I have a problem.
I need to confess to an addiction.
It’s not drugs, or alcohol, or chocolate, it’s books… a certain kind of book to be more specific.
I am addicted to dystopian fiction.
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“dystopia” : An imaginary place or condition in which everything is as bad as possible; opposite of utopia.
– Oxford English Dictionary
I know dystopian fiction sounds kinda depressing, but it’s not, well not all the time, and I just can’t get enough!
I can’t even remember when it started, sometime way back in my youth.
I remember stealing my brother’s copy of Lord of the Flies and being so disappointed that I was not old enough to be studying that for English and watching Day of the Triffids
on TV and loving every second I was scared out of my mind!
As a 20 something I devoured Margret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and I fell in deep love with Isobelle Carmody’s Obernewtyn Chronicles (I am just about peeing my pants to see that the last book is actually coming out later this year!).
Then I had kids and reading went out the window in favour of sleep, but in the last year or two, now that all my kids are pretty much dealing with their own sleep issues, I have rediscovered my love of reading and realised that I have a definite problem with dystopian fiction – I adore it!
It started with The Hunger Games, then of course I had to read the Divergent series. Then there was When We Wake and While We Run by Karen Healey, The Giver Quartet, and the Wool Omnibus (Oh my did I dream about those people in those silos for weeks!) and then Sand.
I tried to break my habit with a nice historic fiction – In Falling Snow by Mary-Rose MacColl, which I liked a lot, but as soon as I was done I went right back to dystopia and read the Delirium series (awesome) and the Unwind series.
Recently I used my children as a excuse and borrowed The City of Ember and The People of Sparks from the library, but I’m pretty sure the librarian knew they weren’t really for my kids when she handed them over…
And now I’ve got a running list of more dystopian fiction that I want to read…
Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel
The Children of Men – PD James
Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood
Uglies – Scott Westerfeld
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
Article 5 – Kristen Simmons
Across the Universe – Beth Revis
Wither – Lauren DeStefano
The Girl With All the Gifts -M. R. Carey
Now I just need a whole bunch of spare time to read all these books!
What about you?
Have you read any good dystopian fiction lately?
Do you have a book genre addiction?
Can you recommend a book to break my addiction?