7. Interesting review. I haven't read the books but I was intrigued by the premise and have them
on reserve at the library.
Regarding the reviewer's final comment about the direction the author takes in the second book --
can you think of any satisfying utopian novel, where the utopia is not ultimately a dystopia, or else is portrayed so unrealistically you can't believe in it (I'm thinking of stuff like 'Looking Backward' here -- though maybe it seemed realistic to earlier audiences, being as it was pretty popular).
I can't think of any, but there should be something.
Also, do you (or others) find anything troubling in the popularity of dystopian fiction among young people? I seem to recall there have been a couple of fairly popular YA dystopian works in the last few years but I can't recall the titles.
Does it signify something about either kids or writers?