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Any Dystopian Books Left? I think I have read them all...

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Posted on Mar 14, 2012 5:20:48 PM PDT
Mike says:
Shatter Me by Mafi

Posted on Mar 17, 2012 7:27:57 PM PDT
Hazel says:
I haven't read all recommendations, so these may have been mentioned. If they are, sorry about this.

So This is How it Ends (Avatars, Book 1)
Tomorrow Girls: Behind the Gates

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2012 11:33:20 AM PDT
Laura says:
Don't despair! Neither of my sons was much of an independent, just-for-pleasure reader throughout elementary, middle, or high school, despite the fact that I read to them every night through their middle school years. Yet both of them, as adults, read quite a lot. The younger one took a Great Books course in college and we had wonderful discussions about books like Don Quixote (which he liked so much, he read it twice), Madame Bovary, and other classics. And I'll always look back on our reading together as one of the most pleasurable times of their childhood.

Posted on Mar 24, 2012 9:45:46 AM PDT
Hope Welsh says:
Hollowmen and HollowlandHollowland (The Hollows, #1) by Amanda Hocking Hollowland (The Hollows, #1) (it's free today)

Can't think of others off the top of my head. I'm writing one right now. I discovered I loved the genre. Wanna beta-read, LOL.

Posted on Mar 26, 2012 10:18:27 AM PDT
Kristan says:
I feel like I have read most of these, too. So disappointing! Hopefully, with The Hunger Games movie out, more authors will write on the subject. I can't get enough dystopia!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2012 5:28:22 PM PDT
Whoa, another Kristan?? Hi...

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2012 7:03:47 PM PDT
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Agnes says:
Dystopians are hugely populer in the YA category right now. I doubt you'll have trouble finding more to read.

*Edit: I second House of Stairs by William Sleator - Thrilling, suspenseful, a little disturbing, and definitely thought-provoking; it's very short, but it contains more on human nature than a lot of books of greater length

*The Kindling (The Fire-Us Trilogy, Book 1) by Jennifer Armstrong and Nancy Farmer - Interesting trilogy that has the young characters make a journey across the U.S. Along the way, the reader gets a view of the current state of the world.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2012 6:31:29 AM PDT
L. Jenkins says:
Thanks for the suggestions---I haven't heard of either of those two.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2012 12:50:14 PM PDT
Kristan says:
I have never met another Kristan! That is so exciting! Hi!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2012 7:54:48 AM PDT
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M. Urrutia says:
I was going to suggest this one also. I haven't read it since I was in H.S. but still sticks with me. Edited to add: House of Stairs by William Sleator

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 9:21:32 AM PDT
Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn is a great story about a girl with a secret ability in a society of mind readers. Great dystopian, similar to Hunger Games and Uglies.
Open Minds (Book One of the Mindjack Trilogy)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2012 10:34:43 AM PDT
The Girl in the Steel Corset. Neal Shusterman Everlost series.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 11:47:56 AM PDT
Specklebang says:
It's NOT YA but a terrific female perspective adventure. My favorite of the last year. But a little sex and drugs....
God's War: Bel Dame Apocrypha Volume 1

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 5:49:57 PM PDT
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Hazel says:
Not sure if the "The Valley" series is dystopian enough for you, because I'm only just reading the second book in the series, but it is a very intrigueing story, so far.
The Game (The Valley) by Krystyna Kuhn.

Btw, has anyone recommended the Numbers trilogy by Rachel Ward yet? Numbers: Book 1

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2012 9:00:53 AM PDT
Lara says:
did I mention the "Wind up Girl" by Paolo Bacigalupi?
And the "Ship Breaker" by the same author?
Both qualify fully as dystopian, the "Ship Breaker" is definitely YA.
They are stand alone books.

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 9:12:35 AM PDT
Just got an ARC of Masque of the Red Death, so far so good, definitely a dystopian.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2012 9:37:08 AM PDT
L. Jenkins says:
Yep, I read "The Ship breaker" but really couldn't get into it. so I haven't been tempted by his second one.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2012 10:47:40 AM PDT
Specklebang says:
Ship Breaker was definitely very "young" and I read it but it didn't leave much of an impression on me.

