We’re going to switch things up a bit for this week’s reviews. Instead of focusing on individual books, I’m going to give you some great options for dystopian series. Now generally I try to make sure there’s something here for all ages, but that’s a touch more difficult when we’re looking at dystopian fiction. Nobody’s really putting that in books for you younger folks. So, just for today, these suggestions might resonate a bit more for my tween and teen readers.
Alright, let’s get to it. From good to better to best, here are my picks for three dystopian series that I think are going to pull you in so much you’ll be begging the authors for more books.
#3 The Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth
It’s a pretty good bet that unless you legit live under a rock somewhere, you’ve heard of this little series and at least seen a trailer here and there of its relatively successful trip to the big screen. What you may not remember super well is that there is a gentleman by the name of Amar who shows up with some regularity and also used to have a gigantic crush on Four. But then, who doesn’t?!?
#2 The Gone series by Michael Grant
So I have to risk a small spoiler here by saying make sure you pay attention to Dekka. That girl is the kick butt lesbian role model of your dreams. Cross your fingers that Michael Grant decides to write this sidekick her own story some day because she is awesome. Definitely the girl you want on your side in a world where all the adults have somehow been poofed right out of the picture.
#1 The Proxy series by Alex London
In the world according to this series, things aren’t going super well. Somehow things have gotten so messed up that slavery is a thing again. Only this time, people are bought and kept in order to take punishments for the “owner”. In this world, if you’re rich enough and heartless enough, you can get away with anything. If you’re poor, like Syd, you take the rap for every stupid thing your “owner” does. Syd doesn’t have any hope of happily ever after with a great guy. He’s just trying to survive.
So there they are and off you go to the library. (I hope!) Let me know what you think and, as always, if you have any suggestions that you think should have been included or that I should include in a later post, leave ’em in the comments.