Remember when I said that I’d love to see a book about the birthmothers from The Giver? From now on, when I make literary wishes, I should do a quick check to see if what I want already exists.
Messenger acts in many ways as a conclusion to a series. It ties the first two books together by bringing back several characters from both and providing more details about the world where the books take place.
Book: Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry Reviewer: Jeriann Age/Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Reading Activity: Think about how your favorite creative talent can both be celebrated and exploited by society. Content Notes: Ableism A while ago, I stumbled across Gathering Blue in a thrift store. I was pulled in by Lois Lowry’s name, and even more…
Hello and welcome to Bathtub Book Club, Isolation Edition! If you’re reading this in 2020, you’re likely spending a lot of time at home or dreading leaving your home. Since pretty much all new news right now is a certain level of exhausting, we decided to stick with the familiar and re-read a book that we’ve both read before.
Since I read Fahrenheit 451 my freshman year of high school, I have deeply enjoyed reading dystopian literature. The best part is that there is so much dystopian literature out there, I get tired of reading them before I run out of books to read. Most of the dystopian books that I read are “classics” - Bradbury, Huxley, Atwood, etc.- but I recently came across a debut novel with a plot that caught my attention. I’ve never read A Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood, but I’m told that this book is similar in nature - it just has a different twist.
Halloween is fast approaching! So, in the spirit of the season, I decided to read a thriller that includes zombies, automatons, cyborgs, alchemy, and people with mutation-caused fishy qualities.
Book/Author: Red Clocks by Leni Zumas Reviewer: Jeriann Age/Genre: Adult Dystopian Fiction Preferred Reading Environment: I thought this was a great bathtub read - this book talks a lot about women’s bodies, so being naked while reading it felt appropriate. Reading Accoutrements: Your Favorite Chocolate. And maybe some tea/water with a tincture in it if…
I have a feeling you’ll be seeing a lot of reviews of dystopian books from me in the coming months, because every time I read one, I find others I want to read. I saw Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich on this list of Uncomfortably Plausible Books about Dystopian America and knew immediately I wanted to read it
Oops! We read an open-ended dystopian novel that leaves a TON of things open to interpretation, and it turns out... It’s the first in a trilogy.
Bethany: So...I do this thing where I wander around bookstores and pick up all of the books and then buy WAYYYY too many of the ones that I like. That’s how I came across Cinder, the first book in the Lunar Chronicles.