The wildly popular Hunger Games series (which I have not read) has pulled the dystopian sub-genre into vogue. The word “dystopian” makes a lot of people wrinkle their forehead in confusion, so let me explain. A distopia is the opposite of a utopia. In a utopian world everything would (theoretically) be perfect. In a distopian world, everything is a mess. Most dystopian novels are set in a futuristic society with a seriously problematic government. The reason for this theme centers mostly around this month’s giveaway. Someone recommended City of Ember to me, and I found a nice copy that would make a good giveaway. City of Ember is dystopian, therefore this month’s theme is dystopian. I’ve actually only read the first two books in the lineup, so I’ll be reading fast to keep up this month.
Week One–Among the Brave, by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Week Two–The City of Ember, by Jeanne DuPrau
Week Three–Captives, by Jill Williamson
Week Four–Precisely Terminated, by Amanda Davis
Which dystopian books have you read? Are any of the titles in this lineup familiar to you?