Dystopian Novels! Yay or nay?

Recently, I’ve found myself shying away from reading anything in the Dystopian fiction genre. I find that they echo the same sort of rough rubric and – though they’re fun to read in moderation – I can’t read one after another after another after another after… well, you get the point. The government is somehow corrupt and ends up as the hated antagonist. There’s some sort of division in the city/land where the novel is set (think factions or districts). Throw in a spunky and admirable heroine who doesn’t want to fit in and one or two literary hotties and you have dystopian! More or less… some have surprised me in the past few years.

Obviously, I’m over-simplifying. There’s a little more to the dystopian genre. It seems like the shelves are full of Dystopian novels these days. Although I’ve recently tried to distance myself from this genre, there are a few that I can genuinely recommend. Whether they’ve already been adapted to film or they’ve barely garnered any attention, here’s a few that I love!

1) Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

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In Mary’s world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Continue reading

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Book to Screen: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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I’ve never read If I Stay by Gayle Forman (mostly because I’ve heard that it’ll make me cry). I know I shouldn’t rely on the trailer, but it looks like a good one! I’m definitely jumping onto this bandwagon late, though…

Have any of you read it? Would you recommend it? Did you approve of this trailer?

I’d love to hear your opinions!