Thursday, January 28, 2010

Dystopian Fiction Reading Challenge 2010

Parajunkee is hosting a Dystopia book challenge. If you don't know what dystopia is here's a little of what she has posted on her site:
dys·to·pi·a (dĭs-tō'pē-ə)

1.An imaginary place or state in which the condition of life is extremely bad, as from deprivation, oppression, or terror.

American Psychological Association (APA):
dystopia. (n.d.). The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Retrieved January 28, 2010, from website:

Dystopian Fiction in it's basic state is described as the opposite of Utopian fiction, but that is almost too simplistic a term to describe the genre.

Here are features of Dystopian Fiction:

•Post-apocalyptic setting, usually there is the background story of natural disaster, revolutions, war, climate change, some kind of devastating event that changed society
•Dystopians are normally future based
•A difference in the standard of living than what we enjoy in today's society. This can be a poorer standard of living, as in The Hunger Games, or sometimes a more materialistic environment, like such in Brave New World and Uglies.
•The main character questions society, or is exposed to the baser ideals of their society within the plot, leading them to the knowledge that something is terribly wrong with their world.
•There is usually a group/revolution occurring within the novel that the controlling state does not have control over that the protagonist teams up with or strives to join/become like, although nothing is being changed by the character or group. In Brave New World, this group is comprised of the people on the reservation.
•Dystopian fiction typically elaborates on the darker society trends that effect us today. Usually the reader can identify things within our own society that could lead to this future terrible state.

•Within the plot of a dystopian fiction, the protagonist usually will try to escape or bring down the society that restricts them

Click on the Dystopian Challenge button to get all the details on how to enter.

Here is my list
1. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
2. Anthem by Ayn Rand
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell
4. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
5. The Children Of Men by P.D. James
6. The Giver by Lois Lowry
7. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
8. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
9. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
10. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
11. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
12. Specials by Scott Westerfeld
13. Extras by Scott Westerfeld
14. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
15. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
16. Bones fo Faerie by janni Lee Simner
17. Feed by Mira Grant
18. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
19. Gone by Micheal Grant
20. Hunger by Michael Grant
21. Candor by Pam Bachorz
22. Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony
23. Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien
24. The Dead-Tossed Wavesb by Carrie Ryan
25. The Line by Teri Hall
Challenge ends August 24, 2010.


  1. I have read:
    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    Animal Farm by George Orwell
    The Giver by Lois Lowry
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
    Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
    Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
    Specials by Scott Westerfeld
    Extras by Scott Westerfeld
    Bones fo Faerie by janni Lee Simner

    I liked all of them expect for Extras.

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