Category Archives: Fiction – Dystopia

Final Thoughts on Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam (by Jill)

I would have finished MaddAddam a lot faster if I hadn’t been camping last week. That’s okay. I didn’t mind spending more time with Margaret Atwood and her version of the future. I’m not sure that I’m going to end … Continue reading

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Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam, an introduction (by Jill)

Surprisingly, I haven’t read a single Margaret Atwood book in the entire three years we’ve had our blog. She is a long-time favorite of mine, ever since I read The Handmaid’s Tale in the mid-nineties. And by rights I should … Continue reading

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Review of Blake Crouch’s Wayward, Book Two in the Wayward Pines Trilogy (by Jill) (With Spoilers!!)

I promised no spoilers in my review of the first Wayward Pines book, but no such promise exists in this post. There are spoilers aplenty to be found here, about Pines, and also about Wayward. If you want to maximize … Continue reading

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Review of Blake Crouch’s Pines, Book 1 in the Wayward Pines Trilogy, with a brief aside about Kindles and contemporary Irish fiction (by Jill)

So apparently this is what happens when I try to read two contemporary Irish fiction novels written by authors who have been Booker Prize contenders in a row: I get so depressed that the only thing left to do is … Continue reading

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Why can’t every weekend be as reading productive as this weekend? Final thoughts on The Giver and The Road Home (by Jill)

              I finished two whole books this weekend! I never do that. I’m not sure if it was these books in particular that pushed me on, or my desire to have some stuff to … Continue reading

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Progress Report on Lois Lowry’s The Giver (by Jill)

  I’m reading this book for a few reasons: first, my friend Lauren recommended I read The Giver and its sequels; second, I got a new Kindle Paperwhite as an early birthday gift and I wanted to read a book … Continue reading

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Final Thoughts on Veronica Roth’s Divergent (by Jill)

I love dystopian young adult fiction. Its major downside is that it doesn’t necessarily lend itself to intelligent discourse and discussion. I finished Divergent last Friday and have been trying to figure out what direction to take my review in … Continue reading

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