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Reviews by Tag: dystopia

Teen Review
Landry Park by Bethany Hagen
Bethany Hagen
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Thursday, Jun 4, 2015

Madeline Landry is the heiress of Landry Park, the richest estate in the country, which has been in her family for generations. However, as she starts to doubt her father, she meets David Dana, who is more than meets the eye.

I thought this book was extremely well written. It was impressive that Bethany Hagen managed to make this novel stand out in a sea of dystopian YA fiction. Although it is dystopia, Hagen adds a complexity to her characters, and she keeps...

Staff Review
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Victoria Aveyard
Reviewer's Rating: 
3
Friday, Apr 17, 2015

Mare Barrow's fate is sealed. She is a lowly red, born to work hard and serve the ruling silvers. With her birthday approaching and no job prospects, Mare will be conscripted in to the army like her older brothers. Fighting in an endless war, Mare will surely die on the battlefield. Desperate and out of options, Mare takes a big risk to sneak into the castle for a chance to pick pocket from the rich and powerful silvers that hold her fate in their hands. Stealing from silvers isn't as easy as it sounds as each is gifted with an ability due to their silver blood.

Staff Review
cover of Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Pierce Brown
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014

Darrow has the most dangerous job on Mars. He is the helldiver of Lycos, running the drill deep underground that mines Mars for valuable natural resources. Helldivers to not generally live long lives, like his father who died when he was a child. But Darrow has other plans, he is going to make something of himself, and his clan. But he can only rise so far, the caste system of society keeps his people down. They are Reds, deemed to be good at nothing but hard labor. They are ruled over by the Blues, Greys, and at the top...the Golds, the apex of human evolution. 

 

Staff Review
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
Joelle Charbonneau
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Wednesday, Jul 3, 2013

Everyone has felt the pressure around standardized tests. The thought, real or imagined, that how you perform in this one moment will decide the rest of your life. While we may be lending a dramatic flair to our own examinations, that fear is real for Cia. She has been chosen along with 3 other classmates from the 5 Lakes Colony to participate in The Testing. Every year, the best and brightest high school graduates are brought to Tosu City to undergo a series of exams that will decide who goes on to University.

Staff Review
Neal Shusterman
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Friday, Sep 21, 2012

One of my favorite books of all time is Unwind by Neal Shusterman. The epic story takes place after a second civil war, fought over the morality and legality of abortion leads to peace through the Unwind Accords. This agreement outlaws abortion...however, from the ages of 13 to 18 any child may be unwound by their parents.

Staff Review
Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
Koushun Takami
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Thursday, Aug 30, 2012

Originally published in 1999, Battle Royale predates the Hunger Games by almost ten years!

Staff Review
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Veronica Roth
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Friday, Jan 13, 2012

Beatrice has grown up in post-apocalyptic Chicago, where the community is divided into 5 factions, each focused on a different value. Candor values honest, Amity values happiness, Erudite values information, Dauntless values courage and Beatrice's faction, Abnegation values selflessness. But Beatrice isn't a very good member of Abnegation, selflessness doesn't seem to come naturally to her like it does for her brother Caleb or her mother. At 16, every member of the community undergoes the test to find out what faction they will choose to live in as an adult.

Staff Review
Mockingjay
Suzanne Collins
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Friday, Sep 10, 2010

I approached Mockingjay with a bit of apprehension. You know when there is something you really love you worry that the author/creator might ruin it with one swift stroke of the pen? That is the anxiety I felt leading up to the release of Mockingjay. How could you possibly end a series as great as the Hunger Games? Would Katniss survive? What would happen to Panem!? Although I liked Mockingjay it was certainly not a satisfying book.

Staff Review
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Suzanne Collins
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009

The Hunger Games is the story of North America after an apocalyptic war has broken out. Now the continent is made up of 12 districts, ruled over by a wealthy capitol city. Each year, to remind the districts of their loss in the war and how powerless they are, the Capitol chooses two teenagers from each district to participate in a reality TV show. The participants, called tributes are chosen at random from a lottery, one boy and one girl.

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