80+ Fantastic Young Adult Dystopian Novels

Updated: 06 March 2015
The YA dystopian market has exploded over the years since I first posted this list back in 2009, and I couldn’t hope to capture all the dozens and dozens of new series out there.

I have though, refreshed some of the book covers, and where a series has had further books released, I’ve tried to make sure I’ve added them. So even though I’ve not added really new stuff, this is now a list of 80+ books!

This is a list of Young Adult Dystopian novels that readers of Bart’s Bookshelf have recommended as being some of the best the genre has to offer.

You’re sure to find some gems if you pick any of the books in this list! However, I know there are even more great teen dystopian books out there! If you’ve read one not on this list then be sure to tell us about them in the comments.

The List of Young Adult Dystopian Books

The House Of Power Rivers of Fire Patrick Carman The Dark Planet Patrick Carman

The House of Power / Rivers of Fire / The Dark Planet by Patrick Carman

The Atherton Series Recommended by: Nathan:

…one of my favourite teen dystopians is the Atherton series, by Patrick Carman. “The Dark Planet” is the last book of the series and it features an amazing dystopian world.

From the creator of The Land of Elyon comes a riveting adventure set in an extraordinary satellite world – created as a refuge from a dying Earth – that begins to collapse and forever change the lives of its inhabitants!

The Knife of Never Letting Go The Ask and the Answer Monsters of Men

The Knife of Never Letting Go / The Ask and the Answer / Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

The Chaos Walking Series Recommended by Lenore & Nymeth.

Imagine you’re the only boy in a town of men. And you can hear everything they think. And they can hear everything you think. Imagine you don’t fit in with their plans…Todd Hewitt is just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man. But his town has been keeping secrets from him. Secrets that are going to force him to run…

The Declaration Gemma Malley  

The Declaration/The Resistance / The Legacy by Gemma Malley

Recommended by: Lenore

Set in a future dystopian view of Britain. This powerful drama about a world in which human life has a transformed value, and ageing has long since lost its finality. Charismatic characters, action-driven plot and sublime writing combine to make this an unputdownable dystopian novel for teens.

The City of Ember The People of Sparks  The Diamond of Darkhold

The City of Ember / The People of Sparks / The Prophet of Yonwood / The Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne Duprau

Recommended by Amanda

Many hundreds of years ago, the city of Ember was created by the Builders to contain everything needed for human survival. It worked – but now the storerooms are almost out of food, crops are blighted, corruption is spreading through the city and worst of all – the lights are failing.

A YA dystopian that would also be ideal for the younger YA/middle grade reader.

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Exodus / Zenith / Aurora by Julie Bertanga

Recommended by: Fyrefly & aerin

Set in 2099, this story is themed around the consequences of global warming where Mara, her family and community realize they are asylum-seekers in a world torn between high-tech wizardry and the most primitive injustice. To save her people, Mara must not only find a way into the city but also search for a new land and a new home.

Another British dystopian for the teenager reader.

Feed MT Anderson

Feed by MT Anderson

Recommended by: Lenore

Identity crises, consumerism, and star-crossed teenage love in a futuristic and dystopian society where people connect to the Internet via feeds implanted in their brains.

For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon – a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days.

And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires. Following in the footsteps of George Orwell, Anthony Burgess, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr.


Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick

Imagine that a few years from now England is covered by water, and Norwich is an island. Zoe, left behind in the confusion when her parents escaped, survives there as best she can. Alone and desperate among marauding gangs, she manages to dig a derelict boat out of the mud and gets away to Eels Island. But Eels Island, whose raggle-taggle inhabitants are dominated by the strange boy Dooby, is full of danger too.

More proof that Brits create some great dystopian worlds!

Flux Fixed

Flux / Fixed by Beth Gooble

Recommended by: Lauren (I Was A Teenage Book Geek)

Deep in another reality, while using her ability to travel to parallel worlds, Nellie uncovers a conspiracy to abduct children for an experimental 

Forrest of Hands and Teeth The Dead Tossed Waves The Dark and Hollow Places

The Forest of Hands and Teeth / The Dead Tossed Waves / The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan

Recommended by: WilowRaven, Foz Meadows, lisa-marie

Mary lives in a small village governed by the religious Sisterhood and bordered with a fence to keep out the Unconsecrated–a horde of the undead. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future–between the one she loves and the one who loves her.

Dystopian and Zombies!

Genesis by Bernard Beckett

Genesis by Bernard Beckett

Recommended by: Mandy

A fourteen-year-old Anax thinks she knows her history. She’d better. She’s sat facing three Examiners and her grueling five-hour examination has just begun. If she passes, she’ll be admitted into The Academy – the elite institution that runs her utopian society.

Utopian or dystopian? That is one of the questions in this one.

Girl in the Arena

Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines

Recommended by Aly

Lyn is a modern gladiator’s daughter, and the rules of the sport are second nature to her family. However, the rules turn against the family after a gifted young fighter kills Lyn’s father and captures Lyn’s dowry bracelet–which means Lyn must marry him. To win her freedom, she must face her father’s killer in mortal 

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The Giver / Gathering Blue / Messenger / Son by Lois Lowry

The Quartet Series Recommended by: Valentina & Nathan

When Jonas turns 12, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. Now, it’s time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back. /

Living with a twisted leg in a world where the weak are cast aside, Kira fears for her future until she is spared. A gifted weaver, Kira is given a task that no other community member can do. /

For the past six years, Matty has lived in Village and flourished under the guidance of Seer, a blind man, known for his special sight. Village was a place that welcomed newcomers, but something sinister has seeped into Village and the people have voted to close it to outsiders. Matty has been invaluable as a messenger.

