[ARC Review] American War by Omar El Akaad

Title: American War
Author: Omar El Akkad
Format: Paperback, 330 pages
Genre: Dystopian
Publisher: Knoopf
Release Date: April 4, 2017

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If you’ve been following I’ve decided to read 11 ARCs over 11 weeks. I am seriously behind in reading and reviewing them. The majority of the ARCs I receive are from work, as is American War. I picked this up last year from the break room because it sounded interesting and plus I wanted to expand my repertoire of reading dystopian literature.

Disclaimer: This review reflects my unbiased opinion and as a result I am not able to promise a wholly positive review. My apologies in advance. Continue reading

[Book Review] The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Title: The Handmaid’s Tale
Author: Margaret Atwood
Format: Paperback, 311 pages  
Genre: Science Fiction; Distopia; Feminist Sci-Fi; Speculative Fiction
Publisher: Anchor Books a division of Random House
ISBN: 9780385490818
Release Date:
Rating: ⭐ 1/2

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I read, or rather attempted to read, for my banned books book club.  I always take anything rated as a classic and a must read with a grain of salt.

The Handmaid’s Tale was excruciatingly boring.  I’m usually a pretty fast reader, but I found myself taking at least an hour to read 20 pages.

Our protagonist and main character, Offred, is as static as they come and the other characters are flat.  Along with the lack of character development there is also a lack of plot development.  Atwood does a wonderful job of giving the reader descriptions of various places throughout the novel (i.e.the former Harvard Yard, the Red Center, the market, and the handmaid’s costume). Continue reading