Gore! Explosions! Gigantic weapons! What’s not to love?
Recommended grade level: 7 and up
Pages: 386 (for ISBN 9780385743563)
Genre(s) and keywords: action, dystopian, science fiction
Tone/Style: dark, gritty
Pace: moderate to fast
Topics: supervillains, rebellion
Themes: power, revenge
Summary: There are no heroes.
Every single person who manifested powers—we call them Epics—turned out to be evil.
Here, in the city once known as Chicago, an extraordinarily powerful Epic declared himself Emperor. Steelheart has the strength of ten men and can control the elements. It is said no bullet can harm him, no sword can split his skin, no explosion can burn him. He is invincible. Continue reading
Dystopian before everybody else went dystopian. Uglies has an intriguing premise, a splash of romance, and is an easy sell to fans of The Hunger Games.
Recommended grade level: 6-12
Pages: 425 (for ISBN 9780689865381)
Genre(s) and keywords: science fiction, dystopian
Tone/Style: trapped, distrustful
Topics: cosmetic surgery, oppressive government, blackmail
Themes: self-acceptance, betrayal, friendship, rebellion
Summary: Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that? Continue reading