Summer is gone, fall is winding down, and winter is winding up. You've got your favorite mug and some tasty hot chocolate, but what to read? As you know, I love some good ol' non-fiction psychology books. Just check out my holiday wish-list: all psych books! But sometimes, you really just need a break from all the nursing books. You need to relax.
So, fun fact about me, I am also in love with with dystopian fiction. In middle school I read and reread Lois Lowery's The Giver. When I was in high school I wrote my final senior English paper on George Orwell's 1984 and Ayn Rand's Anthem. Yes, I did go through the typical Ayn Rand rebellion, which included idolizing Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. While my Ayn Randyness has subsided, I am still obsessed with this genre. I must admit that I have an entire shelf on my bookcase dedicated to classic dystopias including Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, The Handmaid's Tale, We (my favorite), Oryx & Crake, Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies, A Clockwork Orange, an so on...
Lucky for me, there has been an EXPLOSION of young adult dystopian fiction. I seriously could not have hoped for anything else. I wish this would have happened when I was a kid, I would have been ecstatic. Heck, I don't know what I am saying, I am ecstatic now. I have read more than a fair share of these dystopian young adult novels, and I want to share my favorites. I highly recommend ordering a few for your holiday travels. Get them on your Kindle or Nook, or buy an old fashion paper copy. And, BONUS, I've found that they help me relate to my preteen & adolescent patients.
Just finished this series yesterday. Holy cow! I absolutely loved it! It is classic fairy tale meets reality TV meets dystopian future. The second and third books were my favorite because that's when the dystopia comes out. Overall, more romance than anything else. Still, it is awesome. I think the series should be turned into a TV show. Why hasn't this happened?
I quickly read these three books before seeing The Maze Runner Movie. The books were fantastic. The biggest bummer occurred when I then watched the movie. What a disappointment. The movie changed a lot and seemed a little childish compared to the books. Oh well, I still thought the books were great. Lots of suspense. Lots of zombieish things. Lots of futuristic post-apocalypse action.
Disney bought the rights and is turning this trilogy into a bunch of movies. Better start reading now! The amount of dystopia in these novels won't disappoint.
This series is also being made into movies. The first, Divergent, came out this year, and the second Insuhttp://amzn.to/1IXHmyHrgent comes out next year. I thought these books were pretty good. Not my favorite of young adult dystopias, but still certainly worth reading. They are page turners and will keep you sufficiently distracted from your stressful job.
If you haven't read these by now... :)
While technically not a dystopia, I still loved it. This is sci-fi meets princesses: a new take on the classic fairy tales. Who doesn't love a Cyborg Cinderella? Very enjoyable. I sense a movie in the future.
I haven't read this series yet, but I plan to during my holiday travels. The publisher summary says, "In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a riveting dystopian world, a thrilling superhero story, and an unforgettable heroine." Enough said, I'm sold.
Good old fashion dsytopia. This trilogy shares themes with The Maze Runner series and at times reminds me of The Hunger Games. While, again, not my favorite, it is still entertaining and distracting. This series seems perfect for high school students faced with the pressures of getting in to college.
Any other good book suggestions out there? Comment below. If it's a dystopia, I am sure to love it.