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6 New-to-Me Futuristic YA Novels

You know that “Amazon Recommends” thing, where it recommends you books based on your Wishlist and what you’ve previously marked as “Read” and rated? Usually it’s clear that the function doesn’t understand me, but it’s finally come through with the goods – six futuristic YA novels that I’d love to read, particularly the mech ones. And now I’m spreading the word. I’ve updated Most Wanted and Reading Wishlist with the relevant info.

Gemma Malley
The Declaration (Surplus, Book 1)
Bloomsbury (US & UK: August 2008); Allen & Unwin (AU: October 2008)
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Anna Covey is a ‘Surplus’. She should not have been born. In a society in which ageing is no longer feared, and death is no longer an inevitability, children are an abomination. Like all Surpluses, Anna is living in a Surplus Hall and learning how to make amends for the selfish act her parents committed in having her. She is quietly accepting of her fate until, one day, a new inmate arrives. Anna’s life is thrown into chaos. But is she brave enough to believe this mysterious boy? A tense and utterly compelling story about a society behind a wall, and the way in which two young people seize the chance to break free.

Gemma Malley
The Resistance (Surplus, Book 2)
Bloomsbury (US: Sep 2008; UK: 4 May 2009); Allen & Unwin (AU: October 2008)
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The year is 2140. Peter and Anna are now living on the Outside as Legals. Impatient to see action as an agent in the Underground, Peter is tasked by Pip, its charismatic leader, to infiltrate Pincent Pharma Corporation and find out what’s going on in the secret Longevity programme. Peter must feign a reconciliation with his grandfather, Richard Pincent, one of the most powerful men on the planet, whose company is chasing the holy grail of modern science – a drug which will reverse ageing and make people look young again. But his grandfather has his own plans for Peter – plans which threaten the young couple’s dreams for the future.

Susan Beth Pfeffer
Life As We Knew It
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (US: 1 May 2008)
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Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

Susan Beth Pfeffer
The Dead and the Gone
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (US: 2008)
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An asteroid hits the moon, setting off a tailspin of horrific climate changes. In New York City, seventeen-year-old Puerto Rican Alex Morales’s parents disappear in the aftermath of tidal waves, and he must care for his two younger sisters, even as Manhattan becomes a deadly wasteland, and food and aid dwindle.

Robin Wasserman
Skinned (Lia’s Story, Book 1)
Simon & Schuster (US & CA: 4th August 2009; UK: 3rd August 2009; AU: 1st June 2009)
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Lia Kahn was perfect: rich, beautiful, popular – until the accident that nearly killed her. Now she has been downloaded into a new body that only looks human. Lia will never feel pain again, she will never age, and she can’t ever truly die. But she is also rejected by her friends, betrayed by her boyfriend, and alienated from her old life. Forced to the fringes of society, Lia joins others like her. But they are looked at as freaks. They are hated…and feared. They are everything but human, and according to most people, this is the ultimate crime – for which they must pay the ultimate price.

Robin Wasserman
Crashed (Lia’s Story, Book 2)
Simon & Schuster (US & CA: 8th September 2009)
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Months have passed, and in that time, Lia has joined Jude and his roving gang of mechs, an eclectic collection of bored teenagers looking for trouble, and uniquely capable of finding it. It’s a carefree life at first, but as the download process becomes more common, the opposition to the process becomes more vocal – and more hostile. Lia gets swept up in the idea of being a revolutionary and fighting for a cause, but as the plans escalate, she starts having second thoughts – especially when she figures out Jude’s real agenda. Yes, he’s loyal to his cause – fiercely, desperately, blindly loyal. But only to his cause. Not necessarily to his people. In the end, Lia must make a choice. How many people – mechanical and organic – is she willing to hurt to protect her freedom? How far is she willing to go to protect the people she loves? And, when she betrays Jude – as she eventually realises she must – how will he take his revenge?

Theme Song


Kasabian’s “ID” is the theme song for my futuristic. It was never released as a single, so there’s no video. But I found the audio online, so you can hear it.

Profound

It’s rare that I have semi-intelligent thoughts, so when I have one I like to share.

Was making my bed, thinking about what I’m reading, remembered something from some correspondence, and I suddenly had my finger on why I’m not connecting with what I’m reading.

No spoilers here, just talk about worldbuilding. Anyway, the book in question is Patricia Briggs’s Moon Called. The fae came out some time ago, and now they seem to live on reservations. “Coming out” made me think of gays, and “reservations” made me think of Native Americans, so you might think that the author’s worldbuilding is written to show social commentary. But they’re fae, so I feel distanced from them because they’re not real (to me). Had the characters been gay and/or Native American, rather than fae, I would’ve connected with them more because these people are real, as are their social situations.

And again this has reminded me why I’m more suited to futuristics rather than urban fantasy. Because to me futuristics are more realistic, more believable – and thus are much more likely to have an impact on me. And they have something to say about where the world is heading, rather than just have an alternate universe.