Now he must make one last journey through the treacherous forest with his only weapon, a power he unexpectedly discovers within himself.

One of the classic dystopian series for young adults.

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Gone / Hunger / Lies / Plague / Fear / Light by Michael Grant

Recommended by: Anastasia

In the blink of an eye, the world changes. The adults vanish without a trace, and those left must do all they can to survive. For Sam and Astrid, it is a race against time as they try to solve the questions that now dominate their lives. What is the mysterious wall that has encircled the town of Perdido Beach and trapped everyone within?

How I Live Now

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

Daisy is sent from New York to England to spend a summer with cousins she has never met. She’s never met anyone quite like them before – and, as a dreamy English summer progresses, Daisy finds herself caught in a timeless bubble. But their lives are about to explode. Falling in love is just the start of it. War breaks out – a war none of them understands, or really cares about, until it lands on their doorstep.

The family is separated. The perfect summer is blown apart. Daisy’s life is changed forever – and the world is too.

This is an amazing and surprising teen YA novel.

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The Hunger Games / Catching Fire / Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games Trilogy

Suzanne Collins fantastically popular series following sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen who regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV…

One of the biggest YA dystopian series there is!

Little Brother Homeland Cory Doctorow

Little Brother / Homeland by Cory Doctorow

Recommended by: Fyrefly

The ultimate tale of teen rebellion — one seventeen-year-old against the surveillance state. Big Brother is watching you. Who’s watching back?

A more reality based dystopian novel.

The Maze Runner Scorch Trials Death Cure The Kill Order

The Maze Runner / The Scorch Trials / The Death Cure / The Kill Order by James Dashner

The Maze Runner Series Recommended by: Kasey, Aly, lisa-marie

When Thomas wakes up, he’s surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade–a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got there. The next day, a girl arrives with the surprising message that Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess.

Just like Thomas, you’ll never be quite sure of the truth in James Dashner’s YA novel series.

Life as We Knew It The Dead and the Gone This World We Live In The Shade Of The Moon

Life As We Knew It / The Dead And The Gone / This World We Live In / The Shade Of The Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer

The Moon Crash / Last Survivors Quartet 

No shops. No TV. No Electricity. No Daylight. No idea if your family is alive or dead. Could you survive? When a freak asteroid knocks the moon from its orbit, horrific tides engulf parts of the globe, and life on earth changes overnight. Communications and food supplies start to break down, and a desperate battle survival begins.

The dystopian world Susan Beth Pfeffer depicts in this series for young adults is ofter truly frightening…

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Fever Crumb / A Web Of Air / Scrivener’s Moon
Mortal Engines / Predator’s Gold / Infernal Devices / A Darkling Plain by Phillip Reeve

The Mortal Engines Quartet / Hungry City Chronicles 

”Mortal Engines” Philip Reeve’s brilliantly-imagined creation, the world of the Traction Era, where mobile cities fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic future. The first instalment introduces young apprentice Tom Natsworthy and the murderous Hester Shaw flung from the fast-moving city of London into heart-stopping adventures in the wastelands of the Great Hunting Ground.

Dystopian and steam-punky what more could you want?

Check out my Cracking’ Characters feature on Hester Shaw!

Obernewtyn The Farseekers Ashling The Keeping Place The Stone Key The Sending The Red Queen

Obernewtyn / The Farseekers / Ashling / The Keeping Place / The Stone Key / The Sending / The Red Queen by Isobelle Carmody

The Obernewtyn Chronicles Recommended by: Cat

Born with enchanted powers that brand her a Misfit in her paranoid post-holocaust world, Elspeth Gordie gets herself sent to Obernewtyn, where, rumor has it, a reclusive doctor is developing a cure for Misfit abilities. But Obernewtyn is not what it seems, and Elspeth must grow up quickly learn to control her powers.

A teen dystopian series from Australia. (There is some differences in how the series is published across the world, see this post from Isobelle Carmody’s site for more information.)

The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman

The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman

Recommended by: Lenore

Earth Mother is always watching… And one brave girl is about to find out why.

Skin Hunger Sacred Scars

Skin Hunger / Sacred Scars by Kathleen Duey

A Resurrection of Magic Series Recommended by J A macTavish, who had this to say:

…the first in “A resurrection of Magic” series by Kathleen Duey, was a very compelling YA dystopian novel, with the twist being that one dystopian society evolves into an equally maladjusted society, only different. One assumes that things are set at least nominally to rights in subsequent novels!

The Secret Under my Skin

The Secret Under my Skin by Janet McNaughton

Recommended by: Lauren (I Was A Teenage Book Geek)

In the year 2368, humankind must struggle to survive under dire environmental conditions and strict government control. In this startling and dystopian world, one brave young woman begins to unravel a web of lies about life on Earth that will empower her to discover, at last, who she really is. McNaughton vividly imagines an all-too-believable future and celebrates the impact that one person can make on the world.

