I recently went to the library and asked the librarian for a book suggestion. She says, "What books did you enjoy reading?" At this point, I started spewing out a list - The Hunger Games, The Testing, Delirium, Legend, Divergent (sort of), and countless other books (Click here for more suggestions!). That's when I realized my addiction- my addiction to reading science fiction novels. I don't think I'm the only one with this magnificent problem, since all my favorites are popular with the young adult population.

I thought through all these books, looking for a common theme; they all have a dystopian society. Now, why is this something I keep reading about? My theory is that the future is unknown which opens up a realm of possibility and wonder; no one knows how our society will turn out later. These books open up different scenarios of what our world might become. Every dystopian science fiction book has a different and entertaining plot. I find it fascinating that so many possibilities have been conjured up throughout literature that I want to read about all of them.

Another aspect I like about the books is that the story revolves around a distinctive character- not an ordinary person. In the Hunger Games, Katniss is distinct since she volunteered to take her sister's place. You know she isn't an ordinary contestant and that The Hunger Games will have a good plot. If we look at Legend, Day is the Republic's most wanted criminal and June is the Republic's youngest and favorite prodigy. These clashes of characteristics will surely bring an action-packed plot line (which it did!). On the other hand, I wasn't satisfied with Divergent because Tris was an ordinary girl. This made the book seem very unrealistic and boring because I kept wondering- why is she so special? There is nothing particularly special about her, so why does she get to be the center of attention?

Anyways, I noticed something else with my addiction to science fiction. These novels usually
come in a trilogy, so when I finish one, I need to get my hands on the next. There is a typical pattern with these trilogies. The first book is miraculous, introducing new situations, dangerous plots, and incredible characters. But then, it only goes down from there. The second book usually has something to do with the characters surviving the oppression in the first book, and now wanting to get rid of the government for causing their problems. And finally, the third book focuses on the rebellion against the government, usually having the main character be the symbol of rebellion (ie. Katniss or Day). But even though they are repetitive, I can't get enough of them!

What are your favorite dystopian science fiction novels? Do you agree with my ideas above? Do you have an addiction to science fiction, or some other genre? Who is your favorite character from a science fiction novel? Please feel free to share your thoughts on any of the questions above, I'd love to hear about your addiction to science fiction.

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Comment by Gary Anderson on January 7, 2014 at 1:22pm

My favorite science fiction book is Gateway by Frederik Pohl.  It was a stand-alone novel at first, but Mr. Pohl  kept telling stories about Gateway's characters, tribes, and situations, so other books followed that are also interesting and entertaining.

Comment by Ethan Violette on January 8, 2014 at 6:14pm

I too am severely addicted to science fiction novels; Neuromancer by William Gibson is my favorite dystopian sci-fi novel.

Comment by Jose Gonzalez Castro on January 8, 2014 at 10:09pm

Our class is reading The Testing now!! Like you said some of these books are repetitive, therefore I thought it seemed a little bit like The Hunger Games. Once we got more into it thought it took on a life of its own, and our class seems to really like it so far! I'm excited to see where it ends up going!

Comment by Stephanie Spartz on January 8, 2014 at 10:59pm
I've read all of these series except the last one you mentioned, which I will have to check out now, but I would say I share in the science fiction addiction.
Comment by Karolina Urban on January 9, 2014 at 5:58pm

I have only just gotten into reading science fiction books, but I'll definitely keep these books in mind when I'm looking for something new to read!

Comment by Isabel Moroney on January 9, 2014 at 8:53pm

I am also obsessed with science fiction books. I hadn't heard of some of the series that you mentioned in this post so I will definitely have to read those, but one of my favorite science fiction books is Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card.


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