The Hunger Games series has spawned a slew of new dystopian and post-apocalyptic teen books. I can’t always distinguish between the two types of books because sometimes the terms are used interchangeably. I looked up their definitions and found a great blog post on Bibliotropic on July 5 that really has a great explanation of the differences between the two.
The blog states that â€œDystopia is the idea of a society in a repressive and controlled state, often under the guise of being utopian.â€ Of course! Lois Lowry’s The Giver or Feed by M. T. Anderson. (Not to mention Orwell’s 1984 or Huxley’s Brave New World but I’m only going to focus on current or soon to be published YA books).
Post-apocalyptic is defined as â€œset in a world or civilization after a disaster such as nuclear warfare, pandemic, impact event, etc.â€ These types of books are the ones where the characters are struggling to survive against some kind of cataclysmic event – man vs. nature. These are the types of books that I love reading because they make me feel that as bad as my life might be at times, it’s not nearly as bad as it is in these novels.
Another clue is that many of the new post-apocalyptic novels seem to have the word â€œAshâ€ or â€œAshesâ€ in the title. Ilsa Bick’s Ashes (due out in Sept.) is an exciting story of how a teen with a fatal disease & and troubled young army veteran struggle to survive after a massive electromagnetic pulse destroys all electronic devices, kills billions of people, and in the process, creates zombie -like creatures.