Tuesday, March 23, 2010

No Lies: It's A Michael Grant Giveaway!



I've been hinting about this giveaway, and it's finally here! My wonderful contact at HarperTeen has generously provided me with two ARCs of Michael Grant's Lies to give away. This is the 3rd book in his series about Perdido Beach, a peaceful little town that dissolves into utter chaos when everyone over 15 disappears one day. It's a fun, exciting YA series that should appeal to readers of all ages. If you haven't read the first two books - Gone and Hunger - you really need to. And you need to read this one, too. Lies will not be on the market until May, so this is a great chance to read it before anyone else!

Okay, here's how it's going to work: I promised Krista I would make you answer a silly question. So, if you want to be entered in the contest, leave me a comment answering the question at the bottom of this post. Be sure to leave me a current email address if you do not have a public blog that you check regularly. If I can't get a hold of you, you can't win! The deadline to enter is April 10. As per usual, I'll give you extra entries for spreading the word about the contest. Tweet about it, post it on your blog, whatever - one extra entry per advertising method. Oh, and since I'm mailing the books, the giveaway is open internationally.

Here's the question (and it's not even that silly): I've really been into the apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic/dystopian thing lately. Do you like this genre? Why or why not? What's the best post-apocalyptic and/or dystopian novel you've ever read?

Good luck!

63 comments:

  1. Yes! I have also been enjoying this genre lately. I find it interesting the way authors portray the world and trials and tribulations that the characters are put through. I am new to this genre and have not read a lot of it - although I really like the Gone series, my favorite so far has been Hunger Games.
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  2. I too like this genre! I have been reading Lori Handeland's Doomsday series. I love them!
    - - email: bevsharp@desch.org
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  3. I've really been into the apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic/dystopian thing lately. Do you like this genre? Why or why not? What's the best post-apocalyptic and/or dystopian novel you've ever read?

    I haven't read a whole lot of them, but I really liked The Road by Cormac McCarthy. It was super depressing, but such a good story. I also like The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan. I liked Forest too, but I think Waves is better.

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  4. I love the genre, and I've just recently added several dystopic/post-apocalyptic books to my shelves. My favorite though has to be the Hunger Games!

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  5. ARGH!!!! *screams in excitement* The book is released here in the UK till September! And the comps open internationally!!!

    Ok, I'm calm now, in response to your question...

    Personally I've always been drawn to the apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic/dystopian genre. However I am more aware of the genre through film and TV.

    What I like about the genre is that it usually sees the human species under a threat (which was caused ultimately by themselves). We loose our strength and have to overcome the odds to fight for survival and regain-recreate some structure resembling society.

    Aside from the entertainment values found in the genre, there are allot of lessons and morals found within the genre. Are we ourselves heading down a path of destruction?

    As far as books and the genre are concerned, I haven't read any books in a long while and it was only last year when I found Michael Grant's GONE (through an online trailer) I got back into reading again, it just had me hooked in. What I like though is how the books can appeal to adults as well as the intended youth audience.

    I'm hoping to read the Hunger Games trilogy as I've heard allot about it, but I think I'll wait till the trilogy is out completely, because waiting for the next part in the GONE series is a killer!

    I was going to write an essay, lol, but I shall stop here :D My email is admin@gaiaphage.com

    And if there are any other GONE fand out there, do please visit http://www.gaiaphage.com ;D

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  6. Just realised I didn't answer the question proper, so needed to add... The best novel of the genre I read is definitely GONE, the series so far has had me hooked. It's also like the only one I've read lol

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  7. Lol I've now tweeted it @ http://twitter.com/GaiaphageCom/status/10927296953 & posted it up at http://www.gaiaphage.com/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=161

    *eek sorry for the excess comments*
    *hides*

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  8. Heeeyy!
    i guess it's kinda weird but i really do like the genre. i think i like it because there's so much you could do with it, like from the world ending and only vampires surviving, some gross plague killing people, that guy Jesus comes back and some people are like "yay" and some people and like "whoa", to giant worms attacking new york city!:)! soo, i guess i really love the genre.i thinks its a lot more fun and interesting than romance, blahh!
    Anyway, i love, love love the Gone Series! its my favorite series! i think i'm obsessed because i cant stop thinking about it! Gone is such an intense/suspenseful/OMG-i-cant-believe-that-just-happened/maybe-a-little-romance book!! its just awesome and epic!
    whoa, i wrote alot :P, sory, i'm excited!!
    mi email is: cheenyoo@yahoo.co.uk
    anyway, i'm a HUGE fan of Gone, like, you have, nooo idea, hehe!