Among The Hidden Among the Imposters Among The Betrayed Among The Barons Among The Brave Among The Enemy Among The Free

Among The Hidden / Among The Imposters / Among The Betrayed / Among The Barons / Among The Brave / Among The Enemy / Among The Free by Margaret Peterson Haddix

The Shadow Children Sequence

The Shadow Children dystopian series is a series of seven dystopian YA books by Margaret Peterson Haddix about a futuristic, overpopulated, resource-deprived Earth, and the effects of the government’s attempts to quell overpopulation. The Population Police enforce the government’s Population Law, killing or imprisoning “shadow children,” any third child in a family.

The Sky Inside The Walls Have Eyes

The Sky Inside / The Walls Have Eyes by Clare B. Dunkle

Recommended by: Lauren (I Was A Teenage Book Geek)

Martin lives in a perfect world. Every year a new generation of genetically-engineered children is shipped out to meet their parents. Every spring the residents of his town take down the snow they’ve stuck to their windows and put up flowers.

Every morning his family gathers around their television and votes, like everyone else, for whatever matter of national importance the president has on the table. Today, it is the colour of his drapes. It’s business as usual under the protective dome of suburb HM1. And it’s all about to come crashing down. Because a stranger has come to take away all the little children.

A mix of science fiction and dystopian that challenges her characters – and her readers – to look closer at the world they take for granted.

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Uglies / Pretties / Specials / Extras by Scott Westerfeld

The Uglies Trilogy +1: Recommended by: JA macTavish & Me!

Tally lives in a world where your sixteenth birthday brings aesthetic perfection: an operation which erases your flaws, transforming you from an ‘Ugly’ into a ‘Pretty’. She is on the eve of this important event, and cannot wait for her life to change. But then she meets Shay, who is also fifteen – but with a very different outlook on life. Before her operation she plans to escape to a community in the forest – the Rusty Ruins – where Uglies go to escape ‘ turning’.

Tally won’t be persuaded to join her, as this would involve sacrificing everything she’s ever wanted for a lot of uncertainty. When she is taken in for questioning on her birthday, however, Tally gets sent to the Ruins anyway – against her will. The state wants her to go on an undercover mission and report back about the location of the community; otherwise she will forfeit her birthday operation.

What she discovers in the Ruins reveals that there is nothing ‘pretty’ about the transformations…

Scott Westerfeld’s hugely popular dystopian series.

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Unwind / UnWholly / UnSouled / Undivided / + Unstrung by Neal Shusterman

The Unwind Dystology: Recommended by: Mandy

In this futuristic thriller, Neal Shusterman creates a world that blurs the line between life and death and challenges ideas about what it means to be alive.

A chilling mix of sci-fi and a dystopian future.

158 thoughts on “80+ Fantastic Young Adult Dystopian Novels

  • November 22 at 3:27 pm

    The Young Elites series is also quite good. Only 2 books are it so far but there is at least 1 more to go. If you’re interested you may want to look into the Power of Five series. It’s a 5 book series that starts with Ravens Gate and ends with Oblivion (I read them all in 12 days)

  • November 17 at 6:49 am

    Anyone ever read the girl with all the gifts? That 1 is also a dystopian young adult novel and i think worth reading..thanks for the list. Its really helpfull

  • October 6 at 2:49 am

    The Testing Series!!. Thought it was supposed to be made into a movie, not sure what the hold up is but I wish they’d hurry

  • September 3 at 7:17 pm

    i love books

  • July 15 at 11:19 pm

    Thanks for the list. Lots of great ideas. Another new dystopian series is Citizens of Logan Pond, set five years after the financial collapse of America.

  • May 5 at 7:34 pm

    The matched trilogy is amazing! So is beautiful creatures.

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  • April 7 at 2:21 am

    I can’t believe how few of these I’ve read! Sad! I should make it a goal to read all of them. Hmmm…yep, that sounds like fun!

  • March 8 at 7:49 pm

    The Delirium series by Lauren Oliver!

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  • June 8 at 3:43 pm

    Hi can anyone help? I am looking for a book but not sure of genre lol it’s about a girl who has a test done of some kind I think it’s blood, at school and she then get taken away, th people who take her, train her up or put her through trials, the most memorable scene I her being held underwater as part of trial/training and the hero saves her. Does this sound familiar to anyone?

    • November 22 at 3:29 pm

      Divergent. It was recently made into a movie

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  • May 12 at 10:36 pm

    Ilsa Blick, and yes great series!

  • January 27 at 12:17 pm

    everyone needs to read the divergent series… And quickly.
    .. Not that it’s that hard.., I cant put them down!

