YA Dystopia Challenges!

I love reading Dystopian lit, especially now that I have a bit of an academic background in Dystopias and Utopias (I read Utopia for a poli-sci class and we discussed the hell out of it)! Upon perusing google-reader, I came across two YA dystopian challenges. I say game on.

 Pick a target of between 1 & 4 YA Dystopia books to read during the two and a half months of the challenge, October 15-December 31, 2009.

I will read 4 YA Dystopia books!

Here are the rules for Books on the Nightstand DystopYA challenge:
The Rules:

There are always rules in dystopic societies. We will be benevolent despots in the running of this challenge. Your participation is voluntary and we will be deactivating the Reading Challenge Police, so you are on the honor system.

1. You must do as you are told. You are hereby commanded to read 3 works of dystopic fiction that were written or published primarily for young adults. A partial list of titles is above; you may choose other books that are not on this list. Books must be read between October 5, 2009 and December 31, 2009 in order to count for the challenge.

2. Secret activities are forbidden in dystopic societies. You must post your reading list and/or your review(s) of the books that you’ve read. Reviews can be formal or informal, as you like. You may post them one at a time or all at once, it’s up to you. If you have a blog, please post there. If you do not have a blog, there are two options:

  • A. (Preferred) – use one of the special discussion threads we’ve set up on Facebook or Goodreads.Note: Facebook membership is required to post there, but anyone can read the messages. Goodreads requires you to be a member to post or read on the discussion board. Membership to both Facebook and Goodreads is free.

  • B. Post your reading list and/or reviews in the comments on this post.

3. A dystopic society controls the spread of information among its citizens. If you have teens or tweens in your life, tell them about this reading challenge, and consider doing it together.

4. Dystopic governments control your behavior with a system of rewards. So, there will be prizes!We’ll do a random drawing from all participants at the end of the challenge.

5. Dystopic governments can track the identities of community members. Post the URL of your list/review in the Simply Linked box below. If you posted at Goodreads or Facebook, include the URL of the discussion post.

I plan on beginning the two challenges sometime after Oct. 15th! 
These are the books I am thinking about reading:

About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. This is interesting! 😀 I just finished The Giver last week by Lois Lowry so I can't wait to see your thoughts on Gathering Blue xD

  2. Good luck, sounds great.

  3. bookalicious says

    Oh, I love dystopian books! The ones I've read were more adult oriented (1984, Brave New World, The Handmaid's Tale, Fahrenheit 451 etc.), but I've also read How I Live Now and it was fantastic! Maybe I'll take part in this challenge since I have just the books in mind!

  4. oooh i said i wouldn't sign up for another challenge but this books on the nightstand one looks too fun to pass up! *struck by challenge lust*


  5. Juju from Tales of Whimsy says

    O fun!
    I also liked Genesis and The Giver.

  6. B.A.M. Book Reviews says

    You have an award at B.A.M.'s blog!! 🙂


    P.S. Cool reading things, I have City of Ember and I plan to read it soon! Enjoy your books!

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  8. reviewsbylola says

    I want to read How I Live Now. Maybe I'll go ahead and read it for this challenge.

  9. Bart's Bookshelf says

    Welcome aboard, hope you have a lot of fun with my challenge!

    I've heard a lot of great things about The House of the Scorpion, I'm hoping to read it myself at some point soon!

  10. I've been looking for How I Live Now…I hope you enjoy it. I enjoyed Rosoff's Just in Case so hopefully I'll enjoy this one too. Nice picks for this challenge : )

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