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  9. I haven't read a ton of the apocalyptic/dystopian books yet. I have quite a few of them on my list, but haven't gotten around to reading them!:) I have read and LOVED The Hunger Games and Catching Fire though, so I am sure I will like the Gone series once I pick it up!:)

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  10. I have an award waiting for you on my blog :)

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  11. Post-apocalyptic genre? Easily my favorite genre! It is probably my favorite genre for especially this particular reason: while I'm reading that genre what runs through my mind is "this is awesome! But of course it could never happen... right? I mean..." and then somehow I convince myself that it isn't possible, but once I've set the book down it dawns on me that with that particular genre it sets itself right smack in the middle between fiction and nonfiction. It's not yet nonfiction because it's not like it has happened before, but it's also not fiction because there's no proof that it will never happen. The post-apocalyptic genre has it's ways of making things so you never know if it could and/or will happen or not. My favorite book of that genre is in the utmost truth and honesty the GONE series by Michael Grant. Probably because all of the characters fit themselves nicely into the plot, I love how it changes points of view, and he writes the books in such a believable way it just adds on to the thought of never knowing if this could happen or not. Also, I truly enjoy how the world around them is such a conclusive disasater, but a lot of the characters get around it--they make the most out of the place they live in. That's also a spectacular motivator getting to the reader--make the most out of it.

    Thank you for reading!

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  12. ooh, this is a pretty broad question that i could talk for a while on (though i'll try not to)....

    I'm not too sure how this widespread fascination with post-apocalyptic/dystopian fiction came to be, but it sure caught on fast. Sometimes i think it may have to do with the legendary year 2012 that seems to be looming ever so close? Or else, this genre just gives contemporary audiences what their looking for: a vast array of answers to the "what ifs"? The very nature of a dystopian novel requires that the stakes of living are raised, and that in itself lures me to read it. But despite the constant sense of danger (or maybe because?), there's something so fascinating/captivating about the world you know being turned on its side. Worlds like GONE's FAYZ seem like a nightmare, but oddly enough, it makes you want to close your eyes and dream. A bit like watching a train wreck, if you know what i mean; you might want to turn away from the horror, but in the end, the need to watch overpowers.

    Besides, it's not ALL horror and danger and struggle. The good moments are amplified by their contrast to the overall bad-ness, the characters' desperation and struggles add depth to their development.
    I guess dystopian fiction puts us into situations we'd never want to be in, but takes away our responsibility of having to actually experience it, so with morbid fascination we read on. Morbid fascination. I think that's a big reason why so many people read (and are now writing) in this genre.
    So i think it's safe to say i'm a fan! =)

    I need to read more of this stuff. My favorite is the GONE series. This series is actually one of my favorites of all time, not just the genre, so you can imagine i'm just ballistic writing this and knowing the opportunity of winning a LIES ARC! GONE is a staple in my life for the amazing cast of characters alone (for the first time, i'm proud to be called Sam). Now I wouldn't exactly want to live in the FAYZ, but i don't exactly want them to find a way out just yet...(it can't end, not so soon!) I'm so happy there'll be six books! I could really write an essay on why i love these books so much, though, but i dont think that's a good idea for right now.

    Thank you so much for the amazing opportunity to get my hands on the one book i've been dying for =)

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  13. Samantha (Malsavaidity)23 March, 2010 11:50

    oh i knew i'd forget something. i just posted a comment, but didn't include the email....the most important part...
    sorry about that.

    you can reach me through my email:
    theladyhelena@hotmail.com

    or through youtube, if for some reason that's more convenient:
    username: Malsavaidity

    thanks again!! I hope its not too confusing with my email being on a separate post.

