#Book Review: The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

I have to say, the book reads something like a gothic fiction on my head. All the characters seemed like they had some kind of ulterior motive. Trepassen house itself is spooky with doors that lock from the outside.(Whatt!?) Especially when it becomes clear that someone in the house is trying to kill Hal.

Oh 2020, thou art a heartless bitch

2020 has not been easy and definitely not going as any of us expected. Somehow it has been comparable to a number of science-fiction books with everything that has been going on. In the midst of the pandemic, I have found one good thing, that is I have a shit ton of time for reading. Hence, my reading progress so far.

2019 wrap-up, a silly year.

With my “Sherlock Holmes” skills I have deduced that there is a couple of distinct reason why this might’ve happened. 

I got distracted by things happening in real life (16 year old me NEVER saw this coming)
Junior year of Uni sucks big time
I got distracted by *drum roll noises* ANIME
Bad luck with books…? (see books stats later)

Science fiction – Escapist fiction. So What?

It is true that science fiction and fantasy genre is often regarded as an escapist fiction. As an avid reader of fiction books, I can honestly say that books of any genre can be an escape from reality. On the contrary, I prefer reading realistic fiction to escape reality. It is infinitely easier to get sucked into the life of the characters who live in the real world. The real world works on simple principles that all of us are already familiar with so I don’t need to focus on how the world works. Whereas, science fiction and fantasy have their own set of rules and unique principles that govern their world. They inspire me to think on an intellectually different level than what an average realistic fiction book can provide.

Trilogy Review: Red Rising

The Red Rising trilogy has everything one would want in a science fiction book and more. The epic world-building, the eccentric character arcs, and the emotional dilemmas of a flawed protagonist make it an intense read. It is set in a futuristic world where the entire solar system has been colonized and run by a color-coded society, achieved by genetic and surgical manipulation of humans. There are fourteen levels of the color-coded caste hierarchy; Golds are the most elite, ruling over the rest of the humanity and Reds are at the lowest level, forced to do menial work. The protagonist, Darrow, is a Red whose mission is to infiltrate the ranks of the Golds to destroy them from within.

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