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April – ICT Dystopians – Eggers, Malley, Doctorow

I decided to put these three together in one post as there seems to be considerable overlap with the themes. I am also reminded of Brainjack which I blogged about a while ago.   Dave Eggers – The Circle   I discovered this book late last year when I read the first few chapters on some … Continue reading

March – James Phelan – The last thirteen

I really enjoyed James Phelan’s – Survivor/Alone series and when this was recommended to me by a Year 7 student looked out for it.  The first of 13 books (sigh), the story focuses on a group of teenagers who have “true dreams” and the idea that they have harness control of their dream “visions” to … Continue reading

February – Veronica Roth – Divergent

Is Divergent the next Hunger Games or Harry Potter?  It would seem so with a soon to be released movie and a waiting list for the series in my school library and local library.  Is it worthy?  Certainly, as a first of a series (there are three) it is far less tedious than The Hunger … Continue reading

October – Isobelle Carmody – Obernewtyn

Many years after its initial publication (1987)and its shortlisting for CBC Book of the Year 1988 – Short-listed Older Readers, I have finally read Obernewtyn. Why now? A student whose opinion I respect told me it was his favourite book/series of all time. So, my struggle started. I generally read a YA book in a … Continue reading

Misery May – Sarah Crossen – Breathe

This would be good for Misery May – a follow up to the Misery March (Dystopian) blog of last year. Breathe is about a world without sufficient oxygen. So everyone lives in air rich pods and are taxed according to their air consumption.  For Auxiliaries (third class people) there is not enough air to allow … Continue reading

Speculative September – Michael Pryor – Ten Futures

This is a collection of 10 short stories, featuring the same two characters (Sam and Tara) in 10 future time zones/dystopias.  The first story ‘2100’ was very reminiscent of the Bicentennial Man movie and even Sci Fi classics like ‘The fun they had’ (Isaac Asimov) and ‘There will come soft rains’ (Ray Bradbury). Indeed, Pryor … Continue reading

Misery March (or should that be Mutilation March) Uglies series continued

Pretties and Specials (number 2 and 3 in Uglies trilogy) There is always a danger in reading a whole series in a few days, there is not that fresh excitement or anticipation that occurs when you are waiting for a publisher/author to release the next in the series and characters/events can get somewhat predictable. The … Continue reading

Misery March – Review of Uglies (Scott Westerfeld)

Uglies Scott Westerfeld 2005, Simon and Schuster, ISBN 0-689-86538-5 This book was on my reading list as it has been mentioned by many as one of the keystones of dystopian fiction.  It is the first of a trilogy set in a futuristic world where life in the city is not only sanitised, emotion free and … Continue reading

Dystopian December or is it Mad or Misery March

I know I am late for December or is it early?  But my recent fascination for this genre is what got me thinking about doing a blog….. maybe it could be Mad March (as in it is a Mad world!) or Misery March (see definition below) defines dystopia as: a society characterized by human misery, … Continue reading

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