So today is my first Monday Recommendations, a meme hosted by Bookshelves and Paperbacks where you choose a genre or trope every Monday and recommend five books that fit that genre or trope. For my first Monday recommendations I thought that since I read so many of them, that I would do a post about five dystopian novels that I would recommend.
1. Unwind by Neal Shusterman-If you have been following this blog for the past year and a bit that I have been writing then you will probably know that I am obsessed with the Unwind dystology. Unwind follows three teenagers Risa, Connor and Lev who run away from being unwound-retroactively aborted, where you are completely taken apart and all your parts used for organ donation. It sounds creepy, and it is, but this book is amazing, the topic is thought provoking, the world is creepy, the characters are great, and if you want a great dystopia that really pulls you in, this is definitely the book for you.
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins-No list of dystopian novel recommendations would be complete without this book. If you by some chance have not read it yet, nor know what it’s about, it follows young Katniss Everdeen as she attempts to win The Hunger Games, a brutal fight to the death between 24 kids, in which only one can come out victorious, imposed on them by the corrupt Capitol as a punishment for rebellion. This book is a great read, with a strong female heroine yet one who is sympathetic enough that you root for her, it is packed with action and suspense in the Games portions of the book and it tackles some big themes. Yes there is the obligatory teen romance but honestly that is not the most important part of the book. If you haven’t read it already, then you need to!
3. The Maze Runner by James Dashner-You can read my review to see more of what I thought of this book, but basically it’s about a group of boys who have been trapped in a maze for reasons unknown in the first book (it becomes clear throughout the trilogy why this is) and are trying to escape. Once you get over the annoyance of the slang that the Gladers use (and luckily this peters out), it’s a good book, very exciting & mysterious and the supporting cast of gladers are awesome particularly Newt and Minho, who I actually liked more than Thomas.
4. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman-This one actually came out before the big dystopia buzz around the Hunger Games, and is set in a society where black people (Crosses) are the upper class instead of white people (Noughts) who are the lower class. Noughts and Crosses follows the story of Sephy, an extremely high class Cross as her father is in government, and Callum, a nought. Sephy and Callum grew up together as Callum’s mother was employed as a nanny by Sephy’s mother. It follows their relationship as they grow from friends to something more, whilst realising the injustices of their society. This is an amazingly powerful book about race and the injustices of not just their society, but of our society too. It’s so much more than a romance between two people whose relationship is frowned upon by their society, it’s a social commentary and a truly beautiful book. The characters are flawed but real and this is honestly one of my favourite books that I have ever read, and if you don’t read it then you are missing out.
5. Pure-Julianna Baggott-I reviewed the last book of this series, but this is the one where it all began. Pure follows a post-apocalyptic world where there has been some kind of nuclear apocalypse, leaving the whole world burned to ashes and people with horrible fusings (items fused to their bodies) and scars. Except for those lucky enough to be chosen for the Dome, the so called Pure who were separate from the wretches and live in a protective Dome, sheltered from the horrors of the outside world. This world is bleak and highly disturbing, and it’s a very unusual world. The character of Pressia with her doll fused hand is impressively tough considering everything she’s been through. It takes a while to get into, but once you are in, it’s hanging from the edge of your seat stuff right until the very end. The world is bizarre but fascinating, the characters are great, the story is good, overall it is well worth a read.
So those are my Dystopian recommendations for this Monday, I will be back next Monday with more recommendations for you, and look out tomorrow for my first Top Ten Tuesday. I’m also hoping that I’ll be able to get you my review of Panic in the next couple of weeks but I make no promises!