Tag Archive for Dystopian YA Novels

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games, #0) by Suzanne Collins

I found it really interesting to see how different the 10th Hunger Games was from the 74th and 75th versions. The way the tributes were treated, as though they were livestock in either animal agriculture or performers in zoos or the circus, always amounted to less than human. It was also interesting how we get to see the Hunger Games begin to evolve over the course of the novel in great part due to Coriolanus Snow’s education in the areas of political philosophy, control, power, and in particular, how governments can maintain the social contract. Finally, there are a lot of Easter Eggs in the book for fans of the series, many of which made me think that some of his experiences in this timeline are what made him have such great disdain for Katniss Everdeen sixty-four years later. She was a reminder of a time and of people who he didn’t want to remember…at least not in my opinion. Read more →

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The Seclusion by Jacqui Castle

The Seclusion was an intense book. From the first few pages, I was hooked on the story, and the clearly delineated dystopian world that Patricia ‘Patch’ and her co-worker Rexx finds themselves in once the blinders about what actually is happening in their country and around the world come off. You see Patch has always believed everything that her government tells her: other countries around the world are killing their citizens, North Korea bombed the United States, and the only thing keeping them safe are the four feet deep, ten feet tall, and thousands of feet long border walls to the north and south of the country and various surveillance methods are the only things keeping the US citizens safe. Read more →

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The Jewel by Amy Ewing

I think that The Jewel shows a lot of promise for the rest of the books in the series. (That ending…did not see that coming!) Plus, Ewing shows that even seemingly ridiculous characters can have a whole lot more going on than meets the eye, which is something I appreciate. I can’t wait to read the next instalment. Read more →