Welcome to my stop on the Solstice blog tour. I’m team Dystopia and I have a great guest post to share featuring author P.J. Hoover’s top 5 favourite dystopians. Enjoy and I hope you’ll all comment with your fave dystopians.
FAVORITE STORIES: TEAM DYSTOPIA
Hi! P. J. Hoover here, author of the upcoming dystopian/mythology YA novel, Solstice (Tor Teen, June 18, 2013), and today I’m talking about my favorite stories from Team Dystopia. These were such a breeze to come up because I love talking about them so much. Thank you for reading, and if you haven’t checked these out, then you totally need to!
My Top Five Favorite Dystopian Stories:
1) Brave New World
Whoa! I could not believe this was assigned high school reading. I’d always thought assigned reading was boring until Brave New World came along. That authors had the courage to write such things. That even back in the thirties, people had such radical thoughts. It blew my mind. I always figured everyone was just super boring back then
2) Logan’s Run
I fell head-over-heels in love with this movie when I first saw it on TV, and it had nothing to do with the fact that Farrah Fawcett was in it. It had everything to do with cities under domes. And forced “renewal” at the age of thirty. And a brave escape to a world where an ancient and overgrown Washington DC existed. To this day, it is still one of my favorite movies. Again. Blew my mind.
3) Gone with the Wind
Did I surprise you with this one? Because the whole end-of-slavery/after-the-Civil-War period was a huge dystopian world—one that existed in our past for real. Sure, when I read this book seven times back in middle school, I had no idea it was dystopic. I’m pretty sure the term didn’t even exist. But the book drew me in, and as horrible as so much of the time period was, I would have adored traveling back and seeing it in a time machine.
4) Soylent Green
I’m not going to give this one away, but just be careful what you eat. I’m marking Soylent Green as one of those cult classic, must-watch movies. If you haven’t seen it, get it today. Sidenote: I adore movies with Charlton Heston in them. This is a classic Charlton choice.
5) The Omega Man
All right, we’re going with another Charlton movie here. This time he’s the only man left alive in a world full of zombies. He’s determined to stay in his house and have some control over the city he loves. But as with all good things, it can never last. Sound a little bit like I am Legend? That’s because it is.
Piper’s world is dying. Each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles that threaten to destroy the earth. Amid this global heating crisis, Piper lives under the oppressive rule of her mother, who suffocates her even more than the weather does. Everything changes on her eighteenth birthday, when her mother is called away on a mysterious errand and Piper seizes her first opportunity for freedom.
Piper discovers a universe she never knew existed—a sphere of gods and monsters—and realizes that her world is not the only one in crisis. While gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper’s life spirals out of control as she struggles to find the answer to the secret that has been kept from her since birth.