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Former by A.E. Stueve

FormerFormer by A.E. Stueve

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There were things I enjoyed about this read and a few things I wasn’t as pleased about. The overall writing is done quite well with no glaring mistakes or typos. I like the plot idea very much. I enjoy my zombie culture settings in books and shows. I like aspects of how this was handled, although certain questions kept resurfacing during the read. There were a lot of why’s and single eyebrow raises but nothing was ever explained in great depth. This may have been an oversight but I have a feeling it was cut during the editing process to help with the flow of the read and to prevent an overwhelming amount of information feeding taking away from the core plot. I don’t think this will be a huge issue for the majority of readers. It’s a good start to a much ignored aspect of the zombie genre. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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2232 by Ken Kroes

2232 (Percipience, #3)2232 by Ken Kroes
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There are a lot of elements in this third book in the Percipience series that come together in a unique manner. The read will definitely stir the analytical though processes and set into motion some deeper inner thoughts. I’m still not thrilled with the format used in the book and I still feel the series could use a good editor. It’s not enough to ruin the read and is more than likely not going to bother a good portion of the readers. The characters are thought out and presented as individuals although I feel they could use a bit more fleshing out. This could be due to a bit of a lean towards telling instead of showing which does need some work through the series. Still, overall this is an intriguing read and one I can recommend to those who enjoy a good science fiction book. I received an ARC through the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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2222 by Ken Kroes

22222222 by Ken Kroes

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First, read the first book in this series, 2022, before starting this one. It’ll make a lot more sense and you’ll enjoy it more. Secondly, although there are some grammatical and formating issues, with a bit more of tell than show, this is a good book. I like the plot idea and how it is handled throughout the series. I like the characters enough to want to read about them. I feel there is considerable potential in Kroes and this series; enough to want to read all three books. Overall this is an intriguing story with the right literary elements that make it an enjoyable read. I received an ARC through the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

The Windup GirlThe Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

It should have been a solid enjoyable read but sadly it isn’t. Well, unless you enjoy reading about objectified women who serve no purpose but to insert a reason to write about rape. Oh, and this same woman has to suddenly kill someone without understanding the reasoning behind it or the ramifications because of it. The world building was a bit shaky in that it is there but so much is left unexplained. The plot has great potential if not for the various loopholes that just don’t make sense even in a SF novel. Even if you cut out the rape, fix the world-building and repair the plot holes you are still left with things that just don’t add up or are cheap writing techniques I despise. If those things don’t bother you then you’ll likely love this novel and rave about how great it is. Perhaps my dislike of this read is purely due to my standards of what makes a great book. I invite you to read it and make your own opinions as everybody has different tastes. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which may or may not mirror your own and that’s fine.

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Moonkind: Survivors of Ebola by Bruce Merchant

Moonkind: Survivors of EbolaMoonkind: Survivors of Ebola by Bruce Merchant

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Overall this is an engaging and entertaining read. The scientific aspects feel very well researched and is presented in a believable and understandable manner. The first parts of the book deal with background and details that provide the setting and knowledge needed to understand and enjoy the rest of the book. It’s a bit of a sluggish start but once you get past that it moves along at a very good pace with well fleshed out characters who develop along the way. No part is predictable or feels familiar. The plot is original and well thought out with good presentation and flow, once you get past the introductory parts. I enjoyed the read and can easily recommend this book for all readers who enjoy dystopian, post-apocalyptic, science fiction or just generally enjoy a good read. I received an ARC through Smith Publicity in exchange for and honest review. This in NO way influenced my opinion.

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Breeder by K. B. Hoyle

BreederBreeder by K.B. Hoyle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Before you say no to another dystopian book give this one a chance. I doubt you’ll be let down. The writing is smooth and written intelligently making this an easy read that is difficult to put down. The characters are well fleshed out and believable aside from a couple minor things that lends this to a younger audience instead of adult readers. My son and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I can easily recommend it to anyone who enjoys light fantasy, dystopian, post-apocalyptic or survival themed reads. I received an ARC through The Writer’s Coffee Shop in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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Winds of Purgatory by Rex A. Ewing

Winds of Purgatory, a NovelWinds of Purgatory, a Novel by Rex A Ewing
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This has been one of the better post-apocalyptic novels I’ve read in a very long time. The work of fantasy and fiction was blended with some rather thought provoking ideas. The plot pace worked very well throughout the book and was very well thought out. I liked the tone the author uses, making it easy for me to relate. Each character is unique, well fleshed out, and feel like they fit perfectly into the story. Overall it’s an enjoyable read and one I would recommend to readers who enjoy fantasy, post-apocalyptic themes, and suspense. A free copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest unbiased review.

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The Cleansing (Earth Haven #1) by Sam Kates

The Cleansing (Earth Haven, #1)The Cleansing by Sam Kates
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interesting take on the end of the world scenario. I felt the characters each were fleshed out and layered just enough to deliver their parts to the whole plot. The plot was nicely presented and flowed at a good rate. Overall it was a well done book I would recommend to readers who enjoy this genre.
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Gospel for the Damned

Gospel for the DamnedGospel for the Damned by Gordon Gravley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interesting take on an otherwise popular subject that leaves the reader thinking well after reading the last page. The characters feel authentic and actions/reactions believable. Enjoyable page-turning read, especially since the reader is able to come up with their own conclusions. The only drawback would have to be that the cover isn’t very compelling. This is certainly one book you can not judge by the cover.

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Dinner at Deviant’s Palace

Dinner at Deviant's PalaceDinner at Deviant’s Palace by Tim Powers

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Intriguing blend of ideas that somehow work together to bring you a unique post-apocalyptic story. The characters are well thought out and make the novel an interesting read. There were a few slow downs throughout the plot but not too bad and in the end it was all good. While it was far from a great book, it wasn’t quite the quality of the extra star.

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