Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
“I watched spellbound as she did a little dance right in place and then opened the freezer, where she offered up a hilarious prayer of thanks for the ice cream. And when she swayed her hips and bumped the freezer door closed, that’s when it happened.”
– p. 65, “Zack: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel” by Sawyer Bennett
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is to list the “Top Ten Books That Would Be On My Syllabus If I Taught Dystopian Novels 101.” Dystopian fiction is one of my favorite genres, and through the years I’ve read several that I find worthy to be taught in a literature class. All have superb world-building that grab the reader from the very first page. They question our world, our government, and ourselves. Some act as cautionary tales of what can happen if the people give their government too much power. Others reveal how society can break down in the face of tragedy. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. So without further ado, here is my “Top Ten Books That Would Be On My Syllabus If I Taught Dystopian Novels 101.”
1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
A study of what can happen when the people allow their government to have too much control. Especially when one man, or woman, holds the power without checks and balances.
2. Legend by Marie Lu
A thrilling tale of how society can change for the worst when corporations are allowed to rule over the people who work for them. How police brutality targets the impoverished, while the wealthy live in ignorance and in safety. Also, what happens when IQ tests are allowed to implement a caste system, and decide people’s fates.
3. Ender’s Game by Carson Scott Card
The dangers of video games on young minds, and what can happen when they’re used to train soldiers. If you kill someone on a screen and they die in real life, are you a murderer?
4. 1984 by George Orwell
“Big Brother is Watching You.” That’s the premise of Orwell’s 1984. In this futuristic society, the people allowed their fear to overtake them and they handed over their privacy to the government. But what happens when everything you say and do can be used against you?
5. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
A group of teens crash on a desert island. The popular kids take on leadership roles, and the unpopular kids suffer. When kids have no adults to answer to, they turn savage. Lord of the Flies gives reader’s a horrifying glimpse at the hierarchy amongst teenagers in today’s society, and reveals what happens when bullies are allowed to run roughshod over the innocent.
6. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
I haven’t read the book yet, but I’ve seen the movie countless times. In Clockwork Orange, a young hooligan is brainwashed into becoming a “good citizen,” and discovers what happens when a wolf becomes a sheep. Turnabout is fair play. Or is it?
7. Do Android Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
In case you don’t already know, this is the book that was later adapted into the cult sci-fi film, Blade Runner. In the story, Rick Deckard is a man tasked with hunting rogue androids in a futuristic society where robots are created to live and work among humans, and help colonize Mars. The problem is, if you met one could you tell the difference? The rights of artificially intelligent beings are examined.
8. The Road by Cormac MacCarthy
In this post-apocalyptic world, a man and his son travel the nation looking for a refuge. In this novel, society has broken down, and every man is for themselves. However, that doesn’t mean you give up your humanity. Or does it?
9. Dune by Frank Herbert
Back to the future, Frank Herbert’s Dune Saga takes place on a distant planet, where commerce is traded using the “spice” aka cinnamon. A young, wealthy man is forced to flee for his… you know what? the official synopsis says it best.
“Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides (the heir apparent to Duke Leto Atreides and heir of House Atreides) as he and his family accept control of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of the ‘spice’ melange, the most important and valuable substance in the cosmos. The story explores the complex, multi-layered interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion as the forces of the empire confront each other for control of Arrakis.“
10. Blindness by José Saramago
A sickness spreads around the world, and one day everyone wakes up to discover they’ve gone blind. People struggle to hang on to some sort of government, humanity, and work to maintain the status quo despite the epidemic.