10 Years of Hunger Games: More Books Featuring Strong Young Women

In honor of The Hunger Games' 10th anniversary in September, here are other books featuring young women, like Katniss, fed up with corrupt systems who discover what they are capable of when they decide to take a stand. Murder, corruption and manipulation are not unique to the dystopian setting as Greer MacDonald finds out while…
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Tick, Tick, Tick, Birth

Leni Zumas' Red Clocks has proven incredibly popular here at the library. If you want more like it, I have a few suggestions.  First of all, let me spread the gospel of The Red Clocks. Told in the alternating voices of four interconnected women, it takes place in a near future where abortion is illegal and so is…
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It’s A Woman’s World

Ever wondered what life would be like if the world were ruled by women? I have. I've imagined less sexual violence, more peace among nations, less income inequality, less gender superiority and the unquestioned right of a woman to choose. Although some aspects of society are not the best, they are certainly not progressing toward…
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Lyric Dystopias

I picked up The Weaver by Emmi Itaranta, and it reminded me of other dystopic books, like Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. However, in these books, the protagonist generally has to realize that things were or could be different. All of these protagonists are young, and while written for adults, these books are good choices for anyone longing for…
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Far From Heaven: Ecological, Economic Dystopias

Dystopias (the opposite of utopias) are popular right now, whether you like The Hunger Games or Divergent. Here are three dystopian novels to come out recently, where the rich get the resources and the meek inherit the dirt. Karl Taro Greenfeld's latest, The Subprimes, melds the ideas of ecological and economic dystopia seamlessly. Subprimes are people whose credit…
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Top Picks for Katniss Fans

The last film of The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay Part 2, is finally here! Having to wait a year for its November 20 release was a pain, but I'm hoping it will be well worth it to see Katniss take on President Snow. The end of a series is always bittersweet because even though you…
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Flying the Unfriendly Skies

I couldn't be more excited to see some of the cool aerial and water stunts at this year's Chicago Air and Water Show on August 15 and 16. To prepare for the show, check out these great flying and sailing books. After spending his life around diesel-powered Clanker machines, Austrian Prince Alek is suspicious of the…
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Margaret Atwood Turns 75

I read for pleasure and that is the moment I learn the most. With no signs of slowing down, Canadian novelist, poet and essayist Margaret Atwood turns 75 on November 18. We’re celebrating her illustrious career that already spans five decades. Perhaps best known for The Handmaid's Tale, a dystopian novel set in the near…
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