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This World We Live 

by Susan Beth Pfeffer
09/30/2013 Categories: dystopia natural disasters romance

This World We Live InThis World We Live In is a companion novel to both Life As We Knew It and The Dead & The Gone, and continues the story of what happened after a meteor collided with the moon and catastrophically altered the earth's climate. Miranda Evans, the main character from the first book, narrates the hardships of living in a destroyed world where leaving can be forever and where almost everyone you know is dead. Alex, the narrator from the second book shows up at Miranda's door with her father and her stepmother. He and Miranda begin a catastrophic and sad relationship that causes only more heartbreak.

I really enjoyed this book almost as much as the  first two. This World We Live In provided a very interesting storyline. I was very excited to see both of the narrators from the previous books meet and fall in love, but as the story progressed, it became a little predictable and cheesy. Overall, it was a good book filled with many tragic events that often made it hard not to cry.

I would recommend this book to others who have read the previous books and who cannot get enough of this author's work.  I would also recommend it to people who like sad and tragic stories, and for those who can handle death and disturbing parts. This World We Live In is suitable for both guys and girls, because it is not solely based on romance, but the will to survive and help your family through tough times.  

Daisy, 17

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Reached 

by Ally Condie
09/30/2013 Categories: dystopia love triangles

ReachedReached, the third and final installment of Ally Condie's Matched trilogy, follows Cassia, Ky and Xander as they get closer to toppling down the society that has taken their choices away from them. Cassia and Ky have officially joined the Rising and believe they can be together, but they soon find themselves separated once again. Xander, also a member of the Rising, finds himself completely trusting of the rebellion that plans to take over the Society. The three of them must rely on themselves in order to survive in this world that both the Rising and the Society have created. Can they thrust the Rising? And will they even live through this horrible world that has been created out of manipulation and lies?

I really enjoyed Xander's narration in this book. His voice brought a fresh, new perspective that changed how the reader looked at the story. I think it also provided a great ending to this amazing trilogy, because it explained all the mysteries surrounding the characters, the Society, and the Rising. The storyline was fantastic and Condie was able to end the trilogy in a way that did not seem forced or unnatural.

I would recommend Reached to people who have read the two previous books. Also, this would also be a good read for those who enjoy dystopian novels that contain both romance and action.

Daisy, 17

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Attack on Titan 

by Hajime Isayama
09/28/2013 Categories: dystopia manga

Attack on TitanSet in a dystopian world thousands of years into the future, humans have been forced to hide within the walls of their cities to avoid being eaten by the gigantic, grotesque Titans. After a century of peace, humans are just beginning to get settled in their daily routines, until the fateful day when the Titans break a hole in the outermost wall. With thousands dead and their homes wrecked, the villagers are forced to escape within the second wall for safety; but one boy, Eren Yaeger, is determined to get his revenge.

Attack on Titan is one of the only manga series that I read nowadays, for the specific reason that it's thrilling and chock-full of both action and emotion. Isayama is famous for writing in symbols and metaphors, and he delivers each twist and turn
with remarkable skill. I could analyze the series for hours.

Anyone who isn't afraid of gruesome pictures or horror, and appreciates a fantastically complex plot, would fall head over heels for this series. The story is marvelously written and I recommend it highly to teens in high school and above.

Erica, 17

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Delirium 

by Lauren Oliver
09/28/2013 Categories: dystopia

DeliriumThis book was set in a dystopian society and was very good. I loved the plot and the characters. Lena lives in a society where love is considered a disease and a cure was developed for those 18 years and older. A 17-year old rule follower, Lena is convinced that love is a disease and can't wait for her procedure up until the day she meets Alex. Alex is supposedly cured but later in the novel it is revealed that he is an Invalid, a person who comes from outside of the city boundaries. Both teens try to be with each other as much as they can, but it can be very difficult given the amount of influence the government has on everyday living. If they were ever caught together, they would most likely be killed or taken away. Throughout the novel, Alex and Lena struggle for their love with one another

I would recommend this to anyone who likes reading about dystopian societies. I would also recommend this to anyone who enjoyed reading Matched by Ally Condie.

Chanel, 14

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Selection 

by Kiera Cass
08/22/2013 Categories: dystopia royalty social classes

SelectionThe book starts off with a dystopian society where the prince is coming of age and is holding a contest to find a bride. America, class 5, enters with pressure from family members, and her secret boyfriend.

The book was very good and had me reading to the wee hours of the morning. It is well written and has a some-what advanced vocabulary. The ending was very abrupt and is a cliffhanger to the second book, with no resolution of the main conflict and no true decisions made by the main character. Even so, the book was very entertaining and the sequel quickly justifies the first book. You will be engrossed in the lives of the characters and feel as though you are in the selection yourself.

Kiera Cass does very well. I would suggest these books teen girls.

Emily, 15

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Crossed 

by Ally Condie
07/23/2013 Categories: action dystopia romance

CrossedCondie's Crossed continues to follow Cassia Reyes as she risks everything in order to find Ky the boy she loves, and who the Society wants to keep her away from. In this second book of the Matched Trilogy, Cassia embarks on a journey to find Ky, but along the way she finds out secrets that might change the purpose of her trip. Will she run away with Ky, or will she join the rising in order to destroy the society that has taken away her freedom, and her ability to choose who she loves.

I really liked this book, specially the characters who were all brave and willing to risk everything for their loved ones. Another reason why I loved this book was because we not only got the chance to be in Cassia's mind and feel her emotions but we also got to explore the deeps of Ky's mind as he too looks for the one he loves.

I really enjoyed the new characters that Condie introduces in this book, and I loved the story line from start to finish. I would recommend this book to everyone, it perfectly combines action and romance, so as a reader you are always interested in what's going to happen next. This book would be a good read for those who enjoyed reading The Hunger Games, or other dystopian novels.

