Reading Lists

November 2018 Top 3: Oppression, Crime & Fairy Tales

I was going to read all the books in November. Never mind the holidays, I said to myself in completely naivety, I’ll read ten books. Alas, I made it through five, making the December push to catch up especially intense. Nonetheless, the books I did read were all epic and completely unique. I’ve narrowed it down to my top three favorites, and I’d love to hear what you enjoyed in November!

NOTES: I received some of these books for free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest feedback. I only publish reviews of books I enjoy, and all of these books fit that criteria. Reviews & Robots has an affiliate relationship with the Amazon Associates program and may be compensated for sales related to the Amazon links enclosed in this article.


By Jane Yolen
Published by Tachyon Publications

How to Fracture a Fairy Tale is a compilation of the world’s greatest hits, matching old tales with new characters and settings. Yolen is a master of the fairy tale form – you’ll find her writing style both enchanting and enticing as you wind through these modern adaptations to discover her unique perspective. The collection is a masterpiece of fairy tale storytelling, one that should be read by lovers of fairy tales and those new to the genre. Received from NetGalley.

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By Amanda Bridgeman
Published by Angry Robot

The Subjugate is deftly written, pairing the thrill of a crime novel with an analysis of technology and its impact on the world at large. Central to the novel is a critique of methods of control, examining religion, technology, and the criminal justice system. Bridgeman doesn’t shy away from these debates, presenting strong opinions on the reformation of criminals, and the positive and negative aspects of religion. Overall, it’s a smart, well-crafted story that drew me in until the very end. Received from NetGalley.

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#1: VOX

By Christina Dalcher
Published by Berkley

Vox is the kind of novel that slams into you, showing you how terrible the world can be. Dalcher’s novel demands to be read. You’ll feel the frustration, anger, and pain of our protagonist, and you’ll be ready to scream along with her. This is our generation’s Handmaid’s Tale. It’s a book that compels us to wake up, look around, and do everything we can to prevent this horrifying dystopia from coming true.  Received from NetGalley.

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