dystopia

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Divided

Dystopian young adult novels are thick on the ground right now. Some, like The Hunger Games and Divergent, set the standard. Others, like Ann Aguirre’s Enclave and Pierce Brown’s Red Rising, show that following a trend can still produce a good product. Then there are those books that make us reg ...

B
The Here and Now

Recently I pulled up to a three-way stop at the same time as another driver. Feeling generous I waved to her to go ahead of me and followed her sedately down the road. Minutes later a car that missed their stop sign plowed in to her. She was fine, the other driver was fine but somehow they managed t ...

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Pawn

Have you ever ordered a fancy desert that looked rich, decadent and delicious, only to take the first bite and find it oddly tasteless? Pawn had such a great premise with a decent setup in its first chapters, only to fall flat as the story progressed. I was left feeling like I’d consumed a whole l ...

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Dead Reckoning

Sometimes it seems like it's impossible to find a fresh idea in the stacks of YA novels out there. This latest book is a sort of redo of Cowboys vs. Aliens except with teen protagonists and zombies rather than aliens. The changes didn't improve the story any. Jett Gallatin has seen the worst life ...

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Legend

Did you ever watch the TV show Jericho? It's a dystopian tale about what happens when a group of people use small nuclear devices to set off minor atomic bombs (as if there is such a thing!) in numerous areas of the U.S. The resultant chaos leads to three separate countries forming out of the ashes ...

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The Hunger Games Trilogy

If you’ve entered a bookstore in the past three years, you’ll probably know about the Hunger Games; it is quite possibly the biggest young adult publishing phenom since Harry Potter. After finally reading the dystopian trilogy, I had a hard time making a judgment: Certainly, they are good. But a ...

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Midnight

I am loving the new trend towards post-apocalyptic romance.It's good to know that even if the world goes to the dogs - or chimps, apes, or killer whales - there will still be love, community, and humanity. That's probably too rosy a future for some sci-fi fans, but for those of us that are romance r ...

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Driven

Eve Kenin (aka Eve Silver) went on my auto-buy list the second I finished Driven. This book packs a wallop, no doubt about it. The action never stops, but the characters are compelling and unforgettable. Finishing the book was difficult because I didn’t want to leave them or their adventures behin ...

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How I Live Now

What an odd, unsettling little book How I Live Now is. Should I be surprised that this received the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult fiction? It seems all of the YA award winners these days are for stories that push the envelope. And this one does. It really does. Daisy h ...

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Sam's World

Time-travel romances often take their characters into the past or bring them to the present, but the future seldom seems to be the destination of choice. While most futuristics seem to involve aliens, space travel and other worlds, I've always had a soft spot for SF tales of the future right here on ...