Recensie: Scythe


Auteur: Neal Shusterman
Titel: Scythe
Genre: Young Adult, dystope
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2016
ISBN: 9781442472433
Aantal pagina’s: 435
Gelezen: Januari 2022

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

Scythe is the first novel of a thrilling new series by National Book Award–winning author Neal Shusterman in which Citra and Rowan learn that a perfect world comes only with a heavy price.

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Recensie: Dry


Auteur: Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman
Titel: Dry
Genre: YA Dystopie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2018
ISBN: 9781481481960
Aantal pagina’s: 390
Gelezen: September 2020

When the California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, one teen is forced to make life and death decisions for her family in this harrowing story of survival,

The drought—or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it—has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers.

Until the taps run dry.

Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbors and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life—and the life of her brother—is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive.

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Recensie: Wij waren hier


Auteur: Karen Thompson Walker
Titel: Wij waren hier
Genre: YA, sci-fi- dystopie
Taal: Nederlands
Jaar: 2012
ISBN: 9789021805900
Aantal pagina’s: 254
Gelezen: Mei 2020


Het nieuws kwam op een gewone zaterdag in oktober. Na het nieuws zou het leven nooit meer hetzelfde zijn, maar toch leek er aanvankelijk niets veranderd. De aarde was langzamer gaan draaien. Onmerkbaar. En de vertraging zette door. Elke dag, elke nacht duurde een beetje langer dan de vorige en algauw duurde een etmaal 26, 28, 32 uur. Julia en haar familie proberen zich, net als de rest van de wereld, aan te passen aan het nieuwe ritme. De school gaat dicht, mensen worden ziek en de natuur verandert. Is het einde van de wereld naderbij? Men klampt zich vast aan het alledaagse leven en gaat gewoon door – Julia wordt voor het eerst verliefd, haar ouders blijken ook maar normale mensen die ruziemaken en haar opa volgt zijn eigen weg. En iedereen houdt hoop!

‘Wij waren hier’ is een meeslepende en onvergetelijke roman over een gewoon meisje dat opgroeit in een bedreigde wereld.

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Recensie: Wilder Girls


Auteur: Rory Power
Titel: Wilder Girls
Genre: YA, Sci-fi, Dystopie, horror
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2019
ISBN: 9780525645580
Aantal pagina’s: 357
Gelezen: April 2020

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

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Recensie: Pretties

267008Auteur: Scott Westerfeld
Titel: Pretties
Serie: Uglies #2
Genre: YA, dystopie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2005
ISBN: 9781416917298
Aantal pagina’s: 370
Gelezen: November 2017

Tally has finally become ‘pretty’. Her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are cool, her boyfriend’s gorgeous, and she’s completely popular. It’s everything she’s ever wanted. But beneath all the fun is a nagging feeling that something’s wrong.
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Recensie: Doomed

13505645Auteur: Tracy Deebs
Titel: Doomed
Genre: YA, science-fiction
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2013
ISBN: 9780802723734
Aantal pagina’s: 480
Gelezen: September 2017

Beat the game. Save the world.

Pandora’s an average teen, glued to her cell phone and laptop, until the day her long-lost father sends her a link to a mysterious site featuring photos of her as a child. Curious, Pandora enters the site, unwittingly unleashing a global computer virus that plunges the whole world into panic: suddenly, there’s no Internet. No cell phones. No traffic lights, hospitals or law enforcement. Only Pandora’s Box, a virtual-reality game created by Pandora’s father, remains up and running. Together with her neighbors, gorgeous stepbrothers Eli and Theo, Pandora must follow the photographs from her childhood in an attempt to beat the game and track down her father—and rescue the world. Part The Matrix, part retelling of the Pandora myth, Doomed has something for gaming fans, dystopian fans, and romance fans alike.
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Recensie: The tent


Auteur: Margaret Atwood
Titel: The tent
Genre: Korte verhalen, literair, fictie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2006
ISBN: 9780385516686
Aantal pagina’s: 159
Gelezen: September 2017

One of the world’s most celebrated authors, Margaret Atwood has penned a collection of smart and entertaining fictional essays, in the genre of her popular books Good Bones and Murder in the Dark, punctuated with wonderful illustrations by the author. Chilling and witty, prescient and personal, delectable and tart, these highly imaginative, vintage Atwoodian mini-fictions speak on a broad range of subjects, reflecting the times we live in with deadly accuracy and knife-edge precision.

In pieces ranging in length from a mere paragraph to several pages, Atwood gives a sly pep talk to the ambitious young; writes about the disconcerting experience of looking at old photos of ourselves; gives us Horatio’s real views on Hamlet; and examines the boons and banes of orphanhood. Bring Back Mom: An Invocation; explores what life was really like for the “perfect” homemakers of days gone by, and in The Animals Reject Their Names she runs history backward, with surprising results.

Chilling and witty, prescient and personal, delectable and tart, The Tent is vintage Atwood, enhanced by the author’s delightful drawings.
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Recensie: King’s Cage

30226723Auteur: Victoria Aveyard
Titel: King’s Cage
Serie: Red Queen #3
Genre: YA Fantasy, dystopie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2017
ISBN: 9780062310712
Aantal pagina’s:
Gelezen: Oktober 2017

In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.
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Recensie: Sleeping Beauties

30622162Auteur: Stephen King & Owen King
Titel: Sleeping Beauties
Genre: Fantasy, horror, dystopie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2017
ISBN: 9781473665194
Aantal pagina’s: 715
Gelezen: November 2017

In this spectacular father/son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?

All around the world, something is happening to women when they fall asleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed, the women become feral and spectacularly violent…

In the small town of Dooling, West Virginia, the virus is spreading through a women’s prison, affecting all the inmates except one. Soon, word spreads about the mysterious Evie, who seems able to sleep – and wake. Is she a medical anomaly or a demon to be slain?

The abandoned men, left to their increasingly primal devices, are fighting each other, while Dooling’s Sheriff, Lila Norcross, is just fighting to stay awake.

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Recensie: The flame alphabet

11325011Auteur: Ben Marcus
Titel: The flame alphabet
Genre: Literatuur, dystopie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2012
ISBN: 9780307379375
Aantal pagina’s: 289
Gelezen: Januari 2017

A terrible epidemic has struck the country and the sound of children’s speech has become lethal. Radio transmissions from strange sources indicate that people are going into hiding. All Sam and Claire need to do is look around the neighborhood: In the park, parents wither beneath the powerful screams of their children. At night, suburban side streets become routes of shameful escape for fathers trying to get outside the radius of affliction.

With Claire nearing collapse, it seems their only means of survival is to flee from their daughter, Esther, who laughs at her parents’ sickness, unaware that in just a few years she, too, will be susceptible to the language toxicity. But Sam and Claire find it isn’t so easy to leave the daughter they still love, even as they waste away from her malevolent speech. On the eve of their departure, Claire mysteriously disappears, and Sam, determined to find a cure for this new toxic language, presses on alone into a world beyond recognition.
The Flame Alphabet invites the question: What is left of civilization when we lose the ability to communicate with those we love? Both morally engaged and wickedly entertaining, a gripping page-turner as strange as it is moving, this intellectual horror story ensures Ben Marcus’s position in the first rank of American novelists.
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