Two weeks until teen book club reconvenes to discuss dystopian novels. What exactly is a dystopian novel? Some of your peers have asked me this question at the information desk–and here is what we have come up with. A dystopia is the opposite of a utopia. Somewhere along the line, society has gone bad. While the world may seem better on the surface, the people are actually being oppressed in some sort of way.
Take Delirium by Lauren Oliver as an example. In Oliver’s future society, people are no longer afflicted by amor deliria nervosa. Once upon a time the horrible disease caused madness, jealousy, and war. The solution was a procedure, a surgery at age 18 to cure citizens–removing their ability to love. Most citizen’s are afraid of “delirium” and willingly undergo surgery, but there are a few rebels known as invalids who shun their government and take to the wilderness.
Delirium and other dystopian books like 1984, Matched, The Giver, Wither, Uglies, Feed, and Divergent are available for checkout at the library. Join us on August 22 at 4:00 p.m. for discussion and activities!