Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Upcoming Dystopians in 2011 and 2012

Because of the way the dystopian genre has just exploded, there are a ton of new reads coming up!  I'm sure I missed some, but the 21! ones listed here are the ones on my radar.

See also this list I made during Dystopian August.  Oh and this list too. I've only included a book here again if it now has a shiny new cover to fawn over!  Same with sequels.

Eighteen-year-old Darcy lives on the island of America Pacifica--one of the last places on earth that is still habitable, after North America has succumbed to a second ice age. Education, food, and basic means of survival are the province of a chosen few, while the majority of the island residents must struggle to stay alive. The rich live in "Manhattanville" mansions made from the last pieces of wood and stone, while the poor cower in the shantytown slums of "Hell City" and "Little Los Angeles," places built out of heaped up trash that is slowly crumbling into the sea. The island is ruled by a mysterious dictator named Tyson, whose regime is plagued by charges of corruption and conspiracy.

But to Darcy, America Pacifica is simply home--the only one she's ever known. In spite of their poverty she lives contentedly with her mother, who works as a pearl diver. It's only when her mother doesn't come home one night that Darcy begins to learn about her past as a former "Mainlander," and her mother's role in the flight from frozen California to America Pacifica. Darcy embarks on a quest to find her mother, navigating the dark underbelly of the island, learning along the way the disturbing truth of Pacifica's early history, the far-reaching influence of its egomaniacal leader, and the possible plot to murder some of the island's first inhabitants--including her mother.

Little, Brown: May 1, 2011

Publisher's Weekly Review
DRY SOULS by Denise Getson
Kira has never listened to the rain on the roof, swum in a lake or seen a cloud. All of those things need water, and in Kira's world nearly all of the water has disappeared due to the ecological disasters created generations earlier. What remains is strictly rationed by the government. Kira never doubts this system until the day she discovers a wonderful gift - she can bring forth water merely by touching the ground with her hand. Suddenly Kira dreams of refilling streams, rivers, and lakes and ending the permanent drought afflicting mankind. Unfortunately the government appears to have different ideas. Controlling the water has given them an unprecedented degree of power over the population - power, the government may not want to give back.

CBAY Books: May 16, 2011

Read the first 5 chapters of DRY SOULS online!

AWAKEN by Katie Kacvinsky
In the year 2060, everything is done digitally. Kids no longer go to schools. They stay home and take classes online. Adults work from home, too. Even dating is no longer done in person. Why walk on a real beach when you can stroll down a digitally remastered one instead? No bad weather, no seagulls, nothing real to ruin a perfectly fine time.

Though she's grown up in this digital world, something about being cut off from everyone doesn't sit right with seventeen-year-old Madeline. Her favorite activity--the only one she does off line--is soccer. She likes the physicality of it and the comradery with the other girls.

Then she meets Justin. He, too, prefers life off line. It's all he talks about. He even takes her out to a real coffee shop and an underground club. Maybe it's his attentiveness, or the physical closeness of actually being with someone, or just that he's very good looking, Madie is definitely drawn to him. But there's also something very aloof about him, like perhaps he's hiding something.

When Madie uncovers the truth, she's faced with the question: What's more important, fighting for what you believe in or love?

Houghton Mifflin: May 23, 2011.

ASHES, ASHES by Jo Treggiari
A thrilling tale of adventure, romance, and one girl's unyielding courage through the darkest of nightmares.

Epidemics, floods, droughts--for sixteen-year-old Lucy, the end of the world came and went, taking 99% of the population with it. As the weather continues to rage out of control, and Sweepers clean the streets of plague victims, Lucy survives alone in the wilds of Central Park. But when she's rescued from a pack of hunting dogs by a mysterious boy named Aidan, she reluctantly realizes she can't continue on her own. She joins his band of survivors, yet, a new danger awaits her: the Sweepers are looking for her. There's something special about Lucy, and they will stop at nothing to have her.

Scholastic: June 1, 2011

Author Jo Treggiari Website

POSSESSION by Elana Johnson
Vi knows the Rule: Girls don't walk with boys, and they never even think about kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn...and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi's future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself.

But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they're set on convincing Vi to become one of them...starting by brainwashing Zenn. Vi can't leave Zenn in the Thinkers' hands, but she's wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous--everything Zenn's not. Vi can't quite trust Jag and can't quite resist him, but she also can't give up on Zenn.

This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.

Simon & Schuster: June 7, 2011

Author Elana Johnson blog

BLOOD RED ROAD by Moira Young
Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That's fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.

Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she's a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.

