Dystopian Archives

BOOK REVIEW: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (Review by Emily Meredith)

Review by Emily Meredith Etta Spencer is a violin prodigy preparing to make her debut in the professional music world. But her performance doesn’t go to plan, she loses focus, and then she wakes up in 1776 in the middle of a sea battle. Etta comes from a line of families with the ability to travel through time. However, her mother ran away from this world, and neglected to tell Etta anyth... Read more

by | January 14, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (Review from Hayley Shephard)

Simply put, The Invasion of the Tearling was an awesome read. The book is one giant social commentary and while Erika Johansen’s world is dystopian, it doesn’t follow the standard model. It’s also a must-read novel for all the feminists out there. Following the standard dystopian model I truly believed the following: this world either exists on an uncharted island or this “better world” i... Read more

by | August 11, 2015

Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine to Star in The Girl With All the Gifts adaptation

One of our favourite novels of last year, M.R. Carey’s The Girl with all the Gifts, is being given the Hollywood treatment. And the cast couldn’t be much better. Six-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close will be joined by Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine in the adaptation, the name to be altered slightly to She Who Brings Gifts. Colm McCarthy, the director of the BBC series of Sherlock, ... Read more

by | March 24, 2015

Insurgent Passes One Hundred Million Dollars in First Week of Release

Wow, that escalated quickly. Insurgent, the second film in the Divergent franchise, based on the bestselling books by Veronica Roth, has surged past $100,000,000 in box office takings worldwide in its first week of release. And a few lucky Facebook Fans of Booktopia will get to see it for free by entering our competition! Congratulations to Deanne Laity, Kate O’Sea, Gem Gallen, Nadia Bail... Read more

by | March 23, 2015

Dystopian novel A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists wins 2014 Most Underrated Book Award

A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists by Jane Rawson has won the Most Underrated Book Award for 2014. Announced at an event in Sydney last night, Rawson beat out Robert Kenny’s Gardens of Fire and Holy Bible by Vanessa Russell. A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists by Jane Rawson It is 1997 in San Francisco and Simon and Sarah have been sent on a quest to see America: they must ... Read more

by | November 14, 2014

New trailer for Insurgent released!

Spoil yourself… Insurgent Divergent Series : Book 2 I have done bad things. I can’t take them back, and they are part of who I am. Tris has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family. But she has paid a terrible price. Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes ever more reckless as she struggles to accept her new future. Yet if Tris wants to uncover the truth about her world, sh... Read more

by | November 13, 2014

Georgia Clark, author of Parched, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Georgia Clark author of Parched and She’s with the Band Ten Terrifying Questions ____________ 1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled? I was born in Manly, which is ironic because I certainly am not. Raised in Hornsby Heights where I shunned the bush to keep my nose in a book. I went to s... Read more

by | July 30, 2014