Thursday, April 28, 2011

It's The End Of The World

I've been reading a lot of Dystopian novels lately. I'm sensing a trend. It all started with The Hunger Games — a book I never thought I'd love — and just today I finished Wither by Lauren DeStefano.

I have to confess, I'm really not an end of the world kind of girl. Sometimes it's a bit much all this dying and being trapped in a society that tells you what to do all the time. And it's not that I need my books to be happy and filled with love and laughter. I like romance and mystery and adventure but I mostly like my books to feel real, to be filled with sincere and thought provoking characters that I can't relate to but wish I knew in real life.
I L-O-V-E-D The Hunger Games. You wanna know why? I loved the characters and the writing and the emotion behind the writing and I especially loved that it made me cry. If you can make me cry, or feel something for someone who doesn't even exist, then congrats. Well done! Cause I don't cry easily with books. Movies? Yes. Books? Not so much.
And I didn't cry when I read Wither. But I sure was angry. ANGRY ANGRY ANGRY!
Don't get me wrong. I don't want to deter you from reading this book. It was pretty amazing. This debut from Lauren DeStefano is seriously intense. And congrats to her. She really pulled it off. I totally bought into this world. The writing was beautiful and the characters so real I'm still thinking about them.
But mostly I'm still angry. I've realized a good Dystopian novel makes me angry. It makes me want to buy canned goods and bottled water and hide, because when the zombies take over and then the robot aliens kill them off the rest of us are going to crawl out of our purity chambers and I'm telling you now, the world is going to be seriously messed up. MESSED UP, I say!

So. Um. Anyway. Go check out Wither. It's as amazing as its cover. And that's pretty dang amazing!


  1. Interesting post, I hadn't thought about dystopian books that way before, but you have a point. I just read Wither and reviewed it today, but I didn't feel angry with this book, more annoyed that the world could be this way, that people could be so oblivious.

  2. Coreena- Exactly! I found myself getting rather agitated as the story progressed. I can't wait for the next one!

  3. Hey lady!! To be honest I felt similarly. It seems like a lot of dystopias are well...REALLY DARK! It's not like the Paranormal trend where you had hot kick-ass people doing kick-ass things, it's like, oh, the world's ending and everything is really horrible and lots of people are dying. Wow, well now I feel like crying.

    *says the girl who has a dystopia coming out* But I consciously tried to make it a little less dark, a little more action-y, sneaking in hope-y bits where I could, and you know, superpowers ;)

  4. Heather- I can't wait to read your book! It sounds awesome! And superpowers rock!=)

  5. I think you nailed it. I am completely filled with anger when I read end of the world novels. I love them don't get me wrong, but I love to hate them:) They bring out soooo much emotion in me.

  6. Deana- I agree! I do love reading them, I've just found I tend to be a bit moody afterwords.

  7. Sounds like a great read. I'll have to check this out. The best dystopian novels do seem to leave you feeling a little shattered, though. Which, I imagine, is the author's intent.