Category Archives: dystopia

The Waking Dark

Robin Wasserman, September 2013. In rural Oleander, Kansas, five people suddenly snap and kill someone: a family member, a friend, a stranger. In the aftermath, more and more weird violence occurs, and the town is isolated from the rest of … Continue reading

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Coda

Emma Trevayne, May 2013. I loved this dystopian punk bisexual novel.  Protagonist Anthem is a teenager who takes care of his twin siblings because his mom is dead and his dad’s pretty close. In their society, set in the fairly-near … Continue reading

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Swans & Klons

Nora Olsen, May 2013.  A couple of centuries from now, men are obsolete and society is dominated by women. Rubric is sixteen and in training to become a Panna, or upper-middle-class career woman; she’s served by Klons, who aren’t human … Continue reading

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Adaptation

Malinda Lo, September 2012.  Lo’s third novel and first foray into book-length science fiction is set in 2014 America, where teenage Reese and David get into a car accident and wake up 27 days later in a classified military hospital.  The … Continue reading

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Nightsiders

Sue Isle, March 2011. Every time I get sick of the indie presses — thinking they just don’t attract quality authors and then don’t have the editorial skill to turn around the mediocre manuscripts they do get — a book … Continue reading

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The End: Five Queer Kids Save the World

Nora Olsen, 2010. Just what the title says: when a war breaks out in 2014, five queer teens find one another and conspire to save the planet. There’s a weird framing device where the war is actually caused by an … Continue reading

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XIsle

Steve Augarde, 2009.  Baz lives in the near future when the world has been seriously damaged by flooding, and he and his dad are starving.  Their only hope is that Baz will be chosen to go to a nearby island … Continue reading

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