Do you love dystopian books and movies? Are you a sucker for the sepia tones of a decimated post-apocalyptic landscape? I know I am.
We can't talk dystopian with out giving some credit to the forefathers of this noble genre. Ray Bradbury who wrote Fahrenheit 451, George Orwell's classic 1984, and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World are just a few. These are wonderful reads with themes and messages that are still relevant today. Highly recommend.
These giants gave birth to some notable titles that from stemmed from the success of the genre they'd created. The Handmaid's Tale by Margarette Atwood came out in 1998. Richard k. Morgan's Altered Carbon is a classic that has spawned many a spin off. We can't forget the Giver by Lois Lowry. These youth friendly reads are some of the things us millenials first sunk our teeth into. We tasted their bitter goodness and we wanted more.
The 2000's saw a roll out of new dystopian brands and authors creating more desolate, hopeless, worlds for us to fall in love with. Everyone in the nation, and most of the globe, fell in love with Katniss Everdeen when she saved the citizen's of Panem from the horrors of the Capital in Suzanne Colin's the Hunger Games. We all laughed and cried with Tris as she battled for freedom in a futuristic Chicago in Divergent written by Veronica Roth. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is a fantastic dystopian novel wrapped in sci fi paper.
But say you've got a longer list under your belt and you're ready for something new?
Here's a few fresh Dystopian titles to check out today.
Render by K.A. Riley
Spoiler-free description: With the truth finally revealed, Kress and Render lead the Seventeens on a dangerous journey. But nothing is ever quite as it seems, and danger lurks behind every corner...
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
I place my hand on his chest. I dare to trace the outline of the bird soaring across his skin. 'You're my bird,' I tell him. 'You're my bird and you're going to help me fly away.'
Things happen when people touch Juliette. Strange things. Bad things. Dead things.
No one knows why her touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.
But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, without love, she's finally discovering her strength - and maybe even a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever.
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