Simon & Schuster: June 7, 2011

FLASHBACK by Dan Simmons
The United States is near total collapse. But 87% of the population doesn't care: they're addicted to flashback, a drug that allows its users to re-experience the best moments of their lives. After ex-detective Nick Bottom's wife died in a car accident, he went under the flash to be with her; he's lost his job, his teenage son, and his livelihood as a result.

Nick may be a lost soul but he's still a good cop, so he is hired to investigate the murder of a top governmental advisor's son. This flashback-addict becomes the one man who may be able to change the course of an entire nation turning away from the future to live in the past.

Regan Arthur Books: July 1, 2011

DARK PARTIES by Sara Grant
Sixteen-year-old Neva has been trapped since birth. She was born and raised under the Protectosphere, in an isolated nation ruled by fear, lies, and xenophobia. A shield "protects" them from the outside world, but also locks the citizens inside. But there's nothing left on the outside, ever since the world collapsed from violent warfare. Or so the government says...

Neva and her best friend Sanna believe the government is lying and stage a "dark party" to recruit members for their underground rebellion. But as Neva begins to uncover the truth, she realizes she must question everything she's ever known, including the people she loves the most.

Little, Brown: August 3, 2011

Once there were three. Three friends who loved each other—Jenna, Locke, and Kara. And after a terrible accident destroyed their bodies, their three minds were kept alive, spinning in a digital netherworld. Even in that disembodied nightmare, they were still together. At least at first. When Jenna disappeared, Locke and Kara had to go on without her. Decades passed, and then centuries.

Two-hundred-and-sixty years later, they have been released at last. Given new, perfect bodies, Locke and Kara awaken to a world they know nothing about, where everyone they once knew and loved is long dead.

Everyone except Jenna Fox.

Henry Holt: August 30, 2011

AWAY by Teri Hall
(Sequel to THE LINE)
Rachel’s adventure continues when she Crosses into the mysterious territory known as Away.

Penguin: September 18, 2011

Author Teri Hall Website

EVE by Anna Carey
The year is 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus—and the vaccine intended to protect against it—wiped out most of the earth’s population. Wildlife has grown over once recognizable landmarks, and the New America is ruled by a controlling King who will stop at nothing to rebuild the nation—including enslaving its boys and turning its girls into broodmares.

The Eve Trilogy is a breathlessly told story with an unforgettable heroine. Anna Carey has imagined a remarkable and unique world, and brings a compelling new voice to the dystopian genre. Eve offers a haunting glimpse of the global pandemic some scientists say is inevitable, and a world forever altered by its aftermath. Fans of Twilight and The Hunger Games will revel in this epic story of forbidden love, and an unforgettable heroine’s extraordinary adventure.

HarperCollins: October 4, 2011

VARIANT by Robinson Wells
Benson Fisher is a foster kid from the slums of Pittsburgh, who, trying to leave his old life behind, gets a scholarship to a private high school in the mountains of New Mexico. However, once he gets there, he realizes that the school is definitely not what he was expecting: it’s surrounded by razor-wire fences and tall brick walls, and the students inside are essentially prisoners–they have no contact with the outside world. There are no adults, either, and the other students are just like him–kids from the fringes of society who no one will miss. Well, almost all of the kids are like him.

A modern day dystopian Lord of the Flies set at a boarding school where not everything is as it seems and every day is a fight for survival.

Harper Teen: October 18, 2011

Author Robinson Wells Website

SCORED by Lauren McLaughlin
Set in the future when teenagers are monitored via camera and their recorded actions and confessions plugged into a computer program that determines their ability to succeed. All kids given a "score" that determines their future potential. This score has the ability to get kids into colleges, grant scholarships, or destroy all hope for the above. Scored's reluctant heroine is Imani, a girl whose high score is brought down when her best friend's score plummets.

Where do you draw the line between doing what feels morally right and what can mean your future? Friendship, romance, loyalty, family, human connection and human value: all are questioned in this fresh and compelling dystopian novel set in the scarily forseeable future.

Random House: October 31, 2011

THE PLEDGE by Kimberly Derting
Words are the most dangerous weapon of all.

In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she’s spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can’t be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime

Simon & Schuster: November 15, 2011

LEGEND by Marie Lu
The United States is gone, along with its flooded coasts. North America's two warring nations, the western Republic and the eastern Colonies, have reached a breaking point. In the midst of this broken continent and dark new world are two teenagers who will go down in history....

Born into the slums of Los Angeles, fifteen-year old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. A mysterious boy with no recorded image or fingerprints. A boy who should no longer exist. A boy who watches over his family until one evening, when the plague patrols mark his family's door with an X--the sign of plague infection. A death sentence for any family too poor to afford the antidote. Desperate, Day has no choice; he must steal it.

