Whats New Category: Dystopian

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth book coer 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?

Candor by Pam Bachorz

Candor book cover “Always be courteous.”

“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.

2 New Additions to the Hunger Games Movie

EW.com broke the news yesterday that Thresh and Rue have been cast in the movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ popular book The Hunger Games (click here to find it in the Library).  The roles of the two District 11 tributes were given to two relative new actors.  Thresh will be played by Dayo Okeniyi and Rue will be played by Amandla Stenberg.  If you remember, Thresh was the imposing male tribute from District 11 who showed mercy to Katniss because of her alliance with Rue.  Rue of course was a pivotal character in The Hunger Games as she not only was a key alliance for Katniss but she also became a driving force for Katniss to survive the games.  Need a refresher?  Check out The Hunger Games at the Library now!

Also, check out the Facebook page for The Hunger Games.  There is this awesome way to keep track of who is cast in the movie:


Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium book cover“It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected a cure.”

In 95 days seventeen-year-old Lena is scheduled to have the procedure, which ensures she will never become infected with amor deliria nervosa, or love, the deadliest of all diseases. After her procedure she’ll be paired with a boy whom the evaluators have chosen for her.  She won’t have to worry about love affecting her mind so she cannot think clearly, or rationally.  After the procedure she will be safe and free from any pain that love might have brought her.  However, one day when Lena and her best friend Hana are up for their evaluations, Lena sees a boy.  Their eyes meet for a moment and then everything changes.  A whole other version of the world she lives in is revealed to her because of this boy and her best friend Hana. Lena finds herself making choices that may seem irrational and she’s definitely not thinking clearly.  Where do Lena’s choices lead her? Delirium by Lauren Oliver will infect you once you start reading it and you will find it very hard to put down.  Your stomach will flutter with anticipation of what’s coming next and you might even find yourself falling in love with it. It’s quite contagious.

Keep up to date with author Lauren Oliver here.

The Hunger Games movie news

The Hunger Games book coverMTV.com is reporting that Liam Hemsworth has read for a part in The Hunger Games movie.  The big question is, though, who would he play–Peeta or Gale???

The Hunger Games Trilogy has become the latest must read series, especially with the news that a movie will be made.



Here’s what two teen reviewers have to say about The Hunger Games:

Hunger Games is one of the best books i have ever read. It tells the story of Katniss, a girl in district 12 who is to compete in the Hunger games, a fight ’til death for food, wealth, and fame. With tons of action and a little bit of romance this book kept me turning the pages and I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next…Reviewed by Samantha

I really enjoyed the book Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins…Hunger Games was great  and would extremely recommend it to everyone…Reviewed by Haley

If you have already read The Hunger Games and want to read books like it, just click on the titles below to find them in the Library’s catalog:

Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Feed by M.T. Anderson
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Dr. Franklin’s Island by Ann Halam
The Declaration by Gemma Malley
Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeve
The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn
Girl in the Arena by Lisa Haines
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
The Line by Teri Hall
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Rash by Pete Hautman
Salt by Maurice Gee
Winter’s End by Jean-Claud Mourtlevat

And, of course, if you haven’t read The Hunger Games yet, be sure to check it out at the Library!