Category Archives: Genre: Dystopia

1984

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George Orwell

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 328

Age Range: 13 and up

Year: 1948

Genre: Dystopia

1984 is George Orwell’s classic dystopian nightmare novel – read and loved (or feared) by millions; the date of doom may have passed, but its vision of humanity’s possibly bleak future remains eerily plausible today, and to some readers may appear to already have manifested itself in some respects.

Anyone who likes to think about politics and nations, the way the world works, or the way humanity works, will enjoy this book. It was not written for children by any means, but could still be understood by most middle schoolers.

Mr. Coleman

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Filed under Age Range: 13 and up, Author: George Orwell, Genre: Dystopia, Page Count: 300-400, Year: 1940s

Love in the Time of Global Warming

Love in the Time of Global Warming
Francesca Lia Block

Quick Stats:
Page Count: 230Unknown-2
Age Range: 14 and up
Year: 2013
Genre: Adventure, Dystopia, Fantasy

“The Earth Shaker” has wiped Los Angeles of all evidence of civilization, leaving Pen alone to survive in the ruins. She then begins to search for her family, an adventure that parallels The Odyssey and leads her to finding companions in Hex, Ez, and Ash. The story alternates between Pen’s flashbacks and the group’s journey toward Las Vegas, telling of family bonds and the will to survive.

For anyone who is interested in Greek mythology, the modern parallels to The Odyssey are enjoyable to read through. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in dystopian novels and is looking for a change of pace from 1984 and Brave New World to a more fantastic, poetic writing style.

Ms. Kristina

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Filed under Age Range: 14 and up, Author: Francesca Lia Block, Genre: Adventure, Genre: Dystopia, Genre: Fantasy, Year: 2010s

Blackout

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Robison Wells

Quick Stats:
Page Count:432
Age Range: 10 and up
Year: 2013
Genre: Adventure, Dystopia, SciFi

Laura and Alec are highly trained teenage terrorists. Jack and Aubrey are small-town high school students. There was no reason for their paths to ever cross. But now a mysterious virus is spreading throughout America, infecting teenagers with impossible superpowers—and all teens are being rounded up, dragged to government testing facilities, and drafted into the army to fight terrorism. Suddenly, Jack, Laura, Aubrey, and Alec find their lives intertwined in a complex web of deception, loyalty, and catastrophic danger—where one wrong choice could trigger an explosion that ends it all.

Ms. Ashley

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Filed under Age Range: 10 and up, Author: Robison Wells, Genre: Dystopia, Genre: SciFi, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 2010s

The Giver

The Giver
Lois Lowry

He looks like he has a lot of memories to give.

He looks like he has a lot of memories to give.

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 180
Age Range: 8 and up
Year: 1993
Genre: Dystopia

Series: 1st of 4, works well alone

Jonas lives in a ‘perfect’ world–there is no pain or suffering, only “Sameness.” Jonas however has been chosen to receive the painful memories of the past–the knowledge invoking memories before sameness. Jonas must choose if he wants to stay in a safe but shallow community, or leave the community to discover a colorful, love-filled, and emotionally deep yet potentially painful and dangerous life.

I would recommend this book to really anyone, but especially to those who challenge the way things were/are/should be in society.

-Ms. Liz

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Filed under Age Range: 8 and up, Author: Lois Lowry, Genre: Dystopia, Page Count: 100-200, Part of a Series, Year: 1990s

The Obsidian Blade

The Obsidian Blade
Pete Hautman

Similar to "The Subtle Knife"?

Similar to “The Subtle Knife”?

Page Count: 308
Age Range: 12 and up
Year: 2012
Genre: Dystopia, Fantasy

Series: 1st of 3, Klaatu Diskos

Part one of a futuristic sci-fi trilogy introduces Tucker, whose normal life changes drastically after the entrance of an unspeaking girl, and the almost simultaneous loss of his parents. Tucker must stay alive to figure out the mysterious arrivals and departures that are new to his world.

This book would be great for teens who enjoyed The Hunger Games trilogy, and are at a similar lexile level. It definitely would lead to great discussions if read conjointly.

-Katie

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Pete Hautman, Genre: Dystopia, Genre: Fantasy, Page Count: 300-400, Part of a Series, Year: 2010s

Matched

Matched
Ally Condie

I wonder if this image is symbolic in any way. Maybe Cassia really likes the color green?

I wonder if this image is symbolic in any way. Maybe Cassia really likes the color green?

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 400
Age Range: 12 and up
Year: 2010
Genre: Dystopia
Series: 1st of 3

Cassia Reyes lives within a society, called The Society, that controls every aspect of Cassia’s life. Her dreams, her workout routine, her job, her husband, and even her death is predetermined by The Society. Cassia believes The Society is the perfect way of life until she falls in love with an outsider to the society, Ky Markham, pinning her against the life she and her family have vs. the life she dreams about.

This book is good for those who were interested in The Hunger Games. Condie gives details that make the world in which Cassia lives enjoyable. It’s also a great book for those who enjoy a good love triangle.

-J-Money

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Ally Condie, Genre: Dystopia, Page Count: 300-400, Part of a Series, Year: 2010s

The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner
James Dashner

Can you almost see what's at the end of that passageway? That's how Thomas feels for the entire book.

Can you almost see what’s at the end of that passageway? That’s how Thomas feels for the entire book.

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 400
Age Range: 12 and up
Year: 2009
Genre: Dystopia
Series: 1st of 3, there is also a prequel planned

A boy emerges, memory wiped, into the center of an apocalyptic video game of a world inhabited by a group of other teenage boys. He remembers only that is name is Thomas. How did he get there? What is this place? How can he get out? Either the others don’t know or they won’t tell him. Thomas must run, fight, and puzzle through a lot of danger and mind games to find out.

This book is popular with middle-schoolers. It is repetitive, unsubtle, and choppy, and the characters are hard to relate to, but it is definitely packed to the brim with action and twists. Recommended for readers who love danger, mystery, and action.

-Miss Barter

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: James Dashner, Genre: Dystopia, Page Count: 300-400, Part of a Series, Year: 2000s