books: dystopias

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner (11+ years)

maggot-moon15-year-old Standish Treadwell is dyslexic, written off by teachers and bullied by classmates, until he meets new boy Hector.  Trapped in a city where violence, torture and slavery are the norm, the boys must use their only remaining weapon to engineer an escape: their infinite imaginations.  This book is a ‘celebration of the refusal of the human spirit to be crushed’ and the power of hope and imagination in the face of corruption.  Dazzling, chilling and frighteningly powerful.

If you liked this book, you may also like: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman (12+ years)

9781856868617Callum is a Nought – an inferior white citizen in a society controlled by the black Crosses.  Sephy is a Cross – and the daughter of one of the most powerful, ruthless men in the country. In their hostile, violent world, noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix.  But when Sephy and Callum’s childhood friendship grows into passionate love, they’re determined to find a way to be together.  An absorbingly original book.

If you liked these book, you may also like: Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls 


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (12+ years)

hungerSixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. But Katniss has been close to death before-and survival, for her, is second nature. The Hunger Games is a searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. Welcome to the deadliest reality TV show ever… A blistering and brutal story that has taken the 12+ reading world by storm.

If you liked this book, you may also like: Blood Red Road by Moira Young.


Flood Child by Emily Diamand (8+ years)

floodFlooded England, 2216…  England has changed for ever: much of it is under water.  Worse, bloodthirsty reavers prowl the shores, and when they kidnap the Prime Minister’s daughter it looks like war.  But out of this drowning world comes Lilly Melkun, a girl determined to put things right, with the help of a reaver boy… and an extraordinary treasure form the past, with the power to change the future…  ‘Vivid, thrilling and funny.’

If you liked this book, you may also like: Northern Lights by Philip Pullman



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 ‘Reading stays with you until the very end – after Narnia is gone, Lord Voldemort is defeated and Alice is awake…’ (Anonymous)

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