Oryx & Crake – Margaret Atwood

Summary A post global-warming dystopian novel from the pen of Margaret Atwood, it focuses on Jimmy (aka Snowman), who believes himself to be the only human survivor of a deliberate viral destruction of the human race. This is the first part of the MaddAddam trilogy, so essentially is setting the scene for the next novels … Continue reading Oryx & Crake – Margaret Atwood

The Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon

Summary: A fantasy novel about Kingdoms in decline, a powerful dark force on the rise and bent on revenge, and a mysterious sect of female sorceresses, working in secret to prevent the end of the world. The novel has political intrigue, legends, and dragons. Each Kingdom/Empire has its own narratives, culture and beliefs, and though … Continue reading The Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon

The Time Travellers Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

Summary: The story is essentially a time-travelling love story. Henry DeTamble has Chrono-Displacement – he periodically gets pulled out of linear time to moments in his past, present and future. All those he loves are in linear time, so they are older or younger, depending on when he is displaced to. Clare is the eponymous … Continue reading The Time Travellers Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

The City Below The Cloud – T S Galindo

Summary: Set in a near-future climate change affected world, we follow the grim lives of Kalen and Sett, and their struggle to survive. There is law and order of a sort, mainly enforced by robots, but the teeming millions live right on the starvation line, life is less than cheap, and dead bodies can be … Continue reading The City Below The Cloud – T S Galindo

Blackfish City – Sam Miller

Summary: Qaanaaq is a floating city, based in the Arctic, a complex highly-engineered environment that somehow survives in this dystopian world. It is built along Arms, and social castes gravitate towards their own. The city has its social problems, and is riven by class, power and wealth. The city is run by mysterious shareholders (they … Continue reading Blackfish City – Sam Miller

Nightflyers – George R. R. Martin

Summary: This is one of George Martin’s early forays into Science fiction (1979/80), and this is now a Netflix series. It is about an inter-stellar hunt for knowledge, and tracking down an ancient race. Main Characters: Roy Eris: The captain of the ship, who remains hidden from view for most of the novel, but has … Continue reading Nightflyers – George R. R. Martin

The WindUp Girl – Paolo Bacigalupi

Summary: Future dystopian novel set in the Kingdom of Thailand, in a world where calories are king, fast travel is mainly by kink-spring propelled vehicles, and factories are powered by genetically-modified elephants/yaks known as megodonts. Main Characters: Anderson Lake: Calorie-man extraordinaire, ostensibly he is in the Kingdom to run a factory. In reality, he is … Continue reading The WindUp Girl – Paolo Bacigalupi