Sunday, February 26, 2012

Dystopian February Recap Week 4

February has just flown by hasn't it? Here's what happened this past week on #dystopianfeb - in case you missed anything.


This week in book reviews:


NOTE: In a policy change, I'm giving each book I review a merit badge in one of the following categories: World-building, Action, Romance, Twisty Reads, and Great Writing (see the merit badges here - they are ADORBS! and read more about the philosophy behind the merit badges here) so if you know you prefer world-building books over all else, you'll know which titles to look out for.

THE FORGETTING CURVE by Angie Smibert (Zombie Chicken Merit Badge for World-building)

MONUMENT 14 by Emmy Laybourne (Discussion with Michelle of Galleysmith)

STRUCK by Jennifer Bosworth (Zombie Chicken Merit Badge for Writing)

THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers (Zombie Chicken Merit Badge for Writing)

PARTIALS by Dan Wells (Zombie Chicken Merit Badge for Twists)


This week in author interviews:


Mari Mancusi previews TOMORROW LAND (Digital release, Feb 2012)

Emma Pass previews ACID (Random House, early 2013)

Julie Kagawa previews THE IMMORTAL RULES (HarlequinTeen, April 2012)

Lydia Y Kang previews THE FOUNTAIN (Penguin, Summer 2013)

Apoc Love interview with Jennifer Bosworth about STRUCK

Joelle Charbonneau previews THE TESTING (HMH, Spring 2013)


Emma Trevayne previews CODA (Running Press, Spring 2013)


This week in still open giveaways:


Mari Mancusi prize pack incl. TOMORROW LAND, BLOOD COVEN and a $25 gift card (International)

Apocalypsies Starter Pack #5 - Dystopian Edition incl. STRUCK by Jennifer Bosworth, ARTICLE 5 by Kristen Simmons, and THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass + lots of swag (International)

Win one of 2 ARCs of STRUCK by Jennifer Bosworth

Preorder giveaway of THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers (International)

HarperCollins prize pack (International)


This week in winners:


The winner of PURE is:
#32 Louis H of CA

The winners of THE OTHER LIFE are:
#8 Abigail A of Oxon, UK
#14 Alisa F of Edinburgh, UK

The winner of STARTERS is;
#40 Lilian C of HI

The winner of the Macmillan prize pack is:
#34 Melissa B of AZ


This week in news:

EW offered an excerpt of Veronica Roth's INSURGENT

The sequel to Marie Lu's book LEGEND has a title: PATRIOT (via Between the Lines)

The sequel to Tahereh Mafi's book SHATTER ME has a title: UNRAVEL ME

Paolo Bacigalupi's SHIPBREAKER series will have a 3rd book: SEASCAPE in Fall 2014.

Ann Aguirre's Razorland trilogy will conclude with HORDE, set for Fall 2013.

The Book Smugglers review EARTHSEED by Pamela Sargent

CJ Redwine revealed her DEFIANCE cover



Caragh O'Brien revealed her PROMISED cover, third in the BIRTHMARKED trilogy



A great post about using YA dystopian lit in the classroom at Teach Mentor Texts + check out their whole series on Dystopian vs Post Apocalyptic

PANDEMONIUM, Lauren Oliver's follow-up to DELIRIUM comes out Tuesday, and Lauren will tweet the entire first chapter on Monday.  Tune in on @oliverbooks

Coming up this week:


Just 3 days of #dystopianfeb left - but still lots of content! My final recap of all of #dystopianfeb will be on Friday, March 9, 2012 after I return from my trip to Kuwait.

4 comments:

Elie said...

It has been an exciting week. Congrats winners and have a great trip!

Ali B said...

Hey Lenore,

So with the merit badges, you only give one badge per book? Right? So a book might get a *world building" merit badge, but still have great writing? You pick the one badge that best honors the book?

I typically stick pretty close to my first love - middle grades, but I try to read at least one YA for every four MG. I like your merit badge system for helping me pick the right book for me.

Lenore Appelhans said...

Hi Ali - That's right! One badge per book in the category I think it best represents. But with some books it's pretty hard to choose. I might have given THUMPED by Megan McCafferty any of the 5, for example.

melissa @ 1lbr said...

Oh, I won!! I am so excited, I was thinking I'd never win :) Thanks for making a great place for all things dystopian. And a third book for Shipbreaker? YEAH!