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Episode 29 — Dystopian Literature


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Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers

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Grades 6 – 12
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Duration 22:38
Original Air Date Published August 09, 2010

Music in this podcast is courtesy of Scott Andrew.



Episode 29 - Dystopian Literature


Episode 29 - Dystopian Literature

Dystopian literature is a fast-growing subgenre in young adult literature today.  With so much hype over publication of the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy later this month, many teens will soon be looking for other great page-turners about dystopian societies.  Tune in to hear about books that imagine the future darkly by exploring the consequences of war, environmental disasters, and creepy repressive governments.

After listening to this episode, be sure to print out this list of recommended titles to take to the library or book seller.

Titles recommended in this episode include

  • Candor by Pam Bachorz (Egmont, 2008)
  • Matched by Ally Condie (Dutton, November 2010)
  • The Gardener by S.A. Bodeen (Feiwel and Friends, 2010)
  • Pod by Stephen Wallenfels (Namelos, 2009)
  • The Carbon Diaries 2017 by Saci Lloyd (Holiday House, 2010)
  • Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown, 2010)
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Delacorte, 2009)
  • The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (Delacorte, October, 2010)
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (Candlewick, 2008)
  • The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness (Candlewick, 2009)
  • Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness (Candlewick, September 2010)