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A dystopia is an oppressed society with elements of acontrolling and authoritarian government. In young adult books, usually corrupt adults control theworld or society while exploiting and manipulatingchildren or teenagers. There are different types of dystopian control in thesociety which include corporate control, bureaucraticcontrol, technological control, or religious/philosophical control. Sometimes dystopias are written to make a criticismabout a current trend, social norm, or political system.
Propaganda is used to control the citizens of society. Information, independent thought, and freedom arerestricted. A figurehead or concept is worshipped by the citizens ofthe society. Citizens are perceived to be under constant surveillance. Citizens have a fear of the outside world. Citizens live in a dehumanized state. The natural world is banished and distrusted. Citizens conform to uniform expectations. Individualityand dissent are bad. The society is an illusion of a perfect utopian world
A struggle against unfaircircumstances. Heroes get to performultimate acts of rebellionagainst authority. Rely on themselves tosurvive. Exciting plot lines A catalyst that bringsabout positive change.
Written by Suzanne Collins In the ruins of a place onceknown as North America liesthe nation of Panem, ashining Capitol surroundedby twelve outlying districts.The Capitol is harsh and crueland keeps the districts in lineby forcing them all to sendone boy and one girl betweenthe ages of twelve andeighteen to participate in theannual Hunger Games, a fightto the death on live TV.
Written by Veronica Roth In Beatrice Priors dystopianChicago world, society isdivided into fivefactions, each dedicated tothe cultivation of a particularvirtue--Candor (thehonest), Abnegation (theselfless), Dauntless (thebrave), Amity (thepeaceful), and Erudite (theintelligent). On an appointedday of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select thefaction to which they willdevote the rest of their lives.
Written by Lois Lowry Jonass world is perfect.Everything is under control.There is no war or fear orpain. There are no choices.Every person is assigned arole in the Community. WhenJonas turns twelve, he issingled out to receive specialtraining from The Giver. TheGiver alone holds thememories of the true painand pleasure of life. Now, it istime for Jonas to receive thetruth. There is no turningback.
Written by ScottWesterfeld This trilogy follows thehigh-tech adventures ofTally Youngblood. As anugly, then a pretty, andfinally a special, Tallyworks to take down asociety created to functionwith perfect-lookingpeople who never have achance to think forthemselves.
Written by KoushunTakami A class of junior highschool students is takento a deserted islandwhere, as part of aruthless authoritarianprogram, they areprovided arms andforced to kill one anotheruntil only one survivor isleft standing.
Written by WilliamGolding A group of boys becomesmarooned on an island. Atfirst it seems as though it isall going to be great fun;but the fun before longbecomes furious and life onthe island turns into anightmare of panic anddeath. As ordinarystandards of behaviorcollapse, the whole worldthe boys know collapseswith them.
Written by ShirleyJackson The story begins withsome young boys playingwith stones as summerhad just begun. As thestory progresses, thereaders are introduced todifferent families andhow everyone wasgathering around thelottery box for the finalresult.
Written by Aldous Huxley Far in the future, the WorldControllers have finallycreated the ideal society. Inlaboratories worldwide,genetic science hasbrought the human race toperfection. From theAlpha-Plus mandarin classto the Epsilon-Minus Semi-Morons, designed toperform menial tasks, manis bred and educated to beblissfully content with hispre-destined role.
1984 by George Orwell Animal Farm by George Orwell Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau The Selection Series by Kiera Cass Eve by Anna Carey
The Giver by Lois Lowry The Lottery by Shirley Jackson Lord of the Flies by William Golding