Category Archives: Fiction – Science-Fiction

Hipstopia (The Uprising Book 1)

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Obtained from:  Amazon on June 26, 2014
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Author:         R. A. Desilets
Genre:          Science Fiction – Dystopian
Format:         Kindle
Reviewer:       Charlie Kravetz
Stars:          5/5

This review is for the Kindle edition ebook.

Freedom, excitement, teenagers, and then throw in the loaded gun.

An uprising in Los Angeles three years ago lead to big changes. Now Hipstopia is changing, and not just for the better. The quieters must try and keep the uprisings down. Of course, Jay did not know the gun was loaded.

This is a short story, which is a bit of coming of age, a bit of science fiction, a bit of dystopia. It all fits together very well, and gives the reader a glimpse into what could be. While I had a couple of questions when reading this book, they were answered by the end.

Sometimes stories come from ideas that the author has. Sometimes stories come from an otherwise innocent joke. This story came about because once the seed was planted in the authors head, she could not let it go.

I can easily recommend this story to those who like novellas. If you enjoy coming of age, you want to read this one. It is short enough to read a chapter on the bus or train to and from work. I had a few extra hours on my hands, and chose to read it in a day. Being honest, I read it twice, and it may have take two days the first time. I have grabbed the next book in this series.

Wizards’ End (Wizards Trilogy #3)

Wizards_End_(Wizards_Trilogy_3)


Obtained from:  Amazon on April 1, 2014
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Author:         Rick Just
Genre:          Science Fiction – YA
Format:         Kindle
Reviewer:       Charlie Kravetz
Stars:          5/5

This review is for the Kindle edition ebook.

Disclosure: I was asked to do a review of this book by the author.

A good story about wizards and dragons for all ages.

With his daughter failing to return from the land of wizards, the father must return to Kimyra. He will have to convince the creature guarding the tunnel that his only reason for returning is to bring his daughter home. Of course, upon entering Kimyra, Jarrett once again is taken in by the wizard that befriended him as a child. Who will rescue who? Find out in this third and final book of the trilogy.

A strong girl who is allowed to be strong. A father who doesn’t always see through deception. Excitement combined with a fast-paced story, and it stays true to the first two books. This is a great conclusion to the series.

Rick Just writes because stories are in his head, and need to come out. Good books aimed at teens and young adults can be hard to come by. This story shows the young reader that persistence can overcome the challenges in our lives, even when those challenges seem to be overpowering.

I would recommend this story to teens and young adults. It is a very well written, fun to read book. If you have not read “Wizard Chase” by this author, I would recommend reading it first, it will help you to understand the context better. This is the third book of the series. I have been entertained by these stories, and look forward to reading more by this author.

I did read this for the second time in August 2014, because it had been so long before writing the review. I enjoyed it just as much the second time.