Review: The Hearts of Men

The Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I didn’t love this. Most of the characters were unlikeable, unhappy, unpleasant, or all three. Normally I like a novel with challenging characters but I just didn’t warm to any of these. I was also alienated by Butler’s use of women primarily as a means for the male characters to gain depth, or simply as damsels in distress.
-Mrs. P.

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Review: American War

American War by Omar El Akkad
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

More speculative fiction than strictly dystopian or science fiction, American War is set before, during, and after the second American Civil War. Global warming, opposing ideologies, energy technology – all have driven secession and war. Visceral and scary, this tale of a future civil war fought over fossil fuel use is all too believable.
-Mrs. P.

Review: The Patriots

The Patriots by Sana Krasikov
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A multi-generational, epic, family saga encompassing family members moving between the United States and the Soviet Union/Russia. Idealism, disillusionment, love, loss, memory – all propel the characters across three generations of this Jewish/Russian/American family. This is well written, well-researched, and character-driven historical fiction.
-Mrs. P.