Saturday, September 18, 2010

Week 39: It's Dystopian YA Novel Week!



Everyone likes a good dystopian novel, right?

The Maze Runner, by James Dashner

Thomas is dumped into the Maze with a wiped memory. He joins a crowd of boys who spend every day trying to find a way to escape their prison, which changes every night and has killer monsters as well. They've been trapped there for a couple of years, but just after Thomas' arrival, everything changes.

I really enjoyed this one, it was exciting and fast-moving, with a substantial plot. The sequel comes out in October!


Unwind, by Neal Shusterman

The Second Civil War was fought over the issue of abortion. In order to end the fighting, everyone compromises with the Bill of Life, which makes life inviolable from conception to age 13. However, from 13 to 18, a teenager may be sentenced to Unwinding--which isn't death, because every part of the body is preserved and transplanted. Connor's parents have signed the order to have him Unwound because he's always in trouble, Lev's parents raised him as a tithe--destined from birth for Unwinding--and Risa is a ward of the state, doomed by budget cuts. All 3 manage to escape and are living on the run, and their separate stories make up the plot.

It's an interesting premise (if totally farfetched, but dystopian plots have to be that!) and well-written. I liked it.

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