No, I’m not a cruel robot propagating the idea that humans should be subservient to machines (OR AM I?). Simply put, reading dystopian novels makes me happy. Before you judge me, hear me out.
A psychologist, an anthropologist, a biologist, and a surveyor walk into a bar…
Sorry, couldn’t help myself.
Seriously, here’s the real review.
Names are unnecessary in Area X; a place where four women of varying professions and backgrounds go to research and map the terrain. They are part of the twelfth expedition. Narrated by the biologist—a loner whose husband was part of the eleventh expedition—the story takes us deep into a once human-occupied area now reclaimed by nature. It is uncertain what happened in this place. With a psychologist specializing in hypnosis, an anthropologist too kind for her own good, a skeptical ex-military surveyor, and a biologist with unending curiosity, Area X quickly becomes a place of real danger that threatens to annihilate them all.
West Grayer has a twin somewhere nearby, and that twin wants her dead. Although born of different parents, Grayer is the genetically matched alternate of some unknown girl that looks just like her. In a world where survival is the main priority, children must prove their superior strength and aptitude when activated, which means successfully killing their alternate. This is an attempt to cull the weak from society by members of The Board—the governing body controlling Grayer’s homeland. But when a tragedy occurs, Grayer must find another—controversial—method to survive the coming battle with her twin.
Thanks to some of my fellow book loving family and friends, I received many books as gifts for Christmas. Their kindness has stocked me with many titles to read over the next year! I also supported some local bookstores — in my hometown and at a bookstore I used to work at in Lebanon, Ohio.
While not all of them are pictured, I wanted to share some of the exciting titles that were purchased and draw attention to their authors. Some of these books I will review on my blog.
L. N. Holmes: “Where is your hometown?”
Angela Scott: “My hometown is Farmington, Utah, and I live on the benches of the Wasatch Mountains. I love it.”
L. N. Holmes: “What is your chosen artistic profession?”
Angela Scott: “Writer. I love to write. I love all things artistic, but writing is probably the only artistic thing of which I’m half-decent, though I can draw a pretty mean-looking stick figure and I can finger paint like no other. ”
The world has been in a state of constant war for over a decade. All that remains are the lands won by the President of the West and the Emperor of the East. Kenji lives in a city controlled by the Emperor and his cronies — a place that conscripts children into the army at the age of fourteen.
Many have heard of the genre versus literary fiction debate. It’s old news — not even news. So why should we still be interested in it?
No one can sleep. This is no ordinary case of insomnia in a few people across the globe. Millions — maybe billions — are dying of a disorder that has no name and no origin. It slowly became an epidemic, spreading to others without warning or cause. In this world where only a few can sleep, violence and madness are what is left for those still able to dream.
After reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland — the original by Lewis Carroll — I am convinced that Alice is the maddest character of them all. She disrupts the fragile order of Wonderland with her invasion, first off. Then she insults or says completely insensitive things to the residents. She also likes to show off her own knowledge, which gives her a pompous attitude despite her attempts to be polite. Like a child, she is temperamental and just as tyrannical as the Queen of Hearts. Worst of all, she has a tendency to act like Godzilla every time she changes to a frightening height.
For those who are unaware of one of the writing world’s greatest writing challenges, NaNoWriMo is the abbreviated nickname for National Novel Writing Month. The nonprofit started in 1999 and has been going strong ever since. NaNoWriMo is a challenge to the industry professional and the average Joe alike. For the entire month of November, the participant must write until they reach 50,000 words — roughly novel length. Those that reach this goal are “winners.”