New Title: Dark Futures: A VOYA Guide to Apocalyptic, Post-Apocalyptic, and Dystopian Books and Media

Avoid disaster and ruin in collection development and programming, and wage war on the proliferation of today’s extraordinarily popular genre with Dark Futures: A VOYA Guide to Apocalyptic, Post-Apocalyptic, and Dystopian Books and Media. Author Brandy Danner presents 134 key works sure to engage and excite teens, and she provides the tools for YA librarians to select and promote both well-known and possibly overlooked gems.

The book is divided into four parts — Dystopias, The Apocalypse, Post-Apocalypse, and Nonfiction —  each with an introduction by the author. The parts are further divided into chapters on war, virus and plague, disaster and ruin, the Apocalypse, social issues, games, technology, and population control. For each title, Danner gives a plot summary, dystopian elements, 30-second booktalks, readalikes, and potential audiences. Keyword, author, and title indexes allow for quick and through searching.

“Need help staying on top the tsunami made by The Hunger Games?  Rest assured, Brandy Danner’s comprehensive work provides one-stop shopping for all your apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic and dystopian needs.  Need a quick booktalk?  No problem.  You can choose from Fahrenheit 451, Battle Royale to V for Vendetta.  Teens like dystopian movies you say?  We’ve got your DVDs and Blu-rays right here including old school Twilight Zone episodes.   Brandy Danner’s guide will be an invaluable source as long as teens feel nervous about their future.  Get yours before it’s too late.  The world won’t last forever.”  Rollie Welch, collection manager, Cleveland Public Library.

Danner, Brandy.  Dark Futures: A VOYA Guide to Apocalyptic, Post-Apocalyptic, and Dystopian Books and Media. VOYA Press, 2012. 244p. VOYA subscribers $40.00; all other $50.00  978-1-61751-005-2

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