Saturday, December 12, 2015

August and September: YA Dysptopian Novels

YA Dystopian Novels

August and September's Topic of the Month is officially YA Dystopian!  To kick it off, we have posted a few YA dystopian based books that may interest you.  If you have any suggestions let us know!  Hope you enjoy!  (Click on the covers to go to the books' GoodReads pages!)


Read by: H, C, and B
GoodReads Summary:

In a world with no poverty, no crime, no sickness, and no unemployment, and where every family is happy, 12-year-old Jonas is chosen to be the community's Receiver of Memories.  Under the tutelage of the Elders and an old man known as the Giver, he discovers the disturbing truth about his utopian world and struggles against the weight of its hypocrisy.  With echoes of Brave New World, in this 1994 Newberry Medal winner, Lowry examines the idea that people might freely choose to give up their humanity in order to create a more stable society.  Gradually, Jonas learns just how costly this ordered and pain-free society can be, and boldly decides he cannot pay the price.

The Giver is set in a future society which is at first presented as a utopia and gradually appears more and more dystopic, so could therefore be considered anti-utopian.  Jonas' society has eliminated pain and strife by converting to "Sameness," a plan which has also eradicated emotional depth from their lives.  Jonas is to store all the memories of the time before Sameness, in case they are ever needed to aid in decisions that others lack the experience to make.  As Jonas receives the memories from his predecessor -- the "Giver" -- he discovers how shallow his community's life has become.

Other book(s) in the series:

12936    12930    13324841

Read by: C and B
GoodReads summary:

In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would "unwind" them.

Connor's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker.  Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs.  Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion.  Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance.  If they can survive until their eighteenth birthday, they can't be harmed -- but when every piece of them, from their hands to their hearts, are wanted by a world gone mad, eighteen seems far, far away.

Other book(s) in the series:

13545075    17334446    17950614    25551332


Read by: B
GoodReads Summary:

Recruitment Day is here . . . if you fail, a loved one will die . . . 

For Lucian "Lucky" Spark, Recruitment Day means the Establishment, a totalitarian government, will force him to become one of five Recruits competing to join the ruthless Imposer task force.  Each Recruit participates in increasingly difficult and violent military training for a chance to advance to the next level.  Those who fail must choose an "Incentive" - a family member - to be brutally killed.  If Lucky fails, he'll have to choose death for his only living relative: Cole, his four-year-old brother.

Lucky will do anything he can to keep his brother alive, even if it means sacrificing the lives of other Recruits' loved ones.  What Lucky isn't prepared for is his undeniable attraction to the handsome, rebellious Digory Tycho.  While Lucky and Digory train together, their relationship grows.  But daring to care for another Recruit in a world where love is used as the ultimate weapon is extremely dangerous.  As Lucky soon learns, the consequences can be deadly . . . 

Other book(s) in the series:



Read by: H and B
GoodReads Summary:

Luke has never been to school.  He's never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend's house for an overnight.  In fact, Luke has never had a friend.  

Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police.  He's living his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family's farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside. 

Then, one day Luke sees a girl's face in the window of a house where he knows two other children already live.  Finally, he's met a shadow child like himself.  Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows -- does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan?  Can he afford not to?

Several other books in the series:

303472    303460    298730


GoodReads Summary:

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.  Isn't that what they say?  But how close is too close when they may be one and the same?

The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland.  The future belongs to the next generation's chosen few who must rebuild it.  But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing -- their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.

Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth.  But on the eve of her departure, her father's advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies -- trust no one.

But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance?  Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing.  To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.

Other book(s) in the series:

17165932    18222699


Read by: H and C
GoodReads Summary:

Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.

The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts.  Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of the annual televised event known as the Hunger Games.  In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games.  The 'tributes' are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.

When sixteen-year-old Katniss's younger sister, Prim, is selected as District 12's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place.  She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives.  She sees it as a death sentence.  But Katniss has been close to death before.  For her, survival is second nature.

Other Book(s) in the Series:

6148028    7260188


Read by: B
GoodReads Summary:

In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears.  Gone.  Except for the young.

There are teens, but not one single adult.  Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television.  No way to get help.  And no way to figure out what's happened.

Hunger threatens.  Bullies rule.  A sinister creature lurks.  Animals are mutating.  And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents -- unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers -- that grow stronger by the day.  It's a terrifying new world.  Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids.  Bullies against the weak.  Powerful against powerless.  And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else . . . 

Other Book(s) in the Series:

5047880    6686092    6686101


GoodReads Summary:

Knox was born into one of the City's wealthiest families.  A Patron, he has everything a boy could possibly want -- the latest tech, the coolest clothes, and a Proxy to take all his punishments.  When Knox breaks a vase, Syd is beaten.  When Knox plays a practical joke, Syd is forced to haul rocks.  When Knox crashes a car, killing one of his friends, Syd is branded and sentenced to death.

Syd is a Proxy.  His life is not his own.

Then again, neither is Knox's.  Knox and Syd have more in common than either would guess.  So when Knox and Syd realize that the only way to beat the system is to save each other, they flee.  Yet Knox's father is no ordinary Patron, and Syd is no ordinary Proxy.  The ensuing cross-country chase will uncover a secret society of rebels, test both boys' resolve, and shine a blinding light onto a world of those who owe and those who pay.  Some debts, it turns out, cannot be repaid.

Other Book(s) in the Series:



GoodReads Summary:

In Sloane's world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is the Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone.  With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment.  Sloane's parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they'll do anything to keep her alive.  She also knows that everyone who's been through The Program returns as a blank slate.  Because their depression is gone -- but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can.  The only person Sloane can be herself with is James.  He's promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything.  But despite the promises they made to each other, it's getting harder to hide the truth.  They are both growing weaker.  Depression is setting in.  And The Program is coming for them.

Other Book(s) in the Series:

17948607    22449285


Read by: C
GoodReads Summary:

It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world.  Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night.  When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless in the street.  After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival.  Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco  where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Other Book(s) in the Series:

17849112     18500665

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