I agree. I'd say the same about Ballard--not very much cosy in the stuff of his I read.I suspect the writer was trying a little too hard to fit things into the category.
Interestingly, critic Northrop Frye,writing in the 1950's,included the form in his sixth phase of romance, one type of which he characterized as "cuddle fiction".
The same kind of reaction is apparently happening now in YA dystopian SF,which seems to be moving from defiance,as in The Hunger Games,to submission,a la 1984. I admit I haven't read any of this newer stuff,but if true,sounds like the usual course correction.
Though I'd worry about the kids who live on a steady diet of it. It's the softy in me.
If you have time, you might find this recent discussion of interest:http://the1a.org/shows/2017-08-17/the-n ... literature