  • December 29 at 4:33 am

    Great list! Have read several but was happy to see lots on here I have not yet read
    Would also like to suggest the Partials series by Dan Wells. The first 2 books were awesome and I am eagerly awaiting the 3rd in 2014

  • October 16 at 8:52 am

    Awesome List! I’ve read The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry and, of course, The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Others i’ve heard about and want to read. Oh and i’d like to add 3 more books:
    Ashes, Shadows and Monsters (together The Ashes Trilogy.) By Lisa. J. black (i’m QUITE sure that’s the name of the author)
    **NOTE: Monsters just came out this September (2013)!!i havent read it yet, but going to soon!**

  • October 9 at 3:11 am

    I checked out those 2 books, and they aren’t it but I now have 2 more to add to my to be read list!! Thank You though!!
    So I think I need to add more details to the book I’m looking for. The main character like I said is good at a video game, the video game is geared as a flight simulation game and they have to shoot down the alien enemy. And he wins the prize to go on an island vacation with his parents. And of course its just not a vacation its a contest to find the best of the contestants. The other item I can remember is that there are 2 classes of people, those that live the high life and then everyone else that just tries to get by.
    Also the mother in the book comments when they get to the island about the ‘real’ fruit, how amazing it is to have real food and not food that was grown as a fungus, artifically flavored to simulate food. (Blah!!)
    There is more but I to write it out will give the plot away!!

    • March 17 at 4:36 am

      I found it its called the whisper by emma clayton

  • October 5 at 4:25 am

    I hope someone can help me! I listened to a book on tape a few months ago and need to find out the author so I can read or watch for the sequel. It was about a boy in the future who’s sister was dead and he started playing a competative video game and he is really good at the video game. I don’t want to give more away but it also had a wall in it that could not be crossed because it was desolate on the other side. Please help!

  • August 2 at 7:03 pm

    Thanks for the list 🙂

    I thought The Hunted by Alex Shearer was pretty good, interesting stuff…

  • March 11 at 11:13 pm

    DIVERGENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3 LOVED IT SOOO MUCH!
    SHATTER ME SERIES WAS A VERYYY GR8 SERIES i am sure you will LOVE THESE BOOKS! SHATTER ME: Juliet Ferrars' touch can kill a person. She's been locked up in an asylum for about a year. No one cares for her, everyone hates her, even her parents. She considers herself a monster………until one day when she re-unites with her long lost love Adam Kent,who is one of the 2 that can touch Juliet. Little did Juliet know that she was needed by many people. Warner, for one, who wants juliet more than she Ever thought possible, he's an evil man who wants to use juliet's powers for killing. He wants her to "reach up to her potential" but juliet wont, now what can she do? be come a weapon, or become a warrior.

    I garuntee you will LOVE this book as much as I did, It is a trilogy, but the third book is yet to comE……. ENJOY!!!!!!!! 🙂

  • February 27 at 5:41 am

    Legend and its sequel by Marie Lu was AMAZING!!!!!!!
    It takes plave long aftrr Ametica is broken into two countries aftet massive floofs and overpopulation. One of the countries is a corrupt little isolationist nation known as the Republic, this is where our two protagonists live. One considered a military prodigy and the other an outlaw. When the two collide they shake the vety foundation of the Republic.

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  • February 1 at 4:49 am

    I would suggest Anthem, by Ayn Rand. Unlike her other novels, Anthem is more of a novella really; depending on your copy it varies, but always around 100 pages. I first read Anthem when I was in middle school, and I was blown away. But when I read it again a few years later so much more of it made sense.


  • January 19 at 3:25 am

    I have really been geting into dystopian books. What an amazing list and I cant wait to read a lot of these. DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth is an amazing series that SHOULD be read! The 3rd one will be out this Fall^.^

  • December 18 at 10:35 am

    There’s this dystopian book that I’ve read.
    The first one is called ‘Partials’ where sixteen-year-old Kira Walker is determined to find a cure for RM a virus released by the partials, machines that resemble humans but much stronger made to fight in a war for us humans. Only a handful of survivors are left and they all gathered together up in New York Long Island and formed a society. But no baby immune to RM has been born since the partials revolved and time is running out for

  • December 14 at 3:26 am

    I didn’t read through allthe comments so someone may have suggested it but Delirium by Lauren Oliver was absolutely amazing!

    Sixty-four years after love was declared a disease, citizens of the United States are regularly cured as soon as they turn eighteen–sometimes sooner if they are in danger of being infected with amor deliria nervosa. Having seen how the disease affected both her mother and her older sister, Lena is counting down the days until she is cured. About three months before it can happens, something terrible happens: she meets a young man named Alex and falls in love. Her procedure date comes closer and closer, and Lena will be forced to choose between a life devoid of love with her friends and family or a life on the run with the man she loves.

  • December 13 at 4:11 pm

    Divergent by Veronica Roth is the best it’s my favorite book series.

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  • July 9 at 7:20 am

    I love the Hunger Games. For any of those who love dystopian novels with utopian societies and a “picture-perfect” government, I suggest the book “Lemons”, a great novel that has yet to be published. Find it here: http://www.wattpad.com/5280554-lemons
    A great book, to be compared to novels such as the Hunger Games, the Ember series and more.

  • May 17 at 4:33 am

    The matched series. The divergent series. The chemical garden series. None of these are mentioned and they are fantastic!

    • May 25 at 10:32 am

      Can anyone help me with a book that I read as a teen. It involved, from memory, population control and a forced march/walk along a road, with a military state murder if any stopped walking. Perhaps Asian based, but good character development and, of course, very memorable. Internet searches of various word combinations have proved fruitless, but I have discovered many great titles such as the ones on this list.
      Thanks for anyone’s help.

      • May 25 at 9:35 pm

        The Long Walk – Stephen King. 😉

        • May 26 at 12:42 am

          Hmmm, That could be it. I’ll have to read it to be sure. Thanks for your reply!

