Why did I love this book?
Diana Wynne Jones was the author who made me want to be a writer, and I can't recommend her highly enough. Witch Week might seem an unconventional choice for a list about dystopian fiction—it’s a children’s fantasy novel set in a boarding school—but if you’re expecting early Harry Potter, you’ll be chillingly surprised. Set in an alternate 80s Britain where suspected witches are still burnt at the stake, this story is dystopic to its bones. What I love about it is how unflinchingly dark it gets. It doesn’t shy away from the raw, existential terror of living in a society that hates you for how you were born: there’s one scene in particular that gives me a shiver whenever I think about it.