Recensie: Sleeping Beauties

30622162Auteur: Stephen King & Owen King
Titel: Sleeping Beauties
Genre: Fantasy, horror, dystopie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2017
ISBN: 9781473665194
Aantal pagina’s: 715
Gelezen: November 2017
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Omslagtekst:
In this spectacular father/son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?

All around the world, something is happening to women when they fall asleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed, the women become feral and spectacularly violent…

In the small town of Dooling, West Virginia, the virus is spreading through a women’s prison, affecting all the inmates except one. Soon, word spreads about the mysterious Evie, who seems able to sleep – and wake. Is she a medical anomaly or a demon to be slain?

The abandoned men, left to their increasingly primal devices, are fighting each other, while Dooling’s Sheriff, Lila Norcross, is just fighting to stay awake.

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Recensie: The flame alphabet

11325011Auteur: Ben Marcus
Titel: The flame alphabet
Genre: Literatuur, dystopie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2012
ISBN: 9780307379375
Aantal pagina’s: 289
Gelezen: Januari 2017
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Omslagtekst:
A terrible epidemic has struck the country and the sound of children’s speech has become lethal. Radio transmissions from strange sources indicate that people are going into hiding. All Sam and Claire need to do is look around the neighborhood: In the park, parents wither beneath the powerful screams of their children. At night, suburban side streets become routes of shameful escape for fathers trying to get outside the radius of affliction.

With Claire nearing collapse, it seems their only means of survival is to flee from their daughter, Esther, who laughs at her parents’ sickness, unaware that in just a few years she, too, will be susceptible to the language toxicity. But Sam and Claire find it isn’t so easy to leave the daughter they still love, even as they waste away from her malevolent speech. On the eve of their departure, Claire mysteriously disappears, and Sam, determined to find a cure for this new toxic language, presses on alone into a world beyond recognition.
 
The Flame Alphabet invites the question: What is left of civilization when we lose the ability to communicate with those we love? Both morally engaged and wickedly entertaining, a gripping page-turner as strange as it is moving, this intellectual horror story ensures Ben Marcus’s position in the first rank of American novelists.
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Recensie: Red Queen

22328546Auteur: Victoria Aveyard
Titel: Red Queen
Serie: Red Queen #1
Genre: YA Fantasy, dystopie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2015
ISBN: 9780062310637
Aantal pagina’s: 383
Gelezen: Augustus 2017
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Omslagtekst:
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

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Review: The heart goes last

24388326 Auteur: Margaret Atwood
Titel: The heart goes last
Genre: Literatuur, dystopie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2015
Uitgeverij: Nan A. Talese
ISBN: 9780385540353
Aantal bladzijden: 308
Gelezen: Mei 2016
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Omslagtekst:
Living in their car, surviving on tips, Charmaine and Stan are in a desperate state. So, when they see an advertisement for Consilience, a ‘social experiment’ offering stable jobs and a home of their own, they sign up immediately. All they have to do in return for suburban paradise is give up their freedom every second month – swapping their home for a prison cell. At first, all is well. But then, unknown to each other, Stan and Charmaine develop passionate obsessions with their ‘Alternates,’ the couple that occupy their house when they are in prison. Soon the pressures of conformity, mistrust, guilt and sexual desire begin to take over.

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Review: The handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid's Tale Auteur: Margaret Atwood
Titel: The handmaid’s tale
Genre: Literatuur, dystopie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 1985
ISBN: 9780385490818
Aantal bladzijden: 311
Gelezen: Mei 2015
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Achterkanttekst:
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…
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Review: Bête

AuteuIMG_5683r: Adam Roberts
Titel: Bête
Genre: Literatuur, dystopie, lichte science fiction
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2015
ISBN: 9780575127685
Aantal bladzijden: 311
Gelezen: 15 – 16 mei
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Achterkanttekst:
It began when Animal Rights activists inserted AI chips in the brains of animals. The plan was to give animals speech. After all if an animals can talk we are bound to treat them more like us.

A creature that can argue the case for its own intelligence, its own rights is a much harder creature to use, to kill. Surely?

But where does artificial intelligence end and the animal begin. And with speech and self-awareness did the animals also gain a soul? And would we choose to believe them if they told us they had?
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Review: Brave new world

5129 Auteur: Aldoux Huxley
Titel: Brave new world
Genre: Literatuur, dystopie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 1932
Aantal bladzijden: 268
Gelezen: 16 – 21 oktober
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Achterkanttekst:
Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress… (bron)
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