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Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1) by Gail Carriger
This was right up my alley in that I love stories about boarding schools that aren’t at all what they seem. Carriger’s penchant for silly names (Mrs. Barnaclegoose) fits perfectly in a book about a young girls’ finishing school (where one learns to finish anything that needs finishing) located on a maze of decks hanging beneath three dirigibles. If I were the kind of person to refer to a story as a romp this would be that story.

Love and Romanpunk by Tansy Rayner Roberts
This collection of loosely linked short stories is fantastic. It starts with Julia Agrippina recording a history of her family, and, most importantly and specifically, of the Julias in her family. Each story follows another Julia throughout history, and where Julias go monsters follow.

Moxyland by Lauren Beukes
I loved the idea behind this story. It’s constant online connection taken to its extreme form showing just how clear the divide between the haves and have-nots is. In a utopian society, everyone would have free and easy access to the internet. In this society, access is determined by your social class and your social class, in turn, determines your access. People working for the corporations stay in their corporate areas with their high-tech gadgets and are well insulated from the problems the rest of their society faces. The middle-class have–and need-their phones for everything from communication to purchases to access to different societal spaces (and that access is limited when compared to that of the corporate class). And people without phones are the lowest of the low, unable to even access certain physical spaces. Throw in branding, activism, terrorism, and some corporate headhunting that might end in death and you’ve got Moxyland.

Adaptation (Adaptation, #1) by Malinda Lo
Spoilers ahoy! I liked it, you should read it!

There are many “aliens among us” stories out there. They’ve landed, they’ve been here for a long time, they’re our secret allies or enemies. That’s all been done. What’s different about Malinda Lo’s version is how she connects it so seamlessly to our modern information era. News spreads as fast as a tweet or a status update. Videos get uploaded and go viral in no time. Everyone carries a machine in their pocket that can do all of these things faster than ever before. So when disaster happens, it can’t be hidden, and the conspiracy theorists run rampant and are, this time, believed. Before Reese and David know it they’re caught far from home in the middle of what looks like society melting down because it no longer trusts its own government.

A month later they wake up, miraculously healed after a car accident. They’re told they underwent experimental healing techniques provided by the government, and they’re required to sign very scary non-disclosure agreements. But they’re well, they’re heading home, and society, though slightly changed, is on its way back to normal.

Then Reese falls down and cuts her hands. And they heal, almost instantly. Nothing is the way it used to be for Reese and David, and nothing ever will be again.


Written by tldegray

May 2, 2013 at 12:51 pm

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