HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 28 – Dystopian Fiction

Thad Hartman and Lissa Staley host a roundtable discussion with our guests around an engaging and interesting topic — Dystopian Fiction.

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Dystopian Fiction

Our guests this episode are librarians and avid readers Marie Pyko and Stephanie Hall.

Books mentioned

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  • I am Legend by Richard Matheson
  • The Passage by Justin Cronin
  • The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzane Collins
  • Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Fatherland by Robert Harris
  • Running Man by Stephen King
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  •  Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Logan’s Run movie, and book by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson
  • Planet of the Apes movie, and book by Pierre Boulle
  • Delirium and Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
  • Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • The Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix (books for 2nd grade readers)
  • Gone trilogy by Michael Grant
  • The White Mountains by John Christopher
  • Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro book and movie
  • In Time, Running Man, The Stand, Logan’s Run, Planet of the Apes (movies)
  • The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
  •  The Postman (movie) and book by David Brin
  • Waterworld (movie)
  • Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien
  • Contagion by Robin Cook
  • Survivors (British television)
  • Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Your turn to talk

Continue the conversation about Dystopian Fiction. Have you read any of the books Marie and Stephanie recommend? What can you recommend? Talk to us here on the blog, or on the library’s Goodreads group at our Dystopian Fiction discussion.

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Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, Community Novel Project leader, HUSH podcaster, and frequent library customer. She reads a new book every few days, but recently enjoyed Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.