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  14. I notice I've been reading more dystopia/apocalyptic, etc books recently. I don't know if it's just that I am discovering it or if lots have been published recently in the genre. I'm a big fan. I don't know that I can pick a favorite, but I think Life As We Knew it was one of the first I read (leaving aside Fahrenheit 451 - which I loved - and 1984 - which was ok). I've loved almost all that I've read in the genre. I can't believe I still haven't picked up Grant's series. I better get on it!

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  15. I really do enjoy this genre. One of my recent faves in the this genre is
    Lockdown: Escape from Furnace
    by Alexander Gordon Smith

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  16. I love pretty much any genre of books. I attempt to not be a lemming by saying "OMG I LOVE APOCOLYPTIC BOOKS TOOOOO!!!" just cuz I'm not really like that. Lol. But I do love that genre. With a passion. I've even written a few stories in that genre. Like if the sun were to suddenly go out the earth be flung into random outerspace and we have to live underground. Blah blah blahhh. That's enough about me. My favorite apocolyptic series is with all honesty a tie between the Gone series (I suppose that it's slightly apocolyptic) and Life as We Knew it by Susan Beth Pfeiffer. The whole idea of the moon being knocked out of orbit and nuclear winters is just so fascinating to me. Sort of like the movie 2012, only your brain provides the CGI rather than a tv screen. And the story is way better. Lolz anyways, to give a rather bluntish answer, the reason I like apocolyptic stories is because of survival. To be in the shoes of someone else and think through ways to get out of life threatening predicaments. It's human nature to find whatever means to survive. To put myself in the shoes of another character for a few hours and find a way to stay alive is fascinating.

    Anyways, I really hope that my answer is unique enough to win this contest!! I really want to read the next book and I would love you forever if I won. But of course I won't beg. I never beg. And simply by saying "i hope I win" probably disqualifies me. But oh well! Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Unless I actually win. Lol. Have fun reading and stuff!

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  17. Silly me I forgot the email address. It is: *drumroll pleaseee*
    yaldah51195@yahoo.com

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  18. I love dystopian futures.

    As to my favourite boo in the genre I have to go for the classic - 1984.
    It was one of the first adult books I read, when I was a pre-teen in the early 1980s.

    I was very politically aware and with the Cold War still going full throttle it was an incredibly thought-provoking and horrifying read.

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  19. I have mixed feelings about this genre. I find it sticks with me (haunts me, you might say). I recently read "Life as we knew it" and yuck. It was well written, but too real, too scary. Maybe I'm just scared because I'm not prepared. I did love "The Hunger Games". Can't wait for book 3!
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  20. I'd have to say "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood.

    Thanks for the giveway!
    Nicole
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  21. I love this genre which makes me feel a little sick and twisty. What a relief to see I’m not alone. Hunger Games is probably my fave but Inside Out by Maria V Snyder is a close second. The Forest of Hands and Teeth is good too. Ack it’s so hard to pick just one LOL

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  22. I've really been into the apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic/dystopian thing lately. Do you like this genre? Why or why not? What's the best post-apocalyptic and/or dystopian novel you've ever read?
    I have just finished freaking out after reading this announcement. Just ask my friends, I am wayyy to excited for this book to come out!
    Anyway, I seriously love the genre! I love how it's not the world how we know it, it's how someone imagines humankind when everything goes BOOM!
    As for the best post-apocalyptic novel, I would have to say Gone (that counts, right?). Second to that, is more of a book that is leading up to the apocalypse, Maximum Ride. It's a book where it's the job of six bird-kids to save the world. I definitely recommend it. :)
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  23. I've read GONE and HUNGER and am currently eagerly awaiting LIES, and I must say, this book is the BEST book I have ever read! It has very interesting characters, which almost become your friends through out the book, and on this NOBODY can disagree: An extremely unique plot! This book has never failed to continue to awe me with it's constant suspense and surprises, I recommend EVERYONE read this book!
    P.S. I am so obsessed with this series I am making a fansite for it!!
    Another awesome book I have read with this sort of vibe to it is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This book actually belongs to a trilogy: 1.The Hunger Games 2.Catching Fire 3.Mockingjay (Due to be released August 24th, 2010) This book also caught my attention greatly and kept me up many nights reading it, then more nights after simply thinking about it. This book is also truly amazing!!!
    Thanks for your attention!
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  24. I have been reading a lot about the dystopian genre lately and while I am still not 100% sure what all it involves I have seen quite a few books listed in it that I would like to read. I dont think I have read anything that falls in those genres yet to have a favorite but I do have a wishlist for some.

