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When I was in 5th grade I was placed in a reading group assigned to read The Giver. I loved it. I didn’t know then that it was called dystopian fiction, but I haven’t run across one yet that I didn’t like. My junior year of English I had the most amazing teacher. We read banned books all year long. I have read so many wonderful books because of Ms. Batterton. Really read them. Not like “read the sparks notes” read them. Fahrenheit 451, 1984 and Brave New World were books I read for her class. Weirdly, she was my husband’s Freshman English teacher (at a different school, in a different state) 5 years before I was in her class. She was his favorite English teacher.
It seems like dystopian fiction is the current favorite genre, so some of the books on this list are very popular.
When your younger brother who isn’t a huge book nerd tells you to read something because it’s “epic” you just do.
Drugs and clones.
It has three medals. Why haven’t you read it yet?
How great would it be if everyone had surgery to make them beautiful?
Well, it’s dystopian, so you know it can’t be that great can it?
The book though. It’s awesome. And the next two, Pretties , Specials are great as well. I haven’t quite gotten around to reading Extras because I’ve heard it’s not about Tally, and I do get so attached to characters.
It’s sometimes a good thing to show up late to read a popular book series.
I still haven’t seen the movie. But I suppose I will eventually. I think I’d be in Amity, what about you?
It’s been a really long time since I read this one. It’s about a boy who never should have been born. The government has restrictions on how many children people can have, and he is a third child. I should obviously pick this one up again, because apparently the story continues with Among the Impostors , Among the Betrayed, Among the Barons ,Among the Brave , Among the Enemy, and Among the Free … and I’ve only read the first four!
Every time I recommend this one to friends they say, “Oh! It’s like the movie The Island, right?” I’ve never seen the movie, so they could be sort of similar, I guess. It’s about clones who are trying to prove they are more than just bodies waiting to have their organs harvested. They have souls.
I should mention, this one is not for younger kids. I read it in high school.
This one is definitely not for kids. I simply cannot express, how much I. Love. This. Book. Oh, it’s been too long. I wrote an 8 page paper on this one. Quoted scripture. The themes in this book are so deep and hit home so well! Without knowing what it’s like to be unhappy, can we truly be happy?
And then I used it in another paper the next year, comparing ideas in this book to similar ones in Jane Eyre. Got an A on the paper, and 6 years later still haven’t read Jane Eyre.
Don’t tell me I should read Jane Eyre. I have a special sort of relationship with that book.
I picked this one out because I liked the cover. It’s pretty.
I like the story too. I haven’t read the third book in the series yet though, so don’t spoil it for me!
Similar to Brave New World, this one was written about a future time where people aren’t allowed freedom. 1984 was 30 years ago now, and thankfully we don’t have big brother around watching our every move.
How you enjoyed the list! Now go read!