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  • March 19 at 2:13 am

    The hunger games is amazing if you haven’t read it I suggest you start NOW. You wont be disappointed

  • March 11 at 6:47 am

    Definitely add Veronica Roth’s novel Divergent to this list!!! Just finished it and can’t wait for the next two!

  • February 23 at 3:42 pm

    Don’t forget about True Sight by David Stahler.

  • February 14 at 5:26 am

    another great trilogy is the tripod trilogy by John Christopher.
    1) the white mountains
    2) the city of gold and lead
    3) the pool of fire

    he did a prequle called “When the Tirpods came”

  • February 14 at 5:04 am

    another great book is Divergent by Veronica Roth! the second book is coming out in May called Insurgent… i cant wait!

  • February 5 at 2:29 am

    Love the list, found a few new ones I hadn’t heard of… Here are a few you may want to add

    Legend, Marie Lu
    Divergent Series , Caragh M. O’Brien
    Birthmarked Series, Ann Aguirre
    Aftertime, Sophie Littlefield

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  • January 28 at 8:23 pm

    Thanks for the great book list!! Another good series is The Clone Codes, by Patricia, Fredrick, and John McKissack. It’s a trilogy, but only books 1 and 2 are out so far.

  • January 10 at 2:01 am

    A really exicited dystopian trilogy is the matched trilogy be ally condie……amazing 😀

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  • December 23 at 7:55 pm

    I’ve been reading dystopian stories for a while now, and I must say that most of my favorite books fall into this catagory. I’m definitely going to check out some of the books on your list; thanks so much for this!
    A book/series you should add is Divergent, by Veronica Roth. It’s incredible. It’s going to be a trilogy, but so far only the first is out…

  • December 8 at 2:14 pm

    Awesome list. I’ve read most of these and I must admit The Hunger Games is the best so far. To add to the list “Divergent” by Veronica Roth was amazing, and there’s two more of the series to be released in the future!

  • November 29 at 8:15 pm

    I agree that you should also add Wither by Lauren Destefano! Its amazing-I just finished reading it and can’t wait for the sequel to come out next year!

    • December 7 at 7:54 am

      Yes, please add Wither! It is a truly fantastic novel, beautifully written!

  • November 29 at 8:13 pm

    Divergent by Veronica Roth is an amazing novel that really sparked my interest in dystopian novels!

    it’s set in the future Chicago which is split into 5 sections. People live in different sections according to their character type. Divergent is the story of a girl named Tris and how her life changes as the world as she knows it begins to crumble around her.

  • November 20 at 11:11 pm

    XVI by Julia Karr is a very good dystopian novel I finished a few days ago. It’s set in the year 2150 when girls have to get XVI tattooed on their wrists when they turn 16 to show that they are ready for sex.

  • November 16 at 12:07 am

    Has anyone mentioned THE PELBAR CYCLE? Seven volumes, each very good.

  • November 2 at 5:11 am

    The Gone books were great, and so was the uglies series. The city of ember books and the life as we knew it books were alright. The skin hunger books were the worst, most disturbing books i have ever read.

  • October 11 at 10:54 pm

    An amazing book is “Divergent”

    • October 27 at 12:35 am

      I agree- Divergent is one of the best books I’ve ever read!

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  • September 25 at 12:01 pm

    I would love to see Divergent by Veronica Roth on this list!

    It’s a great list as i’m really into dystopian books at the moment!

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  • July 13 at 10:12 pm

    I love this list. I’m really into dystopian sci-fi right now. ^.^

    THE HUNGER GAMES is amazing. I loved the series, but I feel that CATCHING FIRE is basically a repeat in a way, with different circumstances. MOCKINGJAY had an unexpected plot and it was okay, but what I liked most was how Suzanne Collins wrote the ending.

    UNWIND was fantastic. Some people find it hard to understand, because the concept of ‘unwinding’ and the ‘Heartland War’ is kind of confusing, but the moral really unwraps itself towards the end. I love how Neal Shusterman continues to weave different lives into the book as the story progresses. Did you know that there’ll be a sequel called UNWHOLLY?

    ~Amanda K

  • July 1 at 2:19 pm

    Incarceron and Sapphique by Catherine Fisher is great as well. It’s like the Hunger Games & City of Ember put together with a new twist.

  • June 30 at 3:41 pm

    Grea list! You should definetly add Divergent by Veronica Roth, Wither by Lauren Destefano, and Possession by Elana Johnson.

  • June 29 at 3:22 pm

    I would strongly recomend the book Divergent and its soon to come out sequel Insurgent, also a few other dystopian books; Across The Universe by Beth Revis, and even though its not exactly teen dystopian, The Host by Stephanie Meyer
    ~thanks for posting this list!

  • June 25 at 5:57 pm

    Hello – I came across this blog while trying to find more dystopian books to read. I am an elementary teacher from Ontario, Canada. I have been reading this genre of books (rather obsessively) for as long as I can remember.

    In order to keep up with my students, I have started to really jump into the whole YA Dystopian genre, and I am completely amazed at the depth of these books – they are incredible.

