Book Review: ‘The Remedy’ by Suzanne Young

FinalBookCover_hiresMost recent dystopian novels occur in a future so distant it is almost unrecognizable. That’s not the case with Suzanne Young’s latest novel, The Remedy. This novel is a prequel to The Program and The Treatment and is set in a world that could be just months in our own future.

Quinlan McKee is seventeen years old, and she works as a closer – someone who is hired to provide closure for grieving families by impersonating their loved one who has passed away. In Quin’s world, mental health is extremely important, and if someone appears unstable, they are mandated to have therapy. Closers exist to help prevent depression and other issues that people face when a loved one dies. Shortly after finishing one assignment, Quin is assigned to an urgent case that changes her forever.

I found this book so fascinating for a number of reasons. Quin’s job is to help others preserve their mental health, but she faces problems of her own from the very beginning. As a closer, she adopts the personality, habits, and style of a deceased person, sometimes for days at a time. She began working as a closer at the age of seven, and as a side effect, she has a hard time distinguishing her past from those of the people she’s pretended to be. Throughout the book, she faces problems keeping her own identity separate.

I really enjoyed that the world was so familiar, but so different at the same time. The technology doesn’t seem outlandish, the landscape is familiar, and the characters seem like any person you might pass on the street. It’s almost like a parallel universe where the government has recognized the importance of mental health and taken things to extremes. There are systems in place to help people maintain peak mental and emotional health, but if people are depressed or have other problems, it seems like they are given consequences instead of help.

Fans of Young’s other books won’t find any familiar characters in the pages of The Remedy, but they will find a very similar tone and feeling of suspense. Young does a great job of keeping you on the hook by revealing little bits of information about Quin’s latest case without giving it all away at once.

For those who like a bit of a love story, this book will not disappoint. In fact, this book has something for everyone. From mystery to romance and everything in between, The Remedy is one of the best new dystopian novels you will read this year.

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Book Review: ‘Champion’ (Legend #3) by Marie Lu

Champion by Marie Lu

It’s a good year to be a fan of YA dystopian series – a handful of popular series have their final books coming out all within about six months of each other, so many well-loved stories are coming to an end. The most recent series to join that list is Marie Lu’s Legend series, which recently concluded with its third book, Champion. Before I get into the review, here’s your friendly reminder that this review may contain spoilers for the first two books in the series, Legend and Prodigy. Continue reading

Book Review: ‘Allegiant’ (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

Allegiant (Image Credit: Veronica Roth)

Allegiant (Image Credit: Veronica Roth)

I’m going to go ahead and assume that if you’re reading this review, you’re probably familiar with the first two books in this series, Divergent and Insurgent. If you’re not, you should read them. Because they’re good, and because if you don’t I’m probably going to spoil something for you in this review of the final book in the series, Allegiant. Continue reading

Check out the first images from ‘The Maze Runner’!

Maze Runner

The first stills from the latest Young Adult Dystopian Novel to make it to the big screen, The Maze Runner,  have been released for fans and critics alike to speculate over. The five images show the cast, Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen and Thomas Brodie-Sangster, running with torches, dressed like “the others” from Lost, and sporting some seriously scared faces. The stills also provide a good look at lead Thomas, played by O’Brien, the “elevator” that brings the boys to the maze, and the scene where Scodelario’s character, Theresa, is introduced to the testosterone only gang of “runners.” Check out all the images below. Continue reading

An Interview with Author Kiera Cass

Author Kiera Cass (Image Credit:

Author Kiera Cass (Image Credit:

After self-publishing her first book, The Siren, in 2009, Kiera Cass found widespread success with the release of her second novel, The Selection. The first in a trilogy, The Selection tells the story of a teenage girl plucked from society’s low castes to compete for the affection of her country’s young prince.  The second book in the series, The Elite, is available today. Continue reading

Book Review: ‘Breaking Point’ (Article 5 #2) by Kristen Simmons

One of my surprise favorite books from last year was Kristen Simmons’ Article 5, a fast-paced and suspenseful dystopian featuring an admirable lead character on her quest to find her imprisoned mother (read my review). The second book in the Article 5 trilogy, Breaking Point, picks up shortly after the first ended. Be warned that there may be some spoilers for Article 5 in this review. Continue reading

Book Review: ‘Article 5’ by Kristen Simmons

At first when I picked up Article 5, I was a little guarded – I was on dystopian overload, and was skeptical I’d be able to get into it. But Article 5’s setting in a believable society on the brink of total oppression (but it’s not quite there yet) struck me as unique and disturbingly realistic. Ember Miller remembers when things were different, and she has seen the gradual changes as the government’s Federal Bureau of Reformation placed more and more restrictions on people. The FBR has a list of Articles, outlining various standards for “moral” behavior. When articles are violated, people are punished. Continue reading

Interview with Author Tahereh Mafi

An Interview with Author Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh Mafi (Image Credit: Ransom Riggs)

She may only be 24 years old, but Tahereh Mafi has already become a force to be reckoned with in young adult fiction. Her debut novel, Shatter Me, is a unique blend of emotional turmoil, dystopia, romance, and super powers. Mafi pulls all these elements into one suspenseful package tied together by her unusual and captivating style of writing.

Unravel Me, the next book in the Shatter Me series, hits bookstore shelves and e-readers February 5th. A big thank you to Tahereh for taking the time out of her busy schedule to answer a few of our questions about the Shatter Me series.

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Book Review: ‘Unravel Me’ (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me (Image Credit: Tahereh Mafi)

Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, with its unique spin on YA dystopian, was one of my favorite books of 2011 (Read my review). After what felt like a very long wait for my impatient mind, the next book in the series, Unravel Me is finally out and fans can catch up with their emotional heroine, Juliette, and her stoic significant other, Adam. As always with sequel books, there will likely be some spoilers for the first book in my review. Continue reading

Book Review: ‘Pandemonium’ (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver

(Image Credit: Lauren Oliver)

(Image Credit: Lauren Oliver)

In case you don’t already know, Pandemonium is the second book in Lauren Oliver’s Delirium trilogy. If you haven’t read Delirium, you probably don’t want to read this review or it will be totally spoiled for you. (You can read my review of Delirium HERE.) Continue reading

Book Review: ‘Shatter Me’ by Tahereh Mafi

Image Credit: Tahareh Mafi

Image Credit: Tahareh Mafi

I’m not even really sure how to begin to summarize Shatter Me, because there is just so much. We meet our protagonist, Juliette, in an insane asylum. Juliette has unique powers, similar to Rogue from X-Men: when she touches people she sucks the life out of them. As a result, she’s locked up in the asylum. In this setting, we learn about Juliette’s past, as well as the fairly recent shift in society that has led to the country being run by something called “The Reestablishment.” It’s your usual dystopian stuff – something bad happens, powerful people take advantage of it, even worse things happen as a result. Since the Reestablishment is still fairly new, neither the reader nor Juliette totally knows what’s happening outside of the asylum walls. During this section we are also introduced to Adam, a boy from Juliette’s past who is now a soldier for the Reestablishment. Continue reading