Born to an elite family in Los Angeles' wealthy Ruby sector, fifteen-year old June is the Republic's most promising prodigy. A superintelligent girl destined for great things in the country's highest military circles. Obedient, passionate, and committed to her country--until the day her brother Metias is murdered while on patrol during a break-in at the plague hospital.

Only one person could be responsible.


And now it's June's mission to hunt him down.

The truth they'll uncover will become legend.

Penguin: November 28, 2011

THE DARK INSIDE by Jeyn Roberts
Four teenagers on the same road in a world gone mad. Struggling to survive, clinging on to love and meaning wherever it can be found. THE DARK INSIDE is a stunning, cinematic thriller: 28 DAYS LATER meets THE ROAD.

Since mankind began, civilizations have always fallen: the Romans, the Greeks, the Aztecs…. Now it’s our turn.

Huge earthquakes rock the world. Cities are destroyed. But something even worse is happening. An ancient evil has been unleashed, hooking on to weakness, turning the unwary into hunters, killers, crazies.

Mason: His mother is dying after a terrible car accident. As he endures a last vigil at her hospital bed, his school is bombed and razed to the ground. Everyone he knows is killed.

Aries: A school bus, an aftershock and a crash. Pulled out of the wreckage by a mysterious stranger, she’s about to discover a world changed forever.

Clementine: An emergency meeting at the town hall that descends into murderous chaos. Outside the rest of their community encircle with weapons. How can those you trust turn into savage strangers?

Michael: A brutal road rage incident. When the police arrive on the scene they gun down the guilty and turn on the by-standing crowd. Where do you go for justice when even the lawmakers have turned bad?

Simon & Schuster: Fall 2011

From the Publishers Marketplace announcement:

… about forbidden lovers from radically different societies - following a girl banished from her enclosed, technology-bound city out into the deadly natural world, where she encounters a savage boy who becomes her only chance to survive and return home…

Harper Collins: Winter 2012

INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows
About the only girl who is new in a world where everyone is perpetually reincarnated, and her quest to discover why she was born, and what happened to the person she replaced.

Harper Collins: Winter 2012

THE OTHER LIFE By Susan Winnacker
Sherry and her family have lived sealed in a bunker in the garden since things went wrong up above. Her grandfather has been in the freezer for the last three months, her parents are at each other’s throats and two minutes ago they ran out of food.

Sherry and her father leave the safety of the bunker and find a devastated and empty LA, smashed to pieces by bombs and haunted by ‘Weepers’ - rabid humans infected with a weaponized rabies virus.

While searching for food in a supermarket, Sherry’s father disappears and Sherry is saved by Joshua, a boy-hunter. He takes her to Safe-haven, a tumble-down vineyard in the hills outside LA, where a handful of other survivors are picking up the pieces of their ‘other lives’. As she falls in love for the first time, Sherry must save her father, stay alive and keep Joshua safe when his desire for vengeance threatens them all.

Marshall Cavendish: Spring 2012

ASHES OF TWILIGHT by Cassie Taylor
A steampunk/dystopian series in which a girl works as a coal miner to support a domed city and how she unwittingly becomes the catalyst in a rebellion that ends the dome and the levels of hierarchy within her society.

St.Martin's: Early 2012

GLITCH by Heather Anastasiu
Seventeen-year-old Zoe Gray is a cybernetically-enhanced teenager living in an underground society when her internal hardware begins to malfunction. She slowly realizes that her body is changing, that she’s developing powerful telekinesis, and that she’s not alone. Even though getting caught could mean reprogramming, or worse, deactivation, Zoe begins to seek out other glitchers in society, including a dreamer named Adrian who can see the future, a boy named Max who can mimic other’s appearances, and a young girl named Molly with X-ray vision. They work together to plan their escape, but soon learn there is another powerful faction at work whose ambitions threaten all their carefully laid plans.

St. Martins, Summer 2012

Whew!  So tell me, any I missed that you are excited about?


Tara Martin said...

Thanks for compiling all those titles. I can't wait to get my hands on Blood Red Road!

Kulsuma said...

So wonderful:) Dystopian heaven. I can't wait to read all of these, thanks for showcasing them! Must favourite this page!

Jamie said...

Wowsers. This list is incredible. You are killing my TBR list :P So many intriguing premises here!

Unknown said...

Added loads to my wishlist! I've read Awaken, it's awesome. ^^

Mary @ BookSwarm said...

I knew there were a lot of dystopians on the horizon but I didn't realize there were that many! Ooh, and they sound so good. Thanks for compiling this awesome list...adding it to my wish list. :)
The Book Swarm

Kailana said...

Oh, thanks for telling me there was a sequel to The Adoration of Jenna Fox. I had no idea! Will have to make sure and get a copy!

Joan Frances Turner said...

