The year of the flood by Margaret Atwood

Amy Year of the FloodSecond in a trilogy, The Year of the Flood is set at the same time as Oryx and Crake, but tells the story of the unnatural disaster from different points of view. It’s dark, violent, disturbingly possible, but also gentle, tender and hopeful. I am looking forward to the conclusion.

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The algebraist by Iain M. Banks

jeannie-algebraistThis was my first ever foray into the world of large scale science fiction, and what an introduction it was! The main plot follows Fassin Taak, a quiet and intelligent hero, as he reluctantly embarks on an intelligence mission. He is sent by the capitalist regime into the gas giants to speak to a race of galactic librarians who resemble wheels, live for billions of years, and hunt their own children.

Iain M Banks is an extremely skilled author with an ingenious, if at times somewhat unsettling, imagination.

This book will make your head explode, in a very good way. It is both vast, encompassing a rather overwhelming number of galaxies and their inhabitants, and awesome. If you haven’t tried much science fiction and are looking to give something a go, I highly recommend this book.

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles - Cinder by Marissa MeyerThe familiarity of a fairy tale with a sci-fi twist.

Introducing Cinder. A teen who has no memories of life before her third year yet she carries with her the evidence of traumatic injuries… cyborg limbs! With no known living relatives, Cinder is the property of her stepmother and works skilfully at mechanical repairs trying to meet the living expenses of her stepmother and two stepsisters. Her little stepsister is her only joy, but, while Cinder seems to be immune, Peony succumbs to the mysterious illness sweeping across the country. Can Cinder save Peony from inevitable death? Will we discover the truth about Cinder’s past? Continue reading

The girl with all the gifts by M. R. Carey

Amy The Girl with all the GiftsA librarian recommended this as the one book loved by every member of his fantasy/sci-fi book club. I am reasonably comfortable with sci-fi, indeed some of my favourite books happen to fit in that genre, but I was surprised to realise (about a third of the way through, a bit slow on the uptake) that this is a zombie book. I’m glad I didn’t know that , as I may have been put off and I really enjoyed this book. It is clever and suspenseful, with compelling, endearing characters and a satisfying and hopeful ending.

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Feed by M.T. Anderson

Amy FeedFeed is enough to put me off my devices for good, except that I am using it to write this review – they’ve got me and I can’t escape! It’s a pretty clever take on what might happen down the track, with the ‘feed’ – advertising, chat, TV – installed in our heads. The slang used was interesting, if a little hard to follow, and I didn’t find the romance element compelling, perhaps because the main character wasn’t terribly appealing. A sobering read. Now I’m off to read another book, not check Facebook…..

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