Neal Shusterman’s SCYTHE

Imagine a time when all the world’s problems have been solved. There is no disease, no politics, no war, no crime, no environmental problems, no famine and no death. Presided over by the all-knowing Thunderhead (a kind of grown up Cloud), the collective knowledge of the world’s population has resulted in the perfect existence – one that never ends. Except, of course, if no one ever dies how do you keep population growth under control? Enter the Scythe, an elite group of hand-picked and well trained killers. The Scythe live outside the control of the Thunderhead and have the power to choose who will die and how. … More Neal Shusterman’s SCYTHE

Andy Weir’s ARTEMIS

The Martian was one of the funnest and funniest reading experiences I have ever had. So there was a little trepidation when I picked up his next novel. It had been pitched as a crime novel set on the moon which left me not really knowing what to expect. Would this book be as funny? Would their be the same level of scientific explanation? Would I be completely hooked again? The answer is yes, yes and YES. … More Andy Weir’s ARTEMIS

Tracy Chevalier’s NEW BOY

New Boy is Tracy Chevalier’s contribution to the Hogarth Shakespeare series which aims to re-interpret some of Shakespeare’s more popular works. So far the series has included retellings from bestselling authors Jeanette Winterson, Anne Tyler, Margaret Atwood and Ian McEwan. I have been thoroughly enjoying this series and I have been particularly looking forward to Tracy’s reinterpretation of Othello. … More Tracy Chevalier’s NEW BOY

Brian Van Reet’s SPOILS

I have read a lot of novels set during the Iraq War and this one is pretty special. Brian Van Reet, another alumni of the what is becoming the preeminent collection Fire & Forget, has written a novel of the Iraq War told from both sides; from a US soldier’s perspective and a jihadist insurgent drawn to Iraq from Afghanistan. In doing so he has written a part thriller in the vein of I Am Pilgrim, but also a part dissection of the last 16 years of conflict worthy of comparison with the other great novels of this war, Redeployment and The Yellow Birds. … More Brian Van Reet’s SPOILS