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Themed Sundays – Distopia

2014 was the year of popular Distopias I think… While many people are over the familiar themes of destroying the government, there is more to Distopia than just that. Here are a few different Distopias you may enjoy 🙂 But first, for those of you who are scratching your head wondering what Distopia is, here is the Wikipedia definition

“A distopia is a community or society that is in some important way undesirable or frightening. It is literally translated as ‘not-good place'” -wikipedia.com

1. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer


Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.-goodreads.com

Cinder is available now.

2. The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) by Patrick Ness knife of never letting go

Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought? -goodreads.com

The Knife of Never Letting Go is out now!

3. Zodiac (Zodiac #1) by Romina Russell


At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain….

Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.

When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.

Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.

But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac? -goodreads.com

Zodiac is out now!

4. The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

the walled city

730. That’s how many days I’ve been trapped.
18. That’s how many days I have left to find a way out.

DAI, trying to escape a haunting past, traffics drugs for the most ruthless kingpin in the Walled City. But in order to find the key to his freedom, he needs help from someone with the power to be invisible….

JIN hides under the radar, afraid the wild street gangs will discover her biggest secret: Jin passes as a boy to stay safe. Still, every chance she gets, she searches for her lost sister….

MEI YEE has been trapped in a brothel for the past two years, dreaming of getting out while watching the girls who try fail one by one. She’s about to give up, when one day she sees an unexpected face at her window…..

In this innovative and adrenaline-fueled novel, they all come together in a desperate attempt to escape a lawless labyrinth before the clock runs out. -goodreads.com

The Walled City is out now.

5. Atlantia by Ally Condieatlantia

Can you hear Atlantia breathing?

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths. -goodreads.com

Atlantia is available today!

Have you read any of these books? I read The Knife of Never Letting Go and Cinder, both are A-mazing!


6 thoughts on “Themed Sundays – Distopia

  1. I love Dystopias! Thanks for the list, i’ll have to remember to check some out. My alltime favourite Dystopia is the UnWind series by Neal Shusterman. It’s really nothing like any other dystopia out there!

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  2. Very nice! I love Distopia novels that don’t concentrate totally on overthrowing the government. It’s one reason why I love Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series. Very Distopian, but concentrating more on people just trying to survive (and adventures).

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  3. So nice to see a list of Dystopian books that leave out the obvious dystopias! I am so tired of hearing “Hunger Games” and “Divergent” in my seventh grade classroom, however popular or good they are. I am definitely sharing this list with my students!

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