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Category: 5 Star

5 Star, Horror

Into the Drowning Deep

Into the Drowning Deep reminded me in many ways of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, but instead of dinosaurs, there are killer mermaids. It’s set in the very near future, enough to allow for some slight technological advances and a bit more damage to the environment….

5 Star, Horror

Dread Nation

You might expect the dead are rising from the battlefields of the American Civil War to change everything, but Justina Ireland uses Dread Nation to explore how minorities continue to be exploited. Jane is a pupil at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, receiving…

5 Star, Science Fiction

I Still Dream

Laura needed someone to talk to after her father disappeared, so she made Organon. It’s more than just software to her, it’s her friend and therapist. The year is 1997 and AI has a long way to go, but someone sees promise in her work,…

5 Star, Science Fiction

Obsidio

Obsidio is the final instalment in the Illuminae Files trilogy and therefore this review may contain spoilers for the previous books. Well the Illuminae Files have been quite a treat, I don’t know why I took so long to start but I have now devoured…

5 Star, Fantasy

The Stone Sky

The Stone Sky is the final book in the Broken Earth trilogy and therefore this review may contain spoilers for the previous books. Yet because you are essential, you cannot be permitted to have a choice in the matter. You must be tools – and…

5 Star, Fantasy

The City of Brass

Often the mightiest things have the humblest beginnings. Nahri’s story starts in 18th century Egypt but takes her across the Middle East to a magical city with gleaming brass walls. I absolutely loved the setting, and I was pleased to see a map which helped…

5 Star, Fantasy

Circe

If you love Greek mythology there’s no way you’ll be missing Madeline Miller’s Circe, which tells the story of the witch from The Odyssey. You may know her best for turning men into pigs, but this wonderful novel is much more than that. It’s her…

5 Star, General Fiction

The Tidal Zone

What a stunning novel this is, dealing with what happens when we are faced with the fragility of human life. Adam’s previously healthy teenager daughter collapses one day at school. Her heart stops. How do you go one with life knowing that life can stop…

5 Star, Science Fiction

Gemina

Gemina pretty much follows the same formula as Illuminae; there are multiple dangers on board and the surviving characters are split up and must communicate mostly via chat. This is not a bad thing and I thoroughly enjoyed the second instalment of this fast-action space…