Review: Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed

Contains Spoilers Every now and again, I pick up a book, read it, and wonder what the HELL did I just read? This is one of those books. Gather the Daughters is a dystopian, set on an island where the inhabitants, descended from ten Ancestors, follow the Shalt-nots. Their society is repulsive, the women oppressed and abused from the time they are young children. There is nothing as sacred as the relationship between fathers and daughters, and that right there was almost a “nope, I’m not reading this” premise. I mean – ICK. Read more

Review: The United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas

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I decided to give United States of Japan a whirl because of the mecha on the cover.  I thought this would be an action adventure type read in an alternate US.  While there are mecha fighting scenes and shoot outs between the protagonists and the bad guys, it’s more of a hard-boiled, gritty mystery.  Set in a grim alternate history where the Japanese and the Germans win WWII, the story is broken up in three primary time periods;  1948, 1988, and 1978.  The chapters featuring Beniko’s parents were my favorite.  Starting with the restoration of freedom from the Japanese internment camps after the Japanese win the war, the Japanese begin to shape the western US into their vision of a Japanese territory.  Forty years later, the totalitarian government is firmly in place, along with government censors, secret police, and horrible atrocities committed on the populace to keep rebels and dissidents, real and imagined,  firmly in check.

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Interview: Meet Rachelle Dekker, Author of The Choosing

[Manga Maniac Café] Good morning, Rachelle!  Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Rachelle Dekker] Curious, goofy, free-spirited, and fearful (I hide the last one well, but I’m working on it).

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about The Choosing?

[Rachelle Dekker] The Choosing is a story about identity. Carrington Hale is a girl that lives in a society where worth is based on your ability to be picked as a bride. We find Carrington at the beginning of the story having failed to be picked and the turmoil that follows. Is a person’s worth based on the titles and roles society places on them, or can they discover their true worth, given to them by their Father. That is the journey Carrington will go on.

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you share your favorite scene?

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Review: Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau

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Yeah! I managed to knock another series off my TBR pile!  Graduation Day picks up right where Independent Study left off.  Cia has just been forced to kill a rival classmate, and she is suffering from guilt.  She is terrified of being caught.  She doesn’t know who she can trust.  When she stumbles across a bigger plot to bring down the President, she’s not sure she can carry out the mission she’s been given.  Her task, handed to her by the President?  Kill the ardent supporters of the Testing in order to end the cruel tradition once and for all.

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Review: A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka

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I love a good dystopian, so when I saw A Girl Called Fearless, I thought I’d give it a shot.  The premise seemed interesting, and I was curious about how the world would look through the protagonist’s eyes.   Ten years ago, a chemical used in cattle feed was found to be the cause of a deadly cancer that killed every woman in their child bearing years.  Only young girls and old women were spared, as well as a handful of women who had already suffered, and been cured, of reproductive cancers.  With so many victims of the disease, and medications to treat it in short supply, men were forced to stand by as their wives and daughters succumbed to the deadly tumors invading their bodies.

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