Followers by Megan Angelo

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Followers is a dystopia quite unlike anything I’ve read up until now. Half the book is set in  2051, mostly in the closed town of Constellation, California. Government-appointed celebrities live 99% of their lives in front of a camera, for the viewing pleasure of the rest of the country. Corporate sponsors dictate what happens in their lives, and the stars have zero input. No one is allowed to leave.  Despite having millions of followers, that is precisely what Marlow wants to do when she learns her life is based on a lie.

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Welcome to Dystopia: 45 Visions of What Lies Ahead Edited by Gordon Van Gelder

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Welcome to Dystopia is a collection of 45 dystopian short stories that are dark, politically charged, and unsettling.

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Extinction of All Children Series by L.J. Epps

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The year is 2080, and the residents of Craigluy have long been separated by walls into three class-based territories: L for the lower-class, M for the middle-class, and U for the upper-class. Because the citizens of Territory L are poor, President Esther has decreed they are no longer allowed to have children. Pregnant women are jailed until they give birth, then their babies are killed. 18-year-old Emma Whisperer, the last child allowed to live in L, is determined to tear down the walls, and bring an end to Esther’s despotic rule. She must… if she hopes to find her missing niece before she is killed. Continue reading “Extinction of All Children Series by L.J. Epps”

Vox by Christina Dalcher

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The Bible Belt expanded, and before long, encompassed the entire United States. The Pure Movement took hold soon afterwards, and women lost everything. First, they took away their passports, then they took everything else. No books. No writing. No jobs. No money. No phone. No birth control. No same-sex relationships (for anyone). And, finally, allowing women to speak only one hundred words per day—enforced by a bracelet worn on the wrist—a word counter—that delivered an electric shock which increased in intensity with every word spoken over their daily allotment. Women were allowed to cook, clean, garden, have babies… and very little else.

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Before She Sleeps by Bina Shah

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The population has been decimated by war and sickness, and few women are left in Green City. To solve the problem men created the Perpetuation Bureau, and women now have a single purpose in life: to be a Wife and have as many children as possible with her multiple husbands.  Not becoming a Wife is a crime, but a place called the Panah offers sanctuary to women who refuse to live by the rules of this draconian system. Instead they come out at night, offering carefully selected men something they can’t get anywhere else—non-sexual intimacy with a woman. They have the illusion of freedom, but the women of the Panah can never be truly free when the discovery of one can be the ruination of them all.

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