Top Ten Tuesday (7/17/2012)

This week’s topic is “If you liked X then you need to read Y.”  I have been doing my best Winnie the Pooh impression (think, think, think) trying to narrow down my genre loves and finally decided on:

If you like The Hunger Games, then you need to read:

  1. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. – One of the very first dystopian books I read way back in my late teens, this is a brilliant story of the Albertian Order of St. Leibowitz and their mission to guard scientific knowledge until the world is ready for it again.
  2. The Road by Cormac McCarthy – A novel for adults this books came to me with the intriguing non recommendation “This is the best book I would never recommend anyone read.”  It is bleak and dark and sets up fabulous discussions about love and sacrifice.
  3. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – I have talked about this book before and the huge impact it had on me.  It is usually in my top recommended books and I think anyone who claimes there is not a war on Woman’s Rights, or that said erosion of our rights is not worrying needs to read this.
  4. Divergent by Veronica Roth – I just read this recently after seeing it everywhere for weeks now. I loved the set up of factions and the division not only of labor but also of personality as a way to protect society from collapse. The ending is one of the few recent “first books” which has me pushing other books in my TBR pile out of the way to get to the sequel.
  5. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld – One of the first YA dystopians I read.  Just about the time I was beginning to read YA more heavily I found this and quickly read all 4 books in the series. Highly recommended for young woman.
  6. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness – The most science fiction-y of all of these, this one ripped my heart out and the sequels stomped on it.  But probably one of the more original ideas on this list. Men can hear other men’s thoughts, but not woman’s. So woman are seen as dangerous. Fabulous setup and follow through.
  7. The Postman by David Brin – If you saw the movie, forget it. The book is an interesting, thought-provoking read about civilization and symbols. It is about how  one man can become a savior and the results of another man’s extreme, violent, misogynistic and hypersurvivalist beliefs.
  8. The Breaking of Northwall by Paul O. Williams – What happens if America is reduced to warring tribes of people?  This series answers that question.  Set 1000 years after “the time of fire,”  it follows the story of Jestak and his punishment to guard Northwall.
  9. Nature’s End by Whitley Strieber and James Kunetka – Think it has been hotter than usual this summer? This book uses scientific hypotheses and creates a frightening picture of a future where the environment has collapsed.  Terrifying when I read it in the late 80s, I’ll bet even more so now.
  10. The Pesthouse by Jim CraceA love story wrapped up in dystopian tale. Unlike so many other though in this story there is hope in getting to Europe.  The end may have only come for America.

A Canticle for Leibowitz The Road (Oprah's Book Club) The Handmaid's Tale Divergent Uglies (The Uglies) The Knife of Never Letting Go: Chaos Walking: Book One The Postman The Breaking of Northwall: The Pelbar Cycle, Book One (Beyond Armageddon) Nature's End The Pesthouse (Vintage)

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