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Moxyland by

Moxyland by Lauren Beukes

Set in a fictional, futuristic Cape Town in South Africa Moxyland is a book that I’m somewhat conflicted about. I read Beukes’ Zoo City back in 2012 and really enjoyed it. So much so that I bought this book straight away. But then I never got around to actually reading it. Still, when this year’s Sci-Fi Experience rolled around I

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Looper dir. by

Looper

Its 2044 and time travel hasn’t been invented yet. But in thirty years time it will be. And then promptly criminalised, which means of course that only the criminals use it, and mainly they use it to send people they want killed back in time. In the future there is no way of disposing a body, tracking and tags and

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White horse by

Alex Adams - White Horse

It is the end of the world as Zoe knows it. A mysterious plague came along, killed almost everyone. A small few survived, but were changed, mutated. Others were immune. But civilisation is gone. It is man eat man out there now as the survivors try to stay alive. Zoe isn’t just crossing the world in some random hope of

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Blackout by

Blackout by Mira Grant

Book three in the Newsflesh trilogy It is 2041. Three years have gone by since the first book in this series, and a lot has happened in this series. So much so that to say anything about the plot would really to give spoilers away. Well, apart from saying that there are zombies involved. And fear-mongering, and propaganda, and conspiracies.

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The death of grass by

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Read for the Not just for Stormtroopers sci-fi challenge It is the 1950s, and a devastating virus is sweeping Asia. It attacks grass, and grass feeds the world. Wheat is grass. And cows, sheep, etc all live on grass. At first people in Britain watch in horror as it strikes at the wheat supplies in those far-off lands. But the

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Wool series, 2 – 5 by

Wool 3

Read for the Not just for Stormtroopers sci-fi challenge & for Carl’s Science Fiction Experience. As I mentioned in my review of Wool, the first in this series, I came across this author through a post on metafilter. He has self-published this series of books, and some others, through amazon, mainly on the kindle, and become something of a hit.

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Wool by

Wool by Hugh Howey

Read for the Not just for Stormtroopers sci-fi challenge & for Carl’s Science Fiction Experience. For generations people have lived in the silo, the only look at the outside they get is on the screens. But the cameras are outsides, and over time they get dirty, the screens are obscured and blurry. But to go outside is to die. Those

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Specials by

Specials by Scott Westerfeld

Book 3 in the Uglies series. Read for the Not just for Stormtroopers sci-fi challenge & the 2012Science Fiction Experience. At some point in the future a biological oil-eating weapon brings about the end of civilisation as we know it. But in the aftermath a new society emerges. In the US different cities states emerge. Each with their own rules,

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The hunger games by

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Ever since Katniss’ father died in a mining accident she has been the one to take care of her family. Her mother’s depression left her unable to care for either of her daughters, so Katniss took the role on. Katniss is the protector, and so, when her younger sister’s name gets picked out during the “reaping” she immediately volunteers to

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Genesis by

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In the far distant future fourteen year old Anax is about to sit an exam. A four hour interview that will decide whether or not she will be accepted into The Academy. Her chosen topic is the history of Adam Forde, a figure who helped to create the utopian society Anax is a part of. I wasn’t too sure about

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Ship Breaker by

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Nailer is a ship breaker, one of those who make their living from scavenging the ships left over from the Accelerated Age. That was a time when oil, metal, resources in general were abundant. Things are different now, and for the poor of the world, like Nailer, life is hard. And it is getting harder for Nailer, as he gets

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