Reviews tagged "dystopia"


Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Amy doesn’t want to leave behind her boyfriend, her life, and the planet Earth itself. But to be with her parents, she joins them in cryogenic sleep aboard the generation ship Godspeed, which will colonize Centauri-Earth in three hundred years. When she wakes, though, it’s fifty years too early — and the Godspeed has changed. […]


Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

It’s tempting to write this book (and indeed the entire series) off as a thriller, and there’s certainly the evidence to back it up: high-adrenaline action, shocking twists, gruesome violence, and a disturbingly dark tone. But I can’t help but feel there’s something more going on here. Even though it’s hard to put down and […]


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games turns on a concept that’s so intriguing, it’s easy to forget how disturbing it is — which is quite an accomplishment, all things considered. In a futuristic dystopia, the government has created a means of suppression that’s half “Survivor”, half gladiator games, in which 24 contestants, chosen by lottery from the society’s […]


Specials by Scott Westerfeld

In this final volume of the Uglies trilogy, Tally has been transformed into an elite, ultra-powerful Special. She is now one of the class of secret police who run the city behind the scenes, keeping the uglies and pretties in line and clueless. Life is thrilling like it never was before, and she’s satisfied…mostly. But […]


Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

In this second book in the Uglies series, Tally has undergone the operation and is now pretty. Life is a series of non-stop parties and responsibility-free fun, until she is reminded with a jolt of her past — and the truth about the operation she’s had. Along with her pretty boyfriend Zane, Tally attempts to […]


Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

In Tally’s world, everyone looks forward to their sixteenth birthday, because on that day, each teenager undergoes a medical operation which results in stunning, flawless beauty. Tally, a fifteen-year-old ugly, can’t wait till she turns sixteen and gets to become a pretty and spend her days and nights partying and having fun — until she […]


A Form of Godliness by Shane Johnson

Somewhere near in the future, it’s been ten years since the United States suffered a second major terrorist attack. Russia’s oil supply has just mysteriously disappeared, and the Arab nations refuse to sell any to the United States unless it withdraws its support for Israel. Meanwhile, it’s legal to euthanize children with birth defects, and […]


Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

“Do you know why books such as this are so important? Because they have quality. And what does the word quality mean? To me it means texture. This book has pores. It has features. This book can go under the microscope. You’d find life under the glass, streaming past in infinite profusion. The more pores, […]


Wolf Time by Lars Walker

This unusual book is set on a college campus in the near and slightly distopian future. The hero, a history professor named Carl Martell, has just discovered an unusual ability which is also a curse: he can tell whenever someone is lying, but he is physically unable to lie himself. Meanwhile, other strange things are […]


Biting the Sun by Tanith Lee

This book is set in a far-off future, where Earth is an immense desert and people all live in domed cities. With their entire civilization run by robots, the people of the cities devote themselves to pleasure. Anything is possible, for there are no consequences: no poverty, no disease–not even death, for the robots can […]