COMPANY TOWN is one of Best DYSTOPIAN FICTION books published in the past few years. This is a MUST BUY. I give COMPANY TOWN 6 out of 5 Stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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 Title: COMPANY TOWN   

Author: MADELINE ASHBY     

Genre: SCIENCE FICTION, DYSTOPIAN FICTION, CANADIAN FICTION, SPECULATIVE FICTION

Length: 285 PAGES      

Publisher: TOR BOOKS  

ISBN: 978-0-7653-9887-1 

Price: $14.99 USD / $20.99 CDN

Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 

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I purchased this book at Chapters from a display of books by Canadian authors. I was (and still am) thrilled to find a Canadian author writing Dystopian Science Fiction.

 I read A LOT of books and there are a ton of dystopian titles on the market. Some are just okay, most are pretty good and then there are the exceptional few that are so well written the author’s world comes to life and you never want the story to end. COMPANY TOWN is one such book.

Not only is it easy to envision the setting – an entire city filled with people just trying to survive on what was once an oil rig and was never meant for long-term habitation, but MADELINE ASHBY has created an entirely new world history.

In my opinion she is a literary genius. I realize that is a HUGE claim, but once you read COMPANY TOWN, I am fairly certain you will agree.

I do not want to give away any parts of the plot or the setting, but I do want to get across to anyone reading this review that YOU NEED TO BUY THIS BOOK and YOU WILL BE HAPPY THAT YOU DID.

With a carefully constructed plot, characters you can’t help but feel for, and incredible world-building, author Madeline Ashby has written a tale that is a warning to us all about caring for our environment and all those who live in it.

The most terrifying aspect of COMPANY TOWN is that it might become  a reality if no changes are made to how we are all currently living. This book should be required reading for every man, woman and child (over the age of 16.) It is quite simply a MUST READ. I rate it as 5 out of 5 Stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Photo Credit: Kayleigh McCollum Photography

Madeline Ashby is a science fiction writer, futurist, speaker, and immigrant living in Toronto. She writes a column for the Ottawa Citizen. She is represented by Anne McDermid & Associates, and Jason Richman at UTA.       

She has worked with Intel Labs, the Institute for the Future, SciFutures, Nesta, Data & Society, The Atlantic Council, the ASU Center for Science and the Imagination, and others. Her short fiction has appeared in Nature, FLURB, Tesseracts, Imaginarium, and Escape Pod. Her other essays and criticism have appeared at BoingBoing, io9, WorldChanging, Creators Project, Arcfinity, Tor.com, MISC Magazine, FutureNow, and elsewhere.      

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STARBORN by Lucy Hounsom may just be one of the best YA Fantasy books to be published in the past few years. A 5 Star Read that will appeal to everyone 16 and up.

Title: STARBORN     

Series: THE WORLDMAKER TRILOGY: BOOK ONE    

Author: LUCY HOUNSOM 

Genre: FANTASY FICTION, YOUNG ADULT FICTION, NEW RELEASE /COMING SOON 

Length: 544 PAGES

Publisher: TOR – An Imprint of MACMILLAN PUBLISHERS LTD    
Type of Book: EBOOK

Received From: NETGALLEY   

Release Date: AUGUST 24TH, 2019 

ISBN: 978-1-4472-6845-1 (Hardcover)   

Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟    

MY REVIEW:     

Firstly, I need to address the title of this book. If you are the type of person to judge a book by its cover, (everyone does this at least to some degree) you will miss out on a phenomenal book. The cover and title tend to make potential readers think this book will be about outer space and will be a sci-fi novel, however, this is not the case. Starborn is a perfect example of fantasy fiction at its finest.

I literally devoured this book. The characters are so vividly described that a picture of each of them immediately formed in my mind. Not only that, but each character has a fully imagined history that further fleshes out their believability.

This is the first book in the WorldMaker trilogy and even though this book hasn’t been released in North America yet, I am already wishing that I could get my hands on the next book in the series. I believe not only that this book is destined to become a Bestseller, but that it will also be optioned for it’s film rights.

This story has just the right amount of betrayal and dedication, fantasy, magic, history, romance, frustration,  ingenuity and truly astounding world-building which all combine to create a surefire winning combination.

Not since the Harry Potter series, the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hunger Games trilogy have I encountered an author with the ability to so seamlessly craft a complex epic tale of right and wrong, of good and evil and with the ability to build an entire world from nothing but their own imagination. The name of Lucy Hounsom will soon be on the lips of North American readers and publishers all over the continent, and rightly so. 

I highly recommend this book to both youth and to adults who love epic adventure stories.

This book will grab your attention from the first page and it will not let go. It is because of its ability to entrance the reader and because of the author’s incredible world-building, that I have no choice but to rate this book as 5 out of 5 Stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟  

My recommendation is to mark your calendars for August 24th and grab your copy right away since this amazing book is bound to sell out quickly.

* A special Thank You to Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book.   

ABOUT THE AUTHOR (In Her Own Words):   

* obtained from her website
* Author Photos by LOU ABERCROMBIE

I live in the hilly, red shores of the Jurassic Coast. It’s a beautiful, mysterious part of the country (U.K.), steeped in myth and folklore. And so unsurprisingly, it’s a perfect place in which to make up stories.

