Tag Archive | Dystopian

Review of The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

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About The Girl With All the Gifts

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

My Review

No doubt Melanie is special, I discovered this as the story unraveled. This was an incredibly addicting read in so many ways. Melanie captures your heart, she is extremely well written. All the characters worm their way into your sphere leaving you in a state of limbo where you are backed into a corner to either protect or overrun them despite your attachment, no other plausible choice given.

Somewhat intricate plot exploring love, loss, identity, blended with fantasy, science fiction, yet it’s almost a sub-genre of its own, more than a few major notable moments I will never forget. Lots leaving you bristling, uncomfortable, maybe even a tad but traumatized.

This read pulls you in, definitely not in my normal reading spectrum. An out of the box reading experience leaving me enthralled, providing escapism to another world I never thought I would venture into, despite the insanity I enjoyed my time immensely.

An incredibly well crafted read, a sub-genre I am unfamiliar with but this tomb will never be forgotten, forever etched in my mind. Quite a reading experience.

About M.R. Carey7177350

Mike Carey is the acclaimed writer of Lucifer and Hellblazer (now filmed as Constantine). He has recently completed a comics adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, and is the current writer on Marvel’s X-Men and Ultimate Fantastic Four. He has also written the screenplay for a movie, Frost Flowers, which is soon to be produced by Hadaly Films and Bluestar Pictures.

Also writes as Mike Carey

Published June 19th 2014 by Orbit (first published January 14th 2014)

Review & Giveaway: Damnificados: A Novel by J.J. Amaworo Wilson

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About Damnificados

Damnificados is loosely based on the real-life occupation of a half-completed skyscraper in Caracas, Venezuela, the Tower of David. In this fictional version, 600 “damnificados”—vagabonds and misfits—take over an abandoned urban tower and set up a community complete with schools, stores, beauty salons, bakeries, and a rag-tag defensive militia. Their always heroic (and often hilarious) struggle for survival and dignity pits them against corrupt police, the brutal military, and the tyrannical “owners.” Taking place in an unnamed country at an unspecified time, the novel has elements of magical realism: avenging wolves, biblical floods, massacres involving multilingual ghosts, arrow showers falling to the tune of Beethoven’s Ninth, and a trash truck acting as a Trojan horse.

My Review

Damificados is full of wonderful magical realism, motley characters you become attached to, a narrative capturing your attention, sturdy writing. Imaginative and creative read.

Wilson demonstrates inventiveness with his dynamic characters. Magical realism plays an important part, as well as smart satire in the very clever narrative providing twists and turns when least expected – two-headed wolves, rescuing dragonflies, floods. Belonging, loss and love play a vital part among the colorful cast, the damificados might be fractured, certainly not broken.

The plot focuses on the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’, privileged and burdened, power and politics. The outcasts struggle for dignity and a home in an abandoned skyscraper – which I found very symbolic.

A colorful landscape gives this book a boost of beauty – a wide variety of people coming together, working together despite their varying backgrounds and circumstances. Differences aside they form a team, an extended family of sorts in concert to fight for a mutual cause.

Wilson’s innovativeness really comes alive, a poignant tale, strong messages carried throughout the characters and narrative. Looking forward to more from this talented author.

About J.J. Amaworo Wilsonimage

JJ Amaworo Wilson is a German-born, British-educated debut novelist. Based in the U.S., he has lived in 9 countries and visited 60. He is a prizewinning author of over 20 books about language and language learning. Damnificados is his first major fiction work. His short fiction has been published by Penguin, Johns Hopkins University Press, and myriad literary magazines in England and the U.S.

Giveaway

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Published January 1st 2016 by PM Press

Animal Farm by George Orwell


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Animal Farm
George Orwell

Reviewer: Kevin
Recommendation: 5/5

 From goodreads
‘It is the history of a revolution that went wrong – and of the excellent excuses that were forthcoming at every step for the perversion of the original doctrine,’ wrote Orwell for the first edition of Animal Farm in 1945. Orwell wrote the novel at the end of 1943, but it almost remained unpublished. Its savage attack on Stalin, at that time Britain’s ally, led to the book being refused by publisher after publisher. Orwell’s simple, tragic fable, telling what happens when the animals drive out Mr Jones and attempt to run the farm themselves, has since become a world famous classic.

My thoughts

“ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL. BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS”

You’ll see how tyrants could change slogans as they wished, in “Four is good, two is bad” changing to “Four is good, two is better”. Obviously, four means animals (four legs) and two, human being. Socialism accepts capitalism and vice versa, glorifying each other in the end, playing cards, drinking beer and whisky, arguing and getting angry at one another on trivial issues as we see towards the end. No literature would have served better for the purpose as this satirical work of Orwell, apt during his time, but still holds good in our days too.! Wonderful work, a must read.