DYSTOPIAN DAZE: Your Reading Guide

A reading guide to dystopian fiction from this month’s edition of Frenzy!

Archon by Sabrina Benulis

Angela holds the key to Heaven and Hell—and both will stop at nothing to possess her.

Angela Mathers is plagued by visions of angels, supernatural creatures who haunt her thoughts by day and seduce her dreams by night. Newly released from a mental institution, where she was locked away for two years, Angela hopes that her time at the Vatican’s university, the West Wood Academy, will give her a chance at a normal life. Unlike ordinary humans, Angela is a blood head—a freak, a monster, the possible fulfillment of a terrifying prophecy of overwhelming death and destruction. Only in Luz, the Vatican’s wondrous enclave, are blood heads accepted and encouraged to discover what kind of powers or special abilities they might possess.  But within West Wood, a secret coven plots, and demons and angels roam the streets searching for the key to open Raziel’s book—a secret tome from a lost archangel. Some are determined to destroy Raziel, while others wish to free him. And when the Archon—the human chosen to possess the spirit of a dead angel—rises as foretold, they will control the supernatural universe.

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Love is patient. Love is kind. Love is a disease.

In Delirium, Lena Haloway dared to fall in love with Alex and escape the cure: the government-mandated procedure that renders a person immune to the disease of love. Lena and Alex staked their lives on leaving their oppressive society, but only Lena broke free.

Pandemonium picks up after Lena’s escape from Portland, Maine. Lena makes it to the Wilds and becomes part of an Invalid community, where she transforms herself into a warrior for the resistance. A future without Alex is unimaginable, but Lena pushes forward and fights, both for him and for a world in which love is no longer considered a disease. Swept up in a volatile mix of revolutionaries and counterinsurgents, Lena struggles to survive—and wonders if she may be falling in love again…

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Partials by Dan Wells


The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but worse—no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Time is running out.  Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic in training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws threaten to launch what’s left of humanity into civil war, and she’s not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, Kira will discover that the survival of humans and Partials alike depends on her attempts to uncover the connections between them—connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew existed.

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