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Newly Discovered Dystopian Books

Dystopia has got to be one of favourite genres. A good dystopian novel will be set in a doomed future, filled with ordinary people set against extraordinary odds, trying to survive in their broken world. I adore the way that this style makes me question how close to reality the story can actually be and leaves me with questions about our world hanging over my head long after I’ve finished. All these things and more are what makes this genre so thrilling and addictive. Which is why I’m always on the lookout for new and unique dystopia.

Over the Easter holidays I raced through 3 fresh and different futuristic books- and a classic which I have only recently discovered, which is just as amazing as the others.

So, if you need some dystopian escapism, these books are for you.

The Extinction Trials, S.M. Wilson

Betrayal. Sacrifice. Survival. Welcome to The Extinction Trials...

In Stormchaser and Lincoln's ruined world, the only way to survive is to risk everything. To face a contest more dangerous than anyone can imagine. And they will do anything to win.

But in a land full of monsters – human and reptilian – they can't afford to trust anyone. Perhaps not even each other...

The Extinction Trials is fast-paced from start to finish full of suspense, action….and dinosaurs. Reading this book was a pleasant change, I usually leave the dinosaurs to my brother and yet knowing that a huge hungry reptile was around every corner just made this book even more gripping, with thrillingly vivid action scenes that filled me with terror. The next instalment, ‘Exile’ is coming out in June, and I can’t wait!

Scythe, Neal Shusterman

A dark, gripping and witty thriller in which the only thing humanity has control over is death. In a world where disease, war and crime have been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ("gleaned") by professional scythes. Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythes' apprentices, and despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation, they must learn the art of killing and understand the necessity of what they do. Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe's apprentice and as Citra and Rowan come up against a terrifyingly corrupt Scythedom, it becomes clear that the winning apprentice's first task will be to glean the loser.

Scythe is one of those books that actually make you feel inferior because of how clever it is. Not only is the world meticulously crafted and the characters vividly written, but the plot is full of swooping twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat the whole way through and leave you desperate for the next instalment.