The Top 10 Dystopian Novels For Young Adults
Dystopian novels are all the rage for young adults, and even adults. With the popularity of "The Hunger Games" trilogy, readers are finding they are fans of the dystopian novel genre. According to Wikipedia, "dystopia is defined as a society characterized by poverty, squalor, or oppression." One of the things I find appealing about dystopian fiction is seeing how the characters in the novels adapted to their dystopian world and what they do, if anything, to rise about the bleak situation.
Here are my top ten dystopian novels for young adults. Don't worry, grown ups, they are just as entertaining if you are over the age of 18.
The Hunger Games Trilogy
In the country of Panem, the Capitol orchestrates the Hunger Games every year, selecting two teens, a girl and a boy, from each of twelve districts to essentially fight each other to the death live on national television. The series centers on Katniss Everdeen, who elects to participate in the Hunger Games in an effort to protect her younger sister, Primrose, whose name was initially selected for their district.
Battle Royale - by Koushun Takami
The Giver Trilogy - by Lois Lowry
Twelve year old Jonas has been selected to receive training from the Giver. Jonas soon learns this training involves gaining knowledge and information unavailable to his family and community. He is torn between maintaining the Sameness he is accustomed to and learning what he has been missing.
The Giver received the 1994 Newbery Medal for Children's literature.
Uglies Series - by Scott Westerfeld
The young adult book series, the Uglies, takes place in a world where all teens are given plastic surgery at the age of 16 to become Pretty. The hero of the book, Tally Youngblood, decides to rebel against the establishment and remain Ugly. Currently, the book series includes the books Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras.
As a fan of the Twilight Zone, I was aware of an episode with a very similar plotline, entitled "Number Twelve Looks Just Like You". The Uglies series expanded on this premise and the very ideas of beauty and being unique.
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Matched Series - By Ally Condie
In "Matched", the Society makes all decisions for its citizens. Cassia had no problem with this, even at her Matching ceremony, when she was told who she would be marrying. In the middle of her Matching ceremony, the face of another boy flashes on-screen briefly, calling into question everything Cassia accepted about the choices being made for her.
Chaos Walking Trilogy - by Patrick Ness
Todd Hewitt is the sole boy in Prentisstown. A "germ" has killed the women, forcing all males to officially become men at thirteen. Over the course of the trilogy, Todd learns that what he has been told about his world isn't entirely true.
Delirium - by Lauren Oliver
The Maze Runner Series - by James Dashner
Thomas wakes up in a box. He discovers he has been transported into a mysterious place called the Glade. There is no way out. He learns that beyond the Glade is a Maze, and runners venture out to it daily in an attempt to map it. The maze changes regularly, and even the runners aren't always successful in returning. Thomas joins the group of runners, hoping to help find a way out for himself and the other teens trapped in the Glade like him.
The Water Wars - by Cameron Stracher
Ship Breaker - by Paolo Bacigalupi
The world's fossil fuels have been stripped. Nailer is a teen boy who works hunting for scrap metal on grounded oil tankers. Fate has him find a recently beached pristine clipper and is torn between stripping it of its massive wealth or rescuing the ship's sole survivor.
The sequel to "Ship Breaker", titled "The Drowned Cities" is scheduled for release in 2012. You can pre-order it from Amazon.com below.
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What's Your Favorite Dystopian Novel For Young Adults?
anonymous on December 02, 2014:
The Legend series!!! And the Darkest Minds! Both AMAZING series
dancingdiva02 on March 18, 2014:
The trilogies of Divergent and the hunger games ! (:
Janey6990 on April 30, 2013:
Divergent and it's follow up, Insurgent, both by Veronica Roth.
anonymous on January 02, 2013:
In school my Language Arts class read the Giver. We all found the book and its sequels very interesting. I also found the Giver to be a great discussion book. I have also heard Divergent to be a great novel.
JoshuaBonilla on November 19, 2012:
A recent release, Sky of Dust: The Last Weapon is now a top recommended book for The Hunger Games on Amazon.
It is a young adult, dystopian, action, adventure, and more.
It takes place in the future after the government was overthrown by the people. Little did they know, they had been manipulated by a group of arms dealers. The arms dealers took power (The people did not know they were arms dealers) and began to use the people as mercenaries (Agian, the peopl did not know).
It also has the nice twist of abilities/mutations.powers thrown in.
anonymous on November 15, 2012:
Divergent and the hunger games were good.
katemiya (author) on November 14, 2012:
@anonymous: Yeah, I'm slacking on updating the recommended products. Please forgive me!
anonymous on November 12, 2012:
"Just Johny in the Underground" - was free on Kindle last week, a couple of quid now. Paperback available on amazon.com i think, and possible elsewhere. Check it out.
anonymous on November 10, 2012:
divergent is a very good one
RebeccaE on November 10, 2012:
ender's game is still my fave... even after all these years. Although Hunger Games is pretty close!
anonymous on October 21, 2012:
Enclave and Outposts by Ann Aguirre are my personal favorites with a 3rd book horde on the way. The story is more captivating then any other I have read took my favorite reads above hunger games shipbreaker and drowned cities. Each book created a vivid picture of the world around while giving detail to every moment amazing character depth you truly fall in love with the characters. The book keeps action coming and suspense building. It's truly a masterpiece.
anonymous on October 13, 2012:
The GONE series by Michael Grant, it is sooooo goood. You guys must read this, especially if you liked The Maze Runner. It is VERY good:
anonymous on October 07, 2012:
Ender's Game and The Giver, games down.
krakensquid on September 26, 2012:
I couldn't tell you a 'favourite' as I like a lot of them but the Hunger Games for one really is a good book. An amazing selection by the way, you have great taste in literature! :)
anonymous on August 28, 2012:
Hunger games trilogy is great but I know everyone else would pick that so second best is the Dark life series.
PocketfulofParis on July 15, 2012:
My favorite is the giver, it is so interesting and really makes you think
momsfunny on June 25, 2012:
I like the Hunger Games and the Uglies series.
ashblonde33 on April 19, 2012:
@cal17mom: Read Divergent. It's even better
cal17mom on November 19, 2011:
It has to be the Hunger Games. That trilogy is one of my all-time favorites, even among adult novels.
anonymous on November 13, 2011:
Days Like This by Alison Stewart. Just read this; saw it on Goodreads. It's absorbing and exciting, set in Sydney, Australia. Terrific list. Read most of them but you can't go past The Giver.
jenniferteacher1 on November 12, 2011:
The Giver is my favorite of these.
moonlitta on November 11, 2011:
Uh, I got a bit late! But still can give you a second blessing:)
Paul from Montreal on November 09, 2011:
Great book selections, blessed!
CruiseReady from East Central Florida on November 08, 2011:
Having just heard of this genre on your page, I can't exactly choose a favorite. But, I can tell you that, from reading the summeries, most of them sound awfully depressing. Perhaps I'm missing something.
emmaklarkins on October 15, 2011:
Great list! A Boy and his Dog is another good one.
Marika from Cyprus on October 14, 2011:
I've read many of these novels, but not quite all, so I have some more reading to go (I love young adul tnovels, and I'm not a young adult, lol).
P.S. Hope your migraines are gone!