    One book that I just finished (read as finished 10 minutes ago) was Divergent by Veronica Roth – her debut novel, and the first of, what seems to be, a series of books impossible to put down. Divergent follows the life of Tris, a 16 year old girl forced to chose between one of five factions in a dystopian version of futuristic Chicago. It was IMPOSSIBLE to put down and I think would be a book your blog readers would also enjoy!

    Happy reading, and thanks for making the world a little more amazing by posting this list!

  • June 21 at 4:05 am

    Divergent by Veronica Roth is a new one and it is amazing! It is set in a futuristic Chicago where, to avoid war people chose a faction in which they live. There are four factions: Erudite, the intelligent; Dauntless, the brave; Abnegation, the selfless; Candor, the honest; and Amity, the peaceful. Beatrice Prior finds it harder than most to choose her faction, and her final decision shocks even her. The book is about finding herself, friends, and (of course) love, while also discovering that things are not as they always were.

  • June 19 at 3:31 am

    Inside Out and Outside In by Maria Snyder are also really great, as is Divergent by Veronica Roth. Matched by Ally Condie, Enclave by Ann Aguirre. Each of these should definitely be on this otherwise fantastic list!

  • June 7 at 3:20 am

    Ann agguire wrote it. Check it out 🙂

  • June 6 at 3:58 am

    Enclave is also a new one that kinda fits this category…I really enjoyed it

    • June 6 at 9:04 pm

      Ooh, not heard of that one, who’s it by?

  • May 31 at 6:26 pm

    I’m sure I’m repeating some additions to this list but here goes:
    -Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien
    -Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
    -The Maze Runner/The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
    -Matched by Ally Condie
    -Divergent by Veronica Roth
    -Delirium by Lauren Oliver
    -Bumped by Megan Mccafferty
    -Wither by Lauren DeStefano
    -I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

    • April 2 at 4:48 pm

      Matched and Divergent were really, really good. I would recommend the second book of the Matched series, if you found it to your liking. 🙂

  • May 26 at 12:28 am

    Wither by Lauren Destafano is an amazing book to check out. It is the first book in the Chemical Garden Trilogy. It is the only one currently out.

    • May 27 at 10:14 pm

      I really enjoyed Wither when I read it!

  • May 25 at 8:55 pm

    Divergent by Veronica Roth is awesome!! cant wait until next year for the next one….

    • May 27 at 10:15 pm

      Divergent was really good. Very much enjoyed it recently.

  • May 24 at 10:02 pm

    i read a great dystopian book called ‘Delirium’ by Lauren Oliver. it was amazing and recomemend it to anyone who likes dystopias. i first got into dystopias when i read “the giver” for school

    • May 27 at 10:17 pm

      Delerium was great. Not read The Giver yet, but I’ve head really good things about it!

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  • April 27 at 11:03 pm

    Was it Really Love by Clifford Allan Sullivan

    A futuristic, dystopian novel (with a 1920s style story).

  • April 26 at 6:07 pm

    Delirium by Lauren oliver

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  • April 18 at 4:49 pm

    Thank you so much for this post! I love dystopian fiction, but I thought I was running out of books…

  • April 17 at 6:37 am

    delirium by lauren oliver, more for girls i guess but one of my favourite books amazing concept and well excecuted.

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  • March 30 at 5:06 am

    i finally read “The City of Ember” yesterday (read it in 24 hours), and was quite impressed. I’ll definitely be checking out the sequel, and I’m now looking forward to checking out the movie. But it seems sadly there won’t be a sequel to the movie, which sucks.

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  • February 25 at 10:18 pm

    I love dystopian novels, they’re my favourite type of books and this is a great list. My favourite is the Hunger Games Trilogy, my favourite books ever.

    • February 25 at 10:19 pm

      & also Matched by Ally Condie is another great dystopian novel!

    • February 27 at 3:51 am

      The Hunger Games is how ive gotten into dystopian novels

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  • February 5 at 5:07 pm

    I love dystopian YA books a lot — this list was great.
    I would suggest adding/ reading Battle Royale by Koushun Takami. It is much like the Hunger Games, but I liked it better.
    It’s a bit more scary, but it can still be considered YA. It was a fantastic book and I loved it.

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  • December 31 at 2:57 am

    There are a lot of great books on this list. Have you considered the Ender Series by Orson Scott Card as a dystopian series? It’s definitely one of my favorite book series and I feel like it’s a dystopia.

    • December 31 at 10:47 am

      I’ve read Ender’s Game and really enjoyed it! Hoping to get to read Speaker for the Dead this next year.

  • December 27 at 1:38 pm

    I have found that sometimes YA dystopias are so fantastic that we forget that we live among the possibility of slipping into dystopia at any time.

    The New Yorker wrote an insightful review of Susan Collins latest and noted how YA dystopian novels different from adult. One critical element is that adult dystopias crush the protagonist to incite horror (and possible action) while YA dystopias tend to be more hopeful (with the protagonist being the missing key to the rebellion!). That article can be found here.

    In response to both I wrote “The Attic Notebook” for ebook readers, which includes a free download here. It’s about the dumbing down of education and book burning, inspired by Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”.

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  • November 17 at 10:22 pm

    I almost didn’t open this page because my “to read” list is already insanely long, but I can never pass up the potential to find new books and I’m glad I didn’t pass it up this time.

