Friday, April 4, 2014

D is for Dystopian #AtoZChallenge

Dystopian novels are sometimes referred to as apocalyptic novels - in other words, the world as we know it has ended. These novels are very popular right now, although this really isn't something new.

Here are some of my Dystopian novel recommendations. Note, I listened to all of these on audio book from, and all were very well produced, which only added to the story. I drive two hours a day and audio books are my saving grace - I HIGHLY recommend them if you have a long commute.

The Divergent series by Veronica Roth - wow are these books good!! The first book, Divergent, was recently made into a movie, and I assume the others will follow. The movie was great too, by the way, but the books are almost always better.

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins - you've probably heard of these ones, but if you've only watched the movie, you missed out on half of the story. The books are fantastic.

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand - this book was published in the 1950s, but its message as still as relevant today. I have read that this book is one of the top 10 most influential books ever written. If you're going to listen to the audio book, get the one by Scott Brick - he's a phenomenal narrator. I was so moved by this book that once I finished it (all sixty hours of it), I immediately listened to it a second time.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon - this twist to this one is that it's set in 2059 and features people with psychic abilities and aliens. Sounds pretty crazy, but trust me, this book was action packed and compelling. The second book in this series is due out in October 2014.

Daemon and Freedom by Daniel Suarez - these books feature high tech toys that actually exist today, but are not yet on the market. Really interesting stuff, the first book is pretty terrifying (not in a horror way, but more in the dismantling of society way) and the second book is inspiring - a vision of what society could become. Amazing books that I have listened to more than once.

Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry - this is more of an honorable mention, because in the end the heroes were able to stave off the end of the world by zombie infestation. I am currently listening to this series, and I'm really enjoying it. The main character, Joe Ledger, has a great sense of humor which makes the books that much more enjoyable.

The Passage Trilogy by Justin Cronin - wow... these books... just wow. They start off in present day and before you know it the world just spins out of control, then BAM it's 100 years later. There are some interesting twists and turns, and a lot of things I never saw coming. The final book in the trilogy isn't out yet, but I'm waiting for it with baited breath!

The Stand by Stephen King - I read IT when I was in high school, and pretty much avoided King's books for about the next 20 years, but somehow I ended up reading The Stand and I loved it! I have read several of his non-mad clown books now and have really enjoyed them.

All of these books have been out for awhile, so you can get them in softcover for a steal. If you're interested in audio books, I highly recommend, but I have also heard that some local libraries have audio books too. Happy reading, or listening!

Note: Sorry... I had links in here for each book, but something got goofed up with them :(


  1. Dropping by from the A to Z challenge. I've read the Hunger Games series and I loved them. I saw the first movie and decided I wasn't going to see any of the others because I was humongously disappointed in how they handled it. I've heard good things about Divergent and plan on reading it some time soon. Haven't seen the movie on that one. I don't like seeing movies until I've read the books. Dystopian literature is an interesting subset of the fantasy/sci fi genres. I rather enjoy it and I should really read the rest of those (or see if I can find the audiobooks - I love audiobooks) as soon as I can.

  2. I really like Dystopian literature. My favourite book is Huxley's 'Brave New World'. And of course 1984 (Orwell), The Handmaid's Tale (Atwood), The Unit (Holmqvist), the list could go on and on.

  3. Great post!! Stopping by to show some A to Z love.

  4. Hello! I'm stopping by from the A to Z Challenge. Nice to meet you! :) I've borrowed audio books from the library, and I've discovered that you can also get an audio version that syncs with your Kindle. So if you listen to the audio (professional narration from in your car, then you could keep reading from your Kindle at home. It syncs back and forth between the two.

  5. My favorites are The Stand (King) and Swan Song (McCammon). I definitely want to read Cronin's books, but they're so long I can't find the time at the moment.
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  6. Hi from a fellow A to Z challenger. I love the Hunger Games books and read the first Divergent book. I read the Matched series I don't think you mentioned but I enjoyed more than Divergent. The author's prose is beautiful. I will have to check out some of your other recommendations.

    Have a great month!

    1. I have the Matched series on my Audible Wish List - after I finish the Joe Ledger series I may need to bump that to the top! Thanks! :)