Atom Bomb Baby

A Dystopian Retro-Future Adventure

Fiction - Dystopia
326 Pages
Reviewed on 11/24/2023
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Atom Bomb Baby is a work of fiction in the science fiction, dystopia, and action and adventure subgenres. It is suitable for the general adult reading audience. Penned by author Brandon Gillespie, the tale unfolds in a dystopian future ravaged by nuclear devastation. Ashe, a resilient young woman, reluctantly becomes the guardian of a mysterious child, Jade. As they embark on a perilous journey, the novel explores the significance of Jade's abilities and the sinister forces seeking to exploit him. Alongside new allies, Ashe confronts the shadows of her past, weaving a narrative that blends elements of science fiction, dystopia, and urban fantasy.

Author Brandon Gillespie has put so much detail and drama into this dystopian adventure, lovingly crafting an immersive experience into a desolate and intriguing world. The narrative style was intricate and compelling, seamlessly blending the harsh realities of a post-apocalyptic setting with elements of mystery and supernatural abilities. I was truly impressed with the level of realism and how convincing the worldbuilding was, with its own internal logic and history of civilization. The characters, particularly Ashe and Jade, are also richly developed to contribute to the realism of the work, and their journey becomes a metaphorical exploration of resilience and hope in the face of overwhelming adversity. The novel strikes a balance between thrilling action sequences and introspective moments, making it a captivating read for fans of diverse speculative fiction genres, as well as a heartfelt story with characters you can love, hate, and come to know like close friends. Overall, I would certainly recommend Atom Bomb Baby for fans of accomplished dystopian fiction everywhere.

Alicia DeBerry

In Atom Bomb Baby, Brandon Gillespie tells the tale of the survivors of a galactic catastrophe that decimated everything. While everything seems to be lost, Ashe, a resilient young woman, explores the desolate wastes of her home world in a future spacefaring civilization devastated by nuclear fallout. She finds herself embroiled in a dangerous mission after deciding to save the mysterious Jade who has powers. Ordyne will stop at nothing to get him back. As factions struggle to reestablish control, can Ashe finally confront the unsettling depths of her history with the assistance of Jade as they reject mistreatment, establish new friends, and ultimately discover the truth about the Kraal's coming and the end of civilization?

The theme of the strength of the human spirit and the power of love is clear in Atom Bomb Baby. Jade and Ember's mother, Dr. Mei Tamura, risked everything to save her children from being used by Ordyne the corporation at fault for summoning the Kraal (beings that rise from the corner of shadows from other dimensions) causing death and destruction. Ashe works to overcome her inner struggle to love again, making a choice to save Jade and help him find his sister and to help Rainwood and Moonbeam find what they were searching for. The action is non-stop as they travel together, figuring out who they can trust as they encounter Raiders and different military factions. I recommend that urban fantasy, dystopia, and science fiction fans read Atom Bomb Baby by Brandon Gillespie.

Pikasho Deka

Atom Bomb Baby is a dystopian sci-fi novel by Brandon Gillespie. In the post-apocalyptic world of Arcadia, sixteen-year-old Ashe ventures alone through treacherous terrain filled with monsters and raiders, only focusing on survival and revenge. But when she stumbles across two strangers from another world, Moonbeam and Rainwood, she reluctantly agrees to help them find a mysterious treasure. After sneaking into a raiders' camp, Ashe unwittingly rescues a little boy named Jade. However, Jade has inherent telepathic abilities, making him a target for nefarious groups. The unlikely friends traverse the wasteland, battling the inhuman darkmarks and the growlers, and meet new allies and enemies alike. Now, Ashe and her friends must help rescue Jade's sister from her former home, which is currently under the control of a hostile organization. But doing so may summon the civilization-destroying Kraal once again.

Fans of post-apocalyptic dystopian tales are in for a treat with Atom Bomb Baby. As the name suggests, the story is set on a planet devastated by nuclear fallout. Author Brandon Gillespie's stellar worldbuilding transports readers to a believable post-apocalyptic world haunted by mutated nightmarish creatures that will engage sci-fi lovers from beginning to end. Apart from the worldbuilding, the characters are well-developed, and the lore behind the apocalypse is riveting, especially the parts about the Kraal. As a reader, you can't help but become attached to the members of Ashe's rag-tag group of misfits. I also enjoyed Ashe's dynamic with Jade and Moonbeam. The book ends on a cliffhanger, which means there is an upcoming sequel, which I'm looking forward to very much. Sci-fi fans will savor this one!

Ruffina Oserio

Atom Bomb Baby by Brandon Gillespie is a good story for fans of well-crafted tales with a vividly drawn post-apocalyptic setting. Ashe is a resilient young woman navigating a desolate, nuclear-ravaged future. She reluctantly rescues a child named Jade and quickly discovers that Jade is more than a vulnerable child. He has exceptional abilities and there are people who will stop at nothing to exploit these abilities. Can Ashe protect Jade while facing her own personal battles and quest for survival in a world that has little to no life left for her?

The writing in Atom Bomb Baby is atmospheric and Brandon Gillespie has the ability to paint compelling images of a devastated world in the minds of readers. I particularly loved the conflict, which is explored at different levels — internal, physical, and circumstantial. The characters find themselves dealing with issues they never asked for. The descriptive prose melds with the author’s wonderful storytelling skills to create an adventure that readers will be delighted to follow. The story is imaginative and original, the characters are elaborately written, and the setting is a world in chaos, thanks to the author’s ability to explore its details. Fans of science fiction, dystopian narratives, and urban fantasy will find this a compelling narrative. There are layers of revelation as Ashe and Jade embark on a perilous journey of self-preservation and survival. I was pulled in from the first page and kept reading nonstop. The story will have readers invested in the characters and the exceptional world the author has invented.

Essien Asian

Ash is aware that the commissioner did not cause Arcadia to turn into a desolate wasteland, but she is positive that poor choices and lack of foresight in her planning caused her family to die needlessly. She looks forward to the day they get to see each other again and keeps a bullet ready for that momentous occasion. She must first lead the strangers she discovered in her haven to a purported treasure they think is stashed away in a secret location on the dying planet. In Atom Bomb Baby by Brandon Gillespie, Ash and her new friends are about to learn during their dangerous journey that treasure often appears in the most unexpected ways.

A young woman who is coming to terms with some bad decisions of her own ends up participating in a treasure hunt in Brandon Gillespie's dystopian science fiction work. The plot has elements of a treasure hunt and vengeance, but beneath that, you will discover the emotional undertones of a terrible loss and the protagonist's attempts to come to terms with it. The tension in the story is increased by the portrayal of Arcadia as a dying planet with a variety of horrifying mutations spreading throughout it. The reader is kept on the edge of their seat by the possibility that our travelers are in for an unpleasant surprise. The Growlers are an intriguing new twist on the undead, and after Talia's revelation, Gillespie makes readers wonder if there might be more to them than meets the eye. You will be glued to Atom Bomb Baby from beginning to end, thanks to its endearing romantic subplot and Gillespie's beautiful storytelling.