It’s hard to want to keep up to date on current events and politics when it all seems so dismal and well, ridiculous.
Sometimes all it takes is a different perspective to help show us the light at the end of the very long, deep and dark tunnel that is American politics right now.
Luckily for you, we’ve found your escape — YA dystopias! Not only will they make you addicted to reading, but they’ll also make you feel so empowered to get involved in your community in one way or another. Seriously, you can’t read these and walk away un-inspired. Plus, the authors of these wonderful series are some pretty kick-ass people who you’ll definitely want to follow on social media for a daily #QOTD or #allthefeels.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
How many times have you wanted to say that to someone talking stupid?
The heroine Celaena Sardothien is an assassin. And not just any assassin, but an assassin who has been caught and sentenced to a work camp for eternity. The only way out? To win a competition and become the king’s assassin — the very man who put her there. Celaena is a complicated, tortured soul who has to work with and for the very people who massacred her family — and ENTIRE country. Nothing worse than having to work together with someone you hate, right? If this girl can find a way to go high then can’t we all?
Maas’ writing will captivate you from the get go — you’ll connect with the characters & their worlds as they try to figure out not only how to survive but also how to come out on top — but can they ever really win? Read to find out!
*Currently, there are 5 published books in this series with a sixth to be released in May 2017. The final book is due in 2018.*
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
This series has an edge over other dystopias as Sabaa Tahir was immersed in the big bad news machine during her Washington Post days. It’s easy to make real life comparisons to some of her characters, and in a way it’s soothing. Why? Because if the heroes and heroines can kick some ass, then why can’t we?
In An Ember in the Ashes, you have a ruling class, the Martials, controlling the Scholars. The Martials oppress and enslave the Scholars through military force + rule. The Scholars are known for their knowledge but don’t have access to education or resources that could prove their knowledge powerful. The story follows different young people from each group as they struggle with their identities and if they want to world to continue, as is, or if they can change it.
This story is very relatable for ALL readers — no one is safe from judgement, guilt, or desire. Yes, that’s right — there’s some potential for love in this depressing dystopia. The characters’ struggles will be your struggles as you also ask yourself what choices you would make to protect yourself, your friends and your family. But guess what? You can’t save them all…
*Currently, there are 2 published books in this series with a third currently being worked on by Tahir, TBA.*
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
I’ll just start with what might be seen as a turn-off for some readers: this dystopia is strongly a love story, but it’s also a story about self-identity and the complexity of figuring that out and allowing relationships to be created.
In short: Juliette can kill people with one touch — any living organism that touches her skin, loses all its energy. We find her locked up by the Reestablishment and trying to keep her sanity while also finding a connection with any living thing that can reach her — physically and mentally. You are sucked into Juliette’s POV since you never really know what is reality and what is just inside her mind. It keeps you on the edge of your seat as you try to figure out how she’ll survive a world that clearly has no intention of letting her live.
*The series is complete with three total books available for readers.*