Review: The Horrors of Fearmongering (& Marketing) in ‘Vigilance’

Vigilance features the kind of horrifying sci-fi future that gets under your skin, making you think about the state of the world and the steps it would take for us to get to this kind of hellscape. In this version of the future, America is gun-obsessed, flocking to their television screens to watch mass shootings…

Binti: Home: Connecting with A Storied Past

Binti: Home is a deeper journey into Binti’s heritage, revealing the many secrets of her family’s past and the hidden parts of her identity. This second novel in the Binti Series is a search for her identity after losing a piece of herself to the Meduse. Okorafor is a master of cultural invention, expanding Binti’s homeland…

Binti: The Beauty of Culture Amidst Change

The Binti series has become one of those phenomena that has swept the world, taking us to a beautiful future alongside our eponymous protagonist. To celebrate the release of the full trilogy in February, I’ll be reviewing all of the novellas and the new short story included in the collection. It’s a great time to pick…

Apocalypse Nyx: A Powerful, Conflicted Heroine

Apocalypse Nyx takes us into the world of Hurley’s Bel Dame Apocrypha series, giving us glimpses of the hardened, masterful character across five equally impressive novellas. Though I haven’t read the original trilogy, I feel like this is a great introduction to Nyx. Each story is filled with fight scenes, puzzles, and the dynamics of a…

Static Ruin: The Saga Ends (With A Bang)

Static Ruin takes us to the end of the Mars Xi trilogy, complete with explosions, betrayals and a startling realization that changes everything we know about our main character. White’s writing is entertaining and intriguing to read, with solid pacing and epic conclusions that will leave you both stunned and satisfied. It’s a series I’ve loved…

Exit Strategy: The Murderbot Diaries (Book Review)

Exit Strategy is a fitting end to the marvelous Murderbot Diaries, giving a final huzzah to a character I’ve grown to love over the past year. The fourth addition to the series concludes the journey our favorite bot set out on, complete with moments of peril, fear, and feels. Wells continues to focus on Murderbot’s brilliant…

The Million (Book Review)

The Million is a wildly inventive world, featuring startling wealth and awe-inspiring technology. Amidst this splendor is a well done, intricately written sleuth story, pitting a young man against the elite as he tries to solve the mystery of his family’s betrayal. It’s a must read. THE MILLION Karl Schroeder Tor.com, August 2018 QUICK SUMMARY After…

The Black God’s Drums (Book Review)

The Black God’s Drums is a masterwork of world-building and alternate history, giving us a vivid portrayal of a New Orleans that stands free amidst warring nations. The story is filled with the magic of gods and goddesses, and industrial-age contraptions that lend an air of wonder to the city. I loved every minute of this…

Rogue Protocol, The Murderbot Diaries (Book Review)

Rogue Protocol continues the brilliance of the Murderbot series, adding a third entry that’s equal parts intrigue, horror and interpersonal dilemmas. At the center is this masterfully crafted character that continues to test the definitions of humanity. Every part of this series has been infinitely readable and Rogue Protocol continues in this tradition. ROGUE PROTOCOL: THE…

Review: Void Black Shadow

Void Black Shadow is a gripping addition to The Voidwitch Saga featuring swift action scenes, solid story progression, and mind-blowing usage of psychic abilities. Her sheer power is breathtaking. By the end, you’ll be in awe of the terrifying abilities of the all-powerful Mars, leaving a difficult question: is she a hero, or has she…