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Top 10 Dystopian Novels!
I know, I know. Everyone's addicted to dystopian these days, and it may get worn out soon. But right now I am just eating it up, and I figured what a better opportunity to capture this era in reading history than with a blog post! Maybe in years to come I'll look back and think, "Oh yes I remember, those were the days when I enjoyed reading about dystopias..." (and hopefully I won't add: "...back in the days when we weren't living in one.")
1. Divergent - Veronica Roth
My favorite read of 2011! What would happen if people divided themselves into factions by virtue? Well, Ms. Roth will show you what happens, and it's not pretty!
2. Bumped - Megan McCafferty
My favorite read of 2012 (thus far)! In the vein of M.T. Anderson's FEED, but deals with reproduction. More accessible, more lollipop-teeny-bopper disturbing , and perhaps even more thought-provoking. Just read it.
3. Uglies - Scott Westerfeld
I picked up this series later than most, but was totally sucked in by the concept of homogenous Pretty-dom, the characters, the world. I haven't gotten my hands on the rest of the series yet, but will, soon.
4. Legend - Marie Lu
I really liked this one for its simplicity: creepy government, plagued populace, and character studies.
5. Under the Never Sky - Veronica Rossi
Rossi is an amazing writer and storyteller. Here plugged-in, genetically perfected girl gets thrust into the wilderness, and her fate becomes intertwined with an Outsider. I'm putting this on my re-read list soon!
6. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
7. Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
What? Why is Hunger Games this far down on my list?? Isn't this the best-selling-movie-making-book-everyone's-crazy-about? Yes these things are all true. But this is my list, it's difficult to rank my favorite books, and this one had a little more fear-factor than I would have liked. Yes I'm a scaredy-cat, I know this.
8. Awaken - Katie Kacvinsky
Explores what the world might look like for teens in a not-so-distant digitalized future.
9. Delirium - Lauren Oliver
10. Matched - Allie Condie
To be 100% honest, I started reading #9 and #10 when I had just about had it with romance-based plotlines. However I completely adore, in particular, Oliver's writing (only a brilliant writer can bring a reader nearly to tears in the first 20 pages!), and Condie's world-building.
On my Dystopian "To Read / Read Again" List: Article 5 - Kristen Simmons // Glitch - Heather Anastasiu //