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First Reads Friday: Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

Burning Glass quickly sets up a world where a gift is a curse, politics are deadly and the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

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Supremely Gifted: M.R. Carey Suprises and Thrills us with ‘The Girl With All The Gifts’

The Girl with All The Gifts is a genre defying commentary on society, survival and humanity. The less you know the better in this cautionary tale from M.R. Carey.

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Would You Trade Humanity for Peace? The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow Explores our possible future

Erin BowThe Scorpion Rules (Prisoners of Peace Book 1) by Erin Bow

I read The Scorpion Rules about 2 weeks ago. I immediately wrote my review but hadn’t quite got it ready for publication. Between then and now the terrorist attacks in Paris happened. It’s not until I sat down today to finalize this review that I started to think about The Scorpion Rules in the context of what is actually happening in the world today. Erin Bow’s glimpse into what a future run by an Artificial Intelligence who assassinates children in an effort to maintain world peace poses the question of whether the ends justify the means even if we lose our humanity along the way.

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Allegiant Trailer Response…Or, How in Dystopia?

Like seemingly everyone else in the world, we LOVED the Divergent book series.  To clarify that sentiment, we LOVED Divergent, overlooked the convenient plot devices of Insurgent and reluctantly resigned ourselves to Allegient only because we like to see things through. Continue reading “Allegiant Trailer Response…Or, How in Dystopia?”

Get with The Program, by Suzanne Young

I’ll admit I only read The Program when I accidentally stumbled upon it at my local public library. I didn’t seek it out and knew nothing about it, but the cover art (a boy and girl in yellow scrubs holding hands facing a stark white hallway, their backs to us) was intriguing so I checked it out. The premise of The Program is that teenage suicide isn’t a psychological reaction contained to an individual, it’s a disease that’s spreading like a virus affecting one in four teenagers. In an attempt to contain the suicide rates, The Program is developed. The Program cures suicidal tendencies by erasing the unpleasant thoughts and memories that lead to depression. Remove the contaminated memories, remove the cause for depression and the risk of suicide along with it.

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