The blogs Hollwood Crush and The FABlife (both part of the MTV network) have declared this week Dystopian Week. This week they will have interviews, reviews, and guest blogs celebrating all things dystopia.
Have you read Matched? Are you waiting for it’s sequel Crossed to come out next month? Well, to tide you over click here to read a recent interview with Ally Condie– you’ll learn some inside information about Crossed and some interesting info on Ally herself!
Entertainment Weekly’s blog Shelf Life has released the cover art for Veronica Roth’s second book Insurgent, the follow up to Divergent. Insurgent won’t be published until May 2012, but check out the cool cover below:
The blog post also includes an interview with Roth about her plans for the trilogy. Click here to read it! Also, click here to read Renee’s (the Teen Outreach Librarian) excellent review of the book.
Are you anticipating the sequel to Ally Condie’s Matched? Crossed will be published on November 1st, 2011, and in anticipation of the release the publisher, Penguin Young Readers, is letting readers get a sneak preview of the book. Check the preview of Crossed out below, just click on the link:
Well, now Entertainment Weekly has the first look at Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth as Peeta and Gale, respectively:
I have to admit, they look a lot like how I pictured the characters in my head. If you haven’t read The Hunger Games, yet, click here to check it out at the Library and read it before the movie comes out! Also, check out the July 29th issue of Entertainment Weekly that features this cover and more inside about the filming of The Hunger Games movie. Did you know that you can find current issues of Entertainment Weekly in the Library and also check out the older issues?
Beatrice lives in Chicago– well actually she lives in Abnegation, one of the factions of Chicago. Everyone in Abnegation is self-less. There are four other factions: amity (friendship/peace), dauntless (fearless), erudite (intelligence), and candor( who always speak the truth). Beatrice is now 16, which means it’s time to figure out which faction she’ll spend the rest of her life in. If she doesn’t chose Abnegation, this choice also means cutting herself off from her Abnegation parents. A test, which is actually a simulation, helps decide which faction she would be best suited for, but Beatrice still has the final choice. Beatrice’s test doesn’t offer an conclusive results, her test proctor informs her that she’s a divergent. Being a Divergent means you are someone who doesn’t fit in any of the clearly defined factions, and is a result she must not share with anyone because the consequences could be terrible.
Which faction does Beatrice settle on? Dauntless, and the action ramps up from that point on. Beatrice, who now goes by Tris, finds out that even her though she has chosen Dauntless as her new faction this doesn’t mean they chose her. Only ten initiates will be accepted in the faction and the newbies must prove themselves by performing well in intense tasks like fighting, knife throwing, shooting, and most of all confronting and overcoming their fears. Tris seems to have the odds stacked against her since she was an Abnegation and kind of scrawny, but her determination and some support from one of the trainers, who’s named Four, help her stay in the running for a slot. While proving her worth to Dauntless, Tris also finds herself questioning the Dauntless and the other factions and their true motives. Her divergent-ness starts to become more apparent to not just her but to others who are secretly observing her. Will she be able to keep her secret and what does her divergence mean for the future of all of the factions?
“Academics are the key to success.”
“Studying is your top priority.”
“Healthy breakfasts make for smart minds”
What if messages like this ran through your head all day? What if while you were listening to your favorite CD you were being brainwashed at the same time? Well, then you’d be living in Candor, otherwise known as every parent’s dream. No one really knows about the messages, but what they do know is teenagers in Candor love to do chores, they get straight A’s, and no one is ever an outsider.
Meet Oscar, the founder of Candor’s son. He’s handsome, smart, popular, and seemingly perfect, except he’s found a way to fight the messages: to shut his brain off to them. He’s also found a way to make some money on the side byhelping free kids from Candor before they get sucked in by the messages, because once that happens you’ll be walking around like a programmed drone the rest of your life.
Oscar’s latest target for business is Nia, except that Oscar finds himself completely smitten by her. He must a make a decision to save Nia from the messages and never see her again, or keep her close and risk everything exposing everything.
Previously, I posted about Veronica Roth’s Divergent because it had a movie deal before it even hit the book shelves. Well, it has been published (click here to find it at the Library) and now there is a short book trailer for it. One thing I didn’t know, but that I think is pretty cool, is that the setting for Divergent is in a dystopian Chicago of the future. Check out the book trailer below: