I have come to love dystopian fiction. In these books set in the near or distant future, just about everything goes wrong. This means that the characters don't have cell phones, computers, automobiles, or most modern conveniences. In the books where the characters do have some conveniences, society is so restrictive that the conveniences cannot be used for their intended purposes. In short, these books are like reading the vintage series fiction that I love so much.
This is the first of several posts that contain brief reviews of dystopian fiction that I have not previously reviewed in this blog.
The Missing Series - Margaret Peterson Haddix
1. Found, 2008
2. Sent, 2009
3. Sabotaged, 2010
4. Torn, 2011
5. Caught, 2012
series is set in the 21st century, circa 2008 or so. 36 adopted
children learn that they were abducted out of the past and taken to the
future as part of a for-profit adoption scheme run by time travelers.
Time got messed up, and they had to be adopted into the late 20th
century instead of in the distant future. Now, the time travelers have
returned from the future in order to take the children back to their own
places in past history in order to set time straight. The children are
not happy, since they don't want to leave their 21st century lives.
This is a very abbreviated version of the plot.
the plot involves time travel, much it makes little sense, because the
characters go back and forth in time and really make a mess of things.
The reader has to engage in much suspension of belief, accepting that
certain things are possible in order to enjoy the stories. Time travel
never is logical.
The reader learns a lot of history in
these books. I found the books to be very interesting and very
educational. I do have a word of caution for people who have adopted
children. Read the first book before giving it to an adopted child.
These books have content that could be upsetting to adopted children.
Additional books will be published in this series.
1. Among the Hidden, 1998
2. Among the Imposters, 2001
3. Among the Betrayed, 2002
4. Among the Barons, 2003
5. Among the Brave, 2004
6. Among the Enemy, 2005
7. Among the Free, 2006
series takes place in a society in which families are permitted to have
no more than two children. Many families have had a third child, and
the third children are the shadow children, forced to live in hiding
inside their homes, never able to come out into the world. The third
children sometimes get discovered and have to go on the run. These
books tell the story of the shadow children and their struggle for
survival. I enjoyed reading these books.
1. The Mayfair Moon, 2012
2. Kindred, 2012
3. The Ballad of Aramei, 2012
I read these books because I was a bit desperate. These books were
clearly inspired by the Twilight series, except that this series is
about werewolves. Adria falls in love with Isaac, who
is a werewolf. If you are familiar with Twilight, you know where this
is heading. Isaac will not age, and Adria worries that she will grow
older than him, so... she wants to be a werewolf. Shocking!
trilogy has some of the same problems as Twilight, and in that respect,
the author did a great job of mimicking Twilight. Adria meets Isaac,
and there is no chemistry, nothing, no reason for her to fall for him.
Yet she does. I never was able to feel what Adria feels for Isaac, just
as I was never able to understand Bella's inexplicable attraction to
Edward. In that respect, Redmerski copied Twilight beautifully. These
books are in some ways better than Twilight, especially since they don't
have a grown man who is basically betrothed to a baby. You know, that creepy imprinting thing
from Twilight where Jacob seems almost like a child molester. It's not
in this trilogy, which is a plus.
These books are somewhat better than Twilight in the overall premise, but the books are poorly edited with quite a few typos. I found them enjoyable, although not favorites.
The Born Trilogy - Tara Brown
1. Born, 2012
2. Born to Fight, 2013
3. Reborn, 2013
trilogy is set around 10 years in the future after a man-made virus
gets out of control, infecting a large percentage of the population.
The virus causes people to lose their minds, and all they want to do is
kill and eat other people.
These books feature the
most awesome young woman named Emma. This girl is a tough, aggressive survivor.
You just have to read the books to see what I mean. Emma is awesome,
and I love her. This trilogy tells such a great story that it could
become the next big thing. The problem is that these books are not
edited very well. The books are self-published, and the author needs to
get someone other than whoever is editing them. There are many word
usage errors, misplaced commas, and grammatical errors. One example is the use of "planes" as the word for an open grassy area when the correct word
The author also greatly overuses pronouns
to the point that the reader often has to skip ahead several pages in
order to try to figure out exactly who "he" or "she" is. When the scene
contains two men and a woman, referring to both men as "he" is
All that said, I greatly enjoyed this trilogy.