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  25. Oooh awesome giveaway!! I tweeted here - http://twitter.com/peacelovevegan/status/10972011343

    And to answer your question - NO. I don't like this genre, I LOVE this genre :D It keeps you on the edge of your seat - so exciting, nail biting, fear inducing, gasp-worthy... what's not to love? The best dystopian novel I've ever read and also the one that first pulled me into the genre is The Hunger Games (and Catching Fire). Do I really need to say why? The series is freaking AMAZING!

    Thanks!
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  26. Omg are you serious?! I LOVE the dystopian genre!!! But I've only read three books in this genre so far...(GONE, HUNGER, Hunger Games, what other books in this genre are there??) I like that it really makes you think that big 'what if?'. Someone commented that is on the fence between fiction and nonfiction, so I won't copy that, but they are right. You can't just put a label on it saying fiction because in a year or two we could be living in the FAYZ (but then again, maybe not)! Also, I like that (from what I've read) it's sort of a mix of EVERYTHING. (from the gone series) I can see comedy from Diana's snarky comments, action/adventure in every chapter, bits of romance here and there (even though that genre does not appeal to me, it makes it more interesting), ect. With a dystopian novel, you never know where it will go. (does that answer why I like it??) The best book I've read in this genre is most definitely HUNGER. Or maybe GONE. I still can't decide, don't make me choose!!! Ummm... I think I'm making this longer than it needs to be, so here's my email:

    kuglertj@aol.com

    ps. Do we get extra entries for posting on facebook and/or myspace?? Although i'm not sure I could post personal info (I would get grounded! :( ) I'll post it anyway, it's ok if I don't get extra entries.....*wipes tears away* jk :)

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  27. Well I have enjoyed the book in this gender that I have read. (not that many, may I add)I like to see peoples ideas and views on how the world will end/go into chaos times. It is interesting to see how character react to certain situations and what they do in panic times. I have to top books and that is the Hunger Games and the Gone Series (these seem to be the most popular from the comments that I have read.) I like these because the characters seem reals not those perfect heroes that come in and save the day easily with no problems, These characters have difficulties dealing with the situation and the people around them and that is why I like them so much.

    email: calida_.28@hotmail.com

    And sorry if I wrote to much I'm in a habit of doing that.

    And also could you please (even if i don't win) recommend some good apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic/dystopian novels for me to read

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  28. I'M NOT REALLY SURE I LIKE THIS GENRE THAT MUCH. I'VE ONLY READ A FEW BOOKS KIND OF LIKE THAT. GONE, OBVIOUSLY. IT'S THE BEST FREAKING BOOK SERIES EVER!!!!!!!!!1 A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE MENTIONING THE HUNGER GAMES. I ALSO LIKE THAT SERIES AS WELL!!!! BUT THAT'S ALL I'VE REALLY READ ABOUT THAT. OF COURSE I'VE SEEN LOTS OF MOVIES THOUGH. ANYWAY, I WROTE IN CAPS TO HOPEFULLY CAPTURE YOUR ATTENTION TO WIN THIS CONTEST. WELL ACTUALLY, I'M NOT SURE HOW YOUR DOING THIS CONTEST. YOU MIGHT BE PICKING ONE AT JUST RANDOM. OR MAYBE THE FIRST COUPLE OF PEOPLE TO COMMENT. OR MAYBE THE RESPONSE YOU LIKE BEST IF YOU READ ALL OF THESE. I'M ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE WITH GONE AND HUNGER AND I'VE BEEN DYING FOR LIES TO COME OUT. SO IT WOULD BE GREAT TO GET IT A LITTLE BEFORE IT COMES OUT AND FOR FREE. YEAH, THAT WOULD BE AWESOME. OKAY, ENOUGH OF ME BABBLING.

