For this „Tuesday reads“ I decided to share a list of
my favorite dystopian adventures. You might have noticed: I have quite the thing for dystopian YA (Young Adult) literature. It all started back in 2011 when I got the hunger games trilogy as a gift for christmas. On New Years‘ I had finished reading all 3 books and it literally just blew my mind! You can call me a hunter for dystopian stories these days.
So while „hunting“ I have discovered a few very great books so here’s my list of faves:
This is the first book of a trilogy and I just started reading it. Eighteen-year-old Eve has grown up isolated from boys, and has been taught to fear them. It isn’t until the night before the graduation from her all-girls school that she discovers what really happens to new graduates. To avoid the horrifying fate that awaits her, Eve flees the only home she’s ever known. She sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Eve knows she shouldn’t trust him, but he slowly wins her confidence…and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.
250 years ago, Amy and her parents were frozen and put into cryo chambers on a spaceship: Godspeed is on its way to the New Earth because living on (regular) Earth is not possible anymore. When she gets pulled out of the chamber long before landing she gets to know a society where everyone looks the same and difference scares them. Also most of the people act weird, they don’t seem to be „normal“ anymore. The Spaceship is ruled by a kind of king – called Eldest and she gets to know the future Eldest, Elder. Elder befriends Amy and together they discover and solve a lot of secrets.
Cassia lives in a world where everything is ruled. She trusts and obeys these rules and when her best friends‘ face shows up on the screen at her Matching ceremonies, she wasn’t surprised at all. And then she sees the face of Ky for an instant and starts to wonder why this is. The Society tells her it was a malfunction. But Cassia slowly falls in love with Ky and that leads her on a rebellious path.
I recently wrote about this book here.
Love is a deadly desease in this dystopian world and Lena just needs to wait 95 days until she can be cured from love for the rest of her life. She trusts and believes in everything bad told about love. Until the day she meets Alex – and her whole life changed.
Aria is a teenager who lives in the safe world of Reverie. She spends most of her time in virtual realms (better than real!) with her friends and one day something goes horribly wrong. She is attacked and after that banned from her home. The outside world is known as a death zone. Aria meets the Outsider Perry who earlier saved her life.
I recently wrote about this book here.
Oh, this book! I had a serious problem finding sleep at night because I felt the constant urge to read it. It tells the story of Beatrice who lives in a time where the country is divided in 5 fractions and when turning 16 everyone has to choose which fraction to join. That fraction just happens to be the family then. So Beatrice leaves her current fraction – the selfless Abnegation – and joins the fearless Ferox. During the initiation that now follows, Beatrice changes a lot and calls herself Tris. Of course some secrets were kept and others are revealed and at the end, Beatrice has to make tough decisions.
2. Dark Canopy
Another book that took my breath away. I read it on my flight to Malta last week and couldn’t put it away so I kept reading during my vacation. This is the story of a dark future where the world is ruled by the Percents, soldiers that were actually made for World War three and then took over the world domination. They rule hard and have a horrible attitude to keep the humans scared. Outside the system, rebel clans try to fight against the regime of violence. Among them fights 20-year-old Joy who then gets caught by the enemy. During the time of her imprisonment she finds humanity among the monsters. And even more.
1. Hunger Games
Ok, do I really have to tell you about these books? In the dark version of a possible future, the world is divided in twelve districts. And every year a boy and a girl of each district will be chosen to fight in an arena until one is left. The fights, the death of these children will be shown on big screens in every district so people keep being scared. The heroine, Katniss Everdeen, lives in a very poor district where people struggle from hunger. But she fights.
What are your favorite (dystopian) books?