Utopian and Dystopian Fiction is a type of fiction writing in which the political and social structures are explored. They are set in a community that is frightening and undesirable. Over the past few years, the trend of writing in this genre has increased. A lot of writers and authors have tried their hand in this. While some fail in it and some nail it. This genre adds a whole new perspective to the problematic things that prevail in our society. Some of them talk about brutality towards animals, some about tragedies, some about poverty, and many more. Likewise, some of these books can provide you with solutions while some can make you feel extremely disturbed.
Today, Podium School has brought some really good books of the dystopian fiction genre for kids and young readers to read. They are written especially for kids and are not very disturbing unlike books for adults. They will add a bit to their thinking power and enhance their imagination power.
Dystopian Fiction Books for Kids
Outwalkers by Fiona Shaw
The first book on our list is Outwalkers. The story centers on Jacob who escapes from The Academy orphanage. And then further enters a world that is barely recognizable and full of weirdness. He has a chip installed in him that can track all his movements. He is further on the way to full fill the promise he made to his parents. To find their pet and escape the country of England. This book came out in February 2018. It is all about the imagination of a child. And is a book full of action and adventure. In addition to that, it also talks about a lot of contemporary issues. The main theme of the book is Loyalty, Love, and Freedom.
Blue Window by Adina Rishe Gewirtz
A wonderful story of five siblings who enter into a strange and unkind world through time and space. Their arrival is full of mystery and further unfolds in a weird land. It is beyond the real world. Set in the land of the center of an epic civil struggle. People, there have a lot of primal fears and face a lot of issues. You simply can’t miss reading this book as it will take you to a whole new world. It talks about the line that separates good from evil and the power of anger. Besides that this book also has a lot of other surprise elements.
The Animal Farm by George Orwell
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Written by George Orwell, The Animal Farm is about a group of animals on a farm. It talks about the brutality that humans do towards animals for their own good. One day they all gather up and plan to rebel against the human owner of the farm. It will eventually make you realize that animals are the prey of human greed. This book can make you a little upset as it can be disturbing but it is very enlightening as well. If you are an animal lover or care about them this book will help you a lot. So, don’t miss reading it. It was published in August 1945 and is 100 pages long. It is appropriate for kids of the age of 12 and above.
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Next, we have The Giver by Lois Lowry is a young adult book. It revolves around a 12 years old boy named Joans. He is part of a society that is free from crime and sadness. But the catch is that every aspect of their life is chosen including their parents and life partner. Other than that from the age of 12 they are bound to learn a life skill that they will do for the rest of their life. The theme of the book is quite abstract as it tells about the importance of memory in human life. But contrary to that it also says that it is important to get over the memories that give you pain. It would not be wrong to say that it is one of the best books in this genre.
A Whisper of Horses by Zillah Bethel
Zillah Bethell wrote an amazing book. It is all about daring to dream and not letting anything hold you back from achieving them. The book says that once you step out of your comfort zone things will gradually start working in your favor. It teaches its readers an important thing that one should not be afraid to dream and achieve them. The protagonist of the book is Serendipity, she just lost her mother and now she is on her way to find the last horses on earth. Published in 2016 it is a not so common story and is unique and abstract. Do give it a try.
Final Thoughts on Dystopian Fiction for Young Readers
Dystopian is not a very common style of writing and it takes a lot of time and effort to write a book in this genre. They touch such aspects of literature that imagination that they can take you to a whole new horizon. The books mentioned above are some of the best books in this category and kids will enjoy reading them. Along with entertaining you, they will also enhance your knowledge and imagination. They can also make you realize that there are so many problems in the world and so much pain along with that. So, if you are thinking of giving something unique, abstract, and knowledgeable to your kid. Then you should definitely go for one of these books.
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