Recently, I’ve been reading Literary Wonderlands: A Journey through the Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Created by Laura Miller. It outlines literary works with the best world-building across history, from early myths to modern sci-fi/fantasy franchises. Inspired by this, I’d like to share with you some of the books with the most immersive settings I’ve ever read, books that had me walking their worlds long after I closed the pages. (I skipped the obvious ones like Harry Potter, which were of course featured in Literary Wonderlands.) Continue reading Best Worlds and Settings in Modern Sci-fi/Fantasy
Happy December! ’Tis the month of gift-giving holidays, so if you are at a loss for what to ask for or what to get your YA-reading loved one, check out the recent releases on my list for inspiration. Continue reading Books on My Holiday Wishlist
So you loved Hunger Games and Divergent–what’s next? How about checking out some of the classics and major players of the dystopia genre? In honor of the Sci-Fi Summer Reading Challenge I joined earlier this month, I figured I would delve into one of my favorite sci-fi subgenres. These first five are what I would consider the classics of dystopian literature, and the last two are some early dystopian YA works that stuck with me through the years. If the end of the world, totalitarian governments, and utopian societies gone wrong are your jam, you’ll definitely want to pick up some of these. Read down to the bottom to see how I’m doing on my reading challenge. Continue reading The Dystopia Literary Canon
Scott Westerfeld has a brand new book coming out September 29th, and this time he’s teamed up with two other authors–Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti. You may have heard of some of Scott Westerfeld’s other work such as Uglies and Afterworlds. Margo Lanagan is an Australian author who’s won critical acclaim for her novel Sea of Hearts, and (according to her Wikipedia page)she writes short stories and YA fiction. The final collaborator on this novel is Deborah Biancotti also from Australia who has written award winning YA short stories, including one collection that touches on super heroes.
We’ve got an extra advanced reader’s copy of the book, signed by Scott Westerfeld himself, that we would love to give to one lucky geekette! Read through to the bottom to find out how you can win.