    EMAIL: HSMSUX13@AOL.COM

    <333

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  29. Hey Everybody! I'm so excited that you're all so thrilled about this giveaway. Fun, fun.

    A few questions have come up:

    - Winners will be drawn randomly using Random.org. It doesn't matter if your response is the longest, the shortest, the most clever, whatever - it's all random. However, I love reading all your comments, so keep 'em coming.

    - Yes, I will give you an extra entry if you post about the contest on Facebook or MySpace, but please don't do it if it will get you grounded! That would not be good.

    - Since so many of you are so excited about this, I've decided to throw in a surprise - my ARC of LIES. It's not brand new, but it's pretty close. The first two winners I pick will get the brand new ARCs, the third will get mine. How's that sound?

    Any other questions I didn't address??

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  30. These genre is almost at the top of my books!!!!! I love the Gone series but I would have to think that my favorite series in this particular genre is ' The Chronicals of Thomas Covenet ' email: ramsvolleyball1@yahoo.com

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  31. I read the first book on HarperTeens website free and loved it so much I immediately bought book two and book one. "Lie" is probably the most highly anticipated book of 2011 for me. I'd love, love, love to win an ARC of it. Other than Handeland's series I don't think I've read another yet, but I do have several in my TBR pile. Wait Meyers "The Host" would fail in this genre, and I loved it.

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  32. Love, Love, Love dystopia! In fact, I read Gone aloud to my kids and we are now in the middle of Hunger and they would be so excited to win one of these!

    nnjmom at yahoo dot com

    tweeted it, too: http://twitter.com/booksandmovies/status/11129512651

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  33. I'm new to that type of genre, but I have to say it has me hooked and I'm enjoying it. My favorite so far would be The Hunger Games though.

    wendyhines (at) hotmail (dot) com

    *I'm a new follower! I found you through the Book Hop!! :)

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  34. Susan, you totally kick ass!

    I've posted the comp up at Gaiaphage ( http://www.gaiaphage.com/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=161 ) - I'll edit it now to include the awesome news.

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  35. 3 COPIES ARE GOING TO BE GIVEN AWAY?! OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU ARE NOW OFFICIALLY MY HERO!!! and from my post earlier, i did post it to Myspace and Facebook (I'm kuglertj@aol.com)

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  36. I think Dystopia and post-apocalyptica are actually different genres, with a lot of crossover! Do I like this genre? I'm not genre-specific when I read them - I kind of notice it afterwards - I'm more interested in story and writing quality. So: yes I read it, but I don't head for the 'dystopia' shelves the moment I enter the library.

    I recently read a very old, out-of-print book by John Christopher, called the Prince-in-Waiting Trilogy. It was very very good, and also extremely disturbing - which I think was the point.

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  37. I have a question. Could you post a picture of the back of the book? There's been some discussion at gaiaphage.com and I am dying to know what the back looks like!

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  38. Saya - I've been wondering about the difference between dystopian/apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic, too. I'm not sure what they all mean exactly and I know there's a TON of crossover, hence the confusion. Anyone care to enlighten me?

    Anon/Gaiaphage Admin - Is there something you specifically want a picture of? The back cover is plain blue with a plot summary, author bio and ARC marketing info. That's it :) Nothing very exciting.

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  39. I do like the apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic/dystopian. Many people wonder what life will be like after death, or maybe if the world will end. It can be scary to read someone's interpretation of the future/end of the world. Usually curiosity overcomes the scary aspect. It is interesting to compare what someone else's point of view on a topic that creates not only controversy, but fear. I can't narrow down the choices of my favorites in this genre but my top five are the hunger games, the uglies series, gone (obviously), V for Vendetta, The city of Ember, and By the Waters of Babylon.
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  40. Hands down its Andra by Louise Lawrence. Old, old book, by a british author who I'm not sure how popular she is over here, but she wrote quite a few such books. I'd make an argument for John Marsden's Tomorrow book series as a whole however, or even Scott Westerfield's Uglies series.

