Wednesday, April 4, 2012


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I love a good dystopian novel, don't you? The kind that gives me the creeps and makes my brain spin for days after I finished the last chapter. If you're not sure what a dystopian novel is - it is a twist on the concept of Utopia, which is a future society where everything is perfect and peaceful. A dystopia is a future society where something has gone terribly wrong because of natural disaster, war or disease. Society has been altered in ways that drive people to do things that we see as abhorrent. But a good dystopian doesn't just shock you, it forces you to question the values in that society, to ponder the events and rationale behind their inner workings. We root for the hero who struggles to make things right again, to survive.

With the upcoming film release of the mega-hit THE HUNGER GAMES, dystopian is on everybody's mind. But Suzanne Collins' blockbuster novel isn't the only dystopian on the horizon. 2012 has a whole slew of really great genre titles in store.  Be sure to join in the poll below and tell us dystopian novel is your all-time favorite. If yours is not on the list, go ahead an mention it in the comments below. Also, Goodreads has an awesome list of titles you won't want to miss.

What is your favorite YA dystopian novel?
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  1. I also really love X-Isle by Steve Auguarde

    1. Oooo! I have X-Isle on my shelf right now waiting for me to read it. It's been on my TBR list for a while now.

  2. Hi Laurisa!
    I'm visiting from the A-Z Challenge. I learned a new word today: dystopia. Now that I know what it means, I can finally tell people what my favorite type of sci-fi is: dystopia. I'm fascinated with post-apocalyptic scenarios, and how the survivors build a new society, and how far people who once adhered to a strict moral code will go now that all that is familiar is gone.
    When you say "middle grade fantasy" do you mean it's a book for middle school readers, or that the fantasy isn't total and that there are elements like our earth in the book. I'm new to the language of published authors, but I have learned a lot. I'll definitely be back to your blog. There's so much to see here.
    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-Host of the April A to Z Challenge
    Twitter: @AprilA2Z #atozchallenge

    Ok, I found the problem. You still have captcha (word verification) enabled. We've strongly suggested removing that for April. You are missing a lot of comments because now there are two words to figure out, and they are much harder than before. People who are out trying to visit 100 blogs don't have time for that to load, then figure it out, then wait to make sure they got it's a huge time stealer. I bet if you disable it, you'll get a lot more comments.

    1. I never knew I had captcha. How do I take it off? I can't stand that stuff anyway. Middle grade fantasy is simply for ages 8 - 12, officially. Harry Potter and Eragon were both middle grade, but so is Rowan of Rin and The Last Olympians. My book is a very traditional Lord of the Rings type of fantasy. Dragons and all.

  3. I think I figured out the captcha thing. Thanks.

  4. I had to vote Hunger Games. It's still one of my favorite books! There are certainly other great ones, but that one stands at the top of the list for me! :D