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 question of “What is the most fundamental element that makes a person who they are?” I was completely captivated by the different paths Limea and Vietra took to uncover their true selves.

Set in a world where plant life is beginning to threaten human life, the book manages to weave in important messages about environmental preservation.

Leonova does take the reader down a few rabbit holes, but the story is so mesmerizingly distinctive that I didn’t mind. I’m looking forward to seeing what she writes next!

Thank you to the author for providing a free review copy in exchange for my honest opinions.

The Humane Algorithm by Trevor Wynyard

4 out of 5 stars

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. The Turners find themselves in desperate need of high level medical care when Matt discovers their mother is gravely ill.

The premise of this book was interesting to me, and I liked that it centered on a family of three. With his oldest child syndrome and deep love for his mother, Matt was a relatable protagonist.

Wynyard does an excellent job with world-building in this novel. I appreciated his descriptions of scenes, like when Matt and Kevin try to get their mother admitted to the government-run hospital. He gives enough detail for you to envision what’s happening without being too sparse or overly descriptive.

My quibbles with this book were minor. I would have liked more background about how society evolved to be the way it is described in the book. I also had a little bit of trouble following some of the family timelines — I couldn’t figure out how much older Matt was than Kevin. The ending also felt a little unresolved, though that’s likely because the reader is being set up for the next book in the Streetlighters Trilogy. The odds are good that I will read the second book in the series.

I received an ARC of this book through BookSirens in exchange for my honest review.

Queentide by Donna Fisher

Four out of 5 stars

“She swore from that point on that no one else would ever edit her story.”

Cover of the book Queentide

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 all-female government with the hopes of eliminating the oppression women began facing at the onset of the pandemic in 2020. 

I was drawn to the premise of the book and was engaged by the contemporary references. It is billed as a dystopian book, but, unfortunately, the inequality and oppression present in the book aren’t too far-fetched.

This book will appeal to readers who enjoy books like The Handmaid’s Tale, storylines based on politics, or women’s empowerment themes. 

“I don’t want to win if it means being no better than the system I want to dismantle.”

Queentide

The writing felt both oppressive and empowering at times but it made sense for this type of book.

I appreciated the stories of characters like Bodie, the founder of Queentide, and Lilith, a major character who becomes stronger during the course of the story.

This wasn’t a five star read for me mainly because the ending dragged a bit. It felt the story could have ended before it did. Overall, I’m glad I read the book.

Thank you to BookSirens, the author Donna Fisher, and SheSaw Press for providing a free ARC in exchange for my honest review.