Posts Tagged ‘Dystopian thriller’

Pandora Jones : Admission

By Barry Jonsberg

ISBN: 9781743318119

Allen & Unwin

Book 1 : Pandora Jones series

A plague has wiped out Pandora Jones family, a pandemic so devastating that it has wiped out almost all of humanity. Pandora is a one of the survivors and is now quarantined in a heavily guarded facility known as The School where she must recover and learn skills that will prepare her for survival and whatever dangers may be waiting outside the walls of the The School. Her strength is her instincts but will it be enough? And what is outside the walls? I have my copy by my bed just waiting to get stuck in.

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Steelheart
By Brandon Sanderson

I love the cover of this book. It shouts out with a great big “pick me up and read me now” cover. And the trailer even though it is a short one is one of those that also stands out as having a lot of thought go into its production.

In the city, once known as Chicago there rules an Emperor, Steelheart. He is an Epic and is evil. He has the strength of ten men. He has the ability to control the elements and he is invincible.

It has been like this for ten years, ever since the explosion in the sky and nobody fights back . . . nobody except the Reckoners. They are a shadowy group of ordinary humans who spend all their time studying powerful Epics, finding their weaknesses and then assassinating them.

David Charleston isn’t a Reckoner, yet, but he intends to join them. He has something they need. He knows their secret! He has seen Steelheart bleed. Just released in the States but eagerly awaiting arrival in New Zealand.

The testing
By Joelle Charbonneau

Great site to find out more and read a prequel to the series.

“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one in the same?

The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.

Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies–trust no one.”
Goodreads.com

The premise of this story does have a Hunger Games quality to it but I am looking forward to reading this new dystopian trilogy. I think fans of YA dystopian, futuristic, survival stories will be hooked.

Captives
The safe lands (Book 1)
By Jill Williamson

BlinkYA

Just following on from my discovery of Blink YA books here is another series which is sure to be a hit. Definitely for the upper end of young adult readers but every review is so positive and the reviewers are hanging out for book two.
I must say I am very impressed with the quality of the trailers being produced for these books.
The trailer for this book is no exception.

Set in the future, most people have been infected or wiped out by a plague. There are groups of survivors living a somewhat happy existence but things are about to change. The act of one brother’s betrayal costs them dearly. Levi (18 years old) returns to his village after a scavenger hunt to find that his fiancee has been taken captive. He is determined to find her but the struggle for survival may prove deadly for some.
Heaps of adventure, thriller, action and struggle to exist, in a very dystopian future.

Unwind Book 1
Unwind trilogy
By Neal Shusterman

Unwholly Book 2

Book 3 (not out until October but plenty of time to read the first two books)

I came across a copy of Unwholly today and it was not a series I was familiar with but I am hooked after I started reading the first few pages. I really can’t believe I missed these books but tomorrow I will be looking for my own copy of the first one.

From birth until the age of 13 no-one can touch you. After that it is a completely different story. If you don’t fit in, perhaps you were a difficult child, or a ward of the state, then you are in danger. You can be “unwound” where your organs can be transplanted into different bodies. You become walking spare parts.

Connor, Risa and Lev, are three teens who are set to be unwound. They manage to escape and are now fugitives but survival is a desperate struggle. This book has everything. Horror, science-fiction, dystopian thriller all rolled in to what looks like an amazing trilogy. Every review I have read of these books has been so positive and full of praise that I just can’t wait to get my copy and start reading.
This is the trailer for the second book in the series and it did kind of creep me out. Scary thought of the possibilities of what humans will do to each other.

Breathe
By Sarah Crossan

“Oxygen is essential for most living things. For 2.5 billion years, it was the most abundant chemical element on Earth. Until the Switch.”

Breathe is a young adult dystopian novel set in a future where oxygen and the domes that saved humanity, are all owned by a corporation called Breathe. There are no trees and the oceans have died.
The poor Auxiliary class cannot afford the oxygen tax which supplies extra air for doing things like dancing or sports. The rich Premiums on the other hand live strong healthy lives. Those that oppose the regime are considered to be a threat and are sent from the Pod to die.
Sixteen-year-old Alina is one of those that oppose the order and belongs to a secret resistance, but when a mission goes wrong she is forced to escape from the Pod. Outside the Pod she has only enough oxygen for two days. There are rumours she has heard of rebels and a mythical Grove, a place offering safety. So begins her search for a place which may or may not exist and time is running out.

I recently enjoyed reading Sarah Crossan’s first book The weight of water, a delightful coming of age verse novel so am looking forward to getting Breathe and diving in especially as all the reviews have been so good.

Yey! Went shopping today!
Bzrk
By Michael Grant
“the ultimate battle is for sanity. Losing is not an option when a world of madness is at stake”
“Freedom or slavery? Death or madness?” Having heard so much about this book I just couldn’t resist buying it. Thank goodness for gift vouchers!

I also bought another much anticpated and just published book today.

A confusion of princes
By Garth Nix

I just have to quote directly from the blurb.
“I have died three times and three times been reborn though I am not yet twenty in the old earth years by which it is still the fashion to measure time. This is the story of my three deaths, and my life between. My name is Khemri”.
How can you not be intrigued by this passage? Below are the two quick trailers on this book.


Callie is 16 and on the run with her younger brother after their parents die from the ‘genocide spore’.
There is a choice for young people to rent out their bodies to Enders, the elderly people in society who simply want to be young again.
What will this decision cost Callie when she discovers her renter has murder on her mind.

This trailer is intriguing. Lots of philosophical thinking if you wanted to dig deeper. Can’t wait!