Friday, June 15, 2018

Book & Show Reviews : Dystopian Themes

One genre of books (and shows) I've been enjoying have dystopian themes, so I thought I would group them all together. I recently did a post about the book VOX, which fits into this category. And along those same lines, where the focus is women in society, I've been binge watching The Handmaids Tale on Hulu which is based on Margaret Atwood's book of the same name. I have not read the book yet, but WOW is all I can say about the show.
In another book to TV relationship, I read the Wayward Pines Trilogy upon my friend Sarah's recommendation. Man, it did not disappoint! A scientist predicts a fault in the human gene, so he decides to carefully select a group of people (unbeknownst to them) to freeze and reawaken in the future when he thinks the gene will have run it's course. When the time comes to rebuild Wayward Pines, human-like creatures are still overrunning the earth. The last of mankind is protected by an electric fence and brainwashed to think that Wayward Pines is all they know. But of course, others remember their past and begin to question why they can't leave this place. I don't want to give away any spoilers, so that is all I will say. Since the TV adaptation was a few years ago, I was able to binge watch its 2 season run. The first season followed the books pretty well. The second season was entirely different characters but I still enjoyed it and did not want it to end!
 Parched is a book that was written by an individual who used to work at the same company as me. Since I read this one a few years ago, I am going to rely on the on the stock description:
The sun has become a 'red giant' and the world is hot and parched. In California, James and Lexie Deforio have three goals: to find food and water, to survive another day, and to protect their two children. When their home is abruptly robbed and burned to the ground, the family is forced to embark on a cross-country journey in search of safety and water. Facing ruthless bandits, murderers, and some of the most extreme conditions they have ever encountered, they struggle to survive. When James is shot trying to help another family, Lexie and her children set out on a harrowing journey to save him. Finding temporary safety in the abandoned Ohio salt mines deep under Lake Erie, they appear to have found a new home. But, like everything on their journey, not all is as it seems.
Andrew put a teaser at the end for a possible sequel. I haven't seen anything yet, but I'd definitely be interested in reading more!
 Bird Box, another recommendation from Sarah, is by another Michigan author Josh Malerman:
Something is out there . . .
Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.
Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now, that the boy and girl are four, it is time to go. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat—blindfolded—with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them. But is it man, animal, or monster?
Engulfed in darkness, surrounded by sounds both familiar and frightening, Malorie embarks on a harrowing odyssey—a trip that takes her into an unseen world and back into the past, to the companions who once saved her. Under the guidance of the stalwart Tom, a motely group of strangers banded together against the unseen terror, creating order from the chaos. But when supplies ran low, they were forced to venture outside—and confront the ultimate question: in a world gone mad, who can really be trusted?
In researching this post, I am thrilled to find out that Bird Box will be adapted into a movie to be released in December! Also, if any of these books or shows are appealing to you I would highly recommend the movie A Quiet Place which was recently released. So, so good!

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