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Posts tagged dystopian
The Heart Goes Last
by Margaret Atwood

The Heart Goes Last is a seemingly lighter venture into our dark future – while there is nothing one can reasonably laugh at in The Handmaid’s Tale or Oryx and Crake, The Heart Goes Last is presented with a tongue firmly in Atwood’s cheek: the atrocities committed in this book feel too ludicrous to be a future we can reasonably expect to encounter.

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

After the fall of civilisation as we know it, an itinerant band of performers travels through an unpredictable and dangerous new world, bringing moments of joy to people’s lives through the unlikely medium of classical music and Shakespeare. It sounds like a rather humorous combination of themes, but Emily St. John Mandel takes this unusual premise and weaves from it a compelling and definitely un-funny book.

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The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry

This series tackles some heavy topics, big questions about how our memories shape us, the value in experiencing pain and the worth of a peaceful society if no one is free to live a genuine human experience. This aspect of it reminded me of A Clockwork Orange — how much value can you place on ‘good behaviour’ that isn’t chosen through free will?

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Day Boy by Trent Jamieson

At the centre of Day Boy is Midfield, the kind of small town that I’ve passed through, but never lived in. I’ve never grown up in a place, feeling it to be home because it’s all I’m familiar with, the landscape of all my childhood memories, feeling its edges press against me as I grow too large for it, like an ill-fitting garment.

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Anyway, I digress. The 5th Wave is a burger. I read it, I enjoyed it for what it was, and haven’t thought about it since. Until now, obviously, but it is fairly difficult to review a book without thinking about it. I’m not saying that The 5th Wave is a bad book. It was entertaining enough to keep me reading and provided that sense of escapism, like many action films that we consume for mindless diversion without them making any further impact on our lives.

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