Charlinder’s Walk by Alyson Miers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A plague has wiped out most of humanity. Survivors are slowly rebuilding their lives, yet they know that nothing will ever be the same again. Life as they’ve known it is over and they must start anew from scratch. Technology is non-existent, as is the abundance of food. Despite this, humanity is slowly learning to cope with the world as they now know it.
While most in the settlement he lives in are content to live their lives quietly, Charlinder can’t help but question the origins surrounding the plague. There are no specific answers to his questions. Some say it was an act of God. Others say the disaster was caused by Man. Whatever the reason, his only wish is to know more. Read on »
Sykosa by Justin Ordoñez
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Sykosa is like any other teen girl, beautiful, intelligent, and determined to make the most of any situation. Yet she also has secrets. Secrets that, at times, threaten to engulf her. Secrets she detests in keeping. Part of her knows she has no choice in keeping them. Trouble would ensue if she does not, yet she finds it difficult sometimes to hold them close.
Her life hasn’t been that easy, even though people would like to think so. She’s had everything she’s ever wanted, yet her life, sometimes, feels lacking. Her best friend, Niko, is broken in more ways than one and she’s a part of the secrets Sykosa has tucked into the back of her mind. It’s her way of not having to deal with what she doesn’t want to deal with. Yet sometimes the little door swings open and those secrets pour out unexpectedly. Read on »