Not-So-Bright Future?

Dystopia, from the Greek dys, meaning “bad, abnormal, or difficult” and utopia from the Greek ou meaning “not” and topos meaning “place.” Dystopia has come to mean an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives (thank you, Webster’s). Dystopias have had an important place in classic literature. Without them, we would have no Fahrenheit 451 or 1984. These are, of course, must-reads, but if you’re looking for something a little more modern, here’s a quick list from our teen selection:

Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay (coming soon!)

James Dashner – The Maze Runner

Jeanne DuPrau – The City of Ember, The People of Sparks, The Prophet of Yonwood, The Diamond of Darkhold

Lois Lowry – The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger

Carrie Ryan – The Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Dead-Tossed Waves

Scott Westerfield – Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras

-Heather Botelho, South Branch Library


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