    The sixth book/series you listed is a book that I’ve been searching for since about 2005. I read it while substitute teaching for one of my old teachers and I loved it! However, I never wrote the title or the author down. 🙁

    Thank you sooooooo much for this list! Not only do some of the other books look awesome but now I can finally buy and reread “Feed.”
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  • November 16 at 6:36 pm

    In the process of writing my first dystopian young adult fiction novel, I’ve enjoyed reading Lois Lowry, Janet McNaughton, Allegra Goodman, M.J. Anderson among many already listed, but you must add this one to the list:

    STOLEN VOICES by Ellen Dee Davidson

    The first dystopian fiction novel I read in grade school was

    Z FOR ZACHARIAH by Robert C. O’Brien (which spurred my interest)

    Of course, there’s also dystopian adult fiction such as Handmaid’s Tale & Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, anything by Robert J. Sawyer and many others if you want to try adult fiction. Enjoy!

  • November 3 at 4:57 pm

    Wow – very inspiring for my xmas list 🙂

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  • October 22 at 9:05 pm

    Hey! I saw your YA D2 button on another book site, and how could I not check it out? Great stuff, here! I adore dystopian/post-apocalyptic lit, and even have a tab on my site dedicated to it. Perhaps you’ll check it out.

    I see that you have a Facebook page (which I’ve “liked”). I, too, am a book blog Facebooker…here’s my info, if you’re so inclined to become a fan: The Book Frog on Facebook.

    Anyway, top-notch site you have here. I’m a follower, and I’ll be back.

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  • September 28 at 12:58 pm

    Thanks. Great list. Just wanted to agree that John Marsden’s Tomorrow When the War Began is great.

  • September 9 at 3:41 am

    Fantastic list!

    Shade’s Children by Garth Nix
    Escape from Genopolis and Fearless by Tess Berry Hart

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  • July 16 at 5:56 am

    Thanks for putting together this great list. It’s nice to see some of my favorites on it and to be pointed to some other promising reads.

    One of my favorites that’s not on your list is Battle Royale, written by Koushun Takami in 1999 and translated into English in 2003. Its theme is similar to the one used later by Suzanne Collins in Hunger Games. In it, as part of some dysfunctional government experiment, a 40 middle school students are deposited on a deserted island, given various weapons, fitted with monitoring devices, and told they must hunt and kill one another until only one of them remains alive. It’s a compelling story, though somewhat grim and brutal.

    Another series you might consider adding starts with Tomorrow, When the War Began, by John Marsden. In it a group of Australian teens return from a back-country camping trip to find that a foreign army has invaded their country and put everyone from their town into a prison compound. The teens eventually become sort of a guerrilla resistance force trying to free their friends of family and overthrow the invaders. I’ve only read the first 2 of the 7 books in the series, but they’ve left me looking forward to reading more.

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  • May 12 at 10:57 pm

    Another great dystopian novel is Cando by Pam Bachorz.

    • May 12 at 10:58 pm

      supposed to be Candor, sorry!

  • March 29 at 12:38 am

    I read your blog consistently, but this is the first I’ve seen of this list. It’s great! I think the first dystopian novel I ever read was probably The Chrysalids by John Wyndham (and I’ve since read everything by him which is why I refuse to look at another meteor shower again in my life (if anyone’s read The Day of the Triffids they’ll know why)) and I’ve been hooked ever since.

    There was a great listing of dystopian novels going right back to the fifties on a blog I visited but I did not bookmark the page and I have been searching for the site ever since.

    Sounds like a new challenge for 2011, doesn’t it?
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    • March 29 at 10:31 pm

      I’m glad you found and enjoyed the post then 😀 Talking if challenges I’ll be running my YA Dystopian Challenge again later this year! 😀

  • December 31 at 12:06 am

    I agree with those who’ve mentioned The Maze Runner and The Forest of Hands and Teeth – both were awesome and I’m anxiously awaiting their sequels! Thanks for some great recommendations!

  • December 24 at 5:57 pm

    OMG! This list is awesome! I’ve already read the Hunger Games and Catching Fire, they are gr8!
    I like to suggest the Blue Bloods series, and though it isn’t exactly destopic, it really does take the cake for fallen angels-turned-vamps thing. Really, really GOOD! LOLz xD

  • December 1 at 11:28 pm

    It seems I stumbled upon this list after commenting on the last one and most of my suggestions have been additions. A new series that just came out is a trilogy written by James Dashner that starts with a book called “The Maze Runner.” I would definitely recommend that book as an addition to this list.

    • December 3 at 9:12 pm

      I so want to read The Maze Runner!

      • December 4 at 3:24 am

        The Maze Runner is so good…a definite must read. Some people think it starts slow but I disagree…really enjoyed it.

        • January 14 at 5:37 am

          I agree! Scorch trials is even better…!!!

        • December 31 at 3:05 am

          oh yeah!! best series ive read in a long time maze runner rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! by the way crazy surprise ending in the third book…!!!

          • December 31 at 3:12 am

            by the way i found a book a while back that i really wanted to read but i forgot the name of it… does any one know of a book where you have to take an aptitude test to see if you’ll be a criminal or not when u grow up. if u fail the test u get sent to some island prison for the rest of your life . ringing any bells? on a completely unrelated subject why is’nt the bobby pendragon series on here, because it a great series. it is by r.j. machale i think 🙂

          • August 8 at 8:49 am

            I think the book you were looking for is The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse.

