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Weekly musing: dystopian romances

9 August 2018

This week let’s explore dystopian romance. These are romances that are usually set in a current or post-apocalyptic world. Think along the lines of The Hunger Games and Divergent, or The Walking Dead.

The reasons behind this current state of the world vary, ranging from war, pandemics to ecological disasters. These worlds can be dealing with the current disaster or the direct aftermath or even to thousands of years in the future.

I’ve found the comment elements in these novels are that the hero and heroines are very strong, mentally and/or physcially. There may also have been an uprising of zombies. Other common themes found in this genre is a repressed social system, loss of indiviual freedom/expression, and a constant state of violence/war.

Enemies to lovers and opposites attract are common tropes/themes within this genre. Which tropes or themes to do you like to read in dystopian romance?

My top 10 must-reads (okay, 12 made it this week):

  • City of Light by Keri Arthur (Outcast)
  • Flesh by Kylie Scott (Flesh)
  • Matched by Ally Condie (Matched)
  • Radio Silence by Alyssa Cole (Off the Grid)
  • Inside Out by Maria V Snyder (Insiders)
  • Angelfall by Susan Ee (Penryn and the End of Days)
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games)
  • Divergent by Victoria Roth (Divergent)
  • House Immortal by Devon Monk (House Immortal)
  • Revelation by Erica Hayes (The Seven Signs)
  • Deviants by Maureen McGowan (Dust Chronicles)
  • Removed by SJ Pajonas (Nogiku series)

Who are your favourite dystopian romace authors? What are your must-reads for dystopian romance?

My favourite covers are:

(How pretty is the Italian cover of Angelfall by Susan Ee?)


Happy reading!

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One Comment
  1. vickij12 permalink
    9 August 2018 5:30 pm

    I haven’t read dystopian books for a few years but some of my favourites are:

    Kylie Scott’s Flesh series
    Angelfall by Susan Ee
    Driven by Eve Silver
    Beyond the Night by Joss Ware/Colleen Gleason
    Thicker than Blood by Claire C Riley & Madeline Sheehan
    Deadborn by CM Stunich
    Tracey Ward’s Quarantined and Survival series, and God’s of the Dead

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