27 April 2010

Yackety-yak: Something Dystopian

My dear sweet readers: I have hit a horrible reading funk. Nothing seems to tickle my fancy. I think I need something exciting and action packed to pluck me from the clutches of this wicked reading apathy. Consequently, I am considering something dystopian (à la Hunger Games). Please please please recommend something to me...
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  1. Birthmarked was really great. It's a futuristic dystopia that had some eerie similarities to our society today. Keeping the advanced superior ones in and the unattractive unfortunate ones out. I liked it and there's been many wonderful reviews on it. You should give it a try.

  2. Ummm...
    hmmm I've heard that THE MAZE RUNNER is considered dystopian...
    INCARCERON could be considered dystopian, I guess (weird and corrupted futuristic society) and it's pretty good :D

    I've heard some good things about the UGLIES series...hmmm hhahaha

    good luck with your search!

  3. I dont know if i ever read dystopian Juju. First time I heard about this. *LOL*

  4. oh no, a reading funk is the worst. i haven't read any dystopian other than the hunger games series but i heard the maze runner by james dashner is a good one.

  5. Shade's Children by Garth Nix is a good choice if you want a dystopian YA title written in a steady voice. It'll shake you up, if nothing else. Good luck!

  6. Oh, I hope you come out of your funk soon! Read Battle Royale! :-) Although I don't know if that will really be your style. . .

  7. Uglies series - Scott Westerfeld
    Unwind - Neal Shusterman
    Life As We Knew It series - Susan Beth Pfeffer
    The House of Scorpion - Nancy Farmer (Not entirely dystopian but similar-ish)

    I've heard that The Forest of Hands & Teeth is good, too. Author is Carrie Ryan.

    I'll try to think of some more. :0)

  8. The Hunger Games are really good, and Catching Fire.

    Incarceron was also fabulous! ;P

    Also, I have been meaning to read The Line, which is supposed to be really good!

    I hope that helps and you are able to find something fulfilling to read! (I get in those funks too) :D

  9. Have you read The Maze Runner? I just finished it this weekend. I really enjoyed it and I highly recommend it!

  10. OOoo I'm loving all this advice. I'm saving them all and taking them to the library with me.

  11. Ooh I really need to read The Maze Runner too... it's on TBR.. *sigh*

    How about The Forest of Hands and Teeth? It's not exactly dystopian but similar and it's really good!

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  13. I have no reccomendations....I just came to show my support LOL! I hope you can get out of your funk soon! :)

  14. I hear wonderful thins about Hunger Games and Maze runner. It's the read of the times

  15. Sorry I havent read any books in this genre...But I will be looking out for your review!! :)

  16. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood is good. It's very futuristic and could be a grownup version of Lois Lowry's The Giver. Enjoy your dystopia reads :)

  17. The Obernewtyn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody. They are fantabulous!

  18. Some good ones (all YA though):

    The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

    Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

    Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

    The Maze Runner by James Dashner

    The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

    Candor by Pam Bachorz

    Epitaph Road by David Petneaude

    Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien

  19. OH NO!!!!!! Nothing is worse than that (the funk part). I have never heard of dystopian????? hmmm, will have to look that up.

    I don't think I have ever really been in a reading funk, oh the horror!!!

  20. Oh no, not a reading funk! Well, I completely loved Birthmarked. One of my favorites. The Uglies series is a dystopia, but I didn't love it as much as some. Life As We Knew It was good too. (all of these are YA.) Hope this helped!

  21. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
    Inside Out by Maria V Snyder

    Dystopian is something I just recently started reading so I don’t have many recommendations for books I’ve actually read. Here a few more that I’ve *heard* are good.

    The Adoration of Jenna Fox
    The Handmaid’s Tale

    Good luck getting out of your rut. I hate when that happens :(

  22. I can't seem to get out of mines either Juju, it is taking me way to long to read the last few books, sigh

    Personally I wouldn't go for Uglies, just my opinion. I have heard great things about Maze Runner and Hunger Games but haven't read either. Good luck

    Gods Behaving Badly got me out of my last reading funk....

  23. I hate reading funks. I tend to browse bookshelves on shelfari when I need ideas. So many friends have great books I've never heard of.

    As for dystopian books, Maze Runner and The Forest of Hands and Teeth were pretty good and I've seen a few other suggests - including books on my list. Inside Out, Birthmarked and The Handmaiden's Tale are all suppose to very good.

