Wordstock Offers Post-Hunger Games Dystopian Reads

Posted August 26, 2010 by Sara 2 Comments

If you’re like the rest of the Novel Novice staff, chances are you’re experiencing some troubles finding something to read after finishing Mockingjay. We’re calling it Post-Panem Depression. (Get it? Credit for that one goes to Steph, aka clumzbella!)

With that in mind, here’s a look at three dystopian novels (the first two are YA, the third is not) that are being featured at Wordstock Festival this October 9-10th in Portland, Oregon:

Patrick Ness – Chaos Walking Trilogy

This series is already hugely popular in the U.K., and it is gaining a following here in the U.S. The Chaos Walking trilogy has already drawn many comparisons to The Hunger Games, though some critics say it’s even better.

The first two books — The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and the Answer are already available in the U.S. The third and final book — Monsters of Men — is out in the U.K. and will be available in the U.S. on September 28th, just in time for Wordstock.

Joelle Anthony – Restoring Harmony

Readers from Portland will especially enjoy Anthony’s cautionary tale set in and around the Rose City. The story takes place in the not-so-distant future and follows a young girl on her journey from a remote island off the coast of British Columbia to a suburb of Portland, where she must search for her grandfather.

The story focuses more on the characters and their interactions, but Anthony has created a classic dystopian world that is so close to our own that this unfortunate future can be viewed as an actual possibility.

Jonathan Lethem – Chronic City

Lately, dystopian literature has largely been dominated by the Young Adult crowd (just look above at The Hunger Games, Chaos Walking and Restoring Harmony). But for adults looking for a non-YA dystopian read, Lethem’s Chronic City offers another alternative. Chronic City provides a dystopian view on life in Manhattan, with a decidedly realistic twist on the genre.

Read more at Portland Books Examiner, and check out the other YA authors appearing at Wordstock.


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