Category Archives: Dystopian

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

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bloodredSummary: Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That’s fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba’s world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.

Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she’s a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.

Blood Red Road has a searing pace, a poetically minimal writing style, violent action, and an epic love story. Moira Young is one of the most promising and startling new voices in teen fiction.

I read Blood Red Road for the dystopian unit in my YA II class. There were three different books to choose from but since I had already read the other two I was kind of stuck with this one. But out of the three, this one has ended up being my favorite!

Blood Red Road has a strong main character and also strong supporting characters. Saba is on a journey to find her twin brother, Lugh, along with a group of people who she cannot seem to shake. Despite her many attempts to get them to leave her alone so she can continue the journey on her own, she fails.

Two of my favorite characters are Emmi and Jack. Emmi is Saba’s younger sister and Saba hates her. She blames her for things that are not Emmi’s fault and she has never forgiven her for the whole nine-years of her life. Emmi is constantly proving Saba wrong and is a very smart, young girl. She has been paying more attention than Saba has realized and her knowledge helped save them many times. Jack is impossible not to love. He is sarcastic and funny and charming. He drives Saba crazy but she always finds herself having to make herself annoyed by him because even she falls for his charm every once in a while. Many times he had me smiling because of a snarky remark or some other kind of funny comeback. Saba always says that he makes a fool of her.

There were only a few problems that I had with this book. First, the way it was written was kind of annoying. There is a lack of punctuation throughout and the characters talk with an accent and the author wrote it so the reader would read it in that accent. Throughout the book I noticed the accents kind of die down, which is understandable because it is such a  long book and I can see how that would be hard to keep up on. Another thing that bothered me was Saba. She constantly was complaining about something or yelling and someone and she did the same things over and over again expecting new results. She does it so often that you already know how the “scene” is going to play out because it’s happened so many times before.

Other than those two things this book is really good. There is action, romance and humor. I think it would be enjoyed amongst all guys and girls of all ages even though its told from a young girl’s perspective because it’s such a high-pace, action filled book. Readers who enjoyed The Hunger Games would enjoyed Blood Red Road as well.

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Unwind by Neal Shusterman

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Summary: Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.Unwind

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights.  The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen.  Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end.  Connor is too difficult for his parents to control.  Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive.  And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound.  Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

In my YA II class at school we’re doing genre studies. The first genre we are doing is Science Fiction. The cool thing about this class is that we get to choose from a few different books. I chose Unwind because it sounded like a fresh topic and a lot of books these days seem to be much too similar.

From the very beginning of the book I was annoyed. The point of view changes throughout the whole story, but never in first person. Why even bother changing from person to person if you don’t even get to read the story from their actual perspective? The other girls I discussed this book with agreed with this as well.

Things that impress me in a book are when they can emotionally affect me. The last couple chapters stuck with me well after I had finished reading it. One chapter in particular made me sick to my stomach. This book can also be classified and dystopian and most dystopian make my mind reel. That trend did not stop here. I’ve yet to read of a dystopic world that has made positive advancements in humanity. The things that the world has come to in Unwind makes me want to drop to my knees and pray for our futures. It frightens me just imagining being in the positions that these charters are in.

Even though the POV situation bothered me throughout the whole book, I still would give this book a high rating and recommend it to many people. Both guys and girls alike will enjoy this read and there are many twist and turns that will keep you turning the page.

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Across The Universe by Beth Revis

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Summary: “A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder. Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules. Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next. Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.”

–  This is the first sci-fi book I have ever read and I loved it! I couldn’t put it down and as soon as I finished it I was wanting more. Let’s just say I cannot wait until the release of the second book. Even though i loved it so much there were still some things that bothered me.

What I didn’t like:

One of the things that really bothered me about this book was how unsatisfied with everything Amy was. I understand that she was scared and upset and frustrated, but still. She complained about EVERYTHING. She complained about the way the air smelled, the way it felt. Really? I don’t see the big deal. Another thing that bothered me was how a lot of parts dragged on. It seemed like a lot the same thing was happening over and over again. For example, the frozen bodies being unplugged. Yes every time something was a little different but I just thought that was a little repetitive. Another thing I didn’t like was the character Eldest. If you’ve read the book you probably didn’t either, because that’s the point. He’s so secretive and mean and such an awful person, it makes you just want to SCREAM at him.

What I did like:

Pretty much everything else! I loved the Elder and how the way he feels about Amy, right from the start. Their relationship doesn’t start off very good, because of course Amy doesn’t want anything to do with him. But towards the end you can tell it’s going somewhere and that’s one of the biggest reasons I am so excited for the second book! I’m really interested to see where their relationship is going to go. Of course I’m rooting for them to be together, because while you’re reading you can’t help but want them to be together because of how in love Elder is.

The character in the book named Doc, I’m a little iffy about. He seems like a good guy at the beginning, but then towards the end you start to find out he has some secrets hidden also. But, then again at the end he surprises you again by seeming good again. He’s a confusing person and in my opinion it’s because he’s a follower. He does what others tell him needs to be done, no questions asked. I’m curious to find out what he’ll be like in the next book.

I recommend this book to everybody. Because even though it’s a sci-fi, it’s also a little bit of a murder mystery, a dystopian and a love story. I promise you that at the end you will be wanting more. It keeps you guessing the whole time and makes many twist and turns that you don’t expect. This book is definitely one of my all time favorites. 🙂