As the school year is drawing to a close (at least the Canadian university one), I have had some of my friends asking me for book recommendations for the spring/summer. As a result I thought I would offer up some recommendations here on the blog as well. Originally I was only going to have one post, but while compiling the list, I realized I have a lot more recommendations. So for the next 4 weeks, I will be having a recommendation post featuring a different genre of YA. Up this week is dystopian and post-apocalyptic.
(Links go to the Goodreads page of the first book in the series)
- The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins - If you haven’t heard of The Hunger Games yet you’ve kind of been living under a rock. This was just made into the movie, and I strongly suggest that you read the books before you see the movie. These are pretty intense books but you’ll also probably want to have all three books close by when you start reading because you’ll want to read them all one after the other.
- Divergent series by Veronica Roth - Divergent was a fantastic dystopian book and will keep you on the edge of your seat pretty much the whole way through. I’m really looking forward to the sequel, Insurgent which is coming out on May 1st. You can bet I will be at my bookstore that day to get myself a copy.
- Dark Inside series by Jeyn Roberts - This book doesn’t take place after the apocalypse, it takes place while the apocalypse is happening. It’s dark and scary and hits pretty close to home. The way Jeyn Roberts writes this story you almost start fearing the your own world will just end suddenly the next day.
- Delirium series by Lauren Oliver - Lauren Oliver is an amazing writer who writes even more amazing books. Her Delirium series will make you go through a whole range of emotions and ultimately leave you heartbroken but in the best way possible. The characters and the story will stay with you for a long time and will definitely leave you craving for more Lauren Oliver.
- The Chemical Garden trilogy by Lauren DeStefano - This is another fantastic dystopian where women only live to be 20 and men to be 25. This leads to polygamous marriages and while that would normally make me uncomfortable, it just works in Lauren DeStefano’s books. And her writing just draws you in completely, leaving you with all these emotions when you finish reading.
- Matched trilogy by Ally Condie - While this isn’t my favorite dystopian series, it is still one that is very enjoyable to read. In this world, Society controls everything in people’s life, but some people are starting to question that control. While this isn’t a fast-paced stories, you still find yourself unable to put the book down.
So these are my dystopian/post-apocalyptic recommendations. Be sure to check back next week for some contemporary recommendations.