As I noted yesterday, I'd love to have attended the dystopian panel for BEA. Dystopian lit is a new favorite of mine. Except, it isn't entirely new. Back in high school, I remember reading and loving Fahrenheit 451. That was my first taste of this sci-fi futuristic dytopian look at society. That was followed closely by Nineteen Eighty-Four, which I didn't enjoy quite as much, but still found fascinating. Those books have stuck with me for all these years, but it wasn't until I picked up Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer that I rediscovered my love.
Ever since I first read this book, I have thought about, written about, and read most anything dystopian I can get my hands on. I was more recently blown away by Ella Minnow Pea (which doesn't exactly fit the mold, but was similar enough for me to count it), Incarceron, Birthmarked, The Dead-Tossed Waves, Inside Out, The Ask and the Answer, The Maze Runner, and of course Hunger Games.
My appetite seems insatiable when it comes to this, since I am anticipating more delicious dystopian books like Matched by Ally Condie, Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness, Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, Across the Universe by Beth Revis, and The Passage by Justin Cronin. I also discovered a delightful new dystopian author blog that fans will want to check out. All of this is adding up to:
A giveaway of that book that rekindled my fire:
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
I just so happen to have recently picked up a second copy (what can I say, it was on sale). Up for grabs, as part of Armchair BEA is my new paperback copy of Life As We Knew It.
To enter, leave me a comment telling me your favorite thing about dystopian fiction (and a way for me to contact you). [Edit: US only, sorry.] This contest will end on Monday, May 31st, winner announced Tuesday. Good luck!
If you buy through my Amazon linkage, I will get a very small percentage