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Selma Wolfe

Writes books about women who kick ass, and men who are into that.


Currently reading

Becoming the Villainess
Jeannine Hall Gailey
At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror
H.P. Lovecraft
Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction
Annalee Newitz
Ashes  - Ilsa J. Bick Shadows - Ilsa J. Bick Monsters  - Ilsa J. Bick

I really love this series in a way that I don't wholly and unreservedly love most books.


I loved it at first because of its heroine, Alex, who is (that dreaded phrase) a "strong female character". And she is, but she's more than that - she's a whole person, one who even in hopeless circumstances retains hope and humanity, but who isn't indomitable; who has breaking points. During the second and third books I came to love the other characters that get pulled into the limelight too. Bick does a fantastic job of humanizing people who make horrible, impossible choices.


The books go at breakneck speed, particularly book two and three. Generally that's a good thing, but I could've used a little room to breathe. It got to the point where there were literally dozens of chapters in a row all ending in massive cliffhangers. But there's a LOT of material in these books, so I get that there wasn't really space for more breathing room. Just be prepared for a wild ride.