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A Single Stone by Megan McKinlay

I read Laurel Snyder’s Orphan Island just after I read this book. Both books are partly about keeping the traditions that are handed down, obeying the laws of your own community, and questioning those traditions and laws. But each book comes to a very different conclusion. In Orphan Island, questioning and breaking with tradition lead […]

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The Circle by Dave Eggers

Posted by Sherry on 4/25/2017 in Adult Fiction, Dystopian Fiction, Movies |

Here are my thoughts from 2014 on the book called The Circle, soon to be released as a motion picture. Perhaps the movie will fill out the characters and retain the thought-provoking ideas. *************** Are you afraid of the continued encroachment of Big Government and Big Business and Big Internet on the privacy of individuals? […]

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The Lost Compass by Joel Ross

In Book one of this series (or maybe it’s just a book and a sequel), The Fog Diver, Chess, the foggy-eyed tether boy, and his crew escape from the slums of evil Lord Kodoc, and the slum kids make it to the “promised land” of Port Oro. However, in The Lost Compass, Chess continues to […]

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The Last Wild by Piers Torday

Posted by Sherry on 11/24/2014 in 2014, Children's Fiction, Dystopian Fiction, General |

“Wild” is a noun, not an adjective in this novel, and it means a group of animals who live together in a sort of ecosystem. Kester Jaynes is a boy, the son of a former veterinarian, who lives in a home for troubled children in a society that has become somewhat troubled, perhaps insane, itself. […]

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Horizon by Jenn Reese

Posted by Sherry on 11/1/2014 in 2014, Children's Fiction, Dystopian Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General |

The #weneediversebooks movement has been a popular phenomenon on Twitter and among kidlit and YA bloggers this year. The idea is to encourage publishers and authors to write and market more and better literature for children and young adults that shows and features diversity in human beings. In other words, children want to read, or […]

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Cybils: Young Adult Speculative Fiction

Nominations are open through October 15th for the Cybils, the book awards for children’s and young adult literature that are administered, judged, and awarded by kid lit bloggers. The category description for YA Speculative Fiction says: Magic, aliens, ghosts, alternate universes, time travel, space travel, high fantasy, dystopian, post-apocalyptic futures, horror, and sentient animals are […]

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Parched by Georgia Clark

Posted by Sherry on 9/17/2014 in 2014, Dystopian Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult Fiction |

“Post-apocalyptic fiction is set in a world or civilization after . . . a disaster that ruins the world. Possible apocalyptic disasters include nuclear warfare, pandemic, extraterrestrial attack, impact event, cybernetic revolt, technological singularity, dysgenics, supernatural phenomena, divine judgment, climate change, resource depletion or some other general disaster.” “A dystopia is a community or society […]

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Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

A homeschooling mom friend recommended Under the Never Sky, the first in a futuristic, dystopian trilogy of YA novels about a place I wouldn’t want to visit In Real Life. Aria lives in Reverie, an enclosed pod-like city where everyone spends their time experiencing life in virtual reality “Realms”. When she visits the outside, the […]

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The Circle by Dave Eggers

Posted by Sherry on 1/16/2014 in Adult Fiction, Dystopian Fiction, General, Science Fiction |

Are you afraid of the continued encroachment of Big Government and Big Business and Big Internet on the privacy of individuals? Are you worried about the implications of surveillance drones, cashless business models, data-mining, and internet search engines that seem to be more and more ubiquitous and indispensable to more and more people? Have you […]

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Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Posted by Sherry on 11/30/2013 in Dystopian Fiction, General, Science Fiction, Young Adult Fiction |

I’m reluctant to say it, but the writing quality seems to have dropped between this third book in the trilogy and the first one. Fans will still want to know what happens to Tris and Four and their city of factions, but they may be as disappointed as I was in the dialogue and plot […]

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