Mini Reviews: Dystopian

Hello, it’s Monday, I am trying to do more regular reviews. Here are some for dystopian books I’ve read in the last few months.

Jinxed by Amy McCulloch

This was one of those books I picked up not expecting to enjoy as much as I did. I loved the concept of the Baku, little electronic pets but with all the (very advanced) tech built in. I loved the technology this world was built on and the dark underside to it, where the rich get better options. Lacey Chu has a dream of working for Moncha (the company who invented Baku) and this requires a certain level of Baku (and finance) that’s not available to her, but she is persistent and won’t give up on her dream and I really admired this about her. I loved her interest in the mechanics and the way that this interest leads to her getting an unusual baku by accident, and a step up into the education she needs for Moncha. This book has everything; great friendships, great twists, tension and a fast-paced, action filled plot that kept me up until I’d read the entire book.

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

I read this one earlier this year and have been struggling to find words to review it; I enjoyed it, but not as much as I had expected to. It was one of those books where I loved the concept more than the story. It’s a great premise: every seven years something disappears from Sterling (reflections, dreams, the scent of flowers). Aila and Miles’s mother has died, and they are staying with friends of hers (the Cliffords) as the next Disappearance night approaches. There is a family mystery at the heart of the book, their mother knew something about the disappearances and the Clifford family are trying to get to the bottom of it. There is a slow unravel of the story., a curse and it is told in alternating chapters from the present day and from a past diary. It has so many things I love in it, but it just missed the mark a little for me.

Beauty Sleep by Kathryn Evans

I do not know why I let this sit on my shelf unread for so long. It is absolutely everything I want from a dystopian novel and is one of the best I’ve read. It’s a loose take on the Sleeping Beauty story with a modern twist. Laura was cryogenically frozen by her parents when she was dying of an illness no one knew how to cure. She has just woken up at the start of the book…forty years in the future. Cryogenics is a concept that has always fascinated me and I loved how much this focused on Laura feeling lost and confused at the world around her. Her best friend is still alive, but older, and her family are gone. The technology and the lack of privacy is not something she welcomes, but it also means that she can discover more of what has happened and how she has come to be where she is. I don’t want to give off spoilers but there are some very sketchy people in this book, some betrayals and some really dark twists. I couldn’t put this down.

Have you read any of these? Can you recommend me any good dystopian books? Writing these has put me in the mood to read some.

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