Review: The Trial, by Franz Kafka

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Classic, Dystopia, Literary

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This is one of the books that German students seem to get quite often for their High School language studies, and I am very sorry for all the teenagers being subject to this complex novel. I went into it without much knowledge of the plot, and in fact I do recommend you go that way into it! The next paragraph, as per my usual reviews, has a short description of the synopsis, but please feel free to skip it if you’d like to read the book in the dark. Also skip the last part of the review (helpfully called Spoilers) to not have too much of the story revealed 🙂

The Trial is the story of Josef K., a bank worker who one day wakes up to find out he is being arrested for a crime that he is sure he didn’t commit, and doesn’t know the nature of. He then tries to find ways in which to make his case and obtain an acquittal, but there is never any progress, and just a long, maddening, pointless process full of contradictions. Continue reading

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Review: The Book of M, by Peng Shepherd

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Dystopia, Fantasy

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The Book of M is one of the most talked about books of this year! And still, I was not prepared for it – it was so much more than I expected! It’s a wonderful fantasy world with well-rounded, interesting characters and a thoughtful work about memories and love. Damn, this was such a good book.

The story begins with one boy in India finding out one day that he’s lost his shadow. At first this is seen with much interest from the public, until it becomes apparent that the boy is starting to forget things: at first a few words, and within a few days, his family. When more and more people throughout the world start losing their shadows, the epidemic of memory loss and despair drives the world into apocalypse. Continue reading

Review: Pestilence, by Laura Thalassa

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Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Romance

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The Four Horsemen will destroy humanity. After five years since they last came, the world has been in a post-apocalyptic state: there is barely any electricity, cars stopped in the middle of the road, planes fell down. Now, one of the Horsemen returns with plans to finish what was started: Pestilence. Bringing death in the form of a plague, he’s as cold as he is painfully beautiful. But Sara Burns won’t let him destroy humanity without a fight – and shoots him dead. Except, he cannot die, and now she is his prisoner. Continue reading

Review: Arena (Arena #1), by Pavan Lewis

Arena by Pavan Lewis

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Recommended: Yes, with restrictions

Genres: Horror, Dystopia, Young Adult, LGBTQ+

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I have received a free copy of Arena from the author of this book. This in no way affects the opinions reflected on this review.


Amazon Synopsis: 

When seventeen-year-old Tasa Strong is ‘taken’ by the dreaded Iron Cart, she finds herself in a vast arena filled with wild animals and grotesque killers. In order to survive, and save her beloved friend Valeria, Tasa must work with eleven other children to find a way forward – even as she comes to understand that many of them cannot be trusted, and may also be a danger to her life. As they struggle to survive, and compete, they are forced to make horrifying life and death decisions; voting on which in their company should be killed. This act threatens to tear any potential alliances apart; and factions form within their group. Yet still Tasa must struggle forward, led by a boy who seems to want to save her and her friend: yet also clearly has his own secret reasons and brutal abilities – until at last she faces a final and terrifying round of dangers that will reveal the most unexpected and shocking betrayal, and potential reward… Continue reading

Review: Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Recommended: Yes

Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Classic Fiction

Add it to your TBR: Goodreads, Skoob

This is one of the most well-loved classics of all time, and most people I follow on Goodreads gave either 4 or 5 stars to it, and it belongs in many people’s Favorites shelves. Many people have actually recommended it to me (Hi, Bia!), but I should have listened to my boyfriend when he said that, although he had really enjoyed the book, I wouldn’t like it all that much. So hold tight, this might be a rant-view. I’ve held back from making my points too long, but still it’s quite an epic rant. Continue reading

Review: The Forever War

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Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Recommend: Yes, with restrictions

Genres: Science fiction, Dystopia

This book was highly recommended by a friend, and it was initially written by the author to be a dystopia, but now that the 1990s (where the story starts) have come and gone, it has shifted into the science fiction category. I did put it in both categories, though. Yes, I gave it two stars. Yes, I recommend this book. See my review below to understand why.

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Review: Divergent #1-3 by Veronica Roth

divergentRating: ★★★★☆

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fantasy, Fiction

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This series was lent to me by a friend who highly recommended it. Back when I read Divergent, I was hardly reading any fantasy/dystopia YAs, because I like changing up genres, lest I find boring and predictable a book I would otherwise have enjoyed more. So Divergent was like getting back into my comfort zone – I devoured the three books in about a week. Continue reading