Dystopian Archives

BOOK REVIEW: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (Review by Emily Meredith)

Review by Emily Meredith Etta Spencer is a violin prodigy preparing to make her debut in the professional music world. But her performance doesn’t go to plan, she loses focus, and then she wakes up in 1776 in the middle of a sea battle. Etta comes from a line of families with the ability to travel through time. However, her mother ran away from this world, and neglected to tell Etta anyth... Read more

by | January 14, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (Review from Hayley Shephard)

Simply put, The Invasion of the Tearling was an awesome read. The book is one giant social commentary and while Erika Johansen’s world is dystopian, it doesn’t follow the standard model. It’s also a must-read novel for all the feminists out there. Following the standard dystopian model I truly believed the following: this world either exists on an uncharted island or this “better world” i... Read more

by | August 11, 2015

Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine to Star in The Girl With All the Gifts adaptation

One of our favourite novels of last year, M.R. Carey’s The Girl with all the Gifts, is being given the Hollywood treatment. And the cast couldn’t be much better. Six-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close will be joined by Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine in the adaptation, the name to be altered slightly to She Who Brings Gifts. Colm McCarthy, the director of the BBC series of Sherlock, ... Read more

by | March 24, 2015

Insurgent Passes One Hundred Million Dollars in First Week of Release

Wow, that escalated quickly. Insurgent, the second film in the Divergent franchise, based on the bestselling books by Veronica Roth, has surged past $100,000,000 in box office takings worldwide in its first week of release. And a few lucky Facebook Fans of Booktopia will get to see it for free by entering our competition! Congratulations to Deanne Laity, Kate O’Sea, Gem Gallen, Nadia Bail... Read more

by | March 23, 2015

Dystopian novel A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists wins 2014 Most Underrated Book Award

A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists by Jane Rawson has won the Most Underrated Book Award for 2014. Announced at an event in Sydney last night, Rawson beat out Robert Kenny’s Gardens of Fire and Holy Bible by Vanessa Russell. A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists by Jane Rawson It is 1997 in San Francisco and Simon and Sarah have been sent on a quest to see America: they must ... Read more

by | November 14, 2014

New trailer for Insurgent released!

Spoil yourself… Insurgent Divergent Series : Book 2 I have done bad things. I can’t take them back, and they are part of who I am. Tris has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family. But she has paid a terrible price. Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes ever more reckless as she struggles to accept her new future. Yet if Tris wants to uncover the truth about her world, sh... Read more

by | November 13, 2014

Georgia Clark, author of Parched, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Georgia Clark author of Parched and She’s with the Band Ten Terrifying Questions ____________ 1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled? I was born in Manly, which is ironic because I certainly am not. Raised in Hornsby Heights where I shunned the bush to keep my nose in a book. I went to s... Read more

by | July 30, 2014

Best of Booktopia TV: Fast and Furious Thrillers

Matthew Reilly – The Tournament Bestselling author Matthew Reilly is one of Australia’s most reliable writers. Every couple of years he delivers his fans quality popular fiction and every couple of years he can be counted on to break Australian sales records. But till now, all of his successes, Ice Station, Seven Ancient Wonders, Temple, The Five Greatest Warriors, Scarecrow, to nam... Read more

by | November 26, 2013

Chasing the Valley by Skye Melki-Wegner: Review from Sarah McDuling

Sarah McDuling, the fearless editor of Booktopia’s Young Adult Buzz, takes a look at the latest offering from author Skye Melki-Wegner. I’m not really sure how to categorise Chasing the Valley. Unless “Phantasmagorical” can be considered a category? No? Okay, fine. Categorise this:  An insanely glorious blend of Steampunk Adventure and Dystopian Fantasy with a touch of Romance... Read more

by | July 4, 2013

Prepare for Armageddon – Booktopia presents the best guides to surviving the Apocalypse

Mortal souls, our time on earth is rapidly coming to a close. As most of you know, the Mayan Calendar predicts the world as we know it will come to an end on the 21st of December, 2012.  When trouble hits there’s no better place to turn than your very own port in the storm, the book. Literature has always been obsessed with the apocalypse and the anarchy that follows. Some of the great works th... Read more

by | December 19, 2012