It’s a post-apocalyptic world and I’m just living in it by Becca Terry
After the Twilight books blew up, the young adult section should have been renamed “Vampire Books” You couldn’t walk into a bookstore without seeing at least 10 different books and book series about vampires. I was lucky enough to get out without a scratch (or a bite, haha). But now it’s a different story. Ever since The Hunger Games became a huge hit, it seems the young adult section has become inundated with post-apocalyptic/dystopian novels. But this time, I got sucked in and I am afraid there is no turning back.
After I fell in love with The Hunger Games series (which I have read many times, the first book six times), I decided to venture into the young adult aisle of the bookstore and found myself picking up several other post-apocalyptic books, including the Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver (the third book, Requiem, was released earlier this month) and the infuriatingly unfinished Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. I soon realized that my interest in post-apocalyptic books started much earlier; I remember reading The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld in middle school, and the Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix were my favorite books growing up (and I still have every single one resting happily on my bookshelf).
The Divergent (soon to be) trilogy is the best I have read so far. Yes, even better than the Hunger Games books (I can’t believe I’m saying that). Divergent is about a dystopian society divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue. On an appointed day of every year, all 16-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. The story follows Beatrice Prior as she is forced to decide between staying with her family and being true to herself. Her choice surprises everyone.
I fell in love with the series for many reasons. First, it’s set in future Chicago! I can actually go to the places that Roth talks about, like the Bean and Navy Pier. Second, Veronica Roth is only 24 years old and she has a wonderful blog. I would like to be her best friend. But aside from all that, this book is so well written, so intriguing, and I am a sucker for a strong, independent female protagonist. I am very impatiently waiting for Roth to release the third book. GIVE ME AN ENDING!
Adding to my excitement, they are making a movie based on the books. Shailene Woodley has been cast as Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Woodley was also recently tapped to play Hazel Grace in The Fault in Our Stars based on the novel by John Green). I can’t wait to see how the story adapts to the big screen.
So as I wait impatiently for book #3, I will be checking out other post-apocalyptic/dystopian novels such as the Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver, the Matched series by Ally Condie and the Partials sequence by Dan Wells.
Any other post-apocalyptic/dystopian books you recommend? Let me know!
Becca Terry once stood next to Neil Patrick Harris while watching the fireworks at Disney World. When she is not reading a John Green novel, watching Netflix or wishing she was Audrey Hepburn she is going to culinary arts school in Chicago. One day she hopes to move to Italy and live out the plot of The Lizzie McGuire Movie, or maybe just eat a lot of spaghetti. She blogs at www.hopelesslywandering.com and tweets @beccamichelle13.
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