocking female authors. Also, I love Margaret Atwood, and she mentored Alderman and has mentioned this book as one to read. Soooo, post-apocalyptic fiction with Margaret Atwood’s seal of approval should be a slam dunk for my tastes, and oh, it certainly was. In Alderman’s world, “the power” is a muscle across the collarbone of young women that allows them to send out electric shocks to animal, vegetable, or mineral. And it is a power only wielded by women. I KNOW RIGHT?! Things get real, […]
I adore post-apocalyptic literature and have read many of the Stephen King biggies (The Shining, Misery, Carrie, Pet Cemetary, It, Salem’s Lot, Christine, Needful Things, Thinner) so not sure why I hadn’t read The Stand but I think the size of the volume probably had something to do with it. At 1153 pages The Stand is less a hobby and moreso a lifestyle choice. His fifth book, written in 1978, it was definitely a blast from the past. I snagged the copy held for me at the library and was downright crestfallen to learn that I actually picked up the 10th […]
For Two Heads Are Better Than One, emmalita and Jen K chose to read and review Rebecca Roanhorse’s Trail of Lightning, the first in The Sixth World series. In order to make this simpler, we are pulling the Amazon description for the plot summary, and then going into our thoughts below that!
In Toronto, Ontario paramedic-in-training Jeevan Chaudhary is sitting in the audience watching a production of King Lear when the lead suddenly drops dead onstage. Unable to save him, Chaudhary comforts a young actress as the body is taken away. This is Year Zero. In Year Twenty, Kirsten Raymonde is a member of the Travelling Symphony – a group of actors and musicians who travel around the Great Lakes performing classical music and Shakespeare. The colonies they visit sprung up after the Georgia Flu wiped out the majority of the world’s population. There is no power, no mass communications, no government, […]
This isn’t exactly a sequel, but takes place at roughly the same time and in the same world as the phenomenal The Girl With All the Gifts. A terrible fungus has been released on the world, turning all who are exposed into “hungries” – basically zombies. The survivors have banded together, and a crew of scientists and soldiers sets out into the post-apocalyptic mayhem to gather samples, reconnoiter, and look for a solution. We follow this crew on their journey: a pregnant scientist (Rina Khan), the teenage boy science genius (Stephen) she’s taken under her wing, a military commander, a […]
Or, at the very least, they are the future in M.R. Carey’s book, The Girl With All the Gifts. The book is about Melanie, zombie child extraordinaire. She’s being held, along with several other (albeit less extraordinary) zombie children, at a research facility in England. At the facility, they attend classes, eat grubs and occasionally get dissected, all in the name of science. Dr. Caldwell does the dissecting, and Helen Justineau does the teaching. Below is a song I “wrote” about their adventures (please to be sung to the tune of Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All”): I believe the […]