Tag: Dystopian

Get Ready for ‘The Hunger Games’ Prequel Novel!

Yes, it’s true! Suzanne Collins is giving the world a prequel to her multimillion-selling trilogy The Hunger Games.



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Collins’ trilogy started in 2008, only a year after she finished her 5 book series The Underland Chronicles, with The Hunger Games – where in the nation of Panem, established in the remains of North America after an unknown apocalyptic event, the wealthy Capitol exploits the twelve surrounding districts by forcing representatives from each district, one boy and one girl between the ages 12 to 18, to fight each other to the death in a televised event.

The novel follows 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who volunteers for the 74th Hunger Games in place of her 12-year-old sister.


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The novel received critical acclaim with Time calling the novel “a chilling, bloody and thoroughly horrifying book” and The New York Times noting “the considerable strength of the novel comes in Collins’ convincingly detailed world-building and her memorably complex and fascinating heroine” before going to sell millions of copies.

During this heyday, Collins signed a six-figure deal for three books with Scholastic. She did, and Catching Fire came out the following year and Mockingjay came out the next year in 2010. Catching Fire received praise for improving upon the first book and, like The Hunger Games, became a New York Times bestseller.

Mockingjay received praise for its portrayal of violence and romantic intrigue while it sky-rocketed to the top of all US bestseller lists upon its release.



Each of the novels were developed into films starring Jennifer Lawrence with Mockingjay being split into two parts. The films are largely responsible for setting off a trend of teenage dystopian films, but after Mockingjay Part 2 released, it seemed like the end of the series.


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But come May 19 2020, Suzanne Collins will bring readers back to Panem in a prequel set 64 years before the beginning of her multimillion-selling trilogy, is coming next year. She said in a statement:

With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival…The reconstruction period 10 years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days — as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet — provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity.

Scholastic Trade Publishing President Ellie Berger didn’t give us any new information, but he did tell fans that:

We are absolutely thrilled — as both readers and publishers — to introduce the devoted fans of the series and a new audience to an entirely new perspective on this modern classic.

Obviously, Lionsgate – who released the four Hunger Games movies – are already gearing up to adapt the prequel for a movie. Express.co.uk quotes studio’s chairman Joe Drake as saying, “We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”


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Feminist Dystopia ‘Last Ones Alive’ Is Getting a Film Adaptation!

The film rights to Sarah Davis-Goff’s dystopian novel Last Ones Left Alive have been acquired by Irish production company Treasure Entertainment, which means we’re getting a film adaptation on the way!

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Last Ones Left Alive oscillates between a young Orpen training as a child on her peaceful island-home of Slanbeg and Orpen as an adult traveling towards the mysterious Phoenix City.

Add in a four-legged companion and her wounded, wheelbarrow-bound guardian and you have a harrowing journey made all the more despite, and thus dramatic.


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The Times writes that “[Sarah Davis-Goff] sees it as a wasteful dismissal of ‘the experiences, viewpoints and brilliant work of women’. Her enjoyable debut novel suffers from no such deficit,” and that might be the best summation of this novel.

Feminist, kickass, The Guardian noted that the novel “runs compellingly enough to an irresistible internal logic of violence,” with the The Irish Times writing “Davis-Goff blends narrow and wide lens writing to good effect”.


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Perhaps it’s shouldn’t be as astonishing for the novel to get a film adaptation, but I can’t help but be blown away considered it was published by Tinder Press just a month ago on March 7, 2019.

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Screen Daily reports that Treasure Entertainment has bought film rights. Producer Rebecca O’Flanagan said in a statement that:

From my first read, I was struck by the visual nature of the book and could immediately see that it was a story that has huge potential to hit international screens with iconic and far-reaching success.

So far it’s not known who will be involved in the project. Davis-Goff is said to be “creatively involved” but will not write the screenplay. That makes sense, considering that Totally Dublin reports that “Davis-Goff has signed a two-book deal with publisher Tinder Press, so horror fans can expect another page-turner in the near-future”.

What are you more excited for: the film adaptation or the sequel novel?



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4 Dystopian Books Set in 2019 & What They Got Wrong

Since everyone figured the world would end in 2012, what did writers and directors care if their 2019 predictions were incorrect? Clearly, the logic was this: if everyone’s dead in the Mayan apocalypse, no one can tell us that vampires DON’T farm humans for blood in the year 2019.

However, now that we’re in 2019, we can definitively say there’s been a delightful lack of blood farming, but that doesn’t actually mean this year won’t be apocalyptic. (After all, there was also no blood farming in 2018, which is about the only good thing we can say for it.) These four futuristic worlds got a lot wrong about 2019—that is, unless some serious shit goes down:


1. Akira


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Katsuhiro Otomo‘s 1982 manga Akira, as well as its groundbreaking 1988 adaptation, depicts a colorful yet violent futuristic Tokyo in the distant aftermath of nuclear conflict. Set in 2019, the city has recovered mostly in the sense that everyone isn’t dead of radiation poisoning. The government is deeply corrupt, and gang violence prevails. While of course the world is substantially more violent, this isn’t true of Japan-Japan actually has fewer violent crimes in modern times than it did in the 80s. Given that the nation typically has fewer than ten gun deaths per year and one of the lowest murder rates in the entire world, this vision of the future has not yet come to pass. While the lack of aggressive Japanese biker gangs is probably a good thing… we’re a little disappointed there’s no telekinesis.


