New and Newish Dystopian Titles

It seems like everyone is asking us about dystopian titles lately, so we thought we’d post another list.  These are books written within the last few years, some of them very recently.  We own all these unless you see a note that says ON ORDER at the end of the description.

Divergent by Veronica Roth.  In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis.  Teenaged Amy, a cryogenically frozen passenger on the spaceship Godspeed, wakes up to discover that someone may have tried to murder her. We have the sequel, A Million Suns, on order.

Matched by Allie Condie.  All her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia as she turns 17, whom to marry. When she is Matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn’t be more perfect. But why did her neighbor Ky’s face show up on her match disk as well?  We also have copies of the sequel Crossed.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver.  Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, she falls in love.  We have the sequel, Pandemonium, on order.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.  Ostracized or incarcerated her whole life, seventeen-year-old Juliette is freed on the condition that she use her horrific abilities in support of The Reestablishment, a postapocalyptic dictatorship, but Adam, the only person ever to show her affection, offers hope of a better future.  ON ORDER.

Blood Red Road by Moira Young.  In a distant future, eighteen-year-old Lugh is kidnapped, and while his twin sister Saba and nine-year-old Emmi are trailing him across bleak Sandsea they are captured too, and taken to brutal Hopetown, where Saba is forced to be a cage fighter until new friends help plan an escape.  ON ORDER.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.  Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony’s true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World.  We also own multiple copies of both other books in the trilogy.

    

Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins.  In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place.

We have multiple copies of all three titles, but are always willing to accept donations if you want to give your’s to the BHS to share with our students!

Feed by M. T. Anderson.   In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.  This is a great choice for the internet addicts out there as it takes it to a logical conclusion where everyone is always on the internet via a chip implanted in their neck.

        

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld.   Tally lives in a world where your 16th birthday brings aesthetic perfection: an operation which erases your flaws, transforming you from an ‘Ugly’ into a ‘Pretty’. She is on the eve of this important event, and cannot wait for her life to change. But then she meets Shay, and her whole outlook is different.  We have copies of all four titles in the series, and even the guide to the world of the Uglies.

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow.  Jules is a young man barely a century old. He’s lived long enough to see the cure for death and the end of scarcity, to learn ten languages and compose three symphonies…and to realize his boyhood dream of taking up residence in Disney World.  Disney World! The greatest artistic achievement of the long-ago twentieth century. Now in the care of a network of volunteer “ad-hocs” who keep the classic attractions running as they always have, enhanced with only the smallest high-tech touches.  Now, though, it seems the “ad hocs” are under attack. A new group has taken over the Hall of the Presidents and is replacing its venerable audioanimatronics with new, immersive direct-to-brain interfaces that give guests the illusion of being Washington, Lincoln, and all the others. For Jules, this is an attack on the artistic purity of Disney World itself.   Worse: it appears this new group has had Jules killed. This upsets him. (It’s only his fourth death and revival, after all.) Now it’s war: war for the soul of the Magic Kingdom, a war of ever-shifting reputations, technical wizardry, and entirely unpredictable outcomes.

House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer  . This book tells the story of Matt, the clone of 142-year-old El Patron, dictator of Opium, a country between the United States and Aztlan. In Opium, clones have one purpose, to extend the lives of those whose DNA they possess by providing them with a source for spare parts. The brains of most other clones are destroyed at birth, but Matt’s is left intact on the orders of El Patron.  But at the beginning of the story, Matt doesn’t know any of this…

Shade’s Children by Garth Nix.   In the brutal world of the future, an unspeakable fate awaits the human children of the Dormitories when they turn fourteen. It is from this Sad Birthday that Shade’s Children’Ella, Drum, Gold-Eye, and Ninde’have escaped. Hunted ceaselessly by savage mutant creatures, they join forces to form a resistance movement. Cunning, clairvoyance, and sheer desperate force of will help them. But ultimately their fate rests with the charismatic Shade, who calls himself their friend . ..

Unwind by Neal Shusterman.   In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives “unwound” and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs–and, perhaps, save their own lives.

Descriptions from WorldCat.org, the world’s largest online catalog at: http://www.worldcat.org.

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