★★★★☆ The second book in the dystopian fiction Streetlighters Trilogy, Embryo Zero again features brothers Matthew and Kevin Turner, along with a few new characters and familiar faces from the first book. The brothers are estranged as Matt takes Kevin’s place at university, and finds himself propelled into national hero status. Meanwhile, his younger brother makes a risky move in an attempt to have a different future for himself and his family.
Heir of Blood and Secrets by Linda Xia
This dystopian YA murder mystery is told from the perspective of Scylla Delevan, a 16-year-old daughter of a magistrate in Devovea. Despite their difficult relationship, when Scylla’s father is accused of murder, she goes on a quest to prove his innocence. Her loyalties are challenged and she uncovers a number of secrets along the way.
Branches by Adam Peter Johnson
I was drawn to this book because the description compared it to Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, which is one of my all-time favorite books. There are definitely some similarities between the two multiverse novels, but Branches is different enough that it still felt fresh and interesting.
The Kill Switch by J.E. Clarkson
Clarkson keeps the adrenaline pumping in The Kill Switch, the third installment in her dystopian, techno-thriller series. The short, action-filled chapters keep the suspense high as the nameless main character known only as The Cleaner and her allies continue to fight against the evils of Stella and Nemo & Co.
The Sky Looked the Same by Marissa Dike
4 out of 5 stars Set 60 years in the future, The Sky Looked the Same is told through the main character Mia’s diary entries. After defending her friends turns into a violent situation, sixteen-year-old Mia is sentenced to 30 years for her crimes. However, in the world Dike has created, instead of serving time, … Continue reading The Sky Looked the Same by Marissa Dike
The Ghost Society by J.E. Clarkson
The Ghost Society The Ghost Society is the second installment in J.E. Clarkson’s Nemo & Co dystopian techno-thriller series. Like the first book, The Ghost Society is told from the perspective of a woman known only as The Cleaner. The Ghost Society reveals more about The Cleaner, introduces us to a few new characters, and … Continue reading The Ghost Society by J.E. Clarkson
The Vanishing Office by J.E. Clarkson
The Vanishing Office by J.E. Clarkson The Vanishing Office is the second book I’ve read by Clarkson. The first was The Lamb, a murder mystery. While The Vanishing Office, a dystopian thriller, is quite different from The Lamb in terms of genre, subject matter, and tone, Clarkson’s distinctive voice and intriguing writing style are still … Continue reading The Vanishing Office by J.E. Clarkson
Entanglement by Alina Leonova
5 out of 5 stars With implants, DNA edits, and human memory rewrites, the storyline in this dystopian read was beyond inventive. Cay, Limea, and Vietra are layered, unique characters, who become entangled in situations that kept me guessing throughout the book. The circumstances that these well-developed characters face force the reader to confront the … Continue reading Entanglement by Alina Leonova
The Humane Algorithm by Trevor Wynyard
4 out of 5 stars Photo by Flash Mama Photography The Humane Algorithm, a newly-released dystopian novel, is told from the perspective of Matt Turner, an older brother and father figure to Kevin. Matt lives with Kevin and his mother in a society where the government strictly regulates electricity and controls access to medical care. … Continue reading The Humane Algorithm by Trevor Wynyard
Queentide by Donna Fisher
Four out of 5 stars “She swore from that point on that no one else would ever edit her story.” This book is set five years (2026) in the future in Australia. It tells the story of several women who are part of Queentide, a political movement formed to elect a female prime minister and … Continue reading Queentide by Donna Fisher