Why I’m Happy Reading Dystopian Novels

apocalypse, dystopia, novels, speculative, fiction, L. N. Holmes, writing, reading

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.

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Book Review: Annihilation

novel, Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer, science, science-fiction, horror, environmental disaster, fictionA 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.

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Book Review: Dualed

book, novel, trilogy, YA, action, dystopia, Elise Chapman, Dualed

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.

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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.

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100 Blog Followers and Counting: Thank You Video and Reading

In the beginning of the week, I realized that I had 100 followers for my blog, A Vase of Wildflowers. I started the blog in mid-September and it had really taken off. I wouldn’t be here without you.

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Artist Interview and Giveaway: Angela Scott

Angela Scott, Anyone?, Evolved Publishing, author, YA, Young Adult, books, novels

Copyright Angela Scott


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. ”

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Short Story Review: ‘The Last Day’

Diverse Energies, short story, short story reviews, collection of short stories, Ellen Oh

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.

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