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The Giver: On "Nice" Dystopias and the Dangers of Bliss

Lois Lowry’s The Giver was my first introduction to the genre of dystopian fiction, and for that, it holds a particularly special place in my heart. 1,212 more words

Permanent Detention

Also posting my dystopian short story, Permanent Detention, on Wattpad. Got four chapters uploaded so far. More to come daily.

Since age seventeen, Paul has been serving a life sentence in Permanent Detention, a special prison for enemies of the state. 209 more words


Frozen Heart of Dread Review

Frozen: Heart of Dread
Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnston

Publisher: Hachette Children’s Books
Publication: 17 September 2013 (though the copy I was given has a publication date of October 2014…) 922 more words


Review: The Death Cure by James Dashner (The Maze Runner #3)

Good news! I finished The Maze Runner series (sort of – I didn’t read The Kill Order). This is all I’ve been reading for the past three weeks, and I’m happy I’m finally finished reading. 1,004 more words


Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Adult Fiction

Darrow is a miner beneath the surface of Mars. He and his fellow Reds spend their lives underground in a dangerous, unforgiving world so future generations will be able to successfully and safely inhabit the surface of the planet. 539 more words

Book Reviews



Set in New Jersey, the protagonist, Torey Adams, becomes obsessed with the disappearance of classmate Christopher Creed. Although Torey is not a friend of Creed, he and a few other concerned classmates begin to investigate the fate of  Creed, who is a perennial target of bullies. 349 more words

YA Literature

Dead Poets Society meets 1984

This short video–that can best be describe as Dead Poets Society meets 1984–is spawned from George Orwell’s concept that in a totalitarian society 2+2 can equal 5 if your rulers say it does. 66 more words