Posts Tagged ‘dystopian fiction’

Handmaid's taleLately I am into Dystopian and post apocalyptic novels, it opens my mind to a new imaginary world which is far more exciting than the real world. Margaret Atwood’s ”The Handmaid’s Tale” is a brilliantly written dystopian  novel published in 1985. Imagine a world where woman are not allowed to read, go out or handle their won money. Imagine where power is overtaken by religious rights and due to man made viruses and pollution fertility rates are low. Few fertile women are treated like government property and they are moved from one house to another to be inseminated by men of power under their wives care.

Offred is such fertile woman who lives in Republic of Gilead. She is allowed to leave the commander’s house once a day to walk to the market and get supplies. She has to sleep with the commander once a month and wait to get pregnant. Her past life, husband and daughter are just memories now. Her goal is to get pregnant, give birth and move to another commander’s house where her life will be same as before.

My rating: 4 out of 5. Ending was a bit abrupt and disappointing for me other than that it was a well written book. I recommend this to all dystopian fans out there. I am going to watch the movie as soon as possible so that I can compare it with the book.

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SpecialsSpecials is the third installment in ”Uglies” series. I liked the first two books but after reading this one I felt as if the series will never end! Tally, the protagonist female character of this book changes herself into every possible personalities available. First she was ugly then pretty and now she is special.

Tally is a special now, she has undergone this surgery to make herself super fast, skilled killing machine specially built to keep the uglies down and   pretties stupid. These special people are called as cutters, their main goal is to find New smoke and destroy it. But Tally is engineered to feel superior, she feels annoyed even in her pretty boyfriend’s company. She wants to change him into a special too, for that she follows a plan. A plan where her boyfriend can be turned into special and new smoke can be found and destroyed.

One of things I really enjoyed is how different Tally becomes in each book. From Ugly to Pretty to Special, her entire personality shifts and changes constantly as she undergoes not just plastic surgery, but mental surgery. But at the same time special Tally was annoying, it’s terribly frustrating knowing she’s been brainwashed, but she refuses to believe it. The way she looks down at her boyfriend made me hate her. But all together it was a bittersweet ending to the trilogy. Oh! wait, can I call it trilogy cause there is  4th book in the series- Extras. My rating: 2 out of 5. I would like to read and see what is there in the next book, but not right now.

Blackout”Blackout” is the 3rd and final installment in Newsflesh Trilogy. Zombies, journalists,  bloggers and a dystopian twist there is a lot to like in this series. Here zombies are secondary but the problem caused by zombies takes the limelight. How some officials are misusing their power to take control over the people by loosing their humanity and acting more like a zombie themselves is the highlight here. This book was interesting than the first two, it was long but it wasn’t boring. There was excitement everywhere, things happened  and secrets were revealed in every chapter.

It all started in 2014 where the common cold and cancer was cured. Undead started walking around the earth killing and converting whoever crossed the path. But the world didn’t end, people found a way to live around this zombies. In 2039 Georgia and Shaun Mason started their adventure to set a biggest story of revealing the truth about these undead. Now in 2041 after loosing Georgia, Shane is the leader of the surviving staff of After the End Times. He is waiting for his revenge, to find out and kill whoever did that to his sister. There are mad scientists, zombie bears, and rouge government agencies they have to face and not to forget our evergreen zombies. Things are getting worse but the biggest secret is yet to reveal that is the re birth of Georgia Mason.

I was bit disturbed by the sibling love affair but then they were adopted so there is no blood relation. The ending made me happy but the same time left me kind of  heart broken. My rating: 4 out of the 5. I highly recommend this book to YA dystopian fans.

Reached Reached is the 3rd and final book in the Matched series, after reading the wonderful first book I knew sucking sequels are on the way. ”Reached” was nothing like an ending, in a word it was dull. Dull and boring, as soon as I started reading it I knew, and just wanted to get over with the series. At first I thought my book was missing few pages then I realized that no, this is how the story is. After the second book I didn’t care about Ky, Xander, or Cassia, although it all ended rather predictably for all three of them. Still I don’t know why a sorter is needed when computers can do that job better and the special bonding between Kay and Indie was something I still don’t get.I wonder how they both became best trained pilots there ever was or how Xander got medical training so quickly.

