Daily Archives: September 24, 2010

Old, New, and Future Dystopian Novels

Kyra here.
This is my post where I rant AND have baby reviews. 
I’ve been trying to write. It’s been going badly. ickysickhorribleterrible. I don’t know how you people do it. I think . . .  yes, I think I’ve already said that.
Well, I guess it’s because I mean it. 

Writing is hard. But I bet it’s even worse writing a dystopian novel.
I’ve read four this month, and seriously? Just thinking about how difficult it’d be to write one . . . no wonder Mom has been so. damn. moody. these past couple months. {just playing ;P }

OK. So the first I’m going to talk about is {can you guess?} MATCHED, by our famous co-blogger, Ally Condie. I read this novel in July. But I’m going to talk about it anyway. 
So we all know what the book is about right? If you don’t, look it up real fast. After you do that you’re going to wish you had a copy. {oh, MATCHED doesn’t come out till NOV.} 
MATCHED is a dystopian romance. Let me just start off by saying Ally does a fabulous job putting us in this crazy world without boring us. I’m not going to lie, I’ve read plenty of dystopian novels where all the description just kicks my behind because it’s so dull.
Well, I wasn’t bored at all reading this book. And I also wasn’t confused. 
The book also just had some plain old beautiful writing. Ally had lines in here that made you wanna slap her. {In a good way. ha ha ho ho. No but, I mean that as a compliment.} 
Ally, how did you do that? Writing that book wouldn’t have been possible for me. It was complex yet easy to get through. That’s amazing to me.
You guys are going to love MATCHED. And when it does come out, we’ll read it for the book club. {The book club that doesn’t have any members, but WILL.}

The next book I’m going to {briefly} talk about is FEED by MT Anderson. I decided I wanted to read it again this week because I loaned it to my friend, Chris. After Chris finished reading it {he’s the first boy I’ve loaned FEED to who actually got through the first chapter. what IS it about boys?},  he sent me a text message that pretty much went like this:
 So I finished Feed. That kid is a real A-hole. I cannot believe how much I hate him.
 And I responded: So you liked the book then?
 He proceeded to tell me how much he liked the book, but that he was also bothered by it. Well, in MY mind that’s a good thing, right? The book made him feel. Even if it was an angry emotion, Chris still felt something.
 So I had to read FEED again. And all I can say is sheesh. SHEESH. How in the world did Anderson write such an amazing book? He made his own language and it actually works. How is that possible? If you haven’t read FEED get it now. But I do warn you, it’ll turn you into a junkie and you’ll have to read the book at least once a year, like me. lol

Isn’t this a cute dog?
The last book I am going to talk about is another one I read this week. 
The Damn Dystopian.
Can I just say my mom is the best writer in the world? ha ha ha.
This book actually put a tear in my eye. I didn’t know dystopian novels were supposed to do that.  My mother has outdone herself. After reading the DD I don’t think I’ll ever be able to let her look at my “novel” because that book blew me away. She thinks I hated it, but no, I loved it. A lot. In about a year and a half you will all get your chance to read this book. You should start preparing yourselves right now for it’s awesomeness. 

I guess that’s enough ranting. The point of this is, you writers amaze and inspire me.
Ally, I can’t wait to read your next book. {whenever that may be}
And Mom, you’re the best. I heart you.

The Damn Dystopian.


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