Tag: dystopian fiction

Five More to Go: Margaret Atwood and Reneé Nault’s THE HANDMAID’S TALE
By April 15, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Five More to Go: Margaret Atwood and Reneé Nault’s THE HANDMAID’S TALE

This regular feature gives Booklist critics the opportunity to shout about a recently published book they adored. They’ll tell us why we should read it, then provide five read-alikes for the title. ★ The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood and Reneé Nault In the decades since its 1985 publication, Atwood’s dystopic classic has spawned audio, […]

NIGHT FLIGHTS: A Return to MORTAL ENGINES

NIGHT FLIGHTS: A Return to MORTAL ENGINES

Lynn: When I heard that a movie of Philip Reeve’s brilliant Mortal Engines (2003) was in the works, I immediately wanted to reread the series. (I hear a chorus of “Sing it, sister!”) If you HAVEN’T read the series, RUN to get the first book NOW! If you’re a fan of world-building, this series is like […]

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Team Romance or Team Independent: Teens Chime in on Love in Dystopian Fiction

Team Romance or Team Independent: Teens Chime in on Love in Dystopian Fiction

Cindy and Lynn: Lynn missed a wild middle-school book club meeting a few weeks ago. I believe it started during Jackson’s rave review of the recent Printz honor title Scythe by Neal Shusterman. This 8th-grade reader loved the book, but commented that he really doesn’t need romance in his dystopian books. “Romance is fine,” he said. […]

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A Dystopia for Every Reader

A Dystopia for Every Reader

Readers are clamoring for dystopian fiction. (Apparently, not everybody has a well-worn, highlighted, dog-eared copy of 1984 sitting on their shelves.) I’d like to suggest some dystopian books from my own library to read during these very interesting times. (For a list of contemporary American dystopian novels, click here.)   Reality-based Dystopia Open Doors and Three […]

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Webcomics Wednesday: Britt Sabo’s ALL NIGHT
By November 9, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Webcomics Wednesday: Britt Sabo’s ALL NIGHT

In this week’s Webcomics Wednesday, we’re taking a short trip to a terrible future. Britt Sabo’s All Night imagines a world that’s come to a halt, leaving one half of the planet permanently in daylight and the other perpetually shrouded in darkness. That darkness allows vicious monsters to emerge, and they’re gradually creeping into the crepuscular […]

Move Over Again, Katniss: Mercedes Lackey’s Hunter

Move Over Again, Katniss: Mercedes Lackey’s Hunter

Lynn: Mercedes Lackey is a famous name to fans of adult fantasy and I was truly excited to receive a galley of her first YA book, Hunter (2015). The veteran author delivers with practiced panache, introducing teen readers to an Earth devastated centuries ago by the Disery, in which the boundary between the Otherworld and ours was torn […]

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Peacekeeping with a Price: The Scorpion Rules

Peacekeeping with a Price: The Scorpion Rules

Lynn: Greta Gustafsen Stuart is the Duchess of Halifax and Crown Princess of the Pan Polar Confederacy. Since the age of 5 she has lived in one of the Prefectures controlled by the UN and Talis, the AI controlling Earth. Greta is the future ruler of a superpower. She is also a hostage. Should her […]

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Katniss Everdeen, Meet Kelsea, the Queen of the Tearling

Katniss Everdeen, Meet Kelsea, the Queen of the Tearling

I will admit, I am stealing that comparison from Entertainment Weekly, which has already made the connection between Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games (2008) and Kelsea Glynn of The Queen of the Tearling (2014). But while these two trilogies are not that similar—one is dystopian fiction and the other is a fantasy/science fiction blend—it is true that readers hunger […]

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Imagining the Accidental Future with Paolo Bacigalupi
By February 2, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Imagining the Accidental Future with Paolo Bacigalupi

On Sunday, Paolo Bacigalupi, author of the Printz-winning Ship Breaker (2010), stopped by the Booklist booth at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting to talk about his new book, The Water Knife. Our conversation has been edited for length. The Water Knife is firmly dystopian, though I’ve heard you prefer the term accidental futures. Could you say a little about why you like that phrase better than the […]

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Finding Hope in Dystopia: Peter Heller’s The Dog Stars
By January 6, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Finding Hope in Dystopia: Peter Heller’s The Dog Stars

In addition to talking about Joe Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself with my Other Realms book group, I also recently led a discussion for Peter Heller’s The Dog Stars. I will confess that I was a hold-out on reading the latter book, perhaps unfairly, as I find myself irked by “literary” dystopian novels that get heaped with […]

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