September 9, 2011

Friday Fives: Best Summer Reads

Well, since I am an unabashed dystopian/post-apocalyptic junkie right now, most of the books I've read this summer fall under that heading. Since I've already mentioned Matched by Allie Condie a few times now, and since it was a re-read, I'm omitting it from this list (though I really loved it). Now at least one of my top 5 will be non-dystopian/post-apocalyptic. Here are my Five Best Books listed in order from most favorite on down:

1) Divergent by Veronica Roth

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.
2) Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That’s fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother, Lugh, is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives bearing four cloaked horsemen, Saba’s world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on a quest to get him back.
Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba discovers she is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent—and she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.

Blood Red Road has a searing pace, a poetically minimal writing style, intense action, and an epic love story—making Moira Young one of the most promising and startling new voices in teen fiction.

3) Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

4) Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone - one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship - tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now, Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

5) Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier  

Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon--the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.
Like I said, these all fall mostly under the same category of YA fiction, but I am branching out again these days. I am currently reading Beauty Queens by Libba Bray after my interest was piqued by Alison Miller's hilarious blog blurb about it (both the blurb and the book itself are pretty darn funny). Will be moving on to Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs right away here as part of Tracey Neithercott's Fall Book Club. Looking forward to it!


  1. This is a great list. I want to read Across the Universe. I heard it was amazing. :)

  2. It was really good and the cover is beautiful too (I love covers)! Can't wait for the sequel in January :)

  3. Great list. I've heard lot's of good things about Divergent and I should also add Ruby Red to my TBR list

  4. Cool to see you'll be a part of the book club! I have my copy reserved at the library... I hope it comes in time.
    great list-- some real gems here, and I'm so intrigued by Ruby Red! Sounds great.

  5. What a great list. I loved Divergent.

  6. Awesome list. Divergent was on mine too. :)

    I really, really need to read Across the Universe. I feel so behind.

  7. Alison: Just think, the longer you wait to read it, the closer your get to the sequel's release in January :)

  8. I'm definitely checking out Ruby Red and Blood Red Road (I'm sensing a theme in titles here...) ASAP! I LOVED Divergent, and Delirium is on my shelf, calling to me.

    Great list! :D


I ♥ comments. They make me smile.☺