That’s all it takes to impress me, people – just be real, and give me something I can believe in. It could very well knock my socks off.

Okay, enough philosophical faff for the evening…

Thursday Thirteen: Help Title My Futuristic

My To-Be-Read pile is the same as last week’s, so instead for Thursday Thirteen I’ve decided to list some potential titles for my futuristic, and you can help me choose which you like best. Obviously some of them are joke titles that I’d change, of course, before querying. But prior to writing, anything goes – after all, Justine Larbalestier’s Magic’s Child was originally titled Magic Magic Magic, Oi Oi Oi ;-)

Thursday Thirteen
Potential Titles for My Futuristic
(Edition #10)
1. Futuristic
2. Futurama
3. Future Disco
4. Future Shock
5. The Cryogenicist’s Daughter
6. Thawed
7. Unfrozen
8. Tanked
9. Welcome to the Future: We’ve Got Fun and Games
10. Thinly Disguised Social Commentary
11. The Southeast Sector
12. We Used Poisonous Gasses, and We Poisoned Their Asses
13. Other (please specify)

If you have any particular feelings about any particular title, please speak up. Thanks if you can help, and have a lovely day! :-)

P.S. Yes, it’s 25 minutes before Thursday. Whatever, dude.

I Should Be in Bed

It’s past midnight, but I’m not sleepy. But I have spent a lot of time on Amazon checking titles of novelisations/tie-ins/books-based-on-TV for two TV shows which I’ve never even seen, though I want to: Dark Angel and Alias. Whether I’ll get my hands on the DVDs or books remains unknown.

Anyway, this is a note really to alert you that my GoogleReader isn’t working. It’ll show up the header, but none of the sidebar, and definitely no entries. So if you blog with BlogSpot, WordPress or something else (not LiveJournal or MySpace), I may not get to read your posts until if/when the problem is fixed. And I don’t know how to fix it.

Enough blathering – bedtime now.

P.S. The Hives are coming to Oz in late Dec/early Jan – here’s hoping they do a sideshow in Melbourne, w00t!

P.P.S. But I’ve been productive and have finished drafting my futuristic synopsis. Now awaiting crits before commencing the actual writing. Though I need to research some more medical/scientific stuff.

Dude, Where’s My Plot?

Almost went without blogging today. So instead you’re left with the scattered remains of my brain post-10:30PM.

However, I’ve spent my time away semi-wisely: firing off some interview questions, and even starting to plan a futuristic novel which may never be completed or even written. The important thing is I’m having a go. Admittedly, that’s a thing that people-who-don’t-win say. I won’t deny it.

(I also washed my hair, which is more trouble than it seems. Involves two lots of shampooing, one lot of conditioned, soaping, and continuously finger-combing my hair, and picking loose strands off wherever they stick. It’s time-consuming, which is why I only wash my hair every three days, if even that. But it’s air-dried nicely, but it’ll look worse for wear tomorrow after I sleep on it tonight. [I did warn you about my scattered brain, note why I'm rambling.])

Anyway, instead of using Kelley Armstrong’s Outlining 101, I’m trying out for the first-time Holly Lisle’s Create a Plot Clinic. We’ll see how it goes. But from the brain-dumping, the story will be much more serious and political than I initially thought, due to the plot ideas that suddenly sprung. This is a good thing, because I love [reading] social commentary in fiction. But it’s a bad thing, because one of my best traits in writing is my sense of humour. It may not be clever – it may not even be worth chuckling at – but it’s something. When I lose my wackiness, I lose my personality, and when I lose my personality, I can is made of suckitude.

So, back to the clinic now (p12 of 14)…

The Future is Bright

I suddenly realised today that futuristics are becoming my new favourite genre. We’re talking 5-star books. I still like urban fantasy, of course, but it’s just not wowing me enough to be 5-star. 4-star, yes. Maybe it’s because futuristics are new and exciting to me, and I’ve simply read too much UF. I’m not sure. Maybe it’s because futuristics are more believable, so I connect with them more.

I was going to do this at the end June, but what the hell, I’ll do it now.

5-Star Books Tezzy’s Read in 2008
Elizabeth Flock’s But Inside I’m Screaming (women’s fiction)
Erica Spindler’s Dead Run (thriller)
Mary E. Pearson’s The Adoration of Jenna Fox (young adult, futuristic)
Stephenie Meyer’s The Host (futuristic)
Rachel Cohn’s You Know Where to Find Me (young adult)
Michelle Maddox’s Countdown (futuristic)

I highly recommend all of these books. And as you can tell by their genres, three out of those six books are futuristics.

So now’s the time for you to bring out the A+ books you’ve read so far this year. What are their genres? Are you surprised? Have you learned anything new about your favourite kind of books?

OnePlusYou Quizzes and WidgetsThis rating was determined based on the presence of the following words:
* hell (13x)
* dead (9x)
* death (6x)
* sexy (4x)
* dangerous (2x)
* zombie (1x)
Mind you, they don’t count “feck” as a swear, but I do. Also, they didn’t count “secksy”.