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EPL Teen Dystopian Novels

Here are some examples of books in the Edmonton Public Library catalogue that are classified as dystopian for young adults 

(For the full list, click here)

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Across the Universe - Beth Revis
Call Number: Teen fiction R PBK
ISBN: 9781595144676
Publication Date: 2011-11-29
Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed. She expects to wake up on a new planet, 300 years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed's scheduled landing, Amy's cryo chamber is unplugged, and she is nearly killed.

Now, Amy is caught inside an enclosed world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed's passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader, and Elder, his rebellious and brilliant teenage heir.

Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she? All she knows is that she must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.
(Penguin Group, 2011).

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Those That Wake - Jesse Karp
Call Number: TEEN KAR
ISBN: 9780547553115
Publication Date: 2011-03-21
New York City’s spirit has been crushed. People walk the streets with their heads down, withdrawing from one another and into the cold comfort of technology. Teenagers Mal and Laura have grown up in this reality. They’ve never met. Seemingly, they never will.

But on the same day Mal learns his brother has disappeared, Laura discovers her parents have forgotten her. Both begin a search for their families that leads them to the same truth: someone or something has wiped the teens from the memories of every person they have ever known. Thrown together, Mal and Laura must find common ground as they attempt to reclaim their pasts.
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 2011).

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Matched - Ally Condie
Call Number: E-Book
ISBN: 1101445440
Publication Date: 2011
In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one… until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow — between perfection and passion.
(Penguin Group, 2010).

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The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
ISBN: 9780439023481
Publication Date: 2008-10-01
WINNING WILL MAKE YOU FAMOUS. LOSING MEANS CERTAIN DEATH

In a dark vision of the near future, twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live TV show called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: Kill or be killed.

When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.
(Scholastic, 2011).

 

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Hello and welcome to my libguide on dystopian literature for young adults. This libguide will cover the characteristics of dystopian literature, why it is so popular among young adults and international and Canadian examples of dystopian fiction. 

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This guide was created as a final project for LIS 516 at the University of Alberta.

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