A to Z April – Letter D: Dystopia

Posted April 4, 2014 by Lisa Mandina in / 8 Comments

 
For the letter D, I’ve chosen a genre (not sure if that’s the correct term for that) of literature that is currently very popular, and is one that is one of my favorites.  I will share five of my favorite dystopian series today.

1.  The Giver Series by Lois Lowry

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I had read all of them, and then got an ARC of the 4th book, Son, when I went to BEA 2 years ago.  I'm sorry to say I have yet to read it though.  I saw that they are doing a movie, and I'm excited, although from the preview I saw, it doesn't match what I saw in my head when I read The Giver.  Looks like I'll be doing a re-read of that in the near future. 2.  The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins:
I first learned of this book when I read it for the state library association book award list.  I loved The Hunger Games so much that I began teaching it in a class we had every day that was for enrichment.  Now, I think because I did that, the first movie was a big disappointment to me. So much left out.  However since I hadn't read the second book, Catching Fire, more than 2 or 3 times, and it had been a while, I was able to enjoy the 2nd movie more. 3.  Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth:

This is a series that I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of the first book.  But then, I didn't get one of the 2nd book, and didn't get it until two months after it was published.  So while I got a bit behind between one and two, when number three came out, I bought it on the publishing date (which happened to be my birthday last year), and read it right away!  Also, LOVED the first movie, I think they did a really good job compared to how some movies from books have been done lately. 4.  Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie:
This is a book that I also got an ARC of the first in the series, but then had to wait till the books were published to read on.  I LOVED the first one, the 2nd one was okay, and the third was maybe a bit long for me. 5.  The Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix: -->

I can't remember for sure when I read this series, and yes, it is a bit younger than the others, but it is a really good series, and Margaret Peterson Haddix is one of my favorite authors.  I have the picture on the left showing all the books, and then the one on the right is one I found when searching for images to use for this post.  I like the cover of it a bit better, I think it would be more appealing to kids today, maybe make them not see it as such a young book and give it a chance. Are you a dystopia fan?  I haven't listed here all the ones I've read, just chose the top five, and the top five that all of the books in the series are out and I have read, well except for the The Giver series I mean.  And hey, while you're here, go enter my giveaway on the Fool for Books Giveaway Hop.

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8 responses to “A to Z April – Letter D: Dystopia

  1. As for classical dystopians, nothing beats A Brave New World and 1984. Another amazing dystopian is Blind Faith by Ben Elton. As for the more recent ones, I loved The Hunger Games! And many many many others! I just love dystopians!

    • I tried to read A Brave New World, but had trouble getting into it. But 1984 is one of my favorites! Guess I was kind of going with a series theme for this post. Haven't heard of Blind Faith, I'll have to look it up! Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I love dystopian fiction! I probably can't help it – I was named after JUlia in 1984. I loved The Giver when I read it in 5th grade and can't wait for the movie! The Hunger Games was phenomenal and I'm reading Insurgent now – so far not as good as The Hunger Games, but still good. I have the Matched series and will probably be reading it soon.

    Have you ever read There Will Come Soft Rains? I guess it's not really a dystopian, but it's still amazing. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BzbtlcAsIeTnTlNmSnhOV010bHM/edit?pli=1

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