Friday, July 8, 2011

Jordan's Top 5 Dystopias for July

 It's hot outside. The college students are gone. Even the congressmen are on recess. If it feels a little like a post-apocolyptic ghost town outside to you, we have the perfect reading material for you. We've asked our teen reviewer (and dystopian expert), Jordan, to give his picks for the best bleak looks into our future....

1. 1984 by George Orwell
My favorite book of all time. It makes you question exactly to what extent the role of government should be in your life. It's absolutely life-changing.

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
(the entire series, but the 1st book is my favorite) - A remarkable series with a great dynamic between all the characters. Very innovative, but dark idea. The thought of using kids to decide the fate of an entire District is remarkable- it's gritty and real, but also suffused with a confusing and intricate romance.

3. Pure by Julianna Baggott
A brand new and compelling book, full of original ideas and startling characters. I greatly enjoyed this post-apocalyptic world that Baggott created, notably for its darkness, but also for the hope that continues to exist in the somber world.

4. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
A classic which continues to stay prominent in the modern world. Although book burning may not exactly be our greatest threat to expressiveness, censorship is still constantly being redefined as new and innovative technologies continue to be developed.
5. Matched by Ally Condie
A new, futuristic book, which investigates the sightly chilling idea of government control of not only our jobs, but also of our emotions and loves. A tad bit heavy on the romantic aspect of the story, but it was pretty necessary. However, I felt as if the ideas of the Society could have been explored and developed further, giving this new novel even more depth.

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