It isn’t often I venture outside my contemporary comfort zone, but sometimes taking a leap of faith can prove rewarding when it comes to finding new favourite books. For me to love a dystopian or futuristic novel the world building has to be incredible, but the characters have to be just as engaging. While my knowledge of the genre leaves a lot to be desired, these are some of my favourite YA dystopians.
Crow Moon by Anna McKerrow
Set in Cornwall, England Crow Moon sees the country divided into the Redworld and the Greenworld. Those in the small village communities of the Greenworld live self-sufficiently, protected by witches, while the Redworld wages wars over dwindling fuel supplies. It’s so easy to picture the stunning Cornish coast and get swept up in the Celtic mythology and paganism which drives Danny’s story || Full reviewWhen We Wake by Karen HealeyWhen We Wake imagines a frighteningly vivid Melbourne 100 years into the future. While I loved the intricate world building, which played off many contemporary issues in Australian society, the plot and characters also made this a very exciting read. The bonus for me was Tegan is also obsessed with The Beatles || Full reviewThe Sky So Heavy by Claire Zorn
I devoured this book in a number of hours. Another OzYA novel, this time set in the Blue Mountains, The Sky So Heavy follows Fin as he fights for survival when the world is plunged into a nuclear winter. The terrifying concept made this absolutely impossible to put down || Full review