Monday, September 5, 2011

Dystopian August Wrap-Up

It's arrived - the last post of Dystopian August.  4 1/2 weeks of dystopian and post-apocalyptic content including 24 book reviews, 29 author interviews, 20 separate giveaways, and more.  I hope you enjoyed it as much I did!

Of the 24 books I reviewed, 2 got 5 Zombie Chickens and are new favorites:
LEGEND by Marie Lu (coming Nov 2011)

1 book just narrowly missed a 5 rating because it had the most trauma-inducing cliffhanger since THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO, and that was Ilsa Bick's ASHES.

Highly recommended books with 4 Zombie Chickens were:
BLOOD RED ROAD by Moira Young
A LONG, LONG SLEEP by Anna Sheehan
THE PLEDGE by Kimberly Derting (Coming Nov 2011)
PRIZED by Caragh O'Brien (Coming Nov 2011)
WHEN SHE WOKE by Hillary Jordan (Coming Oct 2011)
INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows (Coming Jan 2012)

Miss something? Check out my weekly recaps!

Click for a recap of week one!
Click for a recap of week two!
Click for a recap of week three!
Click for a recap of week four!

Here's a quick recap of week 5:

Veronica Rossi previews UNDER THE NEVER SKY(HarperCollins/January 3, 2012)

Lenore Appelhans previews LEVEL TWO (Simon & Schuster BFYR/Fall 2012)

Review of WHEN SHE WOKE by Hillary Jordan (4 Zombie Chickens/Highly Recommended)

Review of INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows (4 Zombie Chickens/Highly Recommended)

Preview of 2012 Dystopian Sequels


ARTICLE 5 by Kristen Simmons 
Erin L from GA

Mary Pearson prize pack incl. JENNA FOX & FOX INHERITANCE
Kelly R from NS, Canada

CROSSED by Ally Condie
Christina S from PA
Justine W from MA
Mallorie C from MI
Kara M from SC
Susan O from GA

A MILLION SUNS by Beth Revis
Stephanie A from WA
Donna S from MO
Leigh Ann K from OH
Allyson A from FL
Deborah K from VA

WHEN SHE WOKE by Hillary Jordan
Kristi S from CA
Dianne M from FL
Andi M from TX

Tiffany D from NH

UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi
Mary M from CA

Simon & Schuster Prize Packs incl. 7 books!
Christina of Reader of Fictions

Congrats to all!

Additional resources
Can't get enough dystopian? Check out these other resources:

Is it a dystopia? Fun flow chart at Author Erin Bowman's blog

Author Robison Wells (VARIANT) dystopia blog series

Join the dystopian challenge at Books Ahoy (Running until June 2012)

A brand new blog: The Intergalactic Academy - focusing on YA sci-fi including dystopian

Recap of Dystopian Domination blog event (May 2011) at Amaterasu Reads

Brave New Words - 2012 sci-fi/dystopian debut author group blog

The League of Extraordinary Writers - 2011 sci-fi/dystopian debut author group blog

Redecorating Middle Earth's ultimate list of YA dystopians of the past 50 years

Dystopian Divas blog

Dystopian Desserts blog

Know of any others? Let me know in the comments!

The Future of Dystopian August

Many readers have asked if I will continue my dystopian theme months in February and August.  As of right now, Dystopian February is still on, but I'll have to see where I am writing-wise when the time comes.  I have a ton of dystopian reads I didn't get to this month, so I may even have week-long reprises throughout the year.  Let's see.  I'd also love it of course if you let me know what features you enjoyed and would like to see again.  Thank you to everyone who made this month such a success, especially my author guests, Michelle of Galleysmith for our entertaining book discussions - and everyone who linked up their reviews, posted about DA on your blogs, tweeted, commented and cheered.

Long live the Zombie Chicken!


Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I am absolutely participating next year! Clearing the schedule! I am reading Knife Of Never Letting Go right now and cant even believe I am blogging because I really should be ready! Holy smokes it is awesome!

Jules said...

It really was a great month! :D

Emy Shin said...

Thanks for such a great Dystopian month, Lenore! I need to catch up on all the great reviews & wonderful reads now. :)

Zoraida Cordova said...

What a great month! Too bad september is here ;/ lol

Maya said...

So many good books!!! Thanks for pointing them out (again)!

Heather Anastasiu said...

Vive le Zombie Chicken!

Zibilee said...

I have loved this month of dystopia so much, and looked forward to each of the new posts everyday. It has been a great month, and I can't wait until you do it again! I particularly liked the author interviews, since you asked!

Nomes said...

this month has been amazing on your blog. i am in awe of all the posts. congrats on a huge month :)

Christina said...

Oh my goodness! I am so excited about the prize pack. Thanks so much!

I always love Dystopian August, but it was extra nice, since we don't get to read too many book reviews from you these days. Of course, it will all be worth it when we get to read the Level Two!

Thanks again,
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

Alyce said...

I loved dystopian August! I've got so many new books on my wish list now. Congrats to all of the winners!

Pam (@iwriteinbooks) said...

SO so awesome. I'm really sad that this month is over. I know that I can still read and blog and read blogs about dystopian lit but I've really really enjoyed (see obsessive commenting) this a lot. Thanks for all of your hard work, putting everything together and getting such great interviews up. Very very cool. :O)

kay - Infinite Shelf said...

I just wanted to thank you Lenore for another fantastic Dystopian month! I didn't get to participate much but I read all of it and took notes on new titles I need to read. This was amazing!

Michelle said...

You did a fantastic job and epic amount of work! Thank you for including me as part of the month. I'm looking forward to carrying our discussions forward into a monthly feature. :)

GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

Oh man, just read your wrap up post and now I'm nervous to read Ashes! I just started it on audio and it's very good, but it has a cliffhanger? Oh no!!