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Late to the Party: Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

If any part of me thought that Northern Lights was going to be a light, fun, magical read, then I guess that part of me must be disappointed. The rest of me however, was thoroughly engaged with the blend of plot-driven adventure, complex and unusual characters and weighty moral and philosophical questions that are encountered throughout this book.

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The Island Will Sink by Briohny Doyle

The Island Will Sink is an intriguing glimpse into a future that I would be entirely unsurprised to see happen. Neglected high-rise wastelands litter the poor areas outside of the city, conserving resources has turned into a competitive social media activity, and one can outsource memories and emotional intelligence to an app… built into your brain, of course.

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

After the fall of civilisation as we know it, an itinerant band of performers travels through an unpredictable and dangerous new world, bringing moments of joy to people’s lives through the unlikely medium of classical music and Shakespeare. It sounds like a rather humorous combination of themes, but Emily St. John Mandel takes this unusual premise and weaves from it a compelling and definitely un-funny book.

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Anyway, I digress. The 5th Wave is a burger. I read it, I enjoyed it for what it was, and haven’t thought about it since. Until now, obviously, but it is fairly difficult to review a book without thinking about it. I’m not saying that The 5th Wave is a bad book. It was entertaining enough to keep me reading and provided that sense of escapism, like many action films that we consume for mindless diversion without them making any further impact on our lives.

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