Posts Tagged ‘Dystopian fiction’

A place of Stone and darkness

by Chris Mousdale

ISBN9780143773122

Penguin Random House

 

 

Chris Mousdale’s book A place of Stone and Darkness had me hooked right from the start.

It is a stylishly produced hardback novel which crosses a mix of genres. There is fantasy, adventure and mystery all in a wonderfully imagined, dystopian underground world. Chris Mousdale  also illustrates the book and includes maps of the Striggs world, a glossary of their language, and character portraits, as well as a number of gorgeous earthy illustrations.

Deep, deep down underground is the world of the flightless Striggs.  They have lived there for thousands of years after being forced from the surface by savage humans. The Striggs have adapted to life underground but their world is threatened with pollution to its water and members of the flock are becoming ill and dying. While exploring in one of the tunnels Ellee Meddo, finds a human, a Toppa, as they are known, who has fallen through an old unused well. Toppas are known to be dangerous and feared at all costs but this Toppa is young and hurt and Ellee can’t just leave him. With the help of her brother Sidfred, Ellee hides the boy but eventually he is is discovered by other Striggs and that creates friction and more action. One Strigg in particular, Kass, wants to just kill the boy. The action is fast paced, even nail-bitingly at times, so that it was very hard to put the book down. I just wanted to keep reading.

In order for the community to work and survive, the Striggs believe in the mantra; “Be one, be all, be everything”. When the group decide that they must return the boy, to the surface, this mantra becomes more important, especially when faced with danger from other humans. The world of the humans is violent and one of social decay. If the Striggs are discovered by humans it could mean the end of their world. I can tell you, their worlds do collide and the suspense built so quickly I was almost holding my breath wondering what was going to happen next. 

I loved this novel for so many reasons. The fast-paced action, its total believability, its warmth, the friendships, the loyalties and even the subtle messages. Yes, there are messages about our environment, trust, human kindness and taking risks. This is a wonderful read and one that I predict will go far. Great for older readers and with its buff coloured pages is ideal for children with dyslexia.  Loved it!

This would make a good class read aloud and teacher notes can be found here to explore this novel further.

Firstborn
By Lorie Ann Grover

“Tiadone has been forced to live her entire life as a female accepted as male in her community in order to survive as a firstborn child. But when she needs to pass the rites of manhood, she finds the Creator may have use for her feminine traits after all.”

In Tiadone’s world firstborn females have no worth and are left to die. Passing as a male was her only hope but now the time has now come to defend her home and fight like other males. The reality however, is that Tiadone is a female with feelings that could unravel and ruin everything.

Looking forward to this book with a strong female character in a world of struggle and survival.

Endless Knight
Book 2 in The Arcana Chronicles
By Kresley Cole

After The Poison Princess, Evie is now the Tarot Empress, able to control her powers. Her and Jack have been through so much and have become close but when Evie meets Death, both gorgeous and dangerous, she finds life even more difficult. But is there more to Death than the man in front of her. They share a past which Evie can’t remember – but Death – well he can’t forget. And all the time the fight for survival continues as the war gets closer and closer.

Poison Princess
Book 1
“22 Arcana cards. 22 Chosen Teens. Let the cards fall where they may”.
Evie Greene discover she has powers after her disturbing hallucinations foretold the end of the world.
After the apocalypse there are very few survivors, but among them is Jack Deveuax, both handsome and dangerous. Evie and Jack team up only to discover that they are part of an ancient prophecy that must be played out. Survival is tough but there are others out there, some with special powers but not all of them are for the good of others. Good versus evil, action, adventure, race for survival and a little romance.

In the after
By Demitria Lunetta

“They hear the most silent of footsteps.
They are faster than anything you’ve ever seen.
And They won’t stop chasing you…until you are dead.”

Amy is watching TV when the world is attacked by Them. They are vile creatures which are devouring mankind so quickly that most of the population is overtaken. Somehow Amy manages to escape but as she does she finds and rescues a toddler. Together they struggle to survive and avoiding “Them” is difficult but deadly if they are caught. Eventually, as in years later, they are rescued by others and taken to a colony of survivors at New Hope which is inside a former government research compound. At first all seems too good to be true but the reality is something quite different. How will she save herself and keep the child with her safe?
The cover of this book alone gets a five out of five. Hanging out!

I often wonder how much money goes in to the production of book trailers and if the sales are worth the time, money and energy. The trailers I tend to watch and promote here would have me spend all my money buying books and this one is no exception. It is another quality trailer and yes – I want to go and read this book now! Unfortunately it isn’t out here yet but it is coming and I will be watching out for it.