  24. I've never read any dystopian, but good luck finding a book!

  25. There's nothing better than dystopian to cheer you up! Reading about a messed-up world definitely cures me! :)

    The only one that comes to mind right now it Never Let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro.

  26. Thank you so much ladies!

    What an awesome list!

    Celia and Cat: Unique suggestions! I just placed them on my list! Shade's Children is on hold for me but sadly my library doesn't carry Obernewtyn so I'll have to keep my eyes peeled.

    Whitney, Mama Bookworm, and Wonder Bunny: Oooooo I loved The Giver. The Handmaid's Tale sounds awesome. I just put it on hold at my library.

    Kris, itsJUSTme, Steph, Darlyn, Chelley, and Nina: Thanks for showing support even though you're not dystopian fans :) *hugs*

    Dawn M.: Welcome :D

    Aths: LOL :) true true!

    NotNessie: I've read the Giver. One of my favorites.

    Thank you SO much for all this amazing feedback!

    So I just placed the following books on hold:
    -The Handmaid's Tale
    -The Maze Runner
    -Shade's Children
    -Fahrenheit 451

    And I'm going to try The Host when I get home.
    *fingers crossed*

  27. I definitely second (or third? or fourth?) the recommendations to read Susan Beth Pfeffer's outstanding novels! Life As We Knew It was flat-out incredible and has really stayed with me... even though I read it last October!

    The second book in the series wasn't quite as moving, probably because I was getting "used" to the whole moon disaster... and I'm getting ready to read the third!

  28. Looks like you have a great list already! I can't think of a dystopian novel that hasn't already been mentioned; but I hope you find something to pull you out of your reading funk. :)

  29. Reading funk you say? I'm telling you - I Am Not a Serial Killer will get you out of that funk. It's a YA thriller with a paranormal twist. It's clean of sex and language. It is creepy and a bit disturbing but seriously, it's really good.

  30. I hope you pull out of your reading funk! It's not a very good feeling to have. :(

    I haven't read much dystopian fiction (aside from The Hunger Games which I highly recommend!) but I've heard great things about Birthmarked and Incarceron. OH! I recommend Maria V. Snyder's Inside Out. I read it a while back and loved it. Have you read her Study series? Poison Study was my first time reading anything by her and I completely fell in love with the story (although it'd be more fantasy than science fiction.)

  31. I wish I had some suggestions! Sadly, I'm not that big of a dystopian reader. But the books recommended by the others sound fantsatic!

  32. Wow- thats a huge list...One I just read which is pretty good for an adult one...Never let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

  33. I e-mailed you about the text boxes.

  34. Mary: I would normally say "no way Jose!" but a recommendation coming from you (I adore and respect you and your book choices) I will have to take seriously.

    Pirate & Meg: Thanks darlings. I need to look in to those. I've never read either writer.

    Emidy & Jess(BookLover): Ah thanks for your support sweetie.

    Tina & Cheryl: Thanks :)

  35. I recommend Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, and Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

  36. Well, I'm hoping The Host goes okay for you. I thought it was okay, but really draggy in the first few hundred pages. My sister loved it!

    But I'm so glad you picked up these:
    -The Maze Runner
    -Fahrenheit 451

    I'll have a review for Birthmarked up tomorrow. It was wonderful! Not Hunger Games blow you away, but still pretty amazing with some great potential in the next book that I can not wait for! Really liked The Maze Runner and so did my hubby in fact. And I'm a huge Ray Bradbury fan, so you can't go wrong there.

    Good luck! I can't wait to hear what you think!

  37. I hear you--I need a break from reading . . . I'm slowly browsing through some poetry by the Bronte sisters, just when the mood strikes. It's been relaxing.

  38. if you haven't read the hunger games it's definitely a great, quick read!

  39. The Handmaid's Tale is really good! I hope you read it! You might also want to try Oryx and Crake, another fantastic book! :)

  40. Lily: I can't wait to try it! :)

    Stacy: I LOVE Hunger Games. It rocks my socks. Hurry August!

    Kaye: Poetry? FAB idea.

    1st daughter: Your review is awesome. Now I can't wait for Birthmarked.

    Biblio: I haven't heard of that one :) Thanks!

