iOS app Android app

Dystopian Fiction

Must We Worry About Artificial Intelligence?

Nigel Barber | Posted 07.21.2014 | Technology
Nigel Barber

There are many reasons why artificial intelligence can be threatening, but I would put accidents far above malice. Some futurists worry that tiny self-replicating entities could envelop the world causing ecological collapse -- a nanotechnology apocalypse known as the "grey goo hypothesis."

People of Color Do Survive the Apocalypse: 5 Books You Should Read

Olivia Cole | Posted 06.10.2014 | Books
Olivia Cole

In case you've ever looked at the whitewashed array of dystopian and post-apocalyptic books that line the shelves and asked yourself, "Do people of color survive the apocalypse?" the answer is yes. Read these books.

Shatter Me, Ignite Me, Read Me!

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 05.18.2014 | College
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

Recently, my children found their spark in the wildly popular Dystopian fiction novels -- Hunger Games, Divergent, Shatter Me, to name a few.

14 to 40: The Mother-Daughter Book Experience of Red Rising

Britt Michaelian | Posted 03.19.2014 | Books
Britt Michaelian

My daughter and I decided to write a review of Red Rising from the perspective of a 40-year-old mother and a 14-year-old daughter who don't always see eye to eye in matters of literature. Will we be of the same mind when it comes to Red Rising?

A Look at the Growing Genre of Climate Fiction

Bill Chameides | Posted 02.17.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

I think it's great that climate change has gotten the attention of writers and that their work is garnering attention in the media and the marketplace. But I am also a bit disappointed: It seems the primary theme of books that are being recognized under the rubric of "climate fiction" are essentially dystopian visions of a world decimated by climate change.

Catching Fire: The Hunger Games' Young Heroes Reinvent the Unsettling World of Politics, Violence, and Revolution

Russell C. Smith | Posted 02.02.2014 | Entertainment
Russell C. Smith

In some ways, the YA dystopian novels of the early 21st Century can be looked upon as narrative handbooks for navigating an uncertain and murky future.

Kevin Barry. Read Him.

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

Two books positively straining at their bindings are in your local bookstore right now; pick them up, and you'll be glad you did.

Future Anxiety and Young Adult Fiction

Susan Kim | Posted 05.25.2013 | Books
Susan Kim

Perhaps those of us who write about a dystopian future have more faith in people than we do in the wise application of technology.

Notes on Cormac McCarthy's The Road

Anis Shivani | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Anis Shivani

The Road is one of the greatest indictments of the bourgeois novel of individual growth, the bildungsroman, the paradigmatic novelistic genre of the nineteenth century.

When Dystopian Fiction Becomes Reality

Theo Lawrence | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Theo Lawrence

There is no denying it: Hurricane Sandy is one of the biggest disasters that we as Americans have ever had to face. This past week, I've watched as friends, family, and fellow residents of the Tri-State area lost their lights, their homes, and even their lives.

Steampunk-Inspired Stormdancer Is Adventurous Fantasy

Julie A. Carlson | Posted 12.02.2012 | Books
Julie A. Carlson

Aside from dystopian, apocalyptic, and post-apocalyptic trends in adult and YA literature, steampunk is becoming the next big thing. What is steampunk exactly?

What's Left Of Me Focuses On What It Means to Be Human

Julie A. Carlson | Posted 11.13.2012 | Books
Julie A. Carlson

What would it be like to have two souls? Here lies the concept of What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang.

Judging a Book By Its Cover

Victoria Foyt | Posted 09.29.2012 | Books
Victoria Foyt

I would like to address the recent accusations of racism that have been aimed at my YA novel, Revealing Eden, Save The Pearls Part One. Some have ta...

What's Next After The Hunger Games: 10 Young Adult Dystopias Coming Out 2012

Lisa Parkin | Posted 06.05.2012 | Books
Lisa Parkin

The number of dystopian-themed books is at its highest since the 1960s. What Young Adult dystopians are you looking forward to reading this year?

The Hunger Games and the Death of Winner-Take-All Capitalism

Russell C. Smith | Posted 06.03.2012 | Books
Russell C. Smith

In the same way Orwell wrote about 1948 and titled his novel 1984, one can ask whether The Hunger Games is a reflection of our current world or a warning of horrific things to come.

A Look at Unhappy Literary Characters

Dave Astor | Posted 04.24.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

I recently read Freedom, and one thing that struck me was how unhappy the Patty Berglund character was for much of that excellent novel. And one couldn't always figure out why Patty was so glum.

Top 10 Young Adult Fantasy Books You Should Read

Lisa Parkin | Posted 04.16.2012 | Books
Lisa Parkin

With The Hunger Games movie coming out in March, the frenzy for young adult fiction has reached an all-time high. For those of you who still haven't read young adult books, here are a few suggestions.

Must-Read Dystopian Novels For 'Hunger Games' Fans

| Sara Gartman | Posted 12.22.2011 | Home

You've read The Hunger Games nine times, wrote an essay on its major themes, discussed the book in excrutiating detail with your friends, decided whi...

Black Friday Mania: 11 Dystopian Books

Madeleine Crum | Posted 11.25.2011 | Books

The bizarre and sometimes violent social phenomenon that is Black Friday is upon us. Although past years have resulted in sleep loss, trampling and st...

Interview With Anna North, Author of America Pacifica

Teddy Wayne | Posted 08.14.2011 | Books
Teddy Wayne

In the not too distant future of Anna North's debut novel, Darcy lives on the island of America Pacifica -- one of the last habitable places on earth after the second ice age. I spoke with her about the politics of her novel, and science-fiction.

'The Hunger Games' And One Mother's Frazzled Nerves

Meredith Lopez | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Meredith Lopez

If you are a parent, then reading books about starving, near-death or homicidal teenagers will mess you up. Reading five of these books in a row will really mess you up.

The Best Books of the Decade

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Orhan Pamuk's The Museum of Innocence will be interpreted by clueless reviewers as one about "obsession," just as they might view Nabokov's Lolita to be about "pedophilia."