Whoa. -The Giver by Lois Lowry

I had heard this book mentioned many times, mostly in the context of, “My favorite book? Easy. The Giver.” Curious, I picked it up one day. I meandered through the first part, wondering what made it so appealing to my friends, thinking it was just another dystopian novel. Then my jaw hit the floor. It was NOT “just another” dystopian novel. I was astonished at Lowry’s brilliance. This book is for grandparents and children, geniuses and teenage girls. But be ready to be amazed.

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Giver-Lois-Lowry/dp/0547995660/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1346609854&sr=1-1&keywords=the+giver

Author website: http://www.loislowry.com/

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Do Not Go Gentle: Matched by Ally Condie

Another dystopian young adult novel. Another “Which boy do I choose?” crisis. It seems, from reading through other reviews, you either love it or you hate it. Personally, I liked that defiance of the government came through poetry. That an individual could recognize true beauty in something she had been taught to despise and reject. Besides that, it was a fairly frivolous read that I recommend for a lazy summer’s afternoon.

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Matched-Ally-Condie/dp/014241977X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1346609024&sr=1-1&keywords=matched

Author website: http://www.allysoncondie.com/

A Feverish Haze: Fever by Lauren DeStefano

I read this book in its entirety in an airport while waiting for a delayed flight, and afterwards, I was dazed. Fever was this frenzied flurry of a crazy dream until the last word, and then it was over and I had to figure out how to return to reality after those few hours of being so immersed in Rhine’s life. It was hypnotizing and not easily forgotten.

My review of the first book in the Chemical Garden series: https://trudreamr.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/a-blossoming-tale-wither-by-lauren-destefano/

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Fever-Chemical-Garden-Lauren-DeStefano/dp/144240907X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345999689&sr=1-1&keywords=fever+lauren+destefano

Author website: http://www.laurendestefano.com/

And thus my heart shattered: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

A fast-paced young adult fantasy novel, Shatter Me combines flavors of X-Men and Hunger Games to create a delightful read. Easy to devour in a single night, the metaphors are captivating and the innovative use of strikethrough text gave it a different spin. A villain you love to hate, a teenage girl who kills those she touches, and a dystopian revolution–plenty to entertain!

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Shatter-Me-Tahereh-Mafi/dp/0062085484/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345776294&sr=1-1&keywords=shatter+me+by+tahereh+mafi

Author website: http://www.taherehmafi.com/

A Blossoming Tale: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

As the third dystopian, futuristic, young adult book I read in a row, Wither really stood out to me as unique. DeStefano is an incredible writer whose diction and imagination created this beautiful prison that I could not escape from. If you do end up reading this, look for the 6 word sentence that broke my heart. Rhine, as a character, is very well-rounded, an unusual and refreshing find in teen books. In Wither, almost none of the predictions I made came close. I adored this book.

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Wither-Chemical-Garden-Lauren-DeStefano/dp/1442409061/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345776108&sr=1-1&keywords=wither+by+lauren+destefano

Author website: http://www.laurendestefano.com/