Big little brother

Doctorow, C. (2008). Little Brother. New York: Tor Teen. Genre: Dystopian / realistic / near-future cyberpunk Intended audience: Mid-teens and up; anti-authoritarians and rebels Personal reaction to the book: This is thought-provoking if a little didactic (OK, a lot didactic at times). It's a well-researched and totally subversive guide for teens. I would have read… Continue reading Big little brother


Avoid this book

Dashner, J. (2009). The maze runner. New York: Delacorte. Genre: Distopian, adventure Intended audience: Teens Personal reaction to the book: Utter, unmitigated crap. Teensploitation of the lowest order. There is nothing original here (see Hunger games, Logan's run, Running man, Ender's game, Lord of the flies, among many others). The characters are cardboard cutouts; the… Continue reading Avoid this book

Hit me, hit me, hit me

Burgess, M. (2013). The hit. Frome, England: Somerset. Genre: Dystopian near-future Intended audience: Older teens Personal reaction to the book: A challenging and sometimes disturbing book. The sole thing that makes this a YA title is the age of the protagonist. The point in his life cycle is typical YA; otherwise, the fare is grim:… Continue reading Hit me, hit me, hit me

Ship breaker, dream maker, love taker …

Bacigalupi, P. (2010). Ship breaker. New York: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Genre: Dystopian science fiction Intended audience: Primarily boys, any teens Personal reaction to the book: Not a bad little dystopian future novel, in a sort of modern take on the Boys' Own Adventure model. It is set in a world decimated by… Continue reading Ship breaker, dream maker, love taker …