    Lexie
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  41. Hey Susan,

    Oh that is a shame, the back of the ARC's are plain.

    On the general release published books the characters on the back will be Drake and Britney, who us GONE fans just can't wait to see!!!

    It will definitely be interesting to see how the two characters will appear/be portrayed as,
    Cheers though :D

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  42. Absolutely. I think I like more of the "dystopian" type of books. Some books including, Gone (of course), The Hunger Games, Unwind, The Giver. Only through these books and the imagination of these truly talented authors can you really look into this type of society. I love when characters are put through challenges. Really tough, moral breaking challenges. And in this genre, desperation runs wild and you can really see the reaction of the characters, especially teenagers and kids. I really admire authors who write about these societies, because they write about different worlds. The only way to really achieve these totally new and insane worlds, is through these books, and I love them!

    Thanks so much for this awesome giveaway!

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  43. Ooh, I'll play! I enjoy dystopian, etc. novels to a certain extent. Too much and I have nightmares- well, okay, they give me nightmares anyway, but I still indulge. My favorite is probably The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. That one really, really got to me- I had to put it down a few times.
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  44. Thanks for the questions. I've enjoy dystopian novels ever since I read The Giver in sixth grade. My favorite is The Hunger Games. :)

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  45. Thanks for the great giveaway! It's strange, I've really been into this genre lately too... I've ordered The Road, Children of Men and I Am Legend from paperbackswap. My favorite is I Am Legend. I love reading books with a lot of day to day detail, and knowing what a person does each day down to their meal type makes me really believe in their reality. Anyway... thanks!

    heather y
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  46. I like it when it's done well. My fave was The Stand by Stephen King
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  47. I've been reading a lot of apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic/dystopian books lately too. Recently, there have been so many good ones written and apparently targeting toward a younger audience, like Michael Grant's series.
    I like reading all the different ways the authors believe people might react before, during and after a catastrophe.
    The best dystopian novel I've ever read is a hard choice; there are so many great stories but the one story that made a big impact and stayed with me is "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream" a short story by Harlan Ellison.
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  48. I have not gotten into the genre, but im starting to find it cool. there are new books in this genre like restoring harmony coming out soon that I would love to read. I know many people really rave about this genre so i really want to give it a try, im normally a huge fan of paranormal, like i love "blue is for nightmares" series by laurie faria stolarz. I would love to win this book, my brother loves this series, and it would be for him. hes just gotten into reading for fun, and loved the gone series as well as the graveyard book by neil gailman. thanks for the giveaway!!

    Lasha
    arudd908@gmail.com

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  49. I haven't read many books of this genre yet but I really liked The Hunger Games.

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  50. Arieta Palevic05 April, 2010 11:48

    i shouldnt even bother answering this question but hey its worth a shot

    i really love books that are apocalyptic but im not exactly sure if any of the books ive read lately can be put under that genre. i think i would like apocalyptic books because theyre about weird things happening when you think nothings wrong. when the worlds going to end, or when you THINK the worlds going to end and you have no idea what to do about it. when peoples beliefs are shattered and they question EVERYTHING.
    no one knows anything anymore except that they need to survive and fight no matter what drastic changes the world has gone through. they just need to live.
    i would say the best apocalyptic book ive read is Gone because its not just people, its kids fighting against an unknown force. they have no idea whats going on and people like Sam think theyre the cause of it. kids often rely on their parents for answers and safety and when that goes away theres chaos. kids dont know what to do and then they find out that some kids are getting these powers and it makes it even more frightening. Gone is my all time favorite book because of the action, the plot, the characters and their interactions. i think this book truly shows what would happen to kids if they were forced upon a disaster.

    i hardly check my email so could you message me on facebook?
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    thanks:]

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  51. I think everyone's getting into this genre, and yes, me included.

    I guess I like it because it makes me wonder what kinds of things could/may happen or what I'd do in those if some of these situations did happen. I mean, really? I like to think if I was a character in the Gone Series, I'd have it all figured out.