In the vein of most writers, I’ve been making up stories for a long time. I grew up in the tamer neighbourhood of the Thames Valley, where I used to think I’d be an actor. I attended theatre school for six years, worked professionally on stage and screen and took an awful lot of dancing exams. That changed when I hit 15. I was writing a novel (like most normal teenagers), and quite randomly thought: wouldn’t it be cool to do this all the time?  

I’ve always loved books, perhaps because my parents read so much to us as children. Dad favoured classics like The Day of the Triffids andHothouse, which – though possibly a bit advanced for under 10s – exposed us both to a multitude of words. (Yes, my sister’s a writer too). But the books that really stayed with me were J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

I am irrevocably drawn to fantasy. As an unsociable teenage misfit, I read mountains of it. Growing up, some of my favourite writers were Robin Hobb, the three Terrys (Brooks, Goodkind and Pratchett), Robert Jordan, Patricia A. McKillip, Ursula Le Guin, David Eddings and Alan Garner. J. K. Rowling holds a special place in my heart for all those summer evenings I spent re-reading Harry Potter, wishing for adventures at Hogwarts.

That first novel still exists on my hard drive, quietly embarrassing me, but despite its flaws, I’m glad I wrote it. Working on the principle that if you’ve done something once, you can do it again, I studied creative writing at university for four years in the hope that I’d be better prepared the second time around. Creating something as vast and complex as a novel is fun, terrifying, exciting, torturous and pretty much every emotion in between. 

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THE RAINS is the first ever YA book written by award-winning author Gregg Hurwitz and it is absolutely brilliant. I give this book 5 Enthusiastic stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 

Title: THE RAINS  

Author: GREGG HURWITZ  

Type of Book: HARDCOVER

Genre: YOUNG ADULT, SCIENCE FICTION, HORROR

Length: 352 PAGES

Publisher: TOR TEEN BOOKS  

Release Date: OCTOBER 18, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-7653-8267-2 Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-4668-8851-7 EBOOK

Price: $17.99 USD – HARDCOVER

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


MY REVIEW
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This book actually hooked me with the introduction. It is written as diary entries and the intro warns potential readers, saying:


“If you’re reading this, your life is at risk. Or should I say, your life is at even greater risk than it was already. I’m sorry to burden you with this. I don’t wish you the kind of harm that came to me and the others from Creek’s Cause. This is what I’ve managed to piece together since it all began. I wrote it down knowing that words are more powerful than bullets – and certainly more dangerous. All is probably lost already. But maybe, just maybe, these pages will give you a chance. I hope you’re up to it.

What a way to begin. Author Gregg Hurwitz certainly knows how to hook an audience. I was immediately intrigued, especially since this is the first Young Adult novel Gregg Hurwitz has ever written. I have read several of his adult fiction titles and have thoroughly enjoyed each one.

This is the tale of two brothers who live in the small town of Creek’s Cause which is located in a valley between mountain ranges. The main industry in Creek’s Cause is farming and the Rain brothers are known to be exceptional students as well as hard workers on their Uncle’s farm. Both brothers believe they have their lives all mapped out and their futures secure.

In a single night all that changes and the sleepy town they live in becomes a war zone where death and destruction  are widespread and no one under the age of eighteen is safe.

After watching adults they have known their entire lives turn into unrecognizable monsters, Patrick and Chance Rain realize that kids are being attacked by adults and taken away somewhere.

Upon reaching the high school where other kids are hiding and discovering that the parasite infecting the adults takes over a person’s body the minute they turn eighteen, the brothers decide they must do something about the situation. Especially since Patrick’s eighteenth birthday is quickly approaching.

Determined to save Patrick’s life and the lives of the rest of the kids, including those who have been abducted, the two brothers embark on a mission to find out the truth about the parasites.

What they uncover is truly horrifying, the scope of which is staggering.

Determined not to roll over and give up, Chance and Patrick realize that they just might the last hope for humanity’s survival, and as such they devise a plan that is daring and maybe even suicidal. But if their plan works,  they just might save our world.

This book starts out action-packed and the pace never lets up. It is a page-turner that will not only have readers on the edge of their seats, but they will also find themselves unable to put this book down.

I read this book in a single sitting and found myself completely immersed in the lives of Patrick and Chance Rain.

The world building is exquisite and the character development is not only excellent, but should be required reading for other YA authors since it is close to perfection.


I rate this book as 6 out of 5 Stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (I know that rating does not officially exist, but this book deserves it nonetheless.)

Since this is only the first book in a series I will be on the lookout for the next installment of this riveting adventure.

I want to say thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Gregg Hurwitz is the New York Timesbestselling author of 15 thrillers, most recently, ORPHAN X. His novels have been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been translated into 29 languages.

He is also a New York Times Bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel (Wolverine, Punisher) and DC (Batman, Penguin).

Additionally, he’s written screenplays for or sold spec scripts to many of the major studios, and written, developed, and produced television  for various networks.  

Gregg resides in Los Angeles.

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