Stonefish by Scott R. Jones

Jones summons forth abstruse theology in the language of dystopian thriller, creating the thinking person’s visceral cosmic dread. Years ago, tech mogul and futurist guru Gregor Makarios disappeared completely from public record. However, Den Secord, a journalist for a minor virtual reality publication, finds a fragment that somehow escaped the purge. Following a hunch that … Continue reading Stonefish by Scott R. Jones

The Girl Who Found the Sun by Matthew S. Cox

Cox takes the familiar post-apocalyptic tropes of survivors huddling in a bunker, failing technology, dystopian government, and possible conspiracy, and weaves them with nuances of his own to produce a tale that is fresh yet familiar. As toxins devastated Earth, a few survivors withdrew to the Arc, an underground sanctuary. The computers which stored much … Continue reading The Girl Who Found the Sun by Matthew S. Cox

the Light by Jim Alexander

Alexander portrays a world fundamentally different from our own yet also almost identical, creating an exciting and immersive tale that also casts a light on humanity’s relationship with death. Following a sublime event, humans gained the ability to know that this is the day they will die—although not how. A knowledge that can be confirmed … Continue reading the Light by Jim Alexander

Bunker Boy by Jordan Elizabeth

Elizabeth shrinks the post-apocalyptic settlement trope down almost to a single family, starkly portraying how close the edge of human control becomes without ubiquitous civilisation. One moment, Zara is wondering whether her uncle will turn his music down enough that she can revise and what the searing flash outside the kitchen window is. The next … Continue reading Bunker Boy by Jordan Elizabeth

Prophet’s Journey by Matthew S. Cox

This novel is a post-apocalyptic road movie through the eyes of an innocent, both providing a story filled with adventure and peril, and questioning whether the collapse of civilisation must leave us uncivilised. The events of this book take place after Cox's The Awakened series. Spoilers ahead. Following the defeat of Archon, Althea has returned … Continue reading Prophet’s Journey by Matthew S. Cox

Wild Frontiers: Such is the Nature of the Change

We continue our ride through Wild Frontiers with an extract from Stephen M. Coghlan's ‘Such is the Nature of the Change’, a tale not of the West That Was but of a West That Might Be where gunslingers stride the edge of civilisation again. The massed choir was rough in tone and agonized in note, … Continue reading Wild Frontiers: Such is the Nature of the Change

Changeling by Stephanie Flint

Flint mixes interesting characters, futuristic technologies, and classic thriller tropes to create a cyberpunk fairy tale. This novel is the second in the Huntress series. Danger of atemporal data acquisition ahead. Following the fall of President Koenigin, members of Koenigin Corporation are manoeuvring for advantage and outside forces are demanding independent investigations of alleged crimes. … Continue reading Changeling by Stephanie Flint

The World That Remains by Matthew S. Cox

Cox fuses the scarcity of resources and breakdown of civility of post-apocalyptic narratives with the personal focus of young adult fiction to create a survival thriller driven by character not trappings. This novel is the sequel to Evergreen. Danger of narrative contamination past this point. After escaping the gang-ridden ruins of her home for Evergreen, … Continue reading The World That Remains by Matthew S. Cox