“The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words. ” – Philip K. Dick
It’s time once again to celebrate all that is best in young adult dystopian literature… I almost decided to run an edition of the challenge back in the spring, but it felt the wrong time, somehow the slipping of summer into autumn and on towards winter seems a more appropriate backdrop.
I’ve decided to post the sign-ups a couple of weeks earlier than I was planning to, so those saddened by the end of Lenore’s Dystopian August have something to look forward to! (Well that, and Lenore agreed to pimp the challenge ‘like crazy’ if I had a post up to pimp) Thanks Lenore!
The challenge will take place from October 1st 2010 through to December 19th 2010.
Dystopia (from the Greek δυσ- and τόπος, alternatively, cacotopia, kakotopia, cackotopia, or anti-utopia) is the vision of a society in which conditions of life are miserable and characterized by poverty, oppression, war, violence, disease, pollution, nuclear fallout and/or the abridgement of human rights, resulting in widespread unhappiness, suffering, and other kinds of pain. (Source: Wikipedia)
The idea is to have fun with this, so like last year, I intend to keep participation as flexible as possible. However I’m tweaking the 1 to 4 books requirement ever so slightly. Like always though, if you think you’ve met the requirements, then you’ve met them!
There’s no need to list your selected books upfront, but it’s always fun to see everybody’s book pools (Not just because we all like to do a bit of book-coveting but somebody might spot a great read they had never considered before!) So if you want to do that, then go right ahead.
Level 1: is the ‘taster’ level. This is for people who just want to join in with no other commitment than to read just the one young adult dystopian novel, between the 1st October and 19th December.
Level 2: Is for those want a little bit more of a challenge, but still have some wriggle-room to participate as real life permits, requirement for this level is just two to four, young adult dystopian novels, between the 1st October and 19th December.
Level 3: Is for the dystopian die-hards! Minimum requirement for this level is five young adult dystopian novels, between the 1st October and 19th December. There is, however no maximum cap, you can keep reading for as many books as you like!
Looking for something to read for the challenge? Then make sure check out my ‘50+ Fantastic Young Adult Dystopian Novels‘ post, and if you’ve read a great book that’s not on the list then, tell us about in in the comments.
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