It’s finally November, and Catching Fire is twenty painfully long days away from being released. If you’re like me, just thinking about it is getting you into a dystopian mood, but maybe you’re not up for a Hunger Games re-read and you’ve already read Divergent by Veronica Roth (though hopefully you aren’t going actually crazy over the ending of Allegiant). You want something different.
I’ve got you covered. Here are some great YA dystopian novels that you not know about.
I already reviewed Coda by Emma Trevayne, and it’s so awesome that I’m going to suggest it on this list, too. Another bonus: Though it has romance, it doesn’t have the obligatory love triangle we’ve come to expect from our YA dystopias, and you might find that refreshing.
Across the Universe by Beth Revis is one of my favorite trilogies. A spaceship from Earth carrying hundreds of cryofrozen people is headed to a new and better planet. A teenage girl in cryo who was traveling with her parents is taken out fifty years too early on a three-hundred year trip. How is this dystopian, you may ask? Well, the spaceship was also carrying unfrozen people, who spent the next 250 years living and having families and creating a society. They’re headed by the dictator-like Eldest, and freedom? Not well-known to them. And there are so, so many more secrets to discover.
Okay, okay, if you’re a regular YA reader, you probably know about Uglies by Scott Westerfeld – but if you’re new to this YA thing, you might not. And you should. It’s a future where everyone gets full makeovers and become pretty – but pretty comes with a price.
There’s no way I’m the only person who somehow didn’t read Shade’s Children by Garth Nix as a kid, right? So for all of those people out there who also missed out on this book, go read it. It’s a future without adults, where kids fear for their lives and are kept as slaves, and where a few (lucky?) survivors rely on a sentient machine to survive.
Finally, if you want a little zombie action with your dystopia, check out The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (which I’ve mentioned before). The first one is definitely more on the dystopian side than the other two. It’s set in a secluded society in the woods, post-zombie apocalypse. Said society backtracked a couple hundred years thanks to the nuns that run the place. But then our protagonist, Mary, starts to discover that there’s more to her peaceful world than she thought – and, well, we know how well that goes in dystopias.
What YA dystopias would you suggest? Feel free to also suggest some post-apocalyptic books that aren’t necessarily dystopian.