However, the other 2 books he wrote were far more mature and interesting:
The Windup Girl
Pump Six and Other Stories
There is one story in Pump Six called The People Of Slag and Stone that will haunt you for the rest of your life.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2012 11:51:10 AM PDT
Lara says:
thank you so much. I will check it out. I love short stories.

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 11:52:57 AM PDT
Gavin B. says:
Hooray for dystopia! The literary genre where everybody grovels under the iron fist of tyranny.

My favorite dystopian book of the moment is the Wool (Omnibus edition) by Hugh Howey. After the apocalypse, the survivors are forced to live underground silo that are over 100 stories deep and the citizen's only available glimpse of the above ground outside world is on a giant screen and it shows dreary picture of a post apocalyptic outside world. All life outside the silo is supposedly destroyed and the air is allegedly poisonous.

The images on the screen may or may not be fake and the evil geeks in the Information Technology may be faking the severity of the apocalypse in order to keep the citizen drones under their power. The rebellious ones who question the authority of the IT geeks are tossed out of the silo and left to die in the poisoned atmosphere in the wilderness outside the protected silo. When one person survives her forced exile without dying and begins radioing messages back to her former silo co-workers, the entire social order within the silo is threatened. Great reading.

Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) (Silo series)

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 1:31:18 PM PDT
D. Ivory says:
I'd recommend Guardians of the Word series by Joela M. Harrison. Male POV.( which i prefer ) Although I'm not sure you would technically consider this's an excellent book and if it's not dystopian it comes really close.

Posted on Mar 31, 2012 6:44:34 PM PDT
Eileen says:
Thanks for the suggestions. I have some great reads ahead. The books I have enjoyed and would recommend:
Across the Universe and A Million Suns
Under the Never Sky
Before I Fall, Delirium/Pandemonium,
Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy,
Uglies series,
Hunger Games series,
The Host = an underrated gem of a book that I think would be considered YA dystopian by Stephenie Meyer (same author of Twilight but The Host is in a class by itself).
Books not marketed as YA but suggestions that I think might appeal to others liking the books I have read:
Ready Player One, Seed, Robocalypse, Ender's Game, The Magicians if you like an older Harry Potteresque series, The Radleys (was recommended by a bookseller as the last vampire novel he would recommend and I was not disappointed).
Books I have on my shelf to read that i am looking forward to reading based on reviews: When She Woke, Blood Red Road, Sunshine, Starters, Divergent, Enclave, Legend, Scorpio Races, Article 5, Graceling series, Grave Mercy.
Looking forward to getting more suggestions.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2012 7:21:29 PM PDT
L. Jenkins says:
Just as a counterpoint to one of your suggestions--I thought The Magicians was awfully slow moving, and when the characters went to the other world (forgot what it was called) it was booooring. I wasn't even tempted to pick up the second one.
In your TBR pile, though, I can tell you I found Blood Red Road interesting, Divergent a bit more entertaining, and the two Graceling books excellent. You might even start with the second book, as it's more a prequel, and is set about 30 years before "Graceling".

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2012 8:20:27 PM PDT
Eileen says:
Thanks! Good suggestion on reading Fire before Graceling. I have heard great things about the series but have held off in favor of the post apocalyptic/dystopian/scifi YA. And yes, I did find The Magicians slow going but I thought that was just because I don't particularly like magical/fantasy books so a caveat to The Magicians recommendations - highly regarded by many people that like Harry Potter so it may be worth following up on. I just ordered Starters, The Chrysalids, The Maze Runner, Genesis, How I Live Now, Tomorrow When the World Began, XVI, Life as We Knew It, Alas Bablyon and Z is For Zachariah. Am going to locate my copy of The Handmaid's Tale and The Giver. So I have some good reading ahead.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2012 9:27:46 PM PDT
The Giver.... by Lois Lowry ! a must read !
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