By William Gibson

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Ace Books, 1984

Genres: Science fiction, cyberpunk

Series: Sprawl Trilogy; 1

ISBN: 0441569595

Audience: Adult

Number of pages: 271

Settings: Chiba City, the Sprawl (Boston-Atlanta Metropolitan Axis), Istanbul, & Freeside

Time period: An unspecified time in the future

Plot summary: Case, an ex-cowboy, is hanging out in Chiba awaiting his own demise.  With a crippled nervous system and not much to look forward to, Case fills his time with octagons and whatever else he can find in Night City to give him a rush.  That is until he is offered a deal he can’t refuse – a chance for his neural damage to be healed and a seat at a console where he can jack into cyberspace. Continue reading


Catching Fire

By Suzanne Collins

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Scholastic Press, 2009

Genres: Science fiction, adventure, dystopian, thriller

Series: The Hunger Games; 2

ISBN: 9780439023498

Audience: Young adult

Number of pages: 391

Setting: Panem – mainly District 12 & the Capitol

Time period: Sometime in the future

Plot summary: When Katniss returns to District 12 after surviving the Capitol’s Hunger Games, all she wants is for her life to be as it was prior to the games.  Unfortunately, this can never be.  As victors, she and Peeta must live as such.  And while the Capitol’s audience was quite convinced by Katniss and Peeta’s undying love for one another throughout the games, President Snow was not.  He tells Katniss this personally just prior to her and Peeta’s Victory Tour through the districts.  He also mentions that some of the districts have had uprisings and threatens to harm Katniss’s family if she doesn’t comply with his wishes. Continue reading

Bones of Faerie

By Janni Lee Simner

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Random House, 2009

Genres: Fantasy, dark fantasy, faerie tale, dystopian

Series: A sequel – Faerie Winter – is due to be published in April, 2011

ISBN: 9780375845635

Audience: Young adult

Number of pages: 247

Setting: St. Louis, Missouri area

Time period: About twenty years in the future

Plot summary: Many years after the war between humans and Faerie has ended, humans are still wary of any kind of magic.  Everyone knows that magic is evil – at least that’s what fifteen year old Liza has been taught.  This is why when Liza’s sister was born with Faerie clear hair, she was left on a hillside to die; shortly after this, Liza’s mother disappeared.  When Liza starts having magical visions she must leave her village immediately, or risk putting herself at great harm.  Unfortunately, there is no place safe for Liza to go, for magic lurks everywhere. Continue reading