  • October 30 at 9:00 pm

    Great list! I had my own dystopian challenge a few months ago and I read a lot of these books. Patrick Ness’s would have to be my favourite, and really enjoy Rosoff and Pfeffer.

  • October 14 at 6:41 am

    This is an awesome list, Bart. I love YA dystopian lit as well, so I’ll definitely check these out. My favorites of those you listed were the Lois Lowry books, though I’ve enjoyed a few others as well. I’m looking forward to The Hunger Games and Catching Fire.
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  • October 10 at 11:17 pm

    How do you definre what Dystopian is? I think I’m just being thick but I’m not sure.
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    • October 10 at 11:48 pm

      Well according to wikipedia:

      Dystopia (from the Greek δυσ- and τόπος, alternatively, cacotopia, kakotopia, cackotopia, or anti-utopia) is the vision of a society in which conditions of life are miserable and characterized by poverty, oppression, war, violence, disease, pollution, nuclear fallout and/or the abridgement of human rights, resulting in widespread unhappiness, suffering, and other kinds of pain. (Source: Wikipedia)

      Hope that helps!

      • October 16 at 12:30 pm

        Yes and no – the society must be somehow related to the society we live in now and does not contain any fantastic characters or creatures. Then, it is called science fiction. Sci-Fi and Dystopia are often mixes up. I’m writing my master thesis on dystopian YA literature, so I’ve read A LOT about the difference.

  • October 10 at 4:52 pm

    I have read the first Moon book, Life as we knew it, and it was great. I have the second one, the dead and the gone, on my TBR-list. I also read both Hunger Games books and they are fabulous too. I was recently recommended the Chaos-walking series (The Knife of Never Letting go) and the Tomorrow-series as well. I am looking forward to read them, and have found some new recommendations on this list 🙂
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  • October 10 at 2:34 pm

    Great list! I’d also add ‘The Wind on Fire’ trilogy, made up of The Wind Singer, Slaves of the Mastery and Firesong (by William Nicholson); The Forest of Hands and Teeth (by Carrie Ryan) and Vulture’s Gate (by Kirsty Murray), all of which are fantastic dystopian stories.
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  • October 4 at 10:53 pm

    Great post! I love the Atherton series and I’m halfway through The Shadow Children sequence.

    I would add The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan – the second book is coming out next year.
    So far, it’s my favorite read this year.
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  • October 4 at 6:12 pm

    That’s a great list and definitely has most of my favourites. I also like The Secret Under My Skin by Janet McNaughton, The Sky Inside by Clare B. Dunkle and Flux by Beth Goobie. I *love* Feed by M.T. Anderson, it’s one of my favourite dystopias ever.
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  • October 4 at 4:33 pm

    I loved the Atherton series!!

    I would add Isobelle Carmody’s Obernewtyn Chronicles to this list as well. It’s a fabulous series, with more books on the way!
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    • October 4 at 5:51 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion, I’ll be adding all the new recs to the post later this week!

  • October 4 at 5:48 am

    I just discovered that Lise Haines has her first YA novel coming out on October 13th called “Girl in the Arena”. Worth looking into as another to add to the list.


  • October 4 at 2:37 am

    I second the nominations of GENESIS by Bernard Beckett and the Patrick Ness novels THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO and THE ASK AND THE ANSWER. Both are excellent. THE HUNGER GAMES and it’s follow-up CATCHING FIRE are not to be missed either.

  • October 3 at 5:29 pm

    There is also:

    The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman
    The Declaration and The Resistance by Gemma Malley
    Feed by MT Anderson

    and some more coming out next year!
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    • October 3 at 10:21 pm

      Oooh, 😀 I’ll have to have a look at them, and add them to the post when I update it later this week. 😀

    • June 2 at 8:51 pm

      Personally, I disliked “Feed”. “The Other Side of the Island” was great though.

  • October 2 at 3:55 am

    I really liked Gone by Michael Grant; I haven’t read the second book but hopefully it’ll be as good as the first, which had everyone over 14/15 disappear and left the kids behind in a city they can’t get out of.

    I’ve actually got the first two Atherton books on my shelves waiting for me to read them, so maybe I’ll have to bump them up on the next-to-read list…
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    • October 2 at 6:17 pm

      Ooh, I’ve look at that one in the bookshop more than once! 🙂

    • January 18 at 2:43 am

      the Gone series is amazing!!!!

    • October 1 at 6:43 pm

      Comments like that could be dangerous! :p

  • October 1 at 3:02 am

    I love Dystopian novels – this is such a great list! I’m going to have to bookmark this page.

    You can add the Ember series by Jeanne Duprau to the list. The City of Ember is an excellent book, and while the other three aren’t as great, they’re still worth reading.
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  • October 1 at 12:24 am

    Very Very cool list. Thanks SO much for the links to my blog.
    Actually just this week I was thinking of having a dystopian week on my blog where I would only read and review dystopian teen books, have interviews and giveaways etc. and the whole thought was inspired by your previous Dystopian posting. I took a lot of your recommendations and built a reading list from it. It’s my favourite teen genre, for sure, and I was surprised that your list had so many books I hadn’t read yet!

    Hey, so thanks so much for the redux!!
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