Author – Laura Martin
Age – 9+
Sky Mundy continues her quest to find her missing father, following the clues he has left. Never did her and her friends believe they would lead to an immense underwater complex surrounded by huge dinosaurs bred in the complex. The three friends find themselves in even more precarious situations, learning terrible truths and betrayals along the way.
The powerful General Kennedy is hunting them with his skilled and deadly marines – driven by the powerful Noah with a deadly plan. Can they stop him before every living thing above ground is obliterated from the Earth? Is her father alive or dead and how will they ever outrun the dinosaurs?
I enjoyed Code Name Flood even more than the 1st title in this series – It’s them or us. Great read!
(Dinosaurs, Dystopian, Action, Betrayal, Spy, Friendship, Family, Science, Environment)
Author – James Bradley
Age – 13+
Ever since strange spores covered Earth, leaving web-like threads, humankind has battled The Change. Anybody who shows the symptoms of luminescence on their skin, or strange lights in their irises, are taken from their families, never to be seen again.
Callie is not about to let that happen to her 5 yr old half-sister Gracie. They have already lost their father to The Change, and Callie can’t face losing Gracie too. Against the strict Quarantine laws, Callie flees across Australia to The Zone – a place said to be a safe haven for The Changed.
But their journey is full of danger, vicious dogs with hate-filled owners, drones on the look-out and determined Quarantine officers. Will they get to The Zone and is it what they’ve been told or is it something not of this world?
I quickly became attached to determined, resourceful Callie and her love for her little sister. The tension never lets up on their journey and it culminates in a shocking finale. A trilogy I will definitely be following!
(Dystopian, Love, Family, Action, Alien, Escape, Determination, Series, Trilogy)
Author / Illustrator – Jen Lee
Age – 10+ (Graphic Novel)
There are many stories out there about zombies, aliens or viruses wiping out humankind. This isn’t one of those, but tells the story of some animals who have been left behind after such events. Simon (dog), and his friends Cliff (Racoon), and Reynard (Deer) are hungry. They are waiting for garbage night, so they can raid the bins like they always have. But garbage nights seems to have vanished along with the humans.
Barnaby is looking for food too and they soon team up with him to travel to the next town. But Barnaby is sneaky, slowly working his way between fellow dog Simon and his friends, even purposefully putting them in danger. Simon has to make a choice. Hang out with new Barnaby who knows stuff and is cool, or stick with his old mates.
With muted colour illustations, larger font, and a simpler drawing style, this graphic novel will suit younger readers. The theme of loyalty and friendship suits everyone.
(Friendship, Dystopian, Graphic Novel)
ER – MAR
Author – Laura Martin
Sky Mundy and her best friend Shawn live in a warren of underground concrete bunkers built to house the human race. 150 years before, scientists resurrected dinosaurs just like on Jurassic Park, but this time they weren’t confined to an island. Along with the dinosaurs, an ancient virus returns which is responsible for wiping out 95% of human life.
Now they live under Noah – a man who rules the compounds and is said to have been responsible for saving what was left of the human race.
Sky hates being in the compound and unknown to the marines who ‘protect’ them, she sneaks outside every time there is a military plane drop of supplies. She is checking for any information about her missing father that might be held on the info pods that arrive from other compounds. Her friend Shawn hates her going outside as she is at the mercy of any roaming dinosaurs that might be about. Everyone knows that you can’t survive outside.
Edge of Extinction is a Dystopian novel for younger readers with plenty of dinosaurs to escape, defeat or even eat. Think Hunger Games – a brave heroine protagonist with a mission and two boys who want to protect her, and Jurassic Park with its wonder and fear of dinosaurs. Great read. Will definitely follow this series.
(Action, Adventure, Dystopian, Family, Friendship, Secret Society, Courage, Bunker, Series)
Author – S D Crockett
Age – 13+
The icecaps have melted. There are no longer warm sea currents but seemingly endless winters.
Willo hides in the snow, watching his family being taken away by soldiers. Where are they being taken? Why? When he begins his search, he meets Mary, a 13yr old from the city. She’s been hiding in the mountains too – away from the filth, endless hunger, guns and control of the city police. They end up back in the city as Willo continues his search, but he finds things he never knew about his father. He is the leader of an underground following of people who believe there is a better life away from what they know. A return to how it was before…
(Future, Family, Poverty, Future, Dystopian, Revolution)
Author – Veronica Roth
Age – 13+
Insurgent begins where Divergent left off – where Tris and Tobias have escaped after stopping the simulation that turned whole factions into gun wielding zombies, being totally under control by the leader of the Erudite.
They find shelter with others that have escaped the simulation including the factionless.
But now with the factions split apart, uncertainty reigns.
The Erudite leader (Jeanine) is determined to find all the Divergents. Will Tris defeat her again?
This second part in this trilogy will leave after with a shocking finale….
(Series, Love, Guilt, Uncertainty, Secret, Murder, Dystopian)
Author – Veronica Roth
Age – 12+
The final part of this trilogy.
Allegiant is told in two points of view – Tobias (Four) and Tris.
The truth has been exposed (In Insurgent) via a video of a woman called Edith Prior. Everyone in the city Tobias and Tris and their families grew up in are part of an experiment. They were from the outside – their memories wiped (reset). Edith says that human history was full of wars and they were put there to reproduce and produce Divergents to help humankind to fix itself.
Are they inside a fence. What is outside?
The third in the Divergent Trilogy, everything is revealed and not what you will expect. Will human prejudice prevail even in our future?
(Prejudice, Action, Blended Family, Courage, Conflict, Dystopian, Romance, Future, Experiment, Series)