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Animal Farm 

by George Orwell
03/04/2013 Categories: animals classic dystopia

Animal Farm is a book about a farm that is taken over by its overworked animals. They wish to create a world where all animals are equal, but many conflicts arise from all areas.

Personally, I found the book to be so-so. The book may seem silly and childish from the title and base description alone, but it is actually a very deep symbolic novel. Animal Farm has a few emotional thrills inside of it, but is an easy and fast read.

The book is difficult to give a recommendation. Despite being about talking animals, the story isn't exactly always happy, and anyone can die. If one wants a dystopian that stands out from the rest, Animal Farm might be a good choice.

Jakob, 15

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Divergent 

by Veronica Roth
02/19/2013 Categories: dystopia family drama family secrets romance

DivergentThis book is about a group of five factions. In the book a girl gets a new chance at life when she gets to choose what she wants to be. She left her family to become a dare devil. She is trying to stay alive at this compound. But can she stay alive with the people that are there?

I loved this book. I actually read it five times! This book can catch your eye just by the cover. I liked it because I like to read dramatic books. 

I know for a fact that others would love this book. I had recommend it to my friend and she loved it. When you finish this book you will want to get the next one. If you like DANGER you will like this book.

Rebecka, 14

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Mockingjay 

by Suzanne Collins
01/31/2013 Categories: action adventure dystopia movie romance

Mockingjay coverKatniss is finally at District 13, which she thought didn't exist! Now she has to fight in the war against the Capitol in order for all the people of each district to get their freedom back. But there's a catch! President Snow has Peeta and the closer Katniss gets to her goal the more she hurts Peeta. Katniss has to decide if she really wants to go save all of Panem or risk losing Peeta.

I thought it was exceptionally well written. I really like how all the districts fit into the story line. Also there is a love triangle thing going on, and what teenage girl doesn't enjoy that?

I would definitely recommend this book for anyone to read. I absolutely love it because you can connect to Katniss! Also you don't know what Katniss will do next! There's so many surprises and plot twists this book will leave you at the edge of your seat.

Jacki, 16

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The Maze Runner 

by James Dashner
12/08/2012 Categories: dystopia sci fi survival stories suspense

Maze Runner coverThis book is about a boy named Thomas who wakes up in a mysterious box without any remembrance of the past or even how he got there. There are people peeking through the top calling out to him and eventually they throw down a rope for him to hold on to as they pull him up. It turns out that he is in an immensely large "town" made up of teens. The town is surrounded by giant walls, that somehow open at dawn and close at dusk, and outside the walls are giant mazes. Thomas has to learn how to survive with the other kids, but things start changing once he arrives and no one knows why.

I love this book, it is amazing! By far the best book I have ever read. This book is very thrilling and keeps you hooked in all the way to the end.

I would definitely recommend this book to other people. This book could easily become their favorite book as well and luckily is part of a series, so you won't be left hanging at the end of the first book. If you are into high-action, adventure books that keep you hooked in all the way through you will love this book.

Kevin, 14

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Catching Fire 

by Suzanne Collins
11/13/2012 Categories: action dystopia movie romance

Catching FireKatniss is rebelling against the Capitol, while deciding who she loves most, Gale or Peeta. The Capitol does not like Katniss ever since she thought about the berries that would kill her and Peeta. Now Katniss has to find ways to get President Snow to leave her alone without getting her family and loved ones killed.

I LOVED THIS BOOK! Catching Fire is a "hang on the edge of your seat" type of book. Katniss will keep you guessing what she will do next. On top of that there is the forever looming Capital that wants her dead. Katniss is great character, she is brave and loyal to her loved ones.

This book would be great for girls who like strong feminine characters that know how to kick butt. Catching Fire is also an action thriller and will keep you guessing.

Jacki, 16

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Fahrenheit 451 

by Ray Bradbury
09/06/2012 Categories: censorship classic dystopia movie

Fahrenheit 451 coverFahrenheit 451 takes place in a worst-case scenario future, where the brilliant are censored for their knowledge, creativity is demolished, and books are burned by firemen. The story follows Guy Montag, a fireman, who meets a seventeen-year-old girl who talks about a past where people could think.

Fahrenheit 451 is a bit difficult to read at first, but once you begin to understand its meaning, it becomes a spectacular read. It details how censorship can ruin and degrade a society.

I recommend this book to not only Science Fiction lovers, but also to any big thinkers out there. Fahrenheit 451 details a topic that is rarely touched upon in our society- censorship.

Jakob, 15

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The Hunger Games 

by Suzanne Collins
09/06/2012 Categories: action dystopia movie murder

Hunger Games coverThe Hunger Games is set in district 12, where a girl named Primrose Everdeen, gets reaped (picked to be a tribute in the Hunger Games). Her sister Katness Everdeen volunteers as a tribute in order to have her sister saved from the fight to the death to entertain the Capitol. As the fight continues, Katniss finds her love, Peeta.

The Hunger Games is an incredibly detailed book that writes with raw power. Suzanne Collins writes this novel is such a realistic way, despite the fact that it is fiction.

I would warmly recommend The Hunger Games to anyone who loves action, suspense, and romance. The book was so good for me that I read it in less than a week!

Francesca, 12

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World War Z 

by Max Brooks
08/13/2012 Categories: dystopia zombies

World War Z coverWorld War Z is the written oral history of the zombie war. It is a series of interviews of survivors and people who fought on the front lines.

I like the book because the writer's diction gives it a feeling of reality and you can almost see the person being interviewed talking to you directly.

I would recommend this book to people who love zombie stories and suspense.

