Ten Fantasy/Dystopian Series to try this Summer!

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Schools out for Summer! At least here in the UK it is, although you wouldn’t think summer was here with the constant rain were having. But whilst I’m wrapping up warm, some of you might be grabbing your suitcases, sunglasses and enjoying the heat. You know one thing that would make it better? A book!

So for this post I am going to be recommending you 10 fantasy/dystopian book series to pick up this summer. For me summer was always the perfect time to get into Fantasy books because my brain would only be focused on Work rather than Work and University. So I could lose myself in a world and commit myself to a series with 6 books without feeling guilty or pressured.

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Favourite YA Female Book Characters

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Today I’m coming at you with my Five Favourite Female characters and the books which they are from. This post is inspired by Melissa @booknerdmomo who did a Five Recommendations Based on my Favorite Female Characters so be sure to check out her blog and her recommendations. She was very kind to give me permission to do the post on my blog too.

I’ve got to put out how weird it is to include the two spellings of Favourite/Favorite in that opening paragraph, in the UK we spell it Favourite and I’m guessing in the US it’s Favorite. Weird right?

I really wanted to do this because of course it’s recently just been International Womens Day and I love celebrating women of course but also I love seeing strong female characters and seeing which other characters other readers choose. Each of these women have touched my life in some way, I adored reading the books they are from but these characters have stuck with me and will stick with me forever. There are lessons to be learnt from the characters within our favourite books, whether it is to be never to give up, just stay strong or be yourself. We can find great comfort in the worlds they live and the words they present to us.

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Matched by Ally Condie (Spoiler Free)

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Genre: Young Adult Dystopian

Rating: 4.5 Stars


In the Society, officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one…until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.

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Divergent by Veronica Roth (SPOILER FREE)

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Genre: Young Adult – Dystopian

Rating: 5 stars

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

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Dissertations and Dystopian Books

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Today my post is actually for me to ask you a question, I am currently thinking of a question I can do for my Dissertation which in-case your unfamiliar with that, it is the final year project you undertake in your third year of your undergraduate degree and it consists of a 10,000 word essay, a reflection and power point presentation. Not all degree’s have them I believe, I’m studying English Literature so I do.

I’m contemplating doing Dystopian Young Adult Fiction, i’m not sure what I will focus on just yet because the possibilities are endless from government to heroines.I know I definitely want to include Divergent by Veronica Roth and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins therefore my question to you is can you recommend any other Dystopian Texts I could possibly use which feature a strong female lead, rebellion, government control etc. My friend recommended the 5th wave which I personally have not read just yet but I will mark down each suggestion and look into them in more depth.

I was attempting to look for books online then I figured ‘hey what’s the best way to get the best book recommendations’ MY BLOG OF COURSE. 

Thank you so much for your suggestions in advance, I really appreciate it. If you could also share this with your fellow book loving friends I would also really appreciate that as it will give me an even bigger audience to get more suggestions.

Hannah x




Echo Among Stars – Joanna S. Morris.

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Echo Among Stars is 214 pages of thought provoking, pure Dystopian novel goodness. 16 year old Eden Huntleigh and her family live in the district of Empyrean, which is ruled by the Renegades and their leader Cesar. Their whole lives are controlled from their food and drink rations, to their education and who they shall marry. Disobedience is in no way tolerated and the streets are patrolled by Bots, always poised ready to strike down with their weapons. Eden was given a necklace by her grandfather before he died, one which she can never take off and she has no clue why.

The necklace leads her to join a group of rebels who want to change the regime. Soon Eden’s life is thrown into turmoil as her family are kidnapped by Cesar and she must work with the rebels to save her families life. Once close to the Empyrean Palace, Eden faces the true horrors of what they are about to face.

I thoroughly enjoyed Echo Among Stars, although at times I found the novel to be rather fast paced as things were progressing rather quickly, it didn’t seem long from Eden meeting the rebels to her joining them to fight for her families survival and rescue them. Personally I would of really enjoyed to find out more about the training process and experience more of Eden learning of her abilities although this is a wish that I suppose could not be accommodated as the story line of her families kidnapping was already unraveling therefore Eden’s character was more focused on rescuing her family.

Echo Among Star’s reminded me of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare as Doubles is similar to Parabati. Finding someone who you trust with your life, someone who makes you better. One quote in Echo Among Stars which gives the meaning to the books title is ‘What we have is a gift, A rare, special gift. Think about it, not only do we share this… this thing between us, but we are only one out of a thousand that are lucky enough to be something so extraordinary and unique, like two halves of a whole. An Echo Among Stars’ . I thought this quote in particular was a beautiful moment shared between Eden and Leo, tying in the novel’s title to the story and giving it more meaning.

I give Echo Among Stars 4.5 stars. I had to just nip a little off from the full 5 stars purely because at times I felt the story to be moving a little too fast.  Echo Among Stars is a brilliant first novel to the series and I can’t wait for the next book to find out what happens to Eden. The first book does end on a cliffhanger and is an ending which is slightly hinted at but I still  found myself sat with my mouth open in shock wondering what just happened. I definitely need to read the following book soon to find out Edens fate.

Additionally to this Joanna S. Morris’ choice to use Eden as our narrator and tell the story through first person is one aspect which I particularly favored as it gives the reader an opportunity to experience Eden’s thoughts and feelings as she first experiences everything herself.

Joanna S. Morris is a fantastic author, I found it no problem whats so ever engaging in her writing style and she has created a dystopian world filled with so many different elements such as magic that as a reader you are never sure what will happen next. We are forever in suspense, wanting to read on to find out what will happen next.

Furthermore the world Joanna has created is not the only thing filled with different elements, the whole novel itself has so many different techniques and styles of a range of genres within it, that it fully leaves you as a reader satisfied after completing the novel. There is suspense, romance and not to mention magical elements all mixed in to this dystopian world.

If you have read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins or Divergent by Veronica Roth then I recommend trying out Echo Among Stars.

To try out Echo Among Stars for yourself you can do so by one of the following links:

Good Reads – Echo Among Stars

Amazon – Kindle Version

Echo Among Stars – Paperback

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