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The War Between by Jennifer Withers

Source: Amazon
Format: Kindle
Rating:  4 Stars
Reviewer: Laurel

I read this book some time ago now, so it’s long past time I wrote a review.

Set in South Africa between present-day Johannesburg and Pretoria, this book is a dystopian vision of the future. In essence, pure humans live in Pretoria, while superhumans live in Johannesburg. There is mention of other settlements, and one appears in the story, but the focus is on the two.

This was an entertaining read, and very well executed considering the complexity of the story. I would have liked to see some more character development, but apart from that, Withers covered all her bases and delivered a solid tale.

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Reality Check by David Brin

Source: Amazon
Format: Kindle
Rating:  4 Stars
Reviewer: Laurel

Set who knows how far into the future (perhaps Brin has a clue), this short story is an automatic “reality check” for an individual engaged in finding “drama”. Apparently life isn’t all too great for self-made immortals.

This is one of the briefest short stories I’ve ever read, but it loses nothing by that. In fact, it’s quite thought-provoking, perhaps intended as a reality check for us as we exist today.

Vigilance by HG Chambers

Source: Amazon
Format: Kindle
Rating:  5 Stars
Reviewer: Laurel

This book follows on immediately from the end of Recreance. We meet up with the main characters from the previous book, and a new thread begins, following one of the minor characters from Recreance, Anzien.

I really enjoyed picking the story line up from where Recreance left off and exploring more of the world these characters inhabit. Getting to know Anzien and follow her path was a welcome expansion from Book 1. Chambers’s storytelling is vivid and engaging, and for the most part his writing does not get in the way of imagery, making Vigilance a pleasure to read.

I have only one complaint: Vigilance was too short. I would have gladly read on beyond the last page. Needless to say, I will be eagerly anticipating the next book in the series.

Recreance by HG Chambers

Source: Amazon
Format: Kindle
Rating:  5 Stars
Reviewer: Laurel

A friend of mine let me know about this book a while back. Searching for something to read, I decided to pick Recreance up.

The two main characters, Clem and Oren, are teenagers. As one learns, they live in a closed city that is sheltered from the damaged world. The Ministry runs the city, and life is pleasant. Or is it? At the beginning of the story, they inadvertently come across a Breaker – a type of deadly interrogator the general population have no knowledge of. When Oren’s great grandmother disappears instead of Ascending, Oren’s family is threatened. A ko’jin named Khalil rescues Oren from destruction at the hands of Breakers and they travel away from the city and out into the world. And that’s just the beginning of the story.

I really enjoyed reading this book. Chambers had my attention from the first page, and I just kept on reading. A real page turner. The worldbuilding is excellent, and very inventive, with creative monsters. Chambers certainly has an outstanding imagination. It’s not every day one comes across something so original, unencumbered by the numerous tropes that litter scifi.

I will be looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

Oh – and I simply ADORE the cover.

Hell Divers II: Ghosts by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Source: Amazon
Format: Kindle
Rating:  5 Stars
Reviewer: Laurel

This book is hands down Nick’s best yet. A quick read, I was spellbound from the first sentence.

Once again we’re pulled in to life on – and off – the Hive, an airship that’s been aloft for well over two centuries. Familiar characters are present, but as the events occur ten years after Hell Divers I, there are new ones to love – and hate. Oh, and new monsters too. Nick’s always good with the monsters…

This is my favourite quote: ‘There was only one thing left for Michael to say. He bumped his comm pad to open a private channel to Captain Jordan and yelled, “We dive so humanity survives!”‘

This is definitely one of my favourite reads of 2017. Absolutely fantastic stuff.

I can’t wait for Hell Divers III.