If it's not too vulgar to mention one of your own books: My novel Frail, second in a projected dystopian fantasy trilogy, comes out October 2011--details on both Frail and its predecessor Dust here. Thanks. :-)

Unknown said...

Thanks for the list I love dystopian books and to see so many new ones coming means alot more reading for me!

danya said...

Wow, I just added a bunch of these to my TBR list. Thanks so much for highlighting these, I will certainly be on the lookout for them this year and next!

Jess said...

Fabulous roundup! The ones that really stand out to me are LEGEND, GLITCH, BLOOD RED ROAD, & THE FOX INHERITANCE. I'm also psyched for WITHER (which I looooved), BUMPED, and MEMENTO NORA.

G Blechman said...

Oh my gosh, there's so many of them. How exciting! It's hard to think about all of them, because I already have such a large list of dystopian novels to wade through, but some of them definately look like future must reads. Thanks!

<3 Gina Blechman

Jourdan Cameron (Manager) said...

Awesome list :D
Thank you very much!

Meghan said...

Wow - there are so many! Clearly dystopians are very hot at the moment. Some of these definitely look good.

Alessandra said...

Good Lord, is there a *sequel* for Jenna Fox?! Really?! Can't wait.

Najela said...

Some of these stories sound so interesting. I didn't know that Jenna Fox would be getting a sequel. I'm excited to a certain extent...

Thanks for this post,I definitely need to look up some of these books.

Mrs. DeRaps said...

Oooo....I didn't know that there was an Adoration of Jenna Fox sequel. I'm definitely going to have to read that one!

Mishel (P.S. I Love Books) said...

I really need to add more Dystopian to my reading diet and I think I added pretty much ever title to my TBR list...now I just got to get me some copies when they come out! Thanks for the lists Lenore =) You're all kinds of wonderful!

Emy Shin said...

I'm definitely bookmarking this post. I'm so excited for all the new dystopians coming out!

lulilut said...

Thanks for the list and the publication dates.

Unwholly by Neal Shusterman, the sequel to Unwind is coming out in 2012. If it's half as good as Unwind I'll be happy.

- Joan Frances Turner, I loved "Dust" and I'll be sure to look for your sequel.

Susanne Winnacker said...

Thanks for mentioning THE OTHER LIFE!
Btw, I also live in Germany! :)

Zibilee said...

Oh my gosh, so many titles to ponder! I actually think that Flashback sounds a lot like a book I read ages ago called Vurt. It's one of my favorite books. I am sure they are much different in content, but they do have some similarities. A lot of these sound really good, but a few sound like things that have already come out. I am thinking Possession sounds a little like Delirium and Matched. Thanks for compiling all these, Lenore!

Lisa McMann said...

Hey there Lenore! Love this list! If you want to add it, my dystopian fantasy THE UNWANTEDS comes out Sept 20, 2011. First in a series, great for middle grade and up.

It's about a society where, at the age of 13, kids are sorted into categories. Strong, intelligent kids are Wanted and they go to university. Creative, artistic kids are Unwanted and get sent to their deaths.


Cialina at Muggle-Born.net said...

Thanks for this AWESOME post. I ended up adding a few books to my TBR. I can't wait for their release!

Effie said...

I'm so excited! I have just recently gotten into dystopian novels! I love them! Check out my blog if you can... follow along if you want!

Alyce said...

That is a lot of dystopian fiction! Some of them look like a rehash of other books (like Water Wars), but others do catch my attention.

Bonnie @ A Backwards Story said...

Legend, Incarnate, Ashes of Twilight, and Glitch just got added to my Watch list. THANK YOU! The Pledge is already on my list. ^_____^

Can't wait! These sound so good!

Sarah Laurence said...

Great to get this overview - thanks! There are at least 4 here I'd like to read, especially the Mary Pearson sequel. Possession, Awaken and Dry Souls look interesting too.

kay - Infinite Shelf said...

There'll be a sequel to Jenna Fox!?! Great news! :D

Carrie K. said...

A sequel to The Adoration of Jenna Fox? You just made my day!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Oh I am checking some of these off as must reads! Thanks Lenore!

Elana Johnson said...

Ahhhhh! All of the above. ALL OF THE ABOVE.

Tammy said...

Thanks for all the awesome upcoming titles! I'm making my wish list and saving my pennies!

Lola said...

Some great titles here! Looking forward to reading some of them! :)

Pam (@iwriteinbooks) said...

Oh man what a killer list! Love dystopian stories. Thanks for this!

Michelle said...

Totally just flagged this post in my feedreader for future reference. I'm interested in reading Blood Red Road but need to look through (when I have more time) the rest of the books on this list. Some I've seen already others not so much. And wow, sequel to Adoration of Jenna Fox, that should be interesting.