Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Young Adult Dystopia

Chaos Walking Trilogy (Ness, 2008-10)--A breathless, run-for-your-life story of friendship, love, and survival on a newly colonized and unfamiliar planet

Dark Life (Falls, 2010)--Ty, a teen boy born and raised in the depths of the sea, meets Gemma, a topsider searching for her missing brother.

The Declaration (Malley, 2007)--Two Surpluses risk certain death when they attempt to escape the government facility enslaving them

The House of the Scorpion (Farmer, 2004)--A teen clone slowly discovers why clones are so useful to their creators.

The Hunger Games Trilogy (Collins, 2008)--An out-of-control Capital forces 24 teens into an arena in a televised, fight-to-the-death competition.

Little Brother (Doctorow, 2008)--A worthy sibling of Orwell's dystopian classic 1984, Little Brother is a terrifying glimpse about a government agency run amok after terrorists attack San Francisco. Read review

The Maze Runner (Dashner, 2008)--Having no memory of who he is or where he comes from, a teen boy steps off an elevator and into a giant maze teeming with deadly monsters.

The Uglies Trilogy (Westerfeld, 2005)--A mandatory operation that makes everyone look perfectly beautiful has hidden, dire consequences.

Unwind (Shusterman, 2007)--Three teens on the run do not want to be "unwound."