I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for their incredibly awesome meme: Top Ten Tuesday.
This is a meme involving lists, peoples. LISTS! I love lists.
This week’s prompt is: Top Ten Favourite Books in X Genre. I’m picking dystopian, because I honestly don’t talk about dystopians enough! I LOVE dystopian! After I read The Hunger Games for the first time, I went on a dystopian rampage. Yes, I got a little burnt out from it. Why did everyone just decide it was “cool” to write a dystopian?? But I do love the genre’s speculation.
1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Obviously this is TOP of the list! It’s been a few years since I first read this trilogy (yeah, I read them before it was cool…oooh, hipster me), but I’ve never shaken it as my favourite. If you ask me who my favourite author is…”Suzanne Collins” comes out first. I adore everything about this book: the style, the clipped writing, the characters, the bread, the bread baker… Okay, okay. I’ll stop.
2. Divergent by Veronica Roth
The first time I read it, I actually wasn’t impressed! I know, right? Now I’m totally a fan (it’s not like I have a pinterest board or anything…) and I can’t wait to see the movie! I’m interested to see if it’ll sneak into the Next Big Thing category or just drizzle out like the City of Bones movie did.
3. Reboot by Amy Tintera
Zombies soldiers? Guns? Dystopian world? Dancing and punching each other simultaneously? HECK YEAH. I absolutely adored this book. I loved it so much I chased Mime around the house
hitting her on the head with it until she decided to read it. She also loved it. Just so you know my recommendations aren’t just violent, they’re fantastic.
4. The Giver by Lois Lowry
I’ve always loved this book! Even before I knew what dystopian was. I think it has something to do with the INCREDIBLE CLIFF-HANGER ENDING THAT LEFT ME SCREAMING “WHAT? THAT’S IT?!” Or it might be because of the crisp writing and intriguing dystopic world.
5. Unwind by Neal Shusterman
This freaked me out. I’m not kidding! I was so disturbed when I finished I couldn’t sleep! Books don’t usually twist my skull like that…I even had to spill most of the ending to Mime just to get it off my chest.
6. Partials by Dan Wells
This is my most recent dystopian crush. I was kind of burnt out with the average crazy-government-makes-illogical-choices-that-no-one-should-really-buy-but-they-do-and-why books. Then Partials rolled in with a breath of fresh air (actually, the air in Partials world is contaminated and everyone’s dying of disease, but whatever).
7. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
I totally fell in love with the colours caste system. And Eo. I loved Eo. The names, the world, the violent games…ew, but seriously cool. There was lots of messy psychological games in here too, which kept me glued to my Kindle for hours. I’d really like the next one. Please? I asked nicely, see? I do have manners.
8. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
This is the 3rd book in a trilogy, I know! I wouldn’t normally put it here, but I was running out of dystopian loves and also…I really didn’t like the first book. Even the 2nd book annoyed me. But the third? NOBODY SAVE ME. I’M HOOKED.
9. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Is this technically considered dystopian? (Maybe steampunk?) It’s a bunch of weird awesome whatever it’s technically shelved as. It’s all dark and creepy prisons, torture chambers, and spunky characters — and weirdness. I love it, naturally.
10. The Selection by Keira Cass
I didn’t adore this book, which means it technically shouldn’t be on the list. But I’ve run out of options! I did laugh, and I thought America was a fabulous protagonist (although, the dudes? Ditch them fast). And I love the covers. That’s important.
I love dystopian books, probably most of all, but I’m pretty tough on who I dish out my love to in this genre. Why? The Hunger Games. For me, it set the bar at an unachievable height. I went on to read over 20 dystopians (really fast) afterwards, and I felt they were all kind of lame. But I shouldn’t have been comparing them to The Hunger Games! My bad.
Does that happen to you or is it just my weirdness? Do you find yourself expecting every book you read to match up to a favourite in a particular genre? I wish I could reread those books again for the first time…and just enjoy them for being dystopian, not expect them to become the next Big Favourite.
Cait is counting down until Mockingjay Part 1 reaches cinemas. Also Divergent. Also The Giver. Also The Maze Runner. Is it the year of dystopian movies, or what?! Yeeehaaa! She’s hoping her fangirling heart won’t give out after Mockingjay Part 1, because there’s a whole year to wait for part 2. Who is responsible for this torture? WHO. Die.