Book reviews, Feminist, Thriller

Stay Mad, Sweetheart by Heleen Kist – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

THERE’S A FINE LINE BETWEEN INNOCENCE AND GUILT. AN EVEN FINER LINE BETWEEN JUSTICE AND REVENGE.

Data scientist Laura prefers the company of her books to the real world – let alone that cesspit online. But when her best friend Emily becomes the victim of horrific cyberbullying, she makes it her all-engulfing mission to track down the worst culprits.

Petite corporate financier Suki is about to outshine the stupid boys at her firm: she’s leading the acquisition of Edinburgh’s most exciting start-up. If only she could get its brilliant, but distracted, co-founder Laura to engage.

Event planner Claire is left to salvage the start-up’s annual conference after her colleague Emily fails to return to work. She’s determined to get a promotion out of it, but her boss isn’t playing ball.

As the women’s paths intertwine, the insidious discrimination they each face comes to light. Emboldened by Emily’s tragic experience, they join forces to plot the downfall of all those who’ve wronged them.

But with emotions running high, will the punishments fit the crimes?

A pacy and suspenseful novel with its feet firmly in the #MeToo era. 9 to 5 meets Suits with a dash of Black Mirror

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MY REVIEW 

This really is a must read, it’s very relevant for the time we live in.

This is Laura’s story, her friend Emily is vilified online after she posts her sexual assault by a Hollywood star online. It was meant to be anonymous but she was identified and out came the trolls…making her life unliveable.

Laura wants to get justice for her friend, at the same time dealing with the potential sale of her company. She was the co-founder with her friend Justin and the sale could bring them millions. 

As a data scientist, Laura finds information that could help the police but they are not really interested, so she decides to investigate herself…..

She becomes friends with two women, and together they highlight and expose the sexism and discrimination they experience every day. These three women plot revenge on those responsible.

This has a bit of everything, there’s sexual assault, cyber bullying, corporate misdoings and toxic everyday sexism, all wrapped up in an amazingly compelling plot..I was invested in these characters and really couldn’t wait to see how their plans unfolded. I was cheering them along….all credit to Heleen Kist’s immersive, emotional writing. Gripping and utterly compelling.

Thank you to Red Dog Press for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and for a free ecopy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

Links

website: https://www.reddogpress.co.uk/product-page/stay-mad-sweetheart 

Twitter:

We are @RedDogTweets and Heleen Kist is @hkist

 

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Book reviews, Feminist, Science fiction

The Future Of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz – Book Review


PUBLISHERS BLURB 

The Future of Another Timeline is a dark thriller from Annalee Newitz, the founding editor of io9, about the lengths we’ll go to protect the ones we love. In a modern-day United States that’s just a step away from our own, time travel is possible. But a secret war is brewing over access to history.

Tess is a geologist desperately trying to change the past.

Beth is a teenage riot grrl who has witnessed a murder that will forever shape her future.

Across the timeline, a group of men are trying to destroy time travel. If they succeed, only a small elite will have the power to shape the past, present, and future.

A final confrontation is coming. Our only hope lies with an unlikely group of allies, their lives separated by centuries, battling for a world where anyone can change the future.
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MY REVIEW 

The Future Of Another Timeline, a sci-fi novel about time travel? Oh no it’s so much more than that.

Someone is travelling back in time, in ancient time machines, to edit the timeline to eradicate women’s rights, including their reproductive right to abortions etc. The Daughters of Harriet, a feminist group are intent of stopping this one mans plan. (It’s a worry that even now In this present day, a room of middle aged men sit and make decisions on women’s reproductive rights!)

The story centres around Tess, a traveller, who wants to help fix things, including her own past. What happened in those heady punk days of 1992?

She travels back and meets a wonderfully diverse group of feminist activists fighting the misogyny…..Will they succeed?  Will Tess get back to her own timeline?

This is a tale of relationships, friends and love and loss, with some time travel too. As in real life, a small change can have a much bigger impact than expected. It has violence, love and a lot of emotions too. It’s sharp, clever, feminist, queer, inclusive, totally amazing and utterly compelling. I loved every minute of it.

My thanks to Orbit Books for a free copy of this marvellous book. This is my honest and unbiased review.
You can buy a copy here 

https://amzn.to/2qLX8xL

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

Annalee Newitz is an American journalist who covers the cultural impact of science and technology. They received a PhD in English and American Studies from UC Berkeley, and in 1997 published the widely cited book, White Trash: Race and Class in America. From 2004–2005 they were a policy analyst for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. They write for many periodicals from ‘Popular Science’ to ‘Wired,’ and from 1999 to 2008 wrote a syndicated weekly column called ‘Techsploitation.’ They co-founded ‘other’ magazine in 2002, which was published triannually until 2007. Since 2008, they are editor-in-chief of ‘io9,’ a Gawker-owned science fiction blog, which was named in 2010 by The Times as one of the top science blogs on the internet.(Courtesy of Goodreads)