For those of you who don’t know, there’s a little genre called “post-apocalyptic”. So everyone has been talking about the Mayan Apocalypse for years and there have been so many days when the world was supposed to end. But the big one came and went, and nothing happened. What do we do now? It occurred to me that the label “post-apocalyptic” could be applied here.

Dystopian and post-apocalyptic are both two very similar sub-genres. I personally define them as so: “dystopian” referring to a broken society or way of life and “post-apocalyptic” as more chaotic.

Personally, I am extremely happy that the world didn’t end because I have way too many books that I want to read! I can never be satisfied with how many books I’ve read. What am I going to read now? I have my eye on some post-apocalyptic and dystopian reads to reread. Here are a few of my favorites:

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Okay, this one is literally spotlighted everywhere. It’s the one that I always recommend to fans of The Hunger Games. It’s action-packed and just absolutely delicious. I devoured this book. It’s solidly written with characters that you’ll care about. In fact, I think it might just be BETTER than The Hunger Games. Y’all might want to snatch this one up before it’s made into a movie!

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)

The Maze Runner by James Dasher

James Dashner also writes one of my favorite series, The 13th Reality. His YA books are a little edgier and a lot darker. It’s just as clever as The 13th Reality but a lot more brutal and violent. It suits the book; I know that my brother definitely favors this. I would definitely recommend this one to reluctant readers – it’s very fast-paced and many boys I know have enjoyed it along with a lot of girls!

Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Wither is similar to Shatter Me in the sense that they are both lyrical, although I find Wither much more elegant and disturbing. Wither has such a unique concept, which is handled absolutely BEAUTIFULLY. The gorgeous prose and stunning twists make for a read that kept me on the edge of my seat. It’s both bizarrely fascinating and startling. If you’re a fan of interesting writing and strange plots, I definitely recommend this. Wither might just be my favorite dystopian. The sequel, Fever, is even more dreamy and sinister than the first. (And honestly, I fell in love with the cover.)

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)
chilling cover, right?

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Out of all the books mentioned, this might be the one most deserving of the label “post-apocalyptic”. It’s raw and gritty. Chaos infuses this read. Forget about the shiny misunderstood vampires of the past few years as introduced by Twilight. These are true vampires. It has all the elements that keep me hooked: action, romance, world-building. A fantastic author and a great concept? If you’re a fan of “true” post-apocalyptic, you will love this.

Black City (Black City, #1)

Black City by Elizabeth Richards

Black City was one of my favorite books that I got from BEA. I love classic paranormal romances – just two people who shouldn’t be together but fight the odds anyways. The world-building was phenomenal. It was just really solid and I really enjoyed the two main characters. It’s not as mind-blowing or emotional as some of the other books but it’s heavy on romance and plot. It doesn’t emphasize the dystopian aspect a ton, but enough to be relevant what with the levels of society and whatnot. If you’re just looking for a great book, I highly recommend it.

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I’ll admit, when the blogging world was buzzing about Cinder, I thought it sounded weird and frankly, the cover kind of creeped me out. Then I decided to give it a try and WOW! Okay, my first impressions were COMPLETELY wrong about this one. By the end, I was shocked and in love with it and just like everybody else, a rabid fan of the book. I could gush for ages. The world-building is incredibly complex, some strange elements coming together to form a distinct culture almost. The action and romance, the tech-focused imagination, all of it was just flawless. I honestly can’t think of one thing wrong with this. I don’t usually enjoy books like this so I was hesitant, but I am so glad I gave it the chance. A robotic fairy-tale retelling, set in the future? One of those things that you wouldn’t expect to work, but it did for me. I highly recommend this one to anybody willing to give it a chance. Excellent, and I need the sequel now!

Those are my post-apocalyptic and dystopian reads. I hope everybody had a wonderful Christmas – I definitely did! And watch out this week for my blogging goals, end of the year survey, and other goodies! I don’t think 2012 was that great for my blogging frequency, but I’ve definitely improved in my writing and editing skills. I’m working on making blogging a first priority again – and reviewing a lot more! I hope y’all enjoy hearing about my year, seeing what books I’ve read, and what were my favorites!

Love y’all and I’m so grateful for each one of you!

Grace