This is a post-apocalyptic tale with a young adult woman named Saba as the main character. She's an archer, she engages in battle with other young adults, she has a little sister she risks her own life to keep safe. Oh wait, sounds like I'm talking about The Hunger Games. But I'm not. Katniss and Saba have a lot in common, they're both strong, female, young, surviving in a post-apocalyptic/dystopian landscape. But the books are very different. I Blood Red Road a lot. Saba's voice is great. I recommend it, especially to people who enjoyed The Hunger Games. But don't expect it to be the same. In my opinion, it's much more intense. I don't want to give anything at all away. There's romance. Blergh. But read it and come talk to me. I am curious to know what you think. This means you Kari Larsen. I'll read the sequel.
Also, Ridley Scott optioned the rights to a Dust Lands film already.
Prose complaint: The are no quotation marks. Yes, just like Cormac McCarthy. Some people find this pretentious. I just find it difficult. After a while, you get the rhythm, but I think I'd rather not have to work so hard.
Cover complaint: she's walking without alternating her arms and legs. The only people who walk like that are aliens on Galaxy Quest.
Warnings on: violence.
This is sci-fi. There's planetary colonization, cryogenic freezing, continuous consideration and analysis of the ship's systems. There's also a lot of sociopolitical discussion. And a murder mystery. You wouldn't think these things would mix as well as they do, but as it says in the book cover, "compulsively readable." And it really is. I read 200 pages to Tyler as we drove down to Arizona. He has dyslexia, so he has difficulty reading aloud. Instead of taking a break from the book so he could have a break from driving, he drove the whole way so I could read the book out loud.
There is an interesting problem in the book that I'm not sure how Revis is going to handle. But I am looking forward to seeing her solution.
Warnings on: sexual situations, violence, assault. Sensitive readers beware.
Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
YA graphic novel. This is a ghost story. Obviously. It's sweet and clever and creeeepy. I heard it was creepy. But it wasn't creepy for a long time and then it WAS.
Lovely little artwork, accessible main character and a mystery to be solved. Isn't the cover RAD?
Warnings on: language.