  41. Thanks! I can't wait to hear what you think of it yourself!

  42. Juju, i want to help, but I'm not really into the dystopian books :( I've heard great things about the Hunger Games though, you could always try that one!

  43. Cherry: Good question! :) It's a negative futuristic world; sort of the opposite of Utopian. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dystopia
    Carrie: It's cool ;) Thanks for stopping by. You really really should try Hunger Games.

  44. hmm I read alot of historical fiction, try Elizabeth Chadwick - the marsh king's daughter - I enjoyed that :-)

  45. Well most of the ones I can think of have already been mentioned. How about the Gone books by Michael Grant? I've read Gone, it was great, and I heard the sequel was even better. Although I feel Unwind deserves to be mentioned again :P, its possibly my favorite book ever.

  46. I don't have time to read through 48 comments :(

    I was going to suggest anything by Richard Bachman though (Stephen King's alter ego). It's mostly novellas and The Long Walk is incredible, if a bit sickening.

    Frankly I can't think of anything else right off the top of my head. This isn't generally the type of book I would choose to read.

  47. The Ember series by Jeanne Duprau is a good dystopian set of novels. It's about an underground city that was built during a full-fledged world war so that the few survivors would have a place to stay after everything else was destroyed. The catch is, it was only built to last two hundred years, and, at this point in their history, the time is at its end. Two teenagers then discover a tattered paper containing the instructions to leave, but they have to decode the destroyed piece of paper before time runs out. The next novels are dedicated to detailing the events that caused the near-destruction of the world and the people who lived in the underground city, who are now experiencing the world above ground for the first time (when they were initially taught that their city underground was the only place with civilization on the entire Earth)

    Sorry if I rambled on a bit about the synopsis. I hope that you will enjoy it, if you haven't read it already!

  48. Read The Diary of Pelly D. End of story.

    I'm glad you loved The Giver (AMAZING book, in my opinion. The Hunger Games too. So in love with both of those).

    And definitely read Fahrenheit 451 if you never have. But check out Pelly D. That book seriously needs more love And it should fit your bill perfectly. :)

    (And Poison Study is amazing. Not dystopian, but it will get you out of your reading funk for sure).

  49. You MUST read the Patrick Ness Chaos Walking Series that starts with The Knife of Never Letting Go. Top rate award-winning dystopian fiction. The second book, The Ask and the Answer is soon to come out in paperback. Equally, if not MORE provocative. And the third and final book, Monsters of Men is set to publish in September in the US.

  50. eresa: Welcome! I do need to try that series. Did you hear they're working on a film?

    Heather: I'm taking that recommendation over to Goodreads right now :)

    Brianna: Welcome! I loved the film version, so I really really really need to try the books.

    Becki: I feel ya :) and thank you for your recommendation. But I must admit, SK tends to scare me.

    Mandy: Ya know. I haven't tried those. Thanks for the recommendation.

    Amy: I love your blog. Thanks for stopping by.

  51. Juju: the ones that I mentioned are purely dystopian and not what you would think of as being typically Stephen King. What is most frightening about Bachman is the fact that Rage might have inspired the killings at Columbine. I would describe these books as "creepy" rather than scary.

    Oh, and I haven't mentioned: I don't particularly favor Stephen King.

    I'm quite surprised that I can't think of anything else. I think I'm going to have to try The Hunger Games.

  52. I love anything by Stephen King (and Richard Bachman).

    A few other suggestions:

    When the World Shook by H. Rider Haggard

    Spacebraid by J. Allan Wolf

    The Scarlet Plague by Jack London

    We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

    Hope you get out of your funk soon.

  53. Becki: Good to know! Thank you :) I'm off to read more about this alter ego.

    Definitely try Hunger Games. It's amazing!

    Vicki: Hey you! Thanks for passing by. I'm off to check out these suggestions.

  54. Don't know dystopian specifically but here's two suggestions from my own reads that might help!

    BAD TO THE BONE: MEMOIR OF A REBEL DOGGIE BLOGGER by Bo Hoefinger (just finished...hilarious!)

    WICKED LOVELY by Melissa Marr (1st bk in a great YA series, has to do with faeries, but not exactly Tinkerbell)

    Here's to you emerging from the funk in one piece! ^_^

  55. GMR: Ahhh thanks! Very cool. I've heard allot of great things about Melissa Marr. For some reason I always confuse her novels with Wondrous Strange.