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Welcome class….erhm I mean fellow readers 😉 Today’s top ten topic is “Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101” and I’m getting a bit carried away. For me the class I would teach would be a no brainer and if you follow the blog you’re probably already expecting it….YA dystopia. I love dystopian books! There’s just something about the end of the world to bring about unity in the human race 😉 Plus there’s always a kick butt teenage hero/heroine AND a little romance on the side. SO if I taught YA Dystopia 101 here’s the top ten books I’d require on the syllabus, in no particular order.
YA Dystopia 101 Required Reading
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – Does this one even need an explanation?! I think some high schools have incorporated this book into their english classes. By far it is one of my favorites! The world that Katniss lives in, the choices she is forced at a young age to make, and all the feels would be why this book would top my list!
Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth – Yes you read that right…the entire trilogy. I feel that to truly understand this dystopian world it needs to be read in its entirety. Fair? Maybe not, BUT I think I’m one of the few people that enjoyed the trilogy from start to finish…even the brutal ending 😉
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi – This particular post-apocalyptic world fascinates me and is one of my favorites. PLUS dual POV baby!
Matched by Ally Condie – This book got me back into reading after my dark years (aka college and nursing school). I devoured the trilogy and fell in love with the world. It may be more romance than dystopia but it’s still good!
The Moon Dwellers by David Estes – One of my favorite indie authors! This book (really the entire series) is amazing and so intricate! There’s dual POV – BONUS! – and a companion series that tells the story of the people above ground. I LOVE it and it is a must read if you take my class 😀
The Selection by Kiera Cass – I was a little slow with this series. In fact I didn’t read it for the first time until just last month but I LOVED it! Who knew that a Bachelor type series would work so well as a dystopian?! I didn’t, in fact that’s why I avoided it for so long. BUT I wholly regret that decision so it is a must!
Through Glass by Rebecca Ethington – What kind of teacher would I be if I didn’t throw some variety in there? This is a serial series and falls not only into the dystopian category but also the horror category. It’s AMAZING and a must read!
Writing on the Wall by Tracey Ward – Zombies….enough said. It’s set roughly 20 years after the fall of civilization to zombies and follows a bunch of teens trying to make sense in the world. It’s a great series and did I mention zombies 😉
The Scourge by A.G. Henley – I LOVE this series by another indie author. It’s completely fascinating and original. I could predict nothing of the book AND – again we need a bit of variety – the MC is blind. I’ve never read another book like it. It is great!
Cinder by Marissa Meyer – Gotta have some sci-fi on this list and the Lunar Chronicles tops them all! There’s aliens, cyborgs, and another world war just waiting to happen. AND it crosses genres and links to fairy-tale retellings. How great is that?!
YOUR TURN! What books would you include if you taught a class? What class would you want to teach?