Dystopia Challenge 2011

I meant to sign up for this earlier this month, but totally forgot until I was about to start reviewing XVI by Julia Karr tonight. So, without further adieu:

This year, I've signed up for Bookish Ardour's Reading Challenges' Dystopia Challenge (2011 Edition). As a few of you know, I've gotten a little obsessed with the genre lately. There are so many amazing books coming out this year that I want to read!

To participate in the challenge, bloggers can decide how many Dystopian novels they wish to read in 2011 and sign up for the appropriate challenge level. The levels are as follows:

1. Asocial – Choose 5 books to read
2. Contagion – Choose 15 books to read
3. Soldier – Choose 30 books to read
4. Drone – Choose 50 books to read
5. Conditioned – Choose 75 books to read

1. For extra hard challenges:

2. Brainwashed – Choose 76-125 books to read
Totalitarian – Choose 126-200 books to read

At first, I was going to try for Level 2: Contagion, but after looking at my book list of what I hope to read this year, I'm pretty sure I can reach Level 3: Soldier, so that's what I signed up for.

Here's a tentative list of what I'm hoping to read this year. I'm not quite at thirty yet, but I'm close. I figure that if I add in "older" series I've been trying to get around to (since titles don't need to be 2011 debuts) such as The Maze Runner by James Dashner, Skinned by Robin Wasserman, Everlost (Skinjacker Trilogy) by Neal Shusterman, etc, not to mention new titles I'm not even aware of yet, I'll meet the requirement. I don't think I'll read 50 Dystopians this year, though!

[As of August 9th: The titles in red are ones I've read already, though they might not have been reviewed yet! Blue books are ones I have but have yet to get to. Others will be out later this year!]

01. All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin
02. Ashes by Ilsa Bick
03. Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
04.Bumped by Megan McCafferty
05. Crossed by Ally Condie (2nd in Matched trilogy)
06. Dark Parties by Sara Grant
07. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
08. Divergent by Veronica Roth

09.Enclave by Ann Aguirre
10. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
11.Human.4 by Mike Lancaster
12.Memento Nora by Angie Smibert
13. Outside In (Sequel to Inside Out) by Maria V. Snyder
14. Plague (4th in Gone series) by Michael Grant
15. Relic Masters #1: The Dark City by Catherine Fisher (UK series title is The Book of the Crow and 1st book is titled The Relic Master)
16. Relic Masters #2: The Lost Heiress by Catherine Fisher (UK series title is The Book of the Crow and 2nd book is titled The Interrex)
17. Relic Masters #3: The Hidden Coronet by Catherine Fisher (UK series title is The Book of the Crow and 3rd book is titled Flain's Coronet)
18. Relic Masters #4: The Margrave by Catherine Fisher (UK series title is The Book of the Crow and 4th book is titled The Margrave)
19. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
20. Sapphique (sequel toIncarceron) by Catherine Fisher
21. Trickster’s Girl by Hilari Bell
22. The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
23. The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher
24. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
24. XVI by Julia Karr

I'm going to use this entry to keep track of the books I read by 2011 debut authors. Feel free to check back and see how I'm doing!

J a n u a r y :

01) XVI by Julia Karr

F e b r u a r y :

02) Delirium by Lauren Oliver

M a r c h :

03) Trickster's Girl by Hilari Bell

04) Wither by Lauren DeStefano

J u l y :

05) SOLSTICE by P.J. Hoover

A u g u s t :

06) A LONG, LONG SLEEP by Anna Sheehan

(I'm pretty sure I've read and reviewed more since then...I know there are some books I still have to review as well! For example, DIVERGENT, POSSESSION, BLOOD RED ROAD....)

A u g u s t :

07) THE ELEVENTH PLAGUE by Jeff Hirsch


  1. This seems like a fun challenge. I enjoy Dystopian novels. I'm going to check through the list of books you have listed and see if I have a chance. I'm a slow reader and would probably only shoot for level one.

  2. The only dystopia I've read so far this year is Across the Universe. What do you think of Matched? I heard mixed reviews about it. Anyway, goodluck to you too!

    Chel @ The Procrastinator's Corner

  3. @ Gina: Level One is still good! Gooooo for it ;)

    @ Chel: You know, I also read Across the Universe. To me...in my own head...it's more sci-fi than it is Dystopian. But that's just me. *shrug* So I'm not counting it. ^^;

    I really liked Matched. These were my thoughts: http://abackwardsstory.blogspot.com/2010/11/matched-by-ally-condie.html

  4. Huh. Now that you mentioned it, I kind of think it is more sci-fi than dystopia. But maybe it's... both? Ah, bummer. I'm going to remove it from my list. Thanks for the heads up!

    Chel @ The Procrastinator's Corner

  5. You don't have to remove it from your list! I didn't mean it like that. I just meant that I personally wasn't including it. I'm debating whether or not to include Inside Out by Maria Snyder atm. It's also sci-fi. I don't know, it seems like they're in a category of their own?


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