I’m not a massive fan of dystopian fiction films, but I caved into my friends last week and decided to go and see The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. I surprised myself by leaving the cinema desperate to read the entire trilogy. Hats off to Suzanne Collins – I was utterly engrossed in the world of Katniss and the other tributes, forced into a bloody battle that they didn’t want to fight.
Desperate to read more dystopian fiction, I went on the search for some other new releases . They may not quite be the next Clockwork Orange, but here are three suggestions that will definitely keep you gripped. Enders Game was recently out in cinemas and I wonder if the other two will follow in its tracks? If you have further suggestions to add to my reading list, please post them below.
Orson Scott Card – Ender’s Game
Title character, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games whilst in reality he is saving the earth from a real alien attack. The Formics, or more popularly, Buggers have already attacked the world twice and people are certain that a third invasion is coming. Ender is one of a group of children trained from age 6 in an off-world facility called Battle School, and their training consists mostly of games. The adults who run the school are desperate to save the world and its appears that they don’t have Ender’s best interests at heart.
Margaret Peterson Haddix – Among the Hidden: Shadow Children
Peterson Haddix sets her story in a scarily realistic world in which overpopulation has spiralled out of control and families are not allowed to have more than two children. Bad luck for Luke, who is the third child in his family who is constantly forced to hide in order not to become victim to the draconian laws by which the country is governed.
His miserable life changes when he meets another of his kind, Jen. She is the daughter of a Population Police official and decides to take the ‘shadow children’s’ situation into her own hands by organising a protest march to try and free them.
Scott Westerfield – Uglies
The world that Scott Westerfield has created is centred on the importance of beauty. The protagonist Tally is about to turn sixteen and receive her license for turning pretty. At that point, she will undergo an operation that will turn her from a repellent ‘ugly’ into an incredibly attractive ‘pretty’.
Tally’s new friend Shay would rather risk life on the outside and not undergo surgery. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world and she has to face some difficult decisions, as the authorities have placed her before the ultimate choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all.