Tag: Books: Dystopian

Review: Never Let Me Go

Posted 15 January, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

Never Let Me Go
By: Kazuo Ishiguro
Format/Source: Paperback; my copy

As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were.

Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special–and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together.

This is actually more of a commentary post than a review post since I never typed out a review post the first time I read this book…so yeah, story time: I found out about this novel because of the movie adaptation they made several years ago staring Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan. As always I wanted to read the book first but at the time I got a copy of the book, I ended up going on my semester exchange so it had to wait until I got back. Either way, it’s been a long time since I’ve read the book. So just a heads up, major spoilers if you haven’t read the book as I will be talking about some of the themes and events that happened throughout 🙂

This book is part of the A Year in Re-Reading: a 2014 Reading Challenge that I am participating in.

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Review: We

Posted 12 August, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

By: Yevgeny Zamyatin
Format/Source: Paperback; borrowed

The citizens of the One State live in a condition of ‘mathematically infallible happiness’. D-503 decides to keep a diary of his days working for the collective good in this clean, blue city state where nature, privacy and individual liberty have been eradicated. But over the course of his journal D-503 suddenly finds himself caught up in unthinkable and illegal activities – love and rebellion.

Banned on its publication in Russia in 1921, We is the first modern dystopian novel and a satire on state control that has once again become chillingly relevant.

Despite having studied Soviet history and specialising in it for my MA thesis, I actually haven’t read many novels from Soviet lit, maybe just a few (Mikhail Bulgakov, Aleksander Solzhenitsyn). The premise for We was very interesting so I decided this might be the best place to start.

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