Tag: dystopia

Erika Johansen-The Invasion of Tearling

Themes Explored: dystopia, post-apocalyptic, epic fantasy, magic, science fantasy, science fantasy, high fantasy, death, loss, new beginnings, battered women, rape, contraception, marriage, familial relationships, war, self-identity, kingship, diplomacy, time travel, religion, interpersonal relationships, mortality, sibling rivalry, police state, women’s rights, power, love, romance, brutality,…

Harriet Parke & Glenn Beck-Agenda 21

Themes Explored: dystopia, societal collapse, familial collapse, endurance of the human spirit, freedom, independence, totalitarianism, despotism, perseverance, despair, despondence, free will, liberty, individuality, free speech, control, progressivism, environmental degradation, relationships, human connection, authoritative control Synopsis: Just a generation ago, this place was called America….

Stephanie Meyer-The Host

Themes Explored: free will, death, alien invasion, individuality, world conquering, submission, identity, love, obsession, bondage, civilization, survival, self-reliance, perseverance, identity, foreignness, community, family, compassion, forgiveness, life, consciousness, existence, memory, the past, prejudice, exile, possession, loss of control Synopsis: Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away….

Movie Review: Mad Max-Fury Road

Director: George Miller Rating: R Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult Screenplay: George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, & Nick Lathouris Music By: Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL Cinematography: John Seale Running Time: 120 Minutes Premiered: May 15, 2015 (US) Synopsis: In a stark desert…

Victoria Aveyard-Red Queen

Themes Explored: dystopia, teenage angst, magic, totalitarianism, war, poverty, privilege, caste society, family, sibling relationships, anger, self-reliance, rebellion, perseverance, mind-games, manipulation, seduction, betrayal, loyalty, romance, infatuation, mutation, court intrigue, gladiator fights, terrorism, discrimination Synopsis: The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule…

Lois Lowry-The Giver

Themes Explored: dystopia, oppression, coming-of-age, memories, relationship between pain and pleasure, individuality, vision, nakedness, mystery, teenage angst, language control, society, culture, utopia, censorship, restriction Synopsis: Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no…

Sangu Mandanna-The Lost Girl

Themes Explored: cloning, ethics, morality, humanity, what is a soul, family dynamics, rebellion, independence, courage, creativity, sibling bonds, cultural shock, teenage angst, first love, loss, death, identity, ostracism, happiness, power dynamics, personhood, frankenstein Synopsis: Eva’s life is not her own. She is a creation,…

George Orwell-Nineteen Eighty Four

Themes Explored: totalitarianism, psychological manipulation, physical control, control over history/information, technology, language usage, mind control, urban decay, big brother government, torture, relationship, hope Synopsis: Winston Smith rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. This new world demands absolute obedience and controls…

Cristin Terrill-All Our Yesterdays

Themes Explored: time travel, dystopia, politics, genius, psychosis, friendship, first love, morality, ethics, right vs wrong, torture, sacrifice Synopsis: If you could go back in time, what would you change? Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next to…

Caragh M O’Brien-The Vault of Dreamers

Themes Explored: reality, dreaming, mandatory drugging, medical ethics, relationships, television, integrative technology, importance of education, adolescence, coming of age, romance, consequences, independence, peer pressure Synopsis: Rosie Sinclair is a first year student at the prestigious Forge School. Students at Forge come for a world…

Top 5 Post-Apocalyptic YA Trilogies

The Queen of the Tearling–Erika Johansen  At first glance, this does not appear to be a post-apocalyptic novel. However, it becomes quite apparent that this is a post-apocalyptic tale wrapped up into a fantasy adventure. The narrative follows Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn’s journey to…

Movie Review: The Hunger Games-Mockingjay Part 1

I love the Hunger Games book trilogy and think the movies have been fairly true to the source material. However, I wish Mockingjay had not been split into two separate films. The review contains incredibly mild spoilers, though if you have read the book none…

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