Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Dystopian February Preview

For all of you who were wondering, YES, Dystopian February is happening.

Also in the "file under good news" department, I have been asked to join The League of Extraordinary Writers (here's my bio over there).  Starting next year, I will be posting there 3 times a month and at Brave New Words once a month.

Since I'm also starting to write the sequel to LEVEL 2 (working title: LEVEL 3) in January, I've already started reading dystopian books that I'll feature in February.

Here's what I've read so far:

PANDEMONIUM by Lauren Oliver (sequel to DELIRIUM)

After that killer DELIRIUM ending, I couldn't wait to get my hands on book 2.  Oliver presents a dual timeline - one directly after the events of DELIRIUM and one later with Lena established as a spy in New York City. The two timelines compliment each other well, and we are introduced to a whole new set of memorable characters. Can't wait to see Oliver ends the series with REQUIEM (due 2013).

Add PANDEMONIUM to Goodreads.

THE OTHER LIFE by Susanne Winnacker

When Sherry's family runs out of food, Sherry and her father venture out of their bunker to search for more.  Unfortunately, Los Angeles is now overrun with Weepers, people infected by a mutated rabies virus. Sherry is saved from certain doom by Joshua and meets up with fellow survivors.  Despite the dire circumstances, Sherry longs for vestiges of her Other Life, things such as a good meal, sunbathing and romance.  Winnacker's debut is full of action and morbid humor.

Add THE OTHER LIFE to Goodreads.

DARK INSIDE by Jeyn Roberts

Four teens in different parts of the US find themselves on the run from an ancient evil from the Earth's core that causes people to act on their forbidden desire to go on murderous rampages.  This book was very unsettling and frakking scary.

Add DARK INSIDE to Goodreads

UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi

When Aria is kicked out of the Realms for a crime she didn't commit, it's supposed to be a death sentence.  But fortunately, she meets Perry, an Outsider that may be able to help her clear her name and find her mother.  UTNS is a hard core survival novel with Aria and Perry's fragile relationship as a centerpiece.  As someone who had to grow up way too fast, Perry is much more manly than your average teen love interest, which I found fascinating.

Add UNDER THE NEVER SKY to Goodreads

ABOVE by Leah Bobet

Matthew and Ariel live in the tunnels under the city, hidden away from normal people because of their genetic mutations - until their sanctuary is attacked and they are forced to go above.  Because Matthew loves Ariel, he tries his best to make her feel safe - no matter the cost. Much of this novel is internal - exploring Matthew's inner struggle as he tries to figure out who he should trust and where his sympathies should lie.

Add ABOVE to Goodreads

GLITCH by Heather Anastasiu (No cover yet)

Cybernetically-enhanced teen Zoe Gray is glitching, and if she's found out by her rigid underground society, she'll be reprogrammed or even deactivated. As she learns to stay hidden and control her developing telekinesis, she discovers other glitchers including two boys that vie for her affections - Adrian, a boy who can dream the future and Max, a shapeshifter. Zoe's journey from naive follower to empowered fighter is exciting, emotional and kick-ass fun.

Add GLITCH to Goodreads

And I have a ton more in store! You can check out my reading list for Dystopian February at Goodreads.

Tell me: What else do you want to see during Dystopian February?


Kailana said...

Wow, the covers are fantastic! Very eye-catching! Thanks for sharing. :) I look forward to your posts in February.

Bonnie @ A Backwards Story said...

Congratulations on joining the League!

I can't wait to read PANDEMONIUM. Thanks for the spoiler-less intrigue :)

I need to read my ARC of UNDER THE NEVER SKY soon.

Are you going to do participation with other blogs in February or have bloggers swap guest posts each week the way Just Contemporary month did in November? I'd love to participate :)

Anonymous said...

I can't wait for Pandemonium! I pre ordered it the second I finished Delirium.

Jessica Spotswood said...

Congrats on joining the League! I can't wait to read your posts and Lissa's.

I loved UNDER THE NEVER SKY so much. One of my top recs for 2012. And I can't wait to read GLITCH and THE OTHER LIFE.

Michelle said...

Congrats and hooray!!

Giselle said...

I can't wait for Above in particular!

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bibliophile brouhaha said...

That's a fantastic list - I have several on my TBR. I likely pick up Pandemonium, too. I loved the ending to Delirium, but I thought it was decent but not fabulous overall. Dark Inside and Above - those are the two I REALLY want to read. Thanks, Lenore, and congrats on joining that great group of writers!

Zibilee said...

Oh my, all of these are titles that really pique my interest! Lenore, you have a knack for finding the best stuff, and I can't wait for February and all the reviews and interviews! I am so glad that dystopian month is coming back!

Linda said...

you are definitely getting more time to read than I am!

Linda said...

you are definitely getting more time to read than I am!

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Leanna Elle said...

I loved Dark Inside - one of my faves this year! I'll be reading Pandemonium soon. Can't wait! :)

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I have really got into Dystopia this past year and am starting a challenge in 2012 to encourage others to dip a toe into this genre as well.

I am all in for Dystopian February and look forward to some awesome reads!

Beth F said...

Good news all around!!! Yay on the dystopian month and yay on your writing gigs.

Heather Zundel said...

A Million Suns and Solstice? Woot! But do an oldie but goodie (an amazing goodie) - do HOUSE OF THE SCORPION. You know you want to. And I can't wait to see you over at the League! (Don't comment much, but I'm there!)