Category Archives: Dystopian Fiction

It’s here: Mockingjay (part 1) full trailer


Settling in…

Well, we’ve moved the library into our new space – so far, so good! Come over to the MDC and visit us; we look just like a real library. We’ll be in this location for the next 8-12 months while the renovations are happening, then we get to move into a brand new sparkly library space. We’re pretty excited about that!

To celebrate all this excitement, I thought I’d post up the latest trailer for a film I know you’re all looking forward to: Catching Fire. What do we think?

Have I got news for you!

I have good news, and better news! The good news is, the first trailer for the film version of ‘Divergent’ is out! Check it out below:

Um, Kate Winslet as the villain? Hell yes!

Secondly, the third book in the series has been unveiled and is due for release on October 22! What’s it called, you ask?

Some of the new stuff!!

The Nicholas Library has just received its latest bulk order of fiction, so we’ve got heaps of new books on display at the moment! Here are three newbies that have caught my eye…

If you like Hunger Games, Divergent, etc. etc…

The latest offering in the dystopian fiction/survival genre is Under the Never Sky, by Veronica Rossi.  Those who have devoured books like the Hunger Games and are ready for more will be interested in this one!

Aria has lived her whol life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she’s never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim. Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He’ searching for someone too. He’s also wild – a savage – but might be the only person who can keep her alive…

If you like chick lit and celebrities…

Lots of students have read (and loved) Wendy Harmer’s previous offering, I Lost My Mobile At The Mall, and are muchos excited about her latest novel, I Made Lattes for a Love God.

Elly Pickering has a juicy secret. A secret her PR mum won’t let her tell anyone because if the kids at Oldcastle High knew that mega-star Jake Blake (yes, THE Jake Blake, teen sensation and all round heart-throb) was coming to Oldcastle to film his latest movie, they might just explode with excitement. Elly is determined to get on set and to get more than a glimpse of her Hollywood crush. But now thanks to an unfortunate incident involving a car, a red handbag and the paparazzi, it looks like Elly’s lost a lot more than her opportunity to be close to Hollywood royalty. She’s lost her dignity, her job and her best friend. How can she get everything back to normal? 

If you like to be scared…

Most people never consider reading short stories, but they really are the way to go if you have a busy school schedule.  The latest offer from Joyce Carol Oates is a series of scary/creept/eerie/disturbing novellas entitled the Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares. Read one or all of them, but perhaps not right before you go to sleep!

Marissa is an innocent girl, with hair the colour of corn-silk. She does not hold others in strange thrall, as some young women do, she obeys her parents, she does not stay late after school, lingering on her walk through the swaying heads of maize. She is the perfect sacrifice…

Book Review: Slated

I’d been looking at Slated by Teri Terry for a few weeks before I decided to take it off the shelves and pop it in my holiday reading stack. The thrilling blurb and compelling cover piqued my interest and I’m quite glad I read it.

Sixteen year old Kyla has been Slated. Her memory and personality have been erased and she has been given over to her new ‘family’ to live a quiet and normal life. Being Slated means being given a second chance; Kyla knows she should be grateful that the government have allowed her to live a new life instead of terminating her for being a terrorist. But is a new life worth having your mood and emotions dictated by the ever present Levo device on your wrist? Kyla can feel her past life intruding on her new one – and the more she seeks the truth, the more lies she begins to discover.

This is quite a thrilling novel, and one that moves quite quickly in terms of pace. Initially, the dream sequences that punctuate the novel make very little sense, but as the story progresses, the reader starts to piece together who Kyla really is at the same time she begins to pick up tidbits about her past. This is what I like to call a real ‘jigsaw’ story. It’s as if all the pieces are there on the table from the very beginning – it’s simply a matter of figuring out how they all fit together.

Terry’s characters are great; every single one of them has a back story that means you never quite know who they really are and whose side they’re on. I really enjoyed the fact that even Kyla’s sweet sister Amy has a past. The only issue I have with novel, as I have with several, is that it’s part of a trilogy. Yet another trilogy that I have to wait for the second instalment to be published! My other gripe was the ending. Obviously, Terry wants to leave the readers hanging for the next episode, but I felt that her conclusion to Slated was a little too ambiguous and confusing; it felt a little rushed.

The second novel in the series, Fractured, will be published mid 2013.

Book Review: The Bridge

I love reading, and I love Dystopian fiction. But let me tell you one thing I DON’T love: reading a great new book, getting to the end and discovering that it’s the first of a trilogy and that the second book hasn’t even been published yet. Yep, I’m starting to get jack of trilogies. 

So when I began reading Jane Higgins’ ‘The Bridge’, I steeled myself for yet another long haul. But I was pleasantly surprised. ‘The Bridge’ is a standalone book; and it’s quite good!

 Nik has grown up in Cityside, where ISIS is in charge, keeping the hostiles from Southside at bay. The hostiles, desperate to cross the bridge, have attacked Nik’s school – the only place he’s known as home. Very quickly, he discovers that not all is as it seems. ISIS is after him. The hostiles have taken the bridges and kidnapped Fyffe’s brother, Sol. In a matter of hours, Nik is on the run and there seems to be only one place to go – across the bridge.

Higgins has created a really bleak and interesting world in her novel. She doesn’t hold back when it comes to killing off characters, so be warned. There are shades of ‘The Hunger Games’ in this novel; it’s very gritty and violent. In some ways, though, I thought it dealt with violence and tragedy more realistically. Like life, everything happens quickly and sometimes unexpectedly, with little time to think.

Ironically, the thing I like about this novel is also the cause of my main criticism. I love the fact that it’s a standalone book, but I feel Higgins wrapped up the ending too quickly. Maybe this is because I’m used to the long drawn out conclusions of a series. Either way, I really liked this novel and would recommend it to Year 8 students and above.