Quotes from Dystopian Fiction to Inspire You

Some people say that dystopian fiction arouses our fears of dire “if this goes on” futures. Many think dystopian fiction is too dark to read, too depressing. Perhaps. And yet, most of us don’t read to depress ourselves. When you look closely, you can also find hope and words to inspire you. There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing. Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 We Have a Chance Did you ever feel, as though you had something inside you that was only waiting for you to give it a chance to come out? Some sort of extra power that you aren’t using – you know, like all the water that goes down the falls instead of through the turbines? Aldous Huxley, Brave New World We Birth Our Future Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future. David Mitchell,Cloud Atlas We Have a Choice The most important thing you can ever know, is that whatever your purpose is, that’s not your only choice. […]

Dystopian SF First Lines

Today’s Dystopian SF First Lines post is part of my First Lines Friday series. The first line of a story, we’re told, must hook the reader. Implied is that the reader will not buy the book if the first line isn’t great. These entries are from Amazon, my personal library, or other online booksellers. Do these first lines hook you? Would you read more? A twig snaps somewhere in the woods. I shoot up from my sleeping bag and reach out in the darkness. The Burn Our Houses Down Trilogy by Kelsey D. Garmendia Bursting open, the thin, wooden door slammed against the wall and cracked in half.“Get down!” a man yelled. Prep For Doom by E.R. Arroyo, Laura Albins, Amy Bartelloni, Brea Behn, and 16 others Feet pounded across the young messenger ran as fast as his legs would take him. Legacy of Light: The Series by by M. Lynn and Michelle Bryan “What better way to destroy our enemies than to simply allow them to destroy themselves?” The Good, the Dead, and the Lawless: The Undoing by Angelique Archer Deep beneath the surface of the earth, two men stood of a dirt walkway. Virulent: The Release The Virulent […]

Can You Match the Bestseller to its First Line?

It’s First Lines Friday, but let’s have fun with this one. It’s a mix-and-match game. Get a pencil and paper. Below you’ll find a list of first lines from dystopian ya books on Amazon’s bestseller list. You’ll also find a list of author names and a list of titles. Match the bestseller with its first line and author. No cheating!  Ready? Set. Go! First Lines If you think you know which book the line is from, scroll down and match the bestseller to the first line. Write your answers down in the order of LINE (single letter)-TITLE (double letter)-AUTHOR (number). A “When we got the letter in the post, my mother was ecstatic.” B “The blizzard brought with it driving winds, but Farmer-883-PR8 wasn’t giving up.” C “Raine Caldwell was startled by the slamming of a car door.” D “Coriolanus released the fistful of cabbage into the pot of boiling water and swore that one day it would never pass his lips again.” E “The asteroid that will destroy the earth is named Pandora.” F “Don’t touch me! I want Nova! Where’s Nova?” G “When you have something to hide, it feels like everyone is looking at you.” H “There […]