Liam, 15

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Atlas Shrugged 

by Ayn Rand
08/13/2012 Categories: classic dystopia sci fi

Atlas Shrugged coverThe world is falling apart at the seams; orders and shipments are late, the country is in debt, problem after problem keep on arising and everyone is at a loss as to what to do. And through this chaos, Dagney Taggert wants to make sure that her railroad keeps on running, but she finds herself facing multiple obstacles as the "destroyer" tries to stop her. And now Dagney finds herself struggling to save the industry and keep real honest hard working men from the destroyer's grasp. And she finds herself realizing the true meaning behind the question: Who is John Galt?

Atlas Shrugged is by far one of the greatest and most thought-provoking books ever written. Rand forces you to stop and look around at the world and makes you wonder what is in store for the human race and if there's any hope for the future. The story, although complex at first, ties together nicely at the end. Although a simple story, Rand is able to write it in a way that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. 

I would recommend this book to everyone who loves the classics and doesn't mind reading a very (and I mean very) big book. Atlas Shrugged is definitely for those readers who love to read about the world around them and want to be introduced
to a new train of thought.

Jana, 17

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A Crack in the Sky 

by Mark Peter Hughes

Crack in the Sky coverA Crack In the Sky is a dystopian novel about Eli, the youngest member of the Papadopolous family that runs Infiniticorp. After a global disease wipes out much of humanity, Infinticorp builds domed cities for the survivors. Eli notices flaws in the holographic sky over Atlanta. He is determined to find out the truth even when nobody else will believe him. His quest leads him to question all he has ever known and what secrets the domes hide.

I like this book because it keeps you guessing until the end and shows a glimpse of a future that may not be too far away.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes post apocalyptic novels and science fiction.

Liam, 15

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The Dead 

by Charlie Higson
07/23/2012 Categories: action dystopia funny zombies

The Dead coverThe Dead is a prequel to the book, The Enemy, taking place a year before the action in the previous book. Around the world, everyone over 18 has turned into flesh eating monsters. In London a group of teenagers from a boarding school try to escape to the city to find food and somewhere to live.

I like this book because it is fast-paced, full of action and adventure and has multiple plot twists. Plus,there is a character who has the same name as me which doesn't happen often with me.

I would recommend this book to people who like Zombie action and sarcastic, witty humor.

Liam, 15

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The Selection 

by Kiera Cass
07/18/2012 Categories: dystopia romance

Selection coverAmerica Singer is neither rich nor poor--just smack dab in the middle of the caste system as an artist. She's in love with Aspen, a handsome boy who's a caste lower than her, but although he returns her affections, he wants her to have something--someone better. This "someone" turns out to be Prince Maxon, part of the highest caste, who is looking for a wife through a game called "The Selection."

I actually liked it! To be honest, the main thing that attracted me to this book was its gorgeous cover, not the Bachelorette/Hunger Games inspired content, but the romance definitely appealed to me as well. The two boys, Aspen and Maxon, are extremely hard to choose between--I can't wait to read the sequel to see who she ends up with!

Anyone who's in for a fluffy taste of Dystopian and a syrupy romance would love this book!

Erica, 16

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Divergent 

by Veronica Roth
07/18/2012 Categories: action adventure dystopia suspense

Divergent coverDivergent was about a society that was divided into 5 factions. Candor, the honest; Abnegation, those who forget themselves to help others; Amity, the friendly; Dauntless, the brave; and Erudite, the intelligent. This book was about one particular girl, Beatrice, who is from Abnegation, and her story of how she found her own life through the controlling factions!

Divergent was amazing, because just like the Hunger Games, you really feel proud of how we live nowadays. In Divergent, they had to choose one quality to live by, while in our life we get to try all the qualities. 

I would recommend this to those who liked the Hunger Games, and maybe even those who didn't. Compared to the Hunger Games, this book had a bit more romance involved, so for those of you who like action and romance it's perfect!

Chanel, 13

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Insurgent 

by Veronica Roth
07/11/2012 Categories: adventure dystopia romance

Insurgent coverIn the continuation of Divergent, Insurgent follows the adventures of Tris and Four as they escape from the Erudite faction and the Dauntless who have betrayed them. They attempt to hide in Amity, but even the peacemakers can't shield them from the power of their enemies--so they turn for help in the most unexpected places and meet familiar faces.

I loved Insurgent! Although it focused more on Tris and Four's relationship than I would have liked, Insurgent was definitely not a letdown from its groundbreaking predecessor.

Anyone who enjoys the dystopian genre, loves Hunger Games (or anything similar), and is in for fast-paced excitement and a bit of romance would love this book.

Erica, 16

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The Fox Inheritance 

by Mary Pearson
07/03/2012 Categories: action dystopia sci fi suspense

Fox Inheritance coverJenna, Kara, and Locke were great friends who stuck together through everything, but one day an accident happens and as they lay dying, Jenna's father scans and saves their minds in the hopes of saving them. 260 years later Locke and Kara awaken to a new world and learn that Jenna has been alive for the past 260 years and has done nothing to save them from the darkness. After finding out that they are nothing more than floor models for prospective buyers who may want to preserve their minds for the future, Locke and Kara run away and find themselves in a whole new world. The two get separated, but their destination is the same: Jenna. Locke finds himself rushing against the clock because he knows that Kara's mad, he knows she wants revenge. 

This book is fantastic; the sequel to The Adoration of Jenna Fox, this book gives you insight as to what happened to the other characters and the lives in store for them. The future world that Pearson creates is realistic. This book will leave you wondering about the importance of friendship, trust, and the human mind and soul.

I would recommend this book to everyone who loves to wonder about the future and where mankind is headed. It will definitely leave you wondering and questioning. If you loved The Adoration of Jenna Fox, then this book is a must-read.

Jana, 16

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