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4.13.2011

I'm waiting on Dystopian...




In the spirit of our impromptu Dystopian week ... I've selected a few Dystopian titles that I hadn't heard of before and now want to read.

But first...have you seen the new UGLIES??? *swoon* do you like old or new?

New                     Old


Title: America Pacifica
Author: Anna North
Release Date: May 18
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
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Eighteen-year-old Darcy lives on the island of America Pacifica--one of the last places on earth that is still habitable, after North America has succumbed to a second ice age. Education, food, and basic means of survival are the province of a chosen few, while the majority of the island residents must struggle to stay alive. The rich live in "Manhattanville" mansions made from the last pieces of wood and stone, while the poor cower in the shantytown slums of "Hell City" and "Little Los Angeles," places built out of heaped up trash that is slowly crumbling into the sea. The island is ruled by a mysterious dictator named Tyson, whose regime is plagued by charges of corruption and conspiracy.

But to Darcy, America Pacifica is simply home--the only one she's ever known. In spite of their poverty she lives contentedly with her mother, who works as a pearl diver. It's only when her mother doesn't come home one night that Darcy begins to learn about her past as a former "Mainlander," and her mother's role in the flight from frozen California to America Pacifica. Darcy embarks on a quest to find her mother, navigating the dark underbelly of the island, learning along the way the disturbing truth of Pacifica's early history, the far-reaching influence of its egomaniacal leader, and the possible plot to murder some of the island's first inhabitants--including her mother.


Title: Bumped
Release Date: April 26th  
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
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When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents are forced to pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society.

Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and had never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Until now, the twins have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend Zen, who is way too short for the job.

Harmony has spent her whole life in religious Goodside, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to bring Melody back to Goodside and convince her that “pregging” for profit is a sin. But Harmony has secrets of her own that she is running from.

When Melody is finally matched with the world-famous, genetically flawless Jondoe, both girls’ lives are changed forever. A case of mistaken identity takes them on a journey neither could have ever imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common.


Title: The Third
Author: Abel Keogh
Release Date: April 8th  
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.
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When Ransom Lawe, a recycler in the Pacific Northwest, finds out his wife is pregnant with their third—and therefore illegal—child, he’s forced to choose between the government who proclaims a desire to save the planet and his hope for a place where his family can live in freedom. But with the Census Bureau Sentinels closing in on his wife and unborn child, Ransom’s choice will either save his family or tear them apart forever.

Abel Keogh offers a stark and haunting look at a not-so-distant future in this chilling new novel. Crossing lines between good and evil, freedom and oppression, and political and environmental responsibility, The Third is a gut-wrenching tale of intense loyalty and unconditional love.


Title: Burn Bright
Author: Marianne de Pierres
Release Date: US release unknown NEED IT!!!!
Publisher: Random House Australia


 Into a world of wild secrets and deadly pleasures comes a girl whose innocence may be her greatest strength.

In Ixion music and party are our only beliefs. Darkness is our comfort. We have few rules but they are absolute . . .

Retra doesn’t want to go to Ixion, the island of ever-night, ever-youth and never-sleep. Retra is a Seal – sealed minds, sealed community. She doesn’t crave parties and pleasure, experience and freedom.

But her brother Joel left for Ixion two years ago, and Retra is determined to find him. Braving the intense pain of her obedience strip to escape the only home she’s ever known, Retra stows away on the barge that will take her to her brother.

When she can’t find Joel, Retra finds herself drawn deeper into the intoxicating world of Ixion. Come to me, whispers a voice in her head. Who are the Ripers, the mysterious guardians of Ixion? What are the Night Creatures Retra can see in the shadows? And what happens to those who grow too old for Ixion?

Retra will find that Ixion has its pleasures, but its secrets are deadly. Will friendship, and the creation of an eternal bond with a Riper, be enough to save her from the darkness?

Listen well, baby bats. Burn bright, but do not stray from the paths. Remember, when you live in a place of darkness you also live with creatures of the dark.

Title: Aftertime

Release Date: Feb 22nd 
Publisher: Luna
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Someone once said that all apocalypses are experienced locally. In the case of Cass Dollar, the nightmare occurred with the violent abduction of two-year-old Ruthie, which she vividly remembers. Only later is young Cass assaulted also by the vague, twisting memories of a much wider conflagration that she herself only narrowly survived. A government experiment had turned the entire California landscape into the hunting grounds of zombie Beaters, but Cass can only think of the helpless toddler she is missing. A deeply arresting paperback original. Editor's recommendation.

Title: The Iron Thorn
Author: Caitlin Kittredge
Release Date: Feb 22nd 
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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In the city of Lovecraft, the Proctors rule and a great Engine turns below the streets, grinding any resistance to their order to dust. The necrovirus is blamed for Lovecraft's epidemic of madness, for the strange and eldritch creatures that roam the streets after dark, and for everything that the city leaders deem Heretical—born of the belief in magic and witchcraft. And for Aoife Grayson, her time is growing shorter by the day.

     Aoife Grayson's family is unique, in the worst way—every one of them, including her mother and her elder brother Conrad, has gone mad on their 16th birthday. And now, a ward of the state, and one of the only female students at the School of Engines, she is trying to pretend that her fate can be different.



 


13 comments:

A Buckeye Girl Reads said...

I'm writing all of those down. I love a good Dystopian...as for the Uglies, I like the older covers better.

Truly Bookish said...

Thanks for this list, can't believe I had not heard of some of these, adding them to my list now! I like the new Westerfeld covers better. Prized by Caragh O'Brien, the sequel to Birthmarked, comes out in November. It's my WoW this week and I am so excited to read it!
NC
Truly Bookish

SaryWalrus said...

I definitely like the old covers better of Uglies and Pretties. Is there a new cover for Extra's? Extra's was always my favorite.

Sandy said...

Ooh nice I haven't heard of many of these books before. Aftertime and The Iron Thorn are on my TBR as well as Pretties but the others are all new to me. The Third, Burn Bright and America-Pacifica might make their way on to my list now. They sound so good.

Uglies was a great book, I like the new covers very simple but they stand out more to me then the older covers.

Sandy
My Wow

KM said...

LOVE the new Uglies covers! I never really liked the original ones, so I'm thinking this is a serious upgrade!

Jules (The Great, The Good and The Bad) said...

I love the new Uglies covers - A series that I Still have to read.

What a great selection of books. I really like the sound of Bumped.

a few of these are going straight on my wish list.

Jules

BLHmistress said...

I haven't read Uglies but have been wanting too and Bumped is high on my list too.

leeswammes said...

Great list! I am especially interested in The Third.

Uglies: I like the old cover better. I wonder if the new cover is meant to appeal more to adults, maybe?

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Bekka said...

I'm just about to start The Iron Thorn. So excited.
But OMG I loveeee those new Uglies covers! I want them on my shelf!

Wrighty said...

Ooooooh, great list! I haven't heard of some of these before so I'll be looking for them now. I've been reading a lot of dystopian novels lately although I must be the only person left who hasn't read the Uglies series. Those are on my long list too. I do like the new covers!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I LOVE and had not seen the new Uglies series covers. WAY cool! I definitely prefer the new ones.

Casey (The Bookish Type) said...

I LOVE the Uglies series! Bumped was also mind-blowing, and I'm dying for summer so that I have time to read The Iron Thorn. I couldn't leave the bookstore without it, and now it's taunting me.

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