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Dystopian Books are really HOT!

As I have been preparing for the LIVE CHAT  with Lauren Oliver I started to do a little research on the whole genre of dystopian fiction thinking that these are not the really kind of books that interest me all that much. However, to my very big surprise I came to the realization that I am actually a very big fan of that genre as not only do I read a lot of these books but many of them are my absolute favorites! There are many different definitions of what that genre actually means but I think that generally we can all agree that they are stories of world and societies gone terribly wrong. Many of these books have been major bestsellers (for years!) and many of them are written by highly regarded authors, and winners of major literary awards. There is no doubt that the best will terrify you out of your wits; they will make you read into the middle of the night, they will churn in your head for months and years and they will leave you panting for more, more, more… I have put together two lists of my favorite dystopian novels: the first a list of classics and the second for young adults. I am hoping that you will pitch in with some of your favorite titles so we can add these to our recommended shelves where they can be discovered by new comers to this category of books. And don’t forget that next week you can chat live with one of the current, hottest dystopian authors Lauren Oliver, so don’t miss your chance to ask her about the nightmarish world that she created in her New York Times bestselling Delirium trilogy My Favorite Classic Dystopian Reads Lord of the Flies by William Golding 1984 by George Orwell  Neuroromancer by William Gibson Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Clockwork Orange by  Anthony Burgess The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Blindness by Jose Saramago Children of Men by PD James Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro The Road by Cormac McCarthy World War A: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks Under the Skin by Michael Faber The Best Dystopian Reads for Young Adults The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Delirium  Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver Pretties, Uglies, Specials , Extras by Scott Westerfeld The Chaos Walking Series  by Patrick Ness The Ember Series The City of Ember, The People of Spark  The Prophet of Yonwood, The Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne DuPrau The Forest of Hands and Feet , The Dead-Tossed Waves, The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger by Lois Lowry How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff anna@thereadingroom.com