Wednesday, April 4, 2012

D is for Dystopian



With the sudden surge in popularity of this genre, how could I possibly choose another? As I am sure you know, dystopia is basically the opposite of utopia, the perfect environment or society. Dystopia usually has a corrupt government or some other factor making it a repressed societal structure. Though quite a bit of current dystopian novels are set in post-apocalyptic futures, they are not the same thing. Just because the world is blown up or the polar ice caps melt, it doesn't mean that the last vestiges of humanity is going to be ruled in a police state. (It does make a good story, though, and I'll be talking about it later this month.) Since I hate to break a pattern, I'm going to share my favorite dystopians that I have read.


Wither by Lauren DeStefano 
Matched* by Ally Condie 
Across the Universe by Beth Revis 
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood 
1984 by George Orwell 
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 
The Host by Stephenie Meyer 
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Yes, I know you probably have some favorites that are not on this list. Maybe they'll be on the post-apocalyptic list. What are your favorites?


* I'm currently reading (via audiobook) Crossed and I already like it much better than Matched. We shall see.

11 comments:

  1. Another Canadian in addition to Margaret Atwood comes to mind: The Y Chromosome by Leona Gom

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    1. I'll have to look into that one. I've never heard of it. :-)

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  2. I love dystopians ..Dan Wells Partials was bomb too!

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    1. It's actually really high up on my TBR! :-D

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  3. Oooh, this is the 2nd post I've read on Dystopian novels. Love it.

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    1. It has become extremely popular, hasn't it? I prefer post-apocalyptic and am so excited about finishing that post up! :-D

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  4. You really want me to tell you all my favourites? This might take a while ;-)

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  5. I love love LOVE dystopias. They're some of my favorite books. Hunger Games, heck yes. (I'm talking about dystopias for V). Awesome book picks here.

    Great post and happy A-Z blogging.

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  6. I am starting to like dystopias more and with every book that in the subject that I have under my belt. You have some GREAT recommendations for the genres as well. Great post.

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    1. I prefer post-apocalyptic books with a smidge of dystopia, but there are definitely some plain ol' dystopians out there that rock my socks. I'm trying to think of others that I've enjoyed, but I've read too many books over the years to recall specifics. :-)

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