Last week I read Marie Lu's Legend trilogy, and I was very impressed. It's the best dystopia I've come across in a long time. The world is richly-imagined, the characters are three-dimensional, the plot twists and turns, it's just amazing. The story follows two teenagers in the Republic of America, a nation formed from the western … Continue reading Marie Lu’s Legend Trilogy
The Girl with All the Gifts is one of those books I picked up on a whim. I was looking for something to read, and it was in my mum's library pile. It's set twenty years after an event known as the Breakdown, when Ophiocordyceps unaliteralis has mutated to infect humans, turning them into zombies … Continue reading The Girl with All the Gifts, by M. R. Carey
I read Kiera Cass's The Selection the other day. It's set in the nation of Illéa, formerly North America, which has a rigid caste system based on occupation. When the prince comes of age one girl from each of the thirty-five provinces competes in a reality TV show to marry him. The protagonist, America Singer, … Continue reading “The Selection”, by Kiera Cass
I came across an article yesterday entitled The Hunger Games is no Feminist Manifesto. Well, of course it isn't. It's a YA dystopian trilogy. However, that doesn't mean it does or doesn't have feminist themes, which I think is a topic worth considering. It has often been hailed as feminist because Katniss, the (female) protagonist, … Continue reading Is The Hunger Games Feminist?
I first heard about The Hunger Games the summer of 2010 when my mum, a librarian, was reading the second book in the trilogy, Catching Fire. She mentioned it to me at the time and told me I'd like it, but I thought it sounded kind of dismal and I wasn't really keen on reading it … Continue reading The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins