Dystopian Orators: A Summary of Novels

by Autumn Webster and Leila Bridgewater

 

Autumn Webster’s Books:

  1.  Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda
  2. Insignia by S. J. Kincaid

Leila Bridgewater’s Books:

  1. The Giver by Lois Lowery
  2. Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

 

Deltora Quest

If you’re looking for a long series with a very intricate plot, the Deltora series is the one for you. There are actually three different series under the name of Deltora, but we’re focusing on the first series – Deltora Quest. Basically, it’s named well, because the main character and one companion – later two – go on a quest to retrieve the seven gems of Deltora in order to run off the evil Shadowlord, who now has a totalitarian regime over Deltora.

Now, the Shadowlord comes from another place, which is emphasized quite often. There are so many plot twists and so much foreshadowing that you’ll get whiplash and then hate yourself for falling for it. There are many original mythical creatures, all with intricate lore described in an off-shoot book called Monsters of Deltora. Really, it’s an amazing book, and all three questants miraculously survive situations in which they probably shouldn’t with the help of minor characters.

 

Insignia 

Now, Insignia is the first book in a series as well, and the only one that I have personally read. Despite my lack of time and effort in pursuing the others in the series, this is one of my favorite books of all time. Still, it is extremely intricate, and rather hard to put into words.

The main character is a teenager, and the main plot has to do with WWIII. Now, due to a lack of resources, the war isn’t fought on Earth – instead, it’s fought in space, just outside the Earth’s atmosphere, and the ships used are drones that are controlled by kids. These kids are chosen especially, or they sign themselves over into the program. They get a chip implanted into their mind in order to interface with the ships – which they can personalize to some extent – and it becomes like a virtual reality game.

Of course, the plot is much more complicated. There’s something special in the main character, and that is that he is able to interface with technologies other than just his ship, which is completely unheard of. Due to this, he rises in the ranks quickly, as he has an advantage over seemingly everyone else. Yet, he still can’t defeat Medusa, the opposing side’s prized fighter.

 

The Giver 

The Giver is more of an emotional Dystopian book. It touches on themes of humanity that you have to look inside yourself and analyze after reading this book.  At the beginning of this book you seem to think this is a beautiful Utopian society with no wars, perfect families, and higher education but as the novel goes on you see the Dystopia progressively get worse and worse as more secrets are uncovered by our main character through his studies with a man named The Giver. Jonas is normal He lives in a colorless world with a normal family unite of a mother, father, and sister. In this society; however, when you reach a certain age you get chosen for your life assignment he gets chosen to be the Receiver of Memory or the next Giver. As the old Giver dies and Jonas learns more from him Jonas receives more memories and learns how bad their society is.

Fairest

In this fantasy Kingdom named Ayortha there is a girl named Aza. In the kingdom sadly she is considered the ugliest girl, but really that doesn’t matter because in this kingdom if you have a beautiful voice you are treated well. Aza has a beautiful voice in fact it’s considered magical and she also has a kind heart. When she goes to the castle her voice seems to attract all who hear it, and soon the Queen comes to her and she becomes her Lady in Waiting immediately. Aza’s voice and her kindness also captures the prince’s heart, but not at the price of uncovering a horrible plot that could threaten the safety of the kingdom, the king, her love the prince, and even herself.

Jeffersonville High School, 2019