Dystopian December - Kimberly Derting!

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Guest post by Kimberly Derting!

I love the very definition of dystopia:

dystopia |disˈtōpēə|
an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one. The opposite of Utopia.

And here are my Top Ten Favorite Dystopic Reads:

Divergent by Veronica Roth. This book lands on my all-time fave reads, not just my favorite dystopic reads. I love me some Four!!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  One of the best lines in YA literature: “I volunteer as tribute!” I want a sister like Katniss. (Notice how I said I want a sister like Katniss as opposed to saying that I wanted to be Katniss!) 

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. Two words: Fast zombie!

Matched by Ally Condie. She had me from the first page. Genius world-building and brilliant use of language.

The Passage by Justin Cronin. I’m not sure whether these were vampires or zombies, or something in between, but be prepared for some effed-up dreams when you’re reading this one!

Across the Universe by Beth Revis. One of my favorite Sci-fi/dystopic reads. Ever. I think I’ve purchased at least four copies of this book!

Partials by Dan Wells. Robots that revolt against their creators...hell yeah!

Lord of the Flies by William Golding. I haven’t read Lord of the Flies in years, but it’s a great example of a dystopia on a small scale as the boys have to reimagine their own new society.

1984 by George Orwell. Another one I haven’t read since high school, but this is the ultimate dystopic book. The whole “Big Brother is watching you” feeds into our basest fears of privacy and individuality.

World War Z by Max Brooks. With each story vignette read by a different actor, I HIGHLY recommend the audio version of this book. And I, for one, CANNOT WAIT for this one to hit the big screen in June 2013.

And here are two dystopic books on my to-read shelf (these ones are just beggin’ to be read!):

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. A girl who’s touch is lethal? Why yes, please!

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. Cannibals, toxic air, and kissing. Sounds perfect!

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The Essence - 
Kimberly Derting
Released: January 1, 2013
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry

Synopsis: “Danger, dread, mystery, and romance” (Booklist) continue in the second book of The Pledge trilogy, as Charlie’s reign is under siege from the most unusual of enemies.

At the luminous conclusion of The Pledge, Charlaina defeated the tyrant Sabara and took her place as Queen of Ludania. But Charlie knows that Sabara has not disappeared: The evil queen’s Essence is fused to Charlie’s psyche, ready to arise at the first sign of weakness.

Charlie is not weak, but she’s being pushed to the brink. In addition to suppressing the ever-present influence of Sabara, she’s busy being queen—and battling a growing resistance determined to return Ludania to its discriminatory caste system. Charlie wants to be the same girl Max loves, who Brook trusts, but she’s Your Majesty now, and she feels torn in two.
As Charlie journeys to an annual summit to meet with leaders of nearby Queendoms—an event where her ability to understand all languages will be the utmost asset—she is faced with the ultimate betrayal. And the only person she can turn to for help is the evil soul residing within..

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Claire Blennerhassett

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!! I can't wait to read The Essence!


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