Firstly, a huge thank you to Text Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Continue reading “The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He”
Publisher: Text Publishing
Publication Date: 04/05/2021
Length: 375 pages
Genre: Sci-Fi | Young Adult | Dystopian | Mystery
Two sisters. An unputdownable story.GoodReads
Cee woke up on the shores of an abandoned island three years ago with no idea how she got there. Now eighteen, she lives in a shack with an ageing android, and a single memory: she has a sister, and she has to escape to find her.
From the safety of the eco-city floating above Earth, now decimated by natural disasters, sixteen-year-old Kasey mourns Cee whom she’s sure is dead. She too wants to escape: the eco-city is meant to be a sanctuary for people who want to save the planet, but its inhabitants are willing to do anything for refuge, even lie. Is Kasey ready to use technology to help Earth, even though it failed her sister?
Cee and Kasey think that what they know about each other and their world is true. Both are wrong. If you loved We Were Liars or Black Mirror, you’ll love The Ones We’re Meant to Find, a clever, inspirational scifi thriller with a dash of Studio Ghibli.
Firstly, a huge thank you to Fourth Estate for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Continue reading “The Listeners by Jordan Tanahill”
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Publication Date: 08/07/2021
Length: 272 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Speculative Fiction
CW: references to sexual assault
One night, while lying in bed next to her husband, Claire Devon suddenly hears a low hum. This innocuous sound, which no one else in the house can hear, has no obvious source or medical cause, but it begins to upset the balance of Claire’s life. When she discovers that one of her students can also hear the hum, the two strike up an unlikely and intimate friendship. Finding themselves increasingly isolated from their families and colleagues, they fall in with a disparate group of people who also perceive the sound. What starts out as a kind of neighbourhood self-help group gradually transforms into something much more extreme, with far-reaching, devastating consequences. GoodReads
Firstly, a huge thank you to Quercus Books and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Continue reading “A Strange and Brilliant Light by Eli Lee”
Publisher: Quercus Books
Publication Date: 22/07/2021
Length: 416 pages
Genre: Sci-Fi | Speculative Fiction | Literary Fiction
Lal, Janetta and Rose are living in a time of flux. Technological advance has brought huge financial rewards to those with power, but large swathes of the population are losing their jobs to artificial intelligence, or auts, as they’re called. Unemployment is high, discontent is rife and rumours are swirling. Many feel robbed – not just of their livelihoods, but of their hopes for the future.GoodReads
Lal is languishing in her role at a coffee shop and feeling overshadowed by her quietly brilliant sister, Janetta, whose Ph.D. is focused on making auts empathetic. Even Rose, Lal’s best friend, has found a sense of purpose in charismatic up-and-coming politician Alek.
When vigilantes break in to the coffee shop and destroy their new coffee-making aut, it sets in motion a chain of events that will pull the three young women in very different directions.
Change is coming – change that will launch humankind into a new era. If Rose, Lal and Janetta can find a way to combine their burgeoning talents, they might just end up setting the course of history.