Daisy, 17

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City of Glass 

by Cassandra Clare
07/23/2013 Categories: demonology dystopia movie vampires

City of GlassCity of Glass is the third installment of Clare's The Mortal Instruments series, and follows Clary the heroin of the story as she travels to the City of Glass, the home of the Shawdowhunters, in order to find an antidote that will bring her mother back. Things become complicated as Valentine takes his plan into action, and invades the glass city with his demon army. Now the Downworlders and the Shadowhunters have to unite in order to survive, but will they be able to put their differences aside and fight among each other?

I really liked this book, I have been fascinated by this whole series and this installment did not disappoint. Clare's characters continue develop, especially Jace who continues to struggle with himself but at the end of the book is able to find some peace within himself. Like the previous books, Clare is able to capture both romance and action in a way that is captivating and keeps the reader at the edge of their set.

Overall the book is every well written and is full of the awesome characters and plot twists that readers have begun to expect from Clare. Like the previous two books, I would really recommend this book to people who are into the supernatural, action books that are still able to include some romance. I would also recommend this book to those that are thinking about watching the new movie for the City of Bones the first book in this series, because like they say " The book is always better than the movie."

Daisy, 17

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Insurgent 

by Veronica Roth
07/23/2013 Categories: dystopia identity

InsurgentAs war between the factions threatens Tris's new Dauntless life, she is haunted by grief, and guilt. Tris Prior is faced with the decision of risking her own life for the lives of others. Tris must now embrace her Divergence in order to save those she loves.

Insurgent was an exceptional sequel to Divergent. I loved how the relationship between Tobias and Tris developed drastically in this book.

I would recommend Insurgent to anyone. I believe teens especially will love it if they enjoy futuristic societies, action and romance.

Maria, 15

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Uglies 

by Scott Westerfeld
07/23/2013 Categories: body image dystopia sci fi

UgliesTally Youngblound lives in a futuristic society where all citizens are considered "ugly" until they undergo a surgery making them "pretty" at age 16. She declines this transformation after meeting a gal named Shay, who before leaving, tells her of a different, more interesting and rebelling life. Tally is then blackmailed by the leaders of the society, Special Circumstances, to find Shay or else never become pretty. This launches her into an adventure as a spy, whilst learning the deep secrets of her world that definitely aren't pretty. 

Uglies was a very good novel in many ways, but what stood out to me was the world it took place in. It really made me contemplate about an attractive future and how easily it could be manipulated. Aside from that, this book was very well detailed in its technology, and it moved at a quick pace despite its length.

Overall, this is an excellent novel for anyone who needs their dystopian fix. Anyone who enjoys sci-fi fiction would get a knack out of it, too.

Jakob, 15

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Matched 

by Ally Condi
06/05/2013 Categories: dystopia love triangles

MatchedThis book revolves around Cassia Maria Reyes' life in the Society, where officials decide where you work, when you die, and who you love. Cassia is matched with her best friend but cannot bring herself to love him after she sees another face on the Matching screen and begins to fall in love with Ky instead of Xander.

I truly loved and enjoyed the book, Matched. The plot line was very interesting and captivating, I would find myself not being able to put the book down.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves dystopian novels, romance, and love triangles. If you liked books such as The Hunger Games or Divergent you will definitely love Matched.

Maria, 15

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Ashes, Ashes 

by Jo Treggiari

Ashes, AshesThe world has ended and Lucy must survive. After some dogs attack her, she meets Aidan and soon finds out that there are other people that have survived. Rampaged by the Sweepers, they must prevail against all odds.

This book is so good! Lots of dangerous and tricky situations. If you like mortal peril then this is the book for you.

Hieu, 13

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Son 

by Lois Lowry
05/22/2013 Categories: dystopia family drama sci fi

SonThis book is the sequel to The Giver. Son is about Claire, the mother of a young boy named Gabe. Gabe gets taken from Caire at birth, and she starts this big journey to find him.

I did like this book because it has sort of a dystopian setting. I also like this book because it is told by the point of Claire and not Jonas (a boy in the community).

I would recommend this to others because I think this book has a great plot and is not too intense for younger people

Sabrina, 14

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Hunger Games 

by Suzanne Collins

Hunger GamesThe book is about a girl name Katniss Everdeen. Her sister is picked for the hunger games (where teens fight to the death and there is one winner). Katniss volunteers in the place of her younger sister and fights to the death in the hunger games.

I really liked this book because of the love story and the fight scenes it had.

Yes, I would recommend this book to others of an older age of about 13 because of some the the intense fight scenes and the sort of love triangle that goes on. But over all, I really like this book.

Sabrina, 14

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Divergent 

by Veronica Roth
05/21/2013 Categories: action dystopia love triangles suspense

DivergentIn Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both.

I loved this book! The plot line was very interesting and captivating. As you continue reading, you fall in love with the characters.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a dystopian novel filled with romance and action. If you loved The Hunger Games and other similar books you will definitely enjoy Divergent.

Maria, 15

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1984 

by George Orwell
04/29/2013 Categories: censorship classic dystopia politics

This story is about Winston Smith, who lives in a dystopian society called Oceania, which used to be the former Americas and British Isles. In Oceania, pretty much all of life is controlled by the government, simply called the Party.

1984 tells of Winston's rebellion against the Party and his struggle to remain himself.1984 is an amazing book. It really gets you thinking about how humans can survive in a society such as this one. Winston's narration is great also, very funny and thought-provoking.

Obviously, sci-fi fans would like this book, but really I'd recommend it to anyone, since it tells such a great story about human nature. It's not that hard to read, and one of those stories that can stay with you for a lifetime.

Kristine, 15

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