Reviews and Blog Posts: dystopias

Memory of water

by Emmi Itäranta

Reviewer Rating:
4

A book for fans of dystopias that are thoughtful and measured vs. action packed. Climate change has changed the world, and the Scandinavian Union is experiencing a water shortage and great restrictions from the ruling government of New Qian. We don't learn much about what's happening in the world outside,...

The summer prince

by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Reviewer Rating:
5

Far in the future is a dystopian world that the women run, but a prince is allowed a few months to feel power. Elected in the spring, winter sees the queen slitting their throat.  Enki is elected in a surprising move from a class of residents of Palmeres Ter that is in...

More than this

by Patrick Ness

Reviewer Rating:
4

Rolling in the sea, muscles contracting with cold, drowning -- so begins our acquaintance with 16-year-old Seth.  Dying, he leaves one reality for an alternate, horrific one in the desolated, unpopulated English village of his birth ...

Brave new world

by Aldous Huxley

Reviewer Rating:
3

I read lots of dystopias, mostly teen fiction, but I'll read adult ones from time to time.  I rarely read older books, though.  This one was published in 1932!  

Rivers

by Michael F. (Fiction writer) Smith

Reviewer Rating:
5

What if the storms over the Mississippi Gulf Coast kept coming and coming and the rain was relentless for years with no sign of letting up.  This is the dystopia of Michael Farris Smith’s novel, Rivers.  Here is what New York Times bestselling author James Lee Burke had to say...

Safekeeping

by Karen Hesse

Reviewer Rating:
4

YA dystopias are still a hot genre, and this book is a dystopia, but a much, let's say, quieter, one. There's no love triangle. There's much less violence than in many of these books. This is an introvert's dystopia. Radley flies back from the orphanage in Haiti where she has...

Pure

by Julianna Baggott

Reviewer Rating:
4
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In the near future, a Dome is built, where people will be sent in case of some kind of disaster occurs. When the Detonations happen, some get into the Dome and others barely survive outside.  If you enjoy fast-paced dystopian stories, try this one.

Neuromancer

by William Gibson

Reviewer Rating:
4

I’ve been having nightmares for a week. Maybe it’s because the people who populate William Gibson’s book seem only half-human, with ports implanted in their necks and software programs running directly through their brains. Maybe it’s a main character, Case, who can kick his drug habit, but only after he...

Desperate Measures

into the forest by jean hegland

It's autumn. My thoughts turn to the usual autumnal things like the changing leaves, apple picking, pumpkin carving...and a strange hankering for tales of desperation.

Something about this time of year tends to make some of us a bit melancholy. It's a time to fend off sleep when the sun sinks below the horizon at 5:00. We watch the leaves fall and our flowers wither with frost. We haul out the blankets and heat up the tea kettle. We bake bread and fill bowls with hearty soups as if we're bears stockpiling calories for our long winter's sleep. This time of year, reading about hardship somehow makes me feel cozier.

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