What Am I Reading?
When I’m not locked away in my office furiously typing, I like to curl up with a good book. Usually, I choose something unrelated to my current work-in-progress (WIP). Of late, I’ve been into dystopian young adult books.
I loved Kristen Simmons series! The premise envisioned a society where the Moral Majority staked a claim on government. Instead of the Bill of Rights, a list of statues was issued. Each one purported to help return morality to the country. A group of brave individuals stand up when they simply can’t take the mistreatment any longer.
In these books you don’t ask where are the parents. Without giving anything away, there are valid reasons for missing parents, but there are authority figures.
I finished these books toward the end of last year. Still wanting to read about a bleak future, I picked up another trilogy that had been sitting on my shelf for a while—Dan Wells’ Partials Sequence.
If you’ve ever pondered the idea of artificial intelligence becoming too lifelike, you owe it to yourself to read this series. The world as we knew it is over thanks to a worldwide pandemic. There’s only a handful of humans left who are virtually sterile. There’s also a large community of soldiers, Partials, who share what’s left of the world with humans. Neither group is tolerant of the other.
Wells’ holds up a mirror to humanity and asks the question, “If all of humanity is at stake, can you put aside your differences?” Aside from the phenomenal covers, the story is intriguing and will keep you turning pages. I’m just starting Ruins and it’s every bit as fascinating as the other two books. There’s also a prequel called Isolation—only available through ebook.
So, if you’re looking for a good apocalyptic read without angsty characters, check out these two series. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.