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Book Review: Anna


Anna by Sammy H. K. Smith
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

DISCLAIMER: I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review. My thanks to Rebellion Publishing for giving me this opportunity.

This review may contain spoilers.

Okay, first things first: the content warnings. This book covers some pretty violent topics, including sexual violence, rape, enslavement, and torture, and a lot of that happens in the first third of the story. Suffice to say, this book may not be for everyone.

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Book Review: Upright Women Wanted

Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

After watching her best friend and lover, Beatriz, being hung for possessing unapproved materials Esther stows away in the wagon of a bunch of travelling Librarians, aiming to put as much distance between herself and the arranged marriage she wants no part of, and maybe becoming a Librarian herself. But the Librarians have other plans, and babysitting a runaway girl wasn’t on their itinerary.

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Book Review: Sour Fruit

Sour Fruit by Eli Allison
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Onion thinks she’s tough, but then she gets snatched from her foster home and finds out she’s not as tough as she thinks. Kidnapped by the de facto head of Kingston’s seedy underworld and promised to a trafficker known only as the Toymaker, she’s dragged around a city of non-citizens by Reah, the two of them chained together by circumstance and the explosive device implanted in Onion’s neck. Now Onion has three days to figure out an escape route, and all she has going for her is a smart mouth and never-say-die attitude.

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Book Review: Parable Of The Talents

Parable of the TalentsParable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

[This review may contain spoilers.]

Where Parable of the Sower introduces us to protagonist Lauren Olamina and her journey towards the creation of her first Earthseed community, Parable of the Talents shows us the downfall and eventual rebirth of that community, albeit as a community that is more diffuse and distributed.

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Book Review: Parable Of The Sower

Parable of the SowerParable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Parable Of The Sower is the first half of Octavia Butler’s Earthseed series, and introduces us to a near future dystopia in which society has all but disintegrated following an ecological collapse. While the novel centres itself on the Western seaboard of the USA, it is implied (though not specifically confirmed) that the effects of the collapse have been felt worldwide. The story is presented through the eyes of the novel’s protagonist, Lauren Olamina, a teenage girl who initially lives with her father, step-mother and step-brothers in a walled community on the fringes of what’s left of Los Angeles. Lauren also has a condition which Butler calls ‘hyperempathy’, an ability which causes her to feel the perceived pleasure and pain of those around her.

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