    But then I stop and think, "Huh. Did I even know about such-and-such when I was that young?" It gets you think and to really evaluate yourself as a person and what survival skills you do and don't have.

    Best of the genre? Ah, that's hard. I can never decide on one 100%. Um, let's go with Life as We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer. I usually don't like the journal entry type books, but this one hit close to home.

    I can't imagine rationing food the way described in the book. Watching my friends change and die. Simple diseases that can be cured with a shot, yet people die because that shot isn't accessible. Or to just have drinking water that you can't drink due to pollution.

    This book really drove all of these issue and more home with me. I like to think I'm more aware of what we waste in our household now. I try to avoid all food waste that I can and I try to keep simple meds on hand.

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  52. This is one of the genres im currently into aswell, its often enough involving global warming in the books i read, but of course books like michael grants Gone series have nothing to do with global warming.For me what makes the book interesting is the way the main character(s) react to this new way of life that makes it interresting. As current life (for me at least) does not hold the tension/horror/suspense etc that is in one of these novels and its great to get shock like your the character in the book. I am a big fan of Suzanne Collins: The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. Both of which made me cry :'). The way katniss, Peeta and Gale feel and there emotions towards such a corrupt society kind are so strong, and what they do in the ring i wish i could also do e.g. shooting accuratly with a longbow. The imagination of the Author and the colour they put into the book affects the beauty of the book so much and i love Suzanne Collin for her creativity. I cant wait for the next book in the Gone series, and as well as Mockingjay- the last in the Hunger Games trilogy :).
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  53. International? Oh, I love you.
    I really like this genre! Reading about those people trying to survive in such hard environment... and I like all of them: zombies, aliens, diseases! All of them are great :)
    And it all started with the Hunger Games, it is amazing though every day I like the Gone series more and more.
    Can't wait to read Lies!

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  54. I just started reading dystopian novels an I love them. I like discovering new genres and reading fresh ideas. The best dystopian novel I've read is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

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  55. I havent read alot of the genres, but im really beginning too. The Hunger Games was a book i really enjoyed, with the the whole concept of surving as a race against a threat. Kept me hanging. I also didnt mind The Forrest of Hands and Teeth.

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  56. I love this genre. "Life as we Knew It" is probably my favorite because it felt real. I really wanted to stockpile my basement with water and canned goods after reading this book.

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  57. I dont really read much of this genre but would like to read more books about it because I find the subject intresting. The best book I read was I am Legend by Richard Matheson.

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  58. Although this genre was quite new to me just a few years ago, it has quickly become one of my favorites. This genre seems to possess an addictive quality that sucks a reader in and does not let them out. After every apocalyptic/ post-apocalyptic/ dystopian book that i have ever read, I found myself wanting to talk about it more and more, I wanted to re-read them over and over, and I just could not stop myself. Now that I think about it, my love/addiction for this genre started with a book I was forced to read my sophomore year in high school. The book: Anthem by Ayn Rand. This book continues to be one of my favorites to this day and would be hands down, the best book of this genre that I have read. Along with others such as The Giver by Lois Lowry, 1984 by George Orwell, and as many others have mentioned, Hunger Games and GONE.


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  59. i love this genre. it is one of those that provokes emotion and tends to make me think about it long after i have read it.

    i love the hunger games, the shadow children series, city of ember, the maze.

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  60. Hope there is still time for more entries!

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  62. The apocalyptic genre is sort of cool to me. I like the fact that you can think of many ways on how the world might end but if it's cliche, I don't like it. The future is nice to read and write about, but meteors and volcanoes and that sort of bunch isn't pleasant.I love the fact that most novels like that sometimes make you believe that it really is going to happen like that. Some books that are just cliche like that isn't worth anything 'cause it's just stealing someone's idea. I mean, I would happily read or write about the future but if it contains any expected plots, then no thanks, you know what I mean? Some books are cool but not all. The best apocalyptic novel I've read is GONE, obviously, and some others like Life As We Knew it (only not as much as GONE) and others which I can't remember at the time.
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