Genre: Science Fiction

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Review of METAtropolis

Review of METAtropolis

This is an anthology about a future world where civilization has partly collapsed due to resource shortages, consumerism, etc. In the chaos, various parts of society are trying to soldier on through various “green” solutions to food, work, energy, etc. The first story, “In the Forests of the Night” is… Read more »

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Review of Dark Age (Red Rising)

Review of Dark Age (Red Rising)

This book really takes its title seriously. It was a very, very dark book and probably the darkest of the series. It was a bit depressing. There is very little good or hope that comes out of this book, but there are perhaps a few threads that can be picked… Read more »

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Review of Children of Ruin

Review of Children of Ruin

This was a truly amazing sequel that not only continued the story of the humans and portids, but introduced two new alien species whose thinking was truly alien. These two parallels made the story very engaging…on one hand, seeing the humans and portids working together as a space-faring civilization, and… Read more »

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Review of The Worldship Humility

Review of The Worldship Humility

This was a pretty amazing story set aboard a colony ship headed for a new world after Earth was destroyed. It had pretty good characters and it kept my attention the entire time. The only drawback was over-the-top profanity, and the fact that it kindof ends with a cliffhanger. The… Read more »

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Review of Iron Gold (Red Rising)

Review of Iron Gold (Red Rising)

I have mixed feelings with this book. On the story of Darrow, this book is an absolute mess. Darrow turns into a complete idiot for the entire novel, and he makes as many bad decisions as he can. He always throws away his values (family, friends, etc.). In short, the… Read more »

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Review of Red Rising

Review of Red Rising

This is a great dystopia about a future multi-planet society ruled by genetically-enhanced humans called Golds. The rest of society is broken down into castes and colors. Darrow is a “red”, who is stuck mining gas under the surface of Mars. He is convinced by his wife to begin pursuing… Read more »

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Review of Golden Sun (Red Rising #2)

Review of Golden Sun (Red Rising #2)

This is a truly great followup to Red Rising. The action, world building, and characters are all great and I really enjoyed listening to this. Darrow continues to defy all odds and achieve great things. Overall, it is a great read/listen.

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Review of Morning Star (Red Rising #3)

Review of Morning Star (Red Rising #3)

I didn’t like this book quite as much as the first two. Things get really, really dark in this novel. And the main characters do some really dumb things (though there is an explanation for some of that). I did like the ending, however, and felt that it partially redeemed… Read more »

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Review of Tiamat’s Wrath (The Expanse)

Review of Tiamat’s Wrath (The Expanse)

This book was non-stop action that is a ton better than the previous books. The stakes are so much higher, and it really sets things up well for the ninth book. The whole Lanconian plot really advances forward and we’re back dealing with the Expanse and it’s mysteries.

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Review of The Fall of Terradox

Review of The Fall of Terradox

This book very much continues in the same vein as the original book. It is action-based with some well-developed, but static characters who have to save Terradox from destruction. It really is similar to the first book in every way. There is a bit too-much profanity for me, and the… Read more »

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Review of Sovereign

Review of Sovereign

This is a book about a boy who crash lands on an alien planet and must try to survive while waiting for his parents to rescue him. Overall, I found the book fairly boring with little plot and a convoluted premise (i.e. why his parents would put him on an… Read more »

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Review of Terradox Audiobook

Review of Terradox Audiobook

This story had a somewhat unique premise and it did well explaining it. I enjoyed finding out more about the planet they landed on and why it was there. The main characters were fairly well developed (Holly, Viola, and Grav), and there were a few minor twists I didn’t initially… Read more »

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Review of Mirage Audiobook

Review of Mirage Audiobook

This is quite an interesting book about a young girl, kidnapped from her home, and forced to be a body double for the princess of an occupying alien race. I found the story to be great and I really enjoyed it a lot. However, it’s not quite up to the… Read more »

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Review of The Stars Now Unclaimed

Review of The Stars Now Unclaimed

This story had a lot of action and the premise was a bit interesting with “the pulse” and the various races. However, it didn’t seem to have that page-turner quality but was rather just middle of the road. The characters aren’t terribly deep and it mostly just turns into the… Read more »

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Review of Colony Lost

Review of Colony Lost

This is a book about a colony on a new planet that goes horribly wrong. The book started off fairly strong and had some interesting world building but ultimately it started going downhill. So many things in this novel were just not believable or plausible. There are a few interesting… Read more »

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Review of Consider Phelbas (Culture)

Review of Consider Phelbas (Culture)

I’ve heard good things about the Culture series so I thought I would give this a shot. The plot revolves around a war between the Culture and the Idirans… the former being a large collection of advanced humans who want for nothing and the latter being a conquering, violent, religious… Read more »

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Review of the Singularity Trap

Review of the Singularity Trap

In this novel, a space miner named Ivan comes across an alien artifact which begins converting him into an artificial being so that it can evaluate and communicate with humanity. The book tries to tackle some themes like “what does it mean to be human?”, how we should deal with… Read more »

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Review of Vessel

Review of Vessel

This novel had a really great premise: an alien spacecraft shows up near the ISS. Mission control loses contact with the ISS and sends 2 new astronauts up to investigate and try to make contact. Unfortunately, the execution of this idea is abysmal. Many of the events are just implausible… Read more »

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Review of The Stars My Destination

Review of The Stars My Destination

This is a really compelling story of a man in the future who is stranded upon a wrecked spaceship and is passed over and not saved. He manages to be rescued later and spends the book on a quest of revenge against the ship who passed him by. An interesting… Read more »

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