Yesterday, David Levithan told us that he doesn’t think people finish reading The Hunger Games and immediately want to pick up another dystopian novel. Well, we agree that we like to space these dark books out a bit, but they are addictive. And once a month or so, we’ve been picking up a new one. If you’re just starting to be obsessed, begin with the books we talked about during this Dystopian Week, especially with NextMovie.com’s list of books with movies in the works, then scroll back through Hollywood Crush’s first Dystopian Week suggestions from back in April. Here are some that we haven’t read yet but are next on our own to-read list.
Birthmarked, by Caragh M. O’Brien: In this version of the future, the world is divided between people who live inside the Enclave, and the unfortunate who live outside its walls. Gaia Stone is a 16-year-old novice midwife, and part of her duty is to hand over a quota of babies to the Enclave. But then her parents are taken away, and she has to figure out what’s really going on behind those walls.
The Eleventh Plague, by Jeff Hirsch: The cover bears a quote from Suzanne Collins herself, calling it “an excellent, taut debut novel,” so you probably can’t go wrong with this one. Stephen Quinn was born after two-thirds of the country was wiped out by influenza (that the Chinese released here on purpose) and has grown up barely scraping by as a salvager. But after a family tragedy, the 15-year-old finds his way to a community called Settler’s Landing, where he falls in love and learns that things aren’t as great in the town as they initially appeared to be.
All These Things I’ve Done, by Gabrielle Zevin: In this nightmarish version of New York, the illegal contraband the city’s biggest crime family makes their money from is chocolate. Caffeine is also illegal and water is scarce. But Anya, the daughter of the late crime boss, isn’t so sure she wants to take part in the family business (seriously? Because I probably would sign up to take her place). She’s also falling in love with the Assistant DA’s son and really doesn’t want to. This sounds like dystopia, Boardwalk Empire-style.
Under the Never Sky, by Veronica Rossi: In this story, which has been optioned by Warner Bros. and doesn’t come out until January 3, our hero Aria is cast out of her sheltered life in the enclosed city of Reverie and forced to survive in the savage outside world, which is plagued by violent Aether storms. Luckily, she meets a boy named Perry.
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