The Star Reader Wars – MSM READS

By coincidence our MSM Reads for this term falls on May the 4th which sent our little grey cells buzzing and gave us a Star Wars theme for this reading event. Star Wars has created recent controversy with its strong female leads and the subversion of traditional narratives around male heroism. So, do girls read Science Fiction and what is hot right now?

The answer to the first question is most undoubtedly yes! One in five people enjoys Science Fiction and girls like it as much as boys, which goes against popular opinion.

I think we can claim it, especially given that the whole genre was begun by a female writer when Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein.

The second question is where things get interesting for us because Science Fiction is a very wide genre and much of what we refer to as Dystopian Fiction is also Science Fiction. Dystopian Fiction refers to descriptions of societies where the worst-case scenario has played out. Sometimes this is influenced by changes in technology, climate or the rise of a totalitarian regime. Among our Top Ten most-read novels, we have three in this category – all of which have been made into block-buster films!

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Below is a list of some of the most popular works of Science Fiction and Dystopian Fiction available in our library.

Junior Fiction Senior Fiction
The 100 by Kass Morgan Burn bright by Marianne de Pierres
Ashes by Ilsa J Bick The Handmaid’s tale by Margaret Atwood
Delirium by Lauren Oliver The Host by Stephanie Meyer
Deucalion by Brian Caswell The Martian by Andy Weir
Eve by Anna Carey Never let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The giver by Lois Lowry Nightpeople by Anthony Eaton
The lunar chronicles by Marissa Meyer Snow like ashes by Sara Raasch
Matched by Ally Condie Tempest by Julie Cross
Maximum ride by James Patterson A thousand pieces of you by Claudia Gray
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti

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