Welcome Sarah Negovetich to the blog today as she lets you know her favorite dystopian novels:
What is it about Dystopian books that manages to split the reading community in a divide I haven’t see since the release of Twilight. Either you love them and can’t get enough of them or are considering burning your bookshelves if another comes out.
So, my genius author brain thought it would be a great idea to release a new Dystopian book. I guess it can never be said that I prefer the quiet life. I happen to fall in the camp of Bring on the Dystopian readers. Part fiction, part fortune teller, there is just something about an out of control government and a rebellious character on a mission that gets me going.
So here are a few of my favorite Dystopian books.
Among current reads I loved Hunger Games and Wither. Both of these books did a tremendous job setting up a society that is so different from how we live now, and yet, not that hard to imagine. World building is such a crucial part of this genre and both these books have it in spades. They also both rely on less than perfect main characters, which is fantastic. I always find it easier to engage in a story when the character is someone I can picture as a real person. That means having some character flaws that need work. I like a character that is due a little polish around the edge. It’s so much more satisfying to read their story and watch them grow into better, yet still flawed characters. Because we’re all flawed in one way or another.
If we step into the way back machine (or the TARDIS depending on your particular fandom) there are two much older books that will always show up on my list of favorites, regardless of the genre. The first is 1984, a classic that everyone should read. Not only is this book the perfect mix of despair and hope, it really set the stage for authors of this genre. Plus, there are tons of phrases and terms that most of us use today that originated in this classic book. If you haven’t read it, put it on your TBR, stat.
The last book is Alas, Babylon. Technically this one is more post-apocalyptic than Dystopian, but this is my list so I’m bending the rules a bit. While the story of this one is good (it follows a small Florida town immediately after a nuclear attack on the states), what makes it stand out to me is the incredible character study. This book gets everything right when it comes to showcasing all the different ways people react in a crisis. It spotlights both the best and worst of humanity and should be required reading for anyone looking to create deep and layered characters.
So, that’s my list of top Dystopians. Now it’s your turn. Who goes on your list? Who did I miss? Share your top picks in the comments.
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Rite of Rejection by Sarah Negovetich:
Straight-laced, sixteen-year-old Rebecca can’t wait for her Acceptance. A fancy ball, eligible bachelors, and her debut as an official member of society. Instead, the Machine rejects Rebecca. Labeled as a future criminal, she’s shipped off to a life sentence in a lawless penal colony.
A life behind barbed wire fences with the world’s most dangerous people terrifies Rebecca. She reluctantly joins a band of misfit teens in a risky escape plan, complete with an accidental fiancé she’s almost certain she can learn to love.
But freedom comes with a price. To escape a doomed future and prove her innocence Rebecca must embrace the criminal within.
About the Author:
Her first love is Young Adult novels, because at seventeen the world is your oyster. Only oysters are slimy and more than a little salty; it's accurate if not exactly motivational. We should come up with a better cliché.
Sarah divides her time between writing YA books that her husband won’t read and working with amazing authors as an agent at Corvisiero Literary Agency. Her life’s goal is to be only a mildly embarrassing mom when her kids hit their teens.
You can learn more about Sarah and her books at www.SarahNegovetich.com or follow her antics on Twitter @SarahNego.