In the wake of the Hunger Games and Divergent series, here are some books suggestions, all in the Dystopian genre. Dystopian fiction is part of Science Fiction but is not necessarily set in the future nor does it include lots of technology. Instead it imagines a different society organisation or a political system, then explores how people live in it. These books often revolve around apocalypse or post-apocalypse, survival, social control, rebellion, special gifts and identity with a pinch of romance.
Classic dystopian books include 1984, by George Orwell (ORW)*, Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley (HUX) and We by Evgeniæi Ivanovich Zamiatin (ZAM).
The popularity of the Uglies Series, by Scott Westerfeld (WES) in 2005 revived the genre which is now pouring with best selling series:
- Juno series, by Fleur Beale (BEA) NZ author
- Matched series, by Allie Conde (CON)
- The Maze Runner, by James Dashner (DAS)
- Tomorrow Girls, by Eva Gray (GRA)
- Wool Series, by Hugh Howey (HOW)
- Legend novels, by Marie LU (LU)
- The Declaration series, by Gemma Malley (MAL)
- Chaos Walking series, by Patrick Ness (NES)
And also some stand alone novels:
- Genesis, by Bernard Beckett (BEC) NZ author
- Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow (DOC)
- The Only Boy, by Jordan Locke (LOC)
- The Giver, by Lois Lowry (LOW)
- Unidentified, by Rae Mariz (MAR)
- Only Ever Always, by Renny Russon (RUS)
- Blood Red Road, by Moira Young (YOU)
Most of these books are on high demand so ask the librarian to reserve them.
* letters in brackets indicate where you can find the book in the library.