Posts Tagged ‘Dystopian’

The Program
By Suzanne Young

Suicide has reached epidemic proportions and the only cure is The Program. The only trouble with that is once you enter, everything changes.
Everything you have ever done, and anyone you have ever loved is forgotten. You leave the Program as a clean slate with no memories of the past. Sloane knows that in order to stay out of the Program she has to stay strong, and she must never cry. Getting caught crying could seal her fate in the Program. The only person to help is her boyfriend who promises to keep her safe. But how long can they last, how long can they avoid the epidemic.
Everywhere they go they are being watched and the Program is just waiting for them.

Teen suicide is a very real issue and while I accept this book is not about curing depression nor is it making light of something so awful I do intend to look out for this book as soon as it reaches our shores as it just might get people talking. The Program offers a YA, almost science-fiction, dsytopian government conspiracy novel which is sure to get a lot of people talking. It may prove to be a controversial book but that is just another reason why I want to read this book.

Wow! Love this trailer!
It’s one of those trailers that gets you hooked right away.

By Margaret Stohl

Book 1 in a new series – sorry it is not out until May but I am so looking forward to it.

“Everything changed on The Day. The day the windows shattered. The day the power stopped. The day Dol’s family dropped dead. The day Earth lost a war it didn’t know it was fighting.”
Just what terrifying power does the Icon hold over the people and why are they so afraid.
Can four teenagers, Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas save the world?

I really can’t wait for this one.

by Elsie Chapman

This is a very cool trailer and I love the lighting. Sets the scene up for some intense action.

Publishers Weekly had this to say;

“Stylish, frenetic, and violent, Chapman’s debut is the textual equivalent of a Quentin Tarantino movie.”

Safety in the city of Kersh has a price. A very high price.
I have taken the Goodreads blurb as it really is a great description of the book. I have already marked it as “Want to read” and I know once you have read the blurb, you will too. Very scary thought. Glad I am not a twin!

“The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life.

Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. But then a tragic misstep shakes West’s confidence. Stricken with grief and guilt, she’s no longer certain that she’s the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future. If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from her Alt, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her.

By Patrick Carman

This book isn’t even out yet but all the reviews from people lucky enough to have read reading copies have been very favourable and reviewers are raving about it. It is the first book in a new trilogy.

It is the year 2051 and Faith lives in the empty wastelands while others live a better life in the quarantined states. On the outside there are rebels and danger but it is there that Faith learns of her new ability. Faith discovers she can move things with ther mind but it is this ability that puts her in the most danger.
” From Goodreads “Patrick Carman’s Pulse trilogy is a stunning, action-filled triumph about the power of the mind—and the power of love”
Definitely one to watch out for and one I will be adding to my own list.

Mystic City
by Theo Lawrence

Set in a time where climate change has wrecked havoc, Aria Rose has trouble working out why her parents have betrothed her to the son of her sworn enemies. She knows the union could put an end to years of fighting but doesn’t remember falling in love with Thomas. In fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory but when she meets Hunter, a mysterious rebel, things begin to stir. Who is he? How does he hold the secrets of her past? If you enjoy the series Matched (previous post) and The Hunger Games, then this could well be worth hunting down. A bit of mystery, political rebellion, romance and danger!

By Julianna Baggott

Book one in the trilogy
Check out the website where you can download the first chapter.

Since the detonations Pressia Belze, now one of the ‘wretches’ has been living outside the Dome.Every day is a struggle just to survive. The Dome is designated only for the ‘Pure’, those unaffected by the bombs. Pressia desperately wants inside the Dome where life is easier, while Partridge, living inside the Dome knows that nothing is as it seems to be.
All the reviews tell us that if you are a fan of the Hunger Games, then this is the one to read next.

The killables
By Gemma MalleyHachetteAustralia

Evil has been eradicated and a new City has been established. Citizens are only permitted to enter after having the ‘evil’ part of their brain removed. According to how ‘good’ they are, as judged by The System, people who show any sign of emerging evil are labelled K’s.
But who knows what that means? The only sure thing is that people labelled K’s disappear and are never seen again.
This futuristic novel is on my list. Very intriguing and the reviews so far make this a must read.

The Forsaken
By Lisa M Stasse
(Book 1 in a new dystopian trilogy)

In the U.N.A. (the super-country that was once Mexico, the U.S., and Canada), Alenna fails a test that all sixteen-year-olds must take. The test reveals that she has the potential to be brutally violent. Alenna is then sent to The Wheel, an island where all would-be criminals end up.
Survival is likely to be short-lived if not impossible on The Wheel. There are land wars and dangerous child-snatching machines to deal with. In desperation Alenna and a group of other prisoners decide to escape the island. Escaping may be impossible, but it may be their only hope for survival.

This is definitely another to add to my pile of books to be read. The trailer is also very cool. Watch out for this one due out this month especially if you enjoy a good solid dystopian novel.
Thanks to Lisa Stasse for the links.

INSURGENT is the much-anticipated sequel to the number 1 New York Times bestselling DIVERGENT
by Veronica Roth.

Tris is fighting for survival in a shattered world where truth may be her only hope. Tris has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family but the cost has been high. Too high. Tris needs to uncover the truth about her world but she must be stronger than ever because there are more shocking choices and sacrifices ahead.

Shatter me
By Tahereh Mafi

In a dystopian world where ruin is all around, The Reestablishment were meant to fix everything but food is scarce and disease everywhere and now the people are starting to fight back.
Seventeen year old Juliette is imprisoned. Her crime – her touch is lethal. An accidental touch killed someone so she was locked away but now The Reestablishment see Juliette as someone who could be used as a weapon against those fighting back. But what Juliette wants is to be human and to be free.


Posted: November 18, 2011 in Secondary
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Book 1
By Catherine Fisher
Hodder Childrens Books

Incarceron is a futuristic prison. It has strange technology but medieval dungeons and chains. It is steampunk and dystopian all in one. Finn believes there must be something outside Incarceron and he even believes he was once on the outside. With the help of a crystal key which he finds, he is able to talk to Claudia, a girl on the outside. It is with her, that he plans his escape.

Book 2

Different worlds

Posted: September 25, 2011 in Intermediate, Secondary
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By Lizzie Wilcock

Annie and Mac are twins and the only survivors at the end of the world – or are they?

And now for dystopian worlds where choice is never yours.

By Veronica Roth

You must choose the strongest part of your personality and then join the group that fits your type. The trouble is your choice is forever!

By Ally Condie

In Cassia’s society everything is mapped out. Where she will work, when she will die and who she will marry. Cassia has other ideas but just what will happen if she goes against society?