After leaving society and facing so much of trouble Cassia and Kay are landed in the raising. But again they have to be separated to work for the raising. Cassia has to work in society where she can be useful sorting things and helping the raising when the need arises and Kay has to work with Indie as pilot. Xander is also working for society which is a bit of secret for Cassia but soon everything will shift as the raising is planning to take over but this time with the help of plague. Will Cassia and Kay be together? Will Xander be able to confess his love to Cassia? What will happen to this society and the raising issue?

My rating: 2 out of 5. Sorry, but I really didn’t like how the series ended. 2nd and 3rd book were boring and there was no real story like the first book. But still I recommend this to teenagers who like dystopian series, but be warned about lousy ending.

AllegiantI have been stuck with series, recently I am trying to finish reading the series from my ”to read list”. I am tiered of seeing them lie there for months and months. It’s not that I am eager to read, but keeping it for another time is headache. I just want to get over with it. It is like, I would like the first book and then struggle to read the sequels. Same thing happened with veronica Roth’s ”Divergent” series too. I liked the first book but then the sequels were boring. ”Allegiant” is the 3rd book in the series. (Thank god the series ends here) There are lot of prequels which I am not reading.

Faction based society is shattered with violence and betrayal. So Tris and Tobias escapes to the world which is unknown and past the limit. But reality there is even more worse than society. Tris has to struggle hard to protect her love and war is everywhere. It seems that Tris can’t escape her fate. This story is told from a  dual perspective, you can read the story from Tris and Tobias’s view.

What a bummer! first thing came to my mind was regret for choosing this series to read. I loved the first book but then the author couldn’t keep the same magic going on in sequels. So much of the book did not make sense at all, especially the genetics part which kept coming in second half of the book. I am a Biology student and I don’t see any meaning in how the genetics was used in the story(not that it matters). My rating: 2 out of 5. I wanted to give less than that but in the honor of Divergent I settled with current rating.

The darkest minds The darkest minds by Alexandra Bracken is the first book in ”The Darkest Minds” series. An absolutely spectacular dystopian novel that has the ability to captivate the reader on so many levels.

Ruby had lived 10 years of normal and safe life even though she has witnessed few of her classmate die due to mysterious disease. She never bothered about anything until she woke up on her 10th birthday and her parents reported her to police and along with a group of teenagers branded ‘dangerous’  she was sent to a  brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” These children might have survived the disease but they have emerged with something dangerous- supernatural abilities. After 6 years of torture and fearful life she escapes and joins the other kids to find a place where people like her are living safely. On the way to this place she falls for Liam a brave kid  with good heart but she can’t get near to him, not after what happened to her parents that night. Her powers are her curse but soon she realizes that she is more powerful than she gave herself credit for. People will try to use her powers in every way possible against government if they find out.

I really enjoyed reading this novel, my rating: 3 out of 5. I didn’t like the ending it was kind of predictable. But I am eager to read the remaining books in the series.

 

CrossedCrossed by Ally Condie is the second installment in Matched series. First book – Matched was a good YA read but Crossed is boring without any action. Author could have given importance to story development rather than poetry.

Crossed picks up from where Matched lets off. Ky had been sent away to the Outer Provinces and Cassia is currently residing in a girl’s work camp. Now  Xander knows the truth about Ky and Cassia but still he is good to her. Cassia goes to outer province in search of Ky where she teams up with a girl named Indie, whom I found  kinda sneaky and secretive. Cassia and Ky’s relation irritated me to no end, their relation was supposed to be romantic one but instead it was irritative and plain. I liked Xander better than any character and sometimes wished Cassia could have chosen him instead of Ky.

Over all it was little boring, but if you liked Matched and want to read the complete series then there is no other option. My rating: 2 out of 5. Hopefully the third book ”Reached” (published in 2012) will be better than this.