Teasers and Top Tens – August 16th

Teaser-Tuesdays-PurpleTeaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Miz B at Books And A Beat. Here are the rules if you would like to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I sat upright and gasped. The little dog was gone and a giant had claimed his place. He panted happily then licked the side of my face again. I tried not to cringe. I didn’t want to upset the beast. Was this supposed to be a joke? “Very funny, Gibbit. What did you do with the other one?”

~ Dark Matter by Christie Rich

I got the first book of this series, Five, off of BookBub. It was pretty good, but I’m feeling disconnected to this second book for some reason.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week they are giving us some options – the original topic was “Top Ten Books Set in ________.” Any setting you want. I am choosing:

Top Ten Books Set in a Dystopian World

  1. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins – I would be remiss if I didn’t include this one, since it was what first introduced me to dystopian books in the first place. I know a lot of people think it’s overhyped, but I love these books.
  2. 1984 by George Orwell – I got to read this one in my one attempt at grad school. Even wrote a paper on it’s use of language and rhetoric. I feel that any list of dystopian literature has to have this one on it – it’s the granddaddy of them all!
  3. The Newsflesh series by Mira Grant – Gotta have some zombies on your dystopian list! I absolutely loved the world building in this series, how it was a zombie apocalypse story, but the zombies were not center stage – it was all about how humans had to evolve in order to deal with them.
  4. The Program by Suzanne Young – I read this book in almost one sitting, it was that good. I didn’t realize there was a second book in this series, so I will need to try and find that one soon.
  5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Love, love, love this book. It is one of my go-to books on my phone if I’m out somewhere and need something to read really quick. I’m both excited and scared of the movie they are planning to make.
  6. Pawn by Aimee Carter – Add this to the list of books that I need to finish a series on. I got this book as an ARC through NetGalley and was hooked from the very beginning.
  7. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – I first read this book in college and it nearly killed me. I was devastated by it but loved it so much as well. It starts off seemingly very charming and unassuming, but it packs a punch.
  8. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau – I picked this up for my kids at first, but had heard a lot about it and ended up really liking it for myself. It’s a perfect introduction into dystopian fiction for younger readers.
  9. Skinned by Robin Wasserman – Bought this at the used bookstore because I had heard about this author and yet hadn’t read any of her books. Ended up loving it and tracked down the other books in the series as well.
  10. Cinder by Marissa Meyer – I hadn’t originally thought of this one as a dystopian setting, but GoodReads says it is, so it must be true. I devoured this series earlier this year. It was amazing.

Speaking of GoodReads, in scrolling through lists to assemble my own list, I found a whole bunch of books I could easily add. If you have any dystopian books that you loved and that I did not put on my list, please let me know! I love getting book recommendations (even if my TBR is so huge, it’s going to take over my life).

Please leave your teasers and top tens in comments!

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20 thoughts on “Teasers and Top Tens – August 16th

  1. I really don’t like the dystopian genre. I find it extremely depressing. Having said that, I’ve read Never Let Me Go (I hadn’t known at the time I picked it up that it was a dystopian novel) and it was good. But I wouldn’t touch it again! I’m also very curious about 1984. I suspect I might get to it some time.

    My sister forced me to watch the first Hunger Games movie, and I was depressed for a week. I fought tooth and nail against watching any of the others, leave alone reading the books!!

  2. I’ve never been that interest in dystopian novels until recently, but I’m starting to get more into it since so many good books are coming out in the genre. The books on your list look great — I just finished Cinder and Ready Player One and loved them both. I’m looking forward to the rest of The Lunar Chronicles.

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