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A Different Type of Science Fiction: Red Rising

13 May

Red Rising
Many ideas come to mind when one thinks about science fiction. For some, it consists of hard sci-fi with lots of technical terms they can’t understand to save their lives. For others, its images of laser guns and traveling to far off planets and meeting alien species.

Red Rising, however, is a different type of sci-fi. While we still get the element of space travel, there’s also an element of fantasy to this book. For some it could be seen as Hunger Games in Space, due to events that happen later on in the plot.

Darrow, a Red, is our protagonist in this novel, having to witness as his wife is killed right before his eyes. He then discovers there  is an underground movement dedicated to ending the rule of the dictatorial Golds and creating a society in which all colors can be equal. The world we are thrown into with Darrow is different than your standard space opera adventure. You get a few elements of sci-fi before setting foot in a world that’s much more primal and with echoes of the Roman Empire. Pierce’s Brown’s writing is at the top of his game and this quickly becomes a story you want to return to again and again.

If you’re looking for something darker when it comes to your sci-fi stories, than Red Rising is one that is certain to entertain.  You can borrow it as an ebook from eLibraryNJ and eBCCLS or a digital audiobook from Hoopla.

Written By:
Lauren Lapinski
Circulation Assistant

Flawlessly Written Dark Fantasy: Jay Kristoff’s Nevernight

6 May

If there is anything one should take note of, it is that Nevernight is not YA. That is not insult YA by any means, but this is a simple fact that needs to be stated. Many are of the belief that this book in intended for a YA audience, however, upon reading the first chapter, one quickly learns that is not the case.

Enter our protagonist, Mia Corvere, a girl out for revenge against the man who murdered her family. She must find the Red Church and pass each each trial if she wishes to achieve this goal.

Kristoff’s writing for this is flawless, everything from the narration down to the footnotes pulls you into the story’s grip and refuses to let go. It’s an excellent introduction to the trilogy and builds the perfect amount of hype for the next two books to follow. If you’re seeking a dark fantasy with memorable characters, vicious fight scenes, and a great revenge plot, then Nevernight is the book for you.

Looking for YA works written by Kristoff? You can read a previous blog post about another of Kristoff’s books, Illuminae, part of a YA series co-written with Amie Kaufman.

Written by:
Lauren Lapinski
Circulation Assistant

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