Reviews and Blog Posts: dystopian

Red Rising

by Pierce Brown

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5
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At last: a novel that promises to be 'the Hunger Games meets Game of Thrones' and actually fulfills that promise! But the Red Rising is more than a merger of two successful concepts.

The panopticon : a novel

by Jenni Fagan

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5

The Panopticon​ is an untraditional thriller about Anais Hendricks, a 15 year old juvenile delinquent. The novel takes place in what appears to be Scotland, given the heavy and realistically curse-word ridden accent that lends heavily to the atmosphere and mood of the book.

Perfect ruin

by Lauren DeStefano

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5
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Lauren DeStefano's world-building ability is extraordinary. Her latest trilogy, the Internment Chronicles, begins on a city in the clouds. I was literally fascinated on every page as I discovered more and more about this strange, creative concept. As young adult literature is increasingly saturated (if not completely saturated!) in dim,...

Not a drop to drink

by Mindy McGinnis

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4
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Not a Drop to Drink is a story of survival in a world without water. Lynn and her mom spend most of their time on the roof on their old farmhouse, defending their pond with shotguns. Coyotes, other animals, and humans after the valuable water supply receive the same treatment:...

Sever

by Lauren DeStefano

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5
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Rhine is nearing the end of her life and finds herself hiding from her father-in-law with Linden and Cecily.  Rhine continues to struggle with her conflicted feelings toward Linden but is preoccupied by finally finding her twin brother, Rowan.

The Office of Mercy : a novel

by Ariel Djanikian

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4
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The Office of Mercy is one of many offices in the domed society of America Five, which stretches above ground in the shape of a flower, and below ground in a number of floors that make up the flower stem.  It has been two hundred years since the Storm wiped...

Fever

by Lauren DeStefano

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Rhine's adventure continues in this gripping sequel to Wither.  Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the clutches of the mansion and Housemaster Vaughn's twisted medical experiments only to find themselves prisoners of a demented Carnival.  And the longer they are there, the sicker Rhine becomes, until it is eventually clear...

Rootless

by Chris Howard

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5
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Banyan has been building trees out of scrap metal since his father disappeared.  He has to; the real trees have all been devoured by locusts.  Plus, he has to find a way to make a living in this cut-throat, dusty world.  But everything changes when he comes across a photograph...

Wither

by Lauren DeStefano

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5
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In a world where males live to age 25, and females only to age 20, Rhine is kidnapped and forced into a polygamous arranged marriage at age 16.  With four years left to live, Rhine's only hope is to escape her marriage with Linden and return to her twin brother. ...

For darkness shows the stars

by Diana Peterfreund

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4
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Move Jane Austen's Persuasion to a dystopian setting and you have For Darkness Shows the Stars.  Elliot and Kai grow up together on a farm after the Reduction, a genetic experiment gone terribly wrong.  While Elliot is the privileged daughter of the landowner, Kai is the son of a servant. ...

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