My 14-year-old sister wanted me to go find some books for her to read since she recently finished Divergent. Now, I was going to get her a variety of genres ranging from historical fiction to contemporary, but she requested that it be one specific genre: dystopian. She loved Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games trilogy and enjoyed Divergent. She also liked The Giver.
So, who better to ask than you all? :)
It’d be easier to list her specifications:
Does not have to involve teens killing each other
No supernatural creatures/elements
Doesn’t mind a little romance in there as long as it doesn’t take up the whole book
Wants action — more dialogue than description
She doesn’t want to read The Maze Runner
So far, this is the list I have for her (have not read these, but have heard great things about them via Tumblr and Booktube:
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia (her friend read this and was gushing about it so now she wants to read it)
The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda (technically there are some supernatural creatures in here, but it’s still a survival-type thing)
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
Inside Out by Maria Snyder
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
What YA dystopian series/stand-alone books would you recommend?
Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. And so, in the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, and the late arrivers.
Rosie Jarman is all of these things. She also is strangely beguiling, fiery, and intelligent. And while Don quickly disqualifies her as a candidate for the Wife Project, as a DNA expert Don is suited to help Rosie with her own quest: identifying her biological father.
When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on the Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rose — and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.
Personal Reaction: At first, I was VERY put off by Don’s character. He was unconventionally awkward, extremely blunt, and lacked certain emotions. I did not put two-and-two together that he had Asperger’s. I’m not familiar with autism at all because I have never interacted with an autistic person. So after a third of the way in, a light bulb went off (and also because someone on GR pointed it out to me), and I began to see Don in a new light.
I thought Rosie was refreshing. I loved seeing their friendship take flight. She was so good for Don, and not just in a romantic compatibility way. She placed the ‘extra’ in front of ‘ordinary’.
The character I had the biggest problem with was Gene, Don’s friend. Gene is some sort of Psychology department head, and he was the one responsible for introducing Don to Rosie. What’s wrong with this, you ask? Well, Gene also had a reputation of sleeping with every woman in every nationality available…. while married. Although his wife agreed to an open marriage, you can blatantly see that it is taking a toll on the relationship. He is also a sexist pig. So he’s got that going for him. I mean, it made for a good book, I just did not care for him whatsoever.
I felt that the ending was severely rushed. Simsion is currently working on a sequel to this book and that surprises me because with the rushed ending, I thought he’d intended that The Rosie Project would be a stand-alone. Also, I don’t think there are any loose ends to tie up….. hmm. I wonder.
I don’t know whether you’ve heard the news or even care about them, but Russia about an hour ago declared war against Ukraine, as if the death of 86 people in the past weeks wasn’t enough . I live in Ukraine and all the recent events have been pretty shocking and sad. I usually don’t ask for things, but please if you’re religious pray for peace in Ukraine, if not, then please wish for it. Thank you
A former foreign exchange student from my uni lost his father today to the hands of the Russian sea troops. A friend of mine knew the boy personally.
A Modest Proposal is Jonathan Swift’s satirical essay on solving the financial troubles of the impoverished people of Ireland. He suggests that they sell their children to rich upperclassmen as food.
Personal Reaction: It was actually interesting reading about the different methods in cooking a kid. Spit-roasting, oven-baked, the usual. It was comical (and a little macabre) how casually Swift presented the matter.
After reading the essay, a thought occurred to me: what if we were raised as livestock from the moment we were born? Would we have the capability to think, ‘this is wrong’ since humans have the ability to reason? Or would we accept it as a way of life? Hey, that could be a good dystopian book….. I’m just sayin’. I should write it. It’s about to get philosophical.
Retired masked vigilantes are being individually targeted in a plan to get rid of them forever, but no one knows who or what is behind it. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as they fall prey to the all-too-human failings.
Personal Reaction: Now these superheroes didn’t have any superpowers. Only Doctor Manhattan and that was because he stepped into this chamber that performed radioactive particle tests. The others were just normal people off the street who wanted to do more than just live.
Some of the characters were so psychologically complex. Like Doctor Manhattan, or Jon as his friends call him. Since the particle chamber literally tore him apart, he possesses the power to manipulate time, energy, and matter. That might seem like fun and games, but sadly he cannot alter time.
He finds himself a slave to predetermination, understanding the sequence of events that will occur as well as his own involvement in them but unable to alter the events in the past or future that he will be a part of.
The biggest plot twist of all was at the end when everything came into fruition. It was a huuuge moral dilemma because on the one hand, it was a morally wrong thing to do, but on the other hand, it was the correct thing to do because it prevented an equally terrible thing from happening. Two wrongs don’t make a right, but I have no idea what I would do in that situation.. when does wrong become right? I finished this book in the first half of February, but I still turn the matter over in my mind on occasion.