YA-D2 – The YA Dsytopian Reading Challenge

“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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  1. Beth F says:

    I’ll be signing up for level 2. I’ll officially announce when I get a chance to pick out my books….

  2. Emma Newman says:

    How could I resist? I still haven’t read the Hunger Games trilogy for a start, which is reprehensible considering what I’ll be doing during the challenge!

  3. Clover says:

    Well, I’ll have to sign up then. There were a bunch of books I did have the chance to get to during Dystopian August.. will write up a post and then sign up, I think.

  4. I’m SO in. Love this genre. I’ll post a list of books ASAP, then come back to officially sign up. Thanks, Bart!

  5. Ree says:

    I’m in!

    Probably going to try for level 2…will write up a post in just a bit.

  6. Bree says:

    This sounds great! I’m signing up for Lv2 atm but I might upgrade a bit later on, depending on how many books I accumulate in the next month!

  7. Cialina says:

    I couldn’t resist…. That list of dystopian books is awesome by the way. I am bookmarking for future reference. I want to read them all!!! But for now, I’ll settle for five. Level 3!!!

  8. greyz says:

    I am not familiar with this genre so I decided to join the challenge. :) Here is MY LIST for the challenge and would appreciate suggestions for better books.

  9. I’m going for level 3. I had a few on on TBR list anyone and found some great ones to add.
    1. Floodland by Marcus Sedgewick
    2. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
    3. Lies by Michael Grant
    4. Scorch Trials by James Dashner
    5. Pretties by Scott Westerfield

    • Darren says:

      Welcome, Hope you enjoy the challenge. You’ve certainly got some great books to choose from.

    • Megan says:

      You have picked some pretty great books. I have Floodland sitting here and I am really tempted to read it, but I am going to do some other ones first. You will have to tell me if it is amazing though and I will consider reading it sooner.

      I really adore The Forests of Hands and Teeth and I am excited to read The Dead-Tossed Waves!

  10. I’ve never done a reading challenge but this seems like a perfect one for a beginner to work on. Gonna go with the Level 2 challenge though. lol 😀 Will have to go post my choices on me own blog later today. Thanks for hosting Bart!

  11. Hi Darren. I am a new blogger from the Philippines. I actually just launched my book blog today. I decided to sign up for this challenge because I’m a big fan of ya dystopian fiction and also a big fan of your site. I can’t wait to start this challenge! :)

  12. Julie says:

    I can’t wait to take part in the challenge! This way I can read the books that have been in my TBR pile! This is the first reading challenge I have committed to take part in. I’m a new follower too :)

  13. Pam says:

    I am so looking forward to this!

  14. lulilut says:

    I’ll go for level 3. I love this genre and I’ve already read several on your posting, 50+ Fantastic Young Adult Dystopian Novels, and found several I haven’t heard of and want to read. Thanks!

    Here are two more lists if anyone needs some ideas:
    Children’s Books: Dystopian Novels for Teens, Present and Future at Publishers Weekly. http://tinyurl.com/26kn8k5
    Half a Century of English-Language Young Adult Dystopias

    Here are my (tentative) five: depending if I can get them
    1. Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness 2. The Scorch Trial:s by James Dashner 3. Matched by Allyson Condie 4. Lies by Michael Grant 5. The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

  15. Karen says:

    I’m excited about this challenge. I will be doing Level 2.

    1. Forest of Hands and Teeth
    2. Catching Fire
    3. Mockingjay

  16. Ace Jose says:

    I knew this challenge from my friend, Aaron, and signed up for the challenge, since I’m also a fan of dystopian novels.

  17. Meg says:

    Officially signed up, stacked my books next to the couch, and can’t wait to start reading tomorrow!

  18. Megan says:

    I am excited to see some of my friends who have signed up already. I am definitely in for Level 3 and just got my post up. I am super excited and honestly can’t wait to see what everyone is reading and how they are responding.

  19. Jenna P says:

    I’m joining this so that I may broaden my horizons! I read dystopian novels, but typically they’re not young adult. I am going to do level 2, because I know I’ll read more than one but don’t want to over commit to doing 5!
    I can’t list my books, since I have no idea!… I’m excited to look into your list of 50 and see what other bloggers will be reading.

  20. alana says:

    I love this (not that I really need an excuse to indulge in dsytopian YA lol). I’ve read all of the more popular books, so I’m hoping to find some older books that have been overlooked. I may have to move outside of YA, but hopefully I won’t have to.

  21. Thrilled to join this challenge because this has become a favorite genre for me. Shooting for the 3rd level. Thanks for hosting!

  22. Aleksandra says:

    I just signed-up! A little late, but just in time :) Thanks for hosting!

  23. Piper says:

    I’m going to aim for level 2. Having read the Hunger Games series I might have trouble selecting, I’m going to check out the list now :)

  24. Piper says:

    I’m in, aiming for level 2.

    Forest of HAnds and Teeth
    Knife of Never Letting Go
    and maybe Mortal Engines

  25. Just posted my first review. The Ask and The Answer reviewed: http://wvredreads.blogspot.com/2010/11/ask-and-answer.html

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