While I work on my craft projects, I typically listen to audiobooks and podcasts. I love audiobooks, in particular.  I love reading, so being able to “read” while working on something else?  Perfection in multi-tasking.  They’re great.

Even better, I can download them from my local public library for free!  I transfer them over to my iphone and I’m set!  I also have an audible membership and download things I can’t get for free there.

Today I’m going to talk about dystopian teen fiction.   *****Possibly some vague spoilers ahead****  They’re fun.  Sometimes they’re thought provoking, sometimes they want to bang your head against the wall because teens do stupid things.  I’ve been devouring them lately since the library has a great collection.  Pretty much everyone I know has read the Hunger Games.  I thought the two books were great, then things got a little iffy at the end.  Overall a good series.

I’ve recently re-read the first three books of Lois Lowry’s “Givertrilogy quartet. I remembered the first book vaguely from reading it as a teen (probably 10th grade or so), but I’m really glad I reread it because the world of the Giver is recreated almost identically in the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie.  In my opinion, don’t bother with these books.  There’s a lot of mooning over boys.

I also read the first two books in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth.  I do recommend these books.  They’re a lot of fun.  The author has created some really interesting cultures, and a chilling premise.  I’m looking forward to the final book in the trilogy.  I hope it doesn’t let me down like so many of these trilogies seem to.

Finally, the Maze Runner trilogy boy James Dashner.  This one was frustrating.  There was so much potential in the premise.  Evil governments, a nearly destroyed planet, a zombie virus.  So much fun to be had!  However, the story left too many gaping plot holes, so I still don’t know half of what was going on or why.  There’s also a lot of whining by the main character about not being able to trust his former best friend because she was forced to betray him by the evil government.  The books are pretty violent throughout.  I think kids would probably enjoy these books, but I was pretty irritated by never getting the big reveal you come to expect at the end.  Some very key points were not even revealed until the epilogue.

Anyway, that’s what I’ve been reading.  I think I should probably take a break from dystopia and listen to something that might fit the description of literature.  Or I might pick a romance novel.  Who knows.

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