Do you like dystopias? What are some of your favorites books, worlds, etc.?
Dystopias are one of my favorite genres to read. Mainly, because I like to see a creative screwed up world with interesting characters, and dystopias lend themselves to that very well. Like with fantastical worlds, I love a good world building with a unique problem. I’ve taken a break from this genre though because I kind of got burned out after bingeing in it.
Obviously The Hunger Games will top the lists of great dystopias, but there are others that I have enjoyed and have listed in the YA dystopia recommendations page. I haven’t read too many adult dystopias, but Wool is a pretty good one.
…..For a while there,I was really into dystopian literature. I liked Enclave by Ann Aguirre, Uninvited by Sophie Jordan, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, just to name a few. Of course, this all started because of The Giver by Lois Lowry in 5th grade. The Hunger Games got me back into dystopia for awhile as well as Divergent. I can’t say that I am “over” dystopian because if I like something, I tend to always like it. I like that it is all about life or death and only take the things that are important. Living becomes minimalist and usually these stories feature a character that shows tremendous growth in the face of hardship. I have not read anything I would really consider dystopian lately. I still like this type of read, but I can sense that readers are growing tiresome. I wonder what the next big thing will be?
There are some good dystopia books out there. And there are some bad dystopia books out there. And I feel like I’ve read some from both categories. I looked over this list from Goodreads and I’ve either read, or marked to read, the majority of the first 40 on the list. And I’m not sure that’s a good thing. I, too, have gotten burned out on dysopia. I think I’ve reached the point where they are just too depressing, as we are too close to some of those scenarios. Julie lists Uninvited, and I so completely agree with her on this book. I just re-listened to the audio before starting the next book. And Uninvited is still as visceral a read as it was a year ago. The world building is amazing. The emotional connection to Davy is heart-pumping. I can seriously imagine our lives getting to the point in the book that Ms. Jordan has described. My problem with dystopia of late is that the first one in the series is great. But the rest of the series isn’t (I’m talking the Matched series, among others here). Or the first one is so uninteresting to me, I’m not even bothering to read the next book (ahem, Maze Runner, I’m looking at you). Maybe I just need to not read any dystopia for awhile.