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Showing posts with label sci-fi. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sci-fi. Show all posts

Sunday, 12 March 2017

The good, the bad, and the ugly: New Pompeii (New Pompeii #1) by Daniel Godfrey

Capitalising on time travel never ends well.

The good

  • Time travel (they transport people from the past into the present, but it's actually quite complicated and gets confusing later)
  • Romans (always a plus)
  • But no romance! (even better)
  • Mother of all plot twists (I did not see that coming!)
  • Nice concise writing that's not too descriptive
  • Historical facts incorporated into the story (the author knows his stuff)

The bad

  • Very confusing plot because of all the timeywimeyness (don't ask me to explain the plot)
  • I also got confused because there are too many characters

The ugly

  • Not enough female characters (*spoiler*: there are 3, compared to a whole lot of male characters (that actually is a spoiler, because two characters are actually the same person))
  • No LGBTQ representation (you've got Romans and you've got people in the future, and none of them are queer? Really?)
  • The book shows that some people's  moral codes today (or in the near future) are no better than the Romans', which is quite sad.

The summary

In the near future, energy giant Novus Particles develops the technology to transport objects and people from the deep past to the present. Their biggest secret: New Pompeii. A replica of the city hidden deep in central Asia, filled with Romans pulled through time a split second before the volcano erupted.

Historian Nick Houghton doesn't know why he's been chosen to be the company's historical advisor. He's just excited to be there. Until he starts to wonder what happened to his predecessor. Until he realizes that NovusPart have more secrets than even the conspiracy theorists suspect.

Until he realizes that NovusPart have underestimated their captives...

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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Top Ten Books Set in the Future

Top Ten Tuesday is an awesome meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's theme is Top Ten Books With X Setting (top ten books set near the beach, top ten book set in boarding school, top ten books set in England, etc). If you read my blog you'll know how much I love historical fiction, but you may not know that sci-fi is also one of my favourite genres, and I love futuristic settings a LOT.
Click the covers to go to the Goodreads links. 

Uglies (Uglies, #1)
The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld
Diverse Energies
Diverse Energies edited by
The Comet's Curse (Galahad, #1)
The Galahad series by Dom Testa
Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1)
 The Dust Lands trilogy by Moira Young
Genesis (The Rosie Black Chronicles, #1)
 The Rosie Black Chronicles by Lara Morgan
Adaptation (Adaptation, #1)
  The Adaptation series by Malinda Lo
The Carbon Diaries 2015 (Carbon Diaries, #1)
The Carbon Diaries series by Saci Lloyd
Titanic 2020 (Titanic 2020 #1)
Titanic 2020 by Colin Bateman
Exodus (Exodus, #1)
The Exodus series by Julie Bertagna
The Mammoth Book of SF Wars
The Mammoth Book of SF Wars edited by Ian Watson & Ian Whates

What are your favourite futuristic books? Have you read any of these? Do you have any recommendations?

I'm Alexandria, a 19-year-old reader/writer/blogger from New Zealand. I love language, history, and sci-fi. Hi! I'm always around if you want to talk, which you can do via comments, the contact form, or Facebook.

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