2. The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys Danger Days


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Killjoys, make some noise—even if the noise is distressed yelling. My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way‘s comic series, The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, tells the story of the concept album Danger Days. Set in the California desert, a ragtag group of rebels tries to stop a totalitarian corporation… and fails? As Better Life Industries exerts increasing control over peoples’ lives, the rebellion simmers into nothing in the desert heat, and only the most mysterious surviving Killjoy can do something about it. The album takes place in 2019, while the comics take place a short while later. This is the most realistic of the dystopian futures—evil corporations aren’t exactly a stretch. But even the more futuristic elements—think laser guns and robot prostitutes—are less wild than you think. In 2018, China declared that it had invented an actual laser gun, though it’s uncertain whether or not this is true. And a sex robot brothel has actually already opened, though it was closed down two weeks afterwards.


3. The Island & Spares


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Michael Bay‘s 2005 movie The Island, believed to be loosely based on the M. M. Smith novel Spares, features a world that seems too contaminated to inhabit. Survivors of an unnamed disaster live in a grim compound, knowing they may never see the outside world. They have only one chance at freedom—a lottery which sends the winners to survive on the island. Does this premise sound flimsy? That’s because it is. An evil corporation has lied about the contamination in order to farm the survivors’ organs. And they’re not survivors either-instead, they’re generations of clones born to be harvested. While evil corporations really are behind pretty much everything, they haven’t grown thousands of clones to force into pregnancy for them… yet.


4. Blade Runner & Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?


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Ridley Scott‘s 1982 film Blade Runner, an adaptation of Philip K. Dick‘s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is famously set in 2019—so famously, in fact, that My Chemical Romance set Danger Days in the same year as a reference. In futuristic Los Angeles, mercenaries hunt and kill bioengineered beings called ‘replicants,’ some of whom believe themselves to be human. The city is devoid of nature, with artificial animals standing in for their extinct predecessors. While there’s no direct discussion of environmental destruction, the complete absence of nature is more subtly chilling. The world is subject to heavy corporate influence and an invasive, omnipresent police force—details which seem more relevant to 2019 than robot murder and animatronic squirrels. (Just kidding; robots will probably become human soon.)

And though it isn’t based on a book, the movie Daybreakers is also set in the year 2019. After vampires take over the government, a blood scientist discovers that… surprise! Blood comes from harvested humans who live in a horrible factory compound and have their organs stolen. Let’s not make 2019 the year of organ harvesting if we can help it.


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Joey Graceffa

YouTube Star Joey Graceffa Reveals J.K. Rowling Is His Biggest Inspiration

Just recently Bookstr had the pleasure of interviewing Joey Graceffa, the YouTube sensation, actor, singer, producer, and, last but not least, author! The multi-talented Youtuber sat down with us to answer a few fan questions and discuss his brand new book, Rebels of Eden: A Novel!


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His complete new trilogy takes place in a thrilling dystopian setting with detailed characters. With a YouTube following of 8.9 million, it’s no wonder he has so many fans. He loves all the books that we love!


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Graceffa revealed that he was inspired to enter the realm of fiction thanks to books like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and The Maze Runner by William Dashner. Both series had such a creative impacted on him, he says it’s like they transported him to another world.


He’s even a Potterhead like many of us! He explains how His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series inspired him to read so much. Graceffa went on to call Rowling an incredible role builder!
For more of Graceffa’s interview, check out the Bookster video below!




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13 Quotes from Dystopian Novels to Get You Fired Up

For as long as we have been granted freedoms, there have been people fighting to take those freedoms away; this is the most human of cycles. There has never been (and will likely never be, at least not right now) a time when people haven’t had to stand up against the systemic and societal oppression they’ve been forced to deal with everyday.


We’ve been warned about what can happen when we allow ourselves to stop caring about the state of the world and the other people inhabiting it by authors since the beginning of time; the entire dystopian genre is centered around it. So, don’t allow yourself to grow sedentary but also don’t grow too fearful; for as many greedy, selfish, oppressive, bad figureheads there are in existence, there are way, way more of us who really do care and move with empathy while fighting for a world of genuine equality.


So, take a look at these thirteen quotes from dystopian novels and give yourself that extra push you may need to keep marching forward! 


“We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.”  Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale



“Every faction conditions it’s members to think and act a certain way. And most people do it. For most people, it’s not hard to learn, to find a pattern of thought that works and stay that way. But our minds move in a dozen different directions. We can’t be confined to one way of thinking, and that terrifies our leaders. It means we can’t be controlled. And it means that, no matter what they do, we will always cause trouble for them.” Veronica Roth, Divergent



“Did you ever feel, as though you had something inside you that was only waiting for you to give it a chance to come out? Some sort of extra power that you aren’t using – you know, like all the water that goes down the falls instead of through the turbines?” Aldous Huxley, Brave New World



“If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” George Orwell, 1984



“There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.” Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451



“We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.” Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange



“Of course they needed to care. It was the meaning of everything.” Lois Lowry, The Giver



“That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary. There wasn’t even any rioting in the streets. People stayed home at night, watching television, looking for some direction. There wasn’t even an enemy you could put your finger on.” Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale



“Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.” David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas



“Tell freedom I said hello.” Lauren DeStefano, Wither



“But you can’t make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them. It can’t last.” Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451



“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.” Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged


“I may be the last one, but I am the one still standing. I am the one turning to face the faceless hunter in the woods on an abandoned highway. I am the one not running, not staying, but facing. Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity’s last war, then I am the battlefield.” Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave








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