Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by the lovelies at The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Genre books. Since this blog is already pretty genre specific, I’m narrowing it down to Dystopian books.
I actually took the time to look up the meaning of dystopia (because I always tend to describe it as “the opposite of utopia”) and here’s what Google gave me:
I think that just about covers it. As many of you know, I am more drawn to kissing books, so the description of a dystopian usually wouldn’t grab me—except that in the last few years I’ve read some stellar ones and many of them manage to tell a good story about a bad situation and they still have that little bit (or a lot) of swoon I so ardently love. Here are some of my favs:
1. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins– Action, bad ass heroine, non-annoying love triangle with two lovely guys to choose from (I’d pick Gale, in case you were wondering, but I really love Peeta. I just want to hug him). This series is pretty much amazing.
2. Divergent by Veronica Roth– Holy crap this book is good. It has drawn many comparisons to The Hunger Games and I think that other than being set in an alternative society with a very strong heroine, they couldn’t be more different–oh, except that they’re both awesome.
3. Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness– These books kill me. They are SO, so good. When I read the description I was like, um, okaaaaay. But I read them because so many people told me they were good. And those people were right. This series blew me away.
5. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi– Sweet holy moley, you want to talk about kissing books? This is one. And again we have a fantastic heroine placed in a horrific society. The story is excellent and the love story is pretty freaking swoony.
6. Legend by Marie Lu– This is a great book because you have very clear Good Guys and Bad guys. And the heroine is one of the Bad Guys, only she’s not. She doesn’t see that the cause she’s fighting for is bad. And when she falls for the enemy—the guy she’s been made to believe killed her brother—she falls hard and her whole world changes.
7. Wither by Lauren DeStefano– Oh my goodness, it’s been quite a while since I read this and yet I remember how engrossing it was. Rhine has been forced into marriage with Linden (along with two other brides. Two!) and is kept prisoner. This book is so good.
8. The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld- The premise is great. At sixteen, everyone has a surgery to make them pretty. And they all go live in a different city where on the The Pretties can live. But Tally, the main character, finds herself fleeing before her surgery. She takes refuge with The Smoke, a group of rebels who educate her on the real dark secrets behind the surgery to turn everyone into a Pretty. It’s a good story.
9. Bumped by Megan McCafferty– This book is totally different from the others in that it’s funny. It’s more of a satirical look at some of the ridiculous things our society obsesses over. Everyone over the age of eighteen is infertile and thus teenage girls and their fertility have become quite the hot commodity. People pay girls to have babies. The girls have agents and major deals are struck so that the girls can “bump” with the designated partner (chosen so that the babies will be the best genetic specimens) and get preggers. It’s shocking and crass, but it’s a very creative twist and has some really funny moments.
10. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro– This book is not YA, but it is so terribly good. The story—parentless children being raised at a private school in England—is so haunting. Especially when you find out what these children are being raised to do.