Kit Mallory’s Blackout

Kit Mallory’s dystopian young adult novel, Blackout, is full of as much stellar character development as it is breathless action. Mallory delivers the story with a sense of urgency but doesn’t neglect character backstory or the events informing the text’s destitute politics. This leaves the reader feeling like they’ve spent far more than mere hours getting to know the characters and inhabiting their world. Continue reading

R.J. Furness’ Orgo Runners: The First Run

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Orgo Runners: The First Run, by R.J. Furness, is a fast-paced short read that still manages to feel epic. Furness brings us post-apocalyptic fiction for younger readers.

The story is set hundreds of years after a new ice age wiped out most of humanity. Now, instead of living spread-out over the globe, the remaining humans live in one of three places: Scorr Tanta, Eklips, and Port Harmony. Food is scarce in Port Harmony, a newly developed harbor town. Because of this, Port Harmony and the more established Scorr Tanta enter into a precarious trade agreement. Continue reading