Science Fiction

Gathering Blue (The Giver Quartet #2) by Lois Lowry


Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry is a very good example of a young adult dystopian work. Even though it is considered to be part of Lowry’s The Giver quartet, this novel can stand alone. Many who are fascinated with the dystopian genre, like myself, will find this book to be a fascinating introduction, but an introduction nevertheless. As a young ... Read More »

The Rook (The Chequy Files #1) by Daniel O’Malley

Once again, I was perusing the fantasy section when, out the corner of my eye, I spotted a weird little book. On the cover I saw no swarthy ax wielding barbarians or calligraphic titles but a simple red, black, and white color scheme. The Rook, by Daniel O’Malley, written in bold, white Arial font, was the title of this oddly ... Read More »

The Night Eternal (The Strain #3) by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

This review contains spoilers for The Strain and The Fall The final book in Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s collaborative trilogy of vampire horror novels, The Night Eternal brings to an end the events begun in The Strain and continued in The Fall. Taking place two years after the conclusion of The Fall, The Night Eternal features a drastically ... Read More »

The Fall (The Strain #2) by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

This review contains spoilers for The Strain The second entry in Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s The Strain trilogy, The Fall picks up directly where the first book left off. With most of the trilogy’s heavy exposition having been covered in The Strain, The Fall is much more focused on direct conflict with the vampires. The infection continues to ... Read More »

Orcs: First Blood (First Blood #1-3) by Stan Nicholls

While perusing my local fantasy outlet for a new journey, I stumbled across a certain book. From the cover, which grimaced at me behind shaded eyes, I was instantly intrigued. Doubling this was the lone title, Orcs, placed strategically beneath the glare of the creature upon the page. These factors, along with the countless pages of hype on both the front and ... Read More »

The Children of Men by P.D. James

The Children of Men, a 1992 dystopian novel by P.D. James, takes place in a near future where, for unknown reasons, humanity has become completely infertile and now faces its inevitable extinction. Before I begin this review in earnest, I would like to add one caveat: the 2006 film adaptation of this novel, Children of Men, is one of my ... Read More »

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Published in 2004, David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas is one of the more ambitious works of genre fiction in the last decade, and it gained a new surge in popularity when the film adaptation was released in 2012. Cloud Atlas follows six loosely-connected stories, each of which are able to both work separately and intertwine into a grand whole. Unorthodox and ... Read More »

John Dies at the End (John Dies at the End #1) by David Wong

John Dies at the End is a comedic horror novel by David Wong—pseudonym of Jason Pargin, one of the senior editors for humor website It was originally written as an ongoing web serial before being collected and revised into a single book. A film adaptation was released in early 2013. Seriously, this is the weirdest book I’ve ever read Even ... Read More »

The Strain (The Strain #1) by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

A collaborative effort between film director Guillermo del Toro (known for films such as Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy) and author Chuck Hogan, The Strain was originally conceived as a series for television; it is now the first in a trilogy of vampire novels. The Strain has a relatively simple premise: a plane touches down in New York City, and all ... Read More »

The Darwin Elevator (Dire Earth Cycle #1) by Jason M. Hough

I’d be lying if I said that Jason M. Hough hit the ground running with his debut novel. Because he didn’t. First, he jumped out of the freaking plane, then he hit the ground running. Darwin, Australia. Humanity’s last beacon of hope and the last remaining human city on Earth. An alien plague has conquered the world, turning the majority ... Read More »