Sunday, August 7, 2011

Dystopian August Week 1 Recap + News

Whew - week one of Dystopian August was a whirlwind wasn't it? I've put together a recap in case you missed anything.

This week in reviews (click on book name to go to review):

BLOOD RED ROAD by Moira Young (4 Zombie Chickens/Highly recommended)


ALL THESE THINGS I'VE DONE by Gabrielle Zevin (4 Zombie Chickens/Highly recommended)

THE PREDICTEDS by Christine Seifert (in discussion with Michelle of Galleysmith)


This week in author interviews (click on book name to go to preview):

Diana Peterfreund previews FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS (Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins/Summer 2012)

Jay Kristoff previews STORMDANCER (St. Martins Press/US Tor/UK Spring 2012)

Kate Messner previews EYE OF THE STORM (Walker/March 2012)

Julianna Baggott previews PURE (Grand Central Publishing/Hachette/Feb 8, 2012)

Catherine Knutsson previews SHADOWS CAST BY STARS (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster/2012)

Kassy Taylor previews ASHES OF TWILIGHT (St. Martins Press/2012)

This week in giveaways (click on book name to go to giveaway):

ALL THESE THINGS I'VE DONE (ARC and Chocolate covered espresso beans) Open until Aug 13th

BLOOD RED ROAD (5 hardcover copies) Closed. Winners are:
Christina F from GA
Ally W from MS
Rebecca P from OR
Tom S from TN
Jim B from NC

I will pass your addresses along to the publisher and you should get your book shortly. Congrats!

This week in news and links:

Over at Brave New Words, I make a list of common characteristics of the dystopian/post-apocalyptic hero.

SLJ talks about the appeal of teen dystopias (August 1, 2011) The Worst Is Yet to Come (Via Jen Robinson)

YA Fantasy Guide lists their favorite dystopian novels

Anastasia of Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog wonders why GLBT characters are missing in dystopias in her review of Moira Young's BLOOD RED ROAD.

The Book Smugglers discuss how the sciences require just as much creativity as the humanities in their review of Lisa McMann's THE UNWANTEDS.


     Sam at Parenthetical discusses race and class in her review of Karen Sandler's TANKBORN. Also, for a limited time, check out a 43 page excerpt of TANKBORN.

Coming up this week:

More preview interviews, reviews (my first 5 Star Zombie Chicken read!), Michelle and I discuss Jeff Hirsch's THE ELEVENTH PLAGUE, and tons of giveaways!


prettybooks said...

Wow. Week one over already? I've posted 2 reviews so far and I'm currently reading Dark Inside. I've enjoyed your post and looking forward to week two!

Hermana Tiffany Garner said...

Wow, hasn't felt like a week. I need to head to the bookstore. Hmm, which one should I pick up first??

Can't wait to see everything else you have in store for us in week two!

Alyce said...

My week was so busy I barely had time to look at your posts in google reader, but I'm eager to read them.

Things should be back to normal around here tomorrow and then I'll hopefully have a chance to drop by and visit the posts from last week.

Zibilee said...

Lots of good stuff this week, that I have really enjoyed reading. I am more in tune with this genre this time around, and am finding it very interesting to explore all the offerings and news you are bringing to us. This is so much fun! Thanks for doing it!

Anonymous said...

Oh, The Unwanteds is really good. Look at that busy week!

Pam (@iwriteinbooks) said...

Oh man, lots of good stuff! I'm still trying to decide which one I'll pick for my own contribution review but I know there certainly won't be a shortage of options!

Lauren said...

This has been so much fun, Lenore! I am finally catching up on some comments! :) Life has been crazy lately, but your Dystopian August event is a little light that brightens my days!