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Monday, August 1, 2011

Dystopain Novels!

I’m reading This world we live in by Susan Beth Pfeffer this week. It is a dystopian novel. The moon has been hit by an asteroid and has moved real close to Earth. The moon’s gravitational pull has caused major changes on Earth. There have been tidal waves, earthquakes, and volcanoes. The sky is mostly dark and grey. The dark and grey world reminds me a little bit of The Road.

This novel is in the style of a teen’s journal. The main character, Miranda, writes about the world she lives in. She lives in a house with her mother and her two brothers: Matt and Jon. Food is scarce.

I won’t tell anything else about this book. I just did a quick amazon search on this book and realized that it is part of a trilogy. I didn't know about the first two books in the series. It didn't say anything about the trilogy on the back of the book.

Here are the Amazon links:
Book # 1

Book # 2

Book # 3 - The one I just read

Last week I read The game by Monica Hughes. This book reminded me of the Hunger Games at first, so I purchased it. Which reminds me, I saw a poster for the Hunger Games movie at the theater last weeekend. I was hoping to see a preview for it, but they didn't show one. However, this story is very different from the Hunger Games once I started reading it.

This book takes place in the year 2154. Most jobs have been replaced by robots in this dystopian society. Unemployed people are sent to live in one of the Designated Areas (DA). Unfortunately more and more people are being designated as “employed” as the robots replace more jobs. They’ve replaced basic custodial jobs and even teachers. The main character Lisse has a friend who is physician’s son and assistant who gets replaced with a robot and is sent to her DA. They have a “game” for the unemployed. I can’t tell you anything else about the game without running this book.

Next, I’m going to read Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari. It says, “The world has ended, what comes next” on the back cover. I picked this book up at Border's at a discount price. By the way: I'm really sad about Borders closing.

I also purchased “2081” on DVD. It is a short film based on Kurt Vonnegut’s novel. I regret to say that I didn’t enjoy the DVD. As always the book is way better. I’m going to give away this DVD in an upcoming contest at this blog. So come back to this blog often to look for the contest. Other novels and books will be included in this give-away too.

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