All posts tagged: futuristic

Review: The Pale Dreamer by Samantha Shannon

Prequel to The Bone Season, this e-novella is a perfect introduction to the series if you haven’t experienced it yet. It’s a future world in which clairvoyants of various sorts are hunted and terminated by the government, spirits are used in combat, and mysterious forces from another world intervene at will. It’s a fabulous series, and The Pale Dreamer is a fabulous bite-sized chunk to stick your teeth into over a cuppa tea. It follows protagonist Paige Mahoney as she first learns to use her clairvoyant powers and seek out a poltergeist to impress her boss, Mime Lord Jaxon Hall. There’s enough to keep you intrigued; there’s a good introduction to the characters, the fiendishly political underworld and the fabulous supernatural world within the series. It’s exactly what I want out of a Bone Season book, a heavy focus on the supernatural with just enough character world, world-building and political tension to mix it up a bit. If you haven’t joined the fandom yet, start today by downloading The Pale Dreamer!

Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

“But remember that good intentions pave many roads. Not all of them lead to hell.” Neal Shusterman has been around for yonks and he’s always had some pretty intriguing concepts up his sleeve. In his latest awesome piece of speculative YA fiction, Shusterman shows us a futuristic world in which humans have conquered death, but in order to curb population, select members of society called scythes chose who lives and who dies. “You see through the facades of the world, Citra Terranova. You’d make a good scythe.” Citra recoiled. “I’d never want to be one.” “That,” he said, “is the first requirement.” Then he left to kill their neighbour.” The story follows two well-written teenage protagonists who have been chosen to become scythe apprentices. Citra and Rowan are obviously reluctant to become killers, but each have their own reasons for doing so. We follow the two as they learn the trade, while simultaneously learning about the world throughout the book, and I have to say, it is remarkably well thought-out. It’s a hypothetical I think …