Dystopian Books For Young Adults

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Dystopian Books For Young Adults

Dystopian Reading for Young Adults

Young adults are among the most eager readers of dystopian-themed books. That’s why there have been loads of novels with sorts of end-of-the-world and post-apocalyptic plot written by famous authors that are worth reading.

Favourite dystopian books of teen readers, which include “Hunger Games,” “The Lord of the Rings,” “Divergent,” “The Maze Runner,” “The Selection,” “Delirium,” “Unwind,” “Uglies,” “The Givers,” and “Harry Potter,” are also some of the few of the frontrunners in the Young Adult (YA) dystopian fiction literature.

With that said, here’s a “listopia” of some of these wonderfully crafted storylines coming from the brilliant minds of authors who are masters in a dystopia-based narrative. These are the novels that caught my attention due to its riveting or spellbinding stories, which are appropriate for young adults.

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Dystopian Books For Young Adults

The Twilight Saga

Here’s to a not-so-old young adult (YA) vampire-romance dystopian fiction novel, “The Twilight Saga” by Stephenie Meyer. The love for this four-book series is way beyond anyone can imagine because it became a global sensation, not only in the world of publishing and printing but as well as on the big screen.

The Twilight Saga

Aside from the awards and honours received by the novel, its five-film adaptations also earned more than three billion dollars on the box-office. Due to its popularity, the book series ended with at least thirty-eight language translations throughout the world.

Well, who could blame the readers? When Meyer’s brilliantly plotted a thrilling and intriguing storyline, especially when she masterly linked two different people from opposite worlds with a spice love triangle, sparkling higher interests from the young adult readers.

The series includes “Twilight,” “The New Moon,” “Eclipse,” and the “Breaking Dawn.”

Synopsis:

Chiefly, the book follows the life of the seventeen-year-old young lady named Isabella “Bella” Swan, who fell in love with one-hundred-and-four-year-old vampire Edward Cullen. The story became more exciting and intense with the presence of Bella’s werewolf best friend Jacob Black, who is in love with her.

As she continues to get entangled with Edward, her life became endangered with threats of other vicious vampires. Readers get head over heels with how Edward and Jacob protected Bella from the enemies.

It’s about sacrificing even your life for the one you love, and that’s where the young adults truly fell into, apart from the edge-of-the-seat suspense fight and chase.

The Twilight Saga

Twilight

Genre – Young Adult (YA) Dystopian Fiction Literature

Pages – 501

Goodreads rating 3.59/5

My rating9.95/10

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New Moon

The New Moon

Genre – Young Adult (YA) Dystopian Fiction Literature

Pages – 563

Goodreads rating3.53/5

My rating9.93/10

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New Moon
Eclipse

Eclipse

Genre – Young Adult (YA) Dystopian Fiction Literature

Pages – 629

Goodreads rating3.69/5

My rating9.98/10

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Eclipse

Breaking Dawn

Genre – Young Adult (YA) Dystopian Fiction Literature

Pages – 756

Goodreads rating 3.69/5

My rating9.98/10

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Breaking Dawn

Up until today, everyone is still hoping for a new book in the series, including me!

Cinder

Another Meyer is making a buzz with her first novel, a YA dystopian science fiction, entitled “Cinder.” Marissa Meyer’s debut book is a crowd favourite with more than six hundred thousand ratings on “Goodreads,” bringing it to the list of top dystopian books for young adults.

Cinder

It’s the first novel released under her “The Lunar Chronicles” book series, which includes “Scarlet,” “Cress,” “Winter,” and “Fairest.”

“Cinder” is a combination of romance and science fiction in a dystopian setting. Loosely inspired by the famous Disney Princess, the story gives you a new twist of a modern Cinderella. Hence, stirring fans’ imaginations, and thus, gaining more popularity.

Synopsis:

It chronicles sixteen-year-old cyborg mechanic Linh Cinder, who society considered as a technological error. Her stepmom also treats her as a burden. However, as a half-human and half-robot, Linh has the remarkable ability to fix things, and that what makes her New Beijing’s best mechanic.

The story becomes more interesting, because just like “Cinderella,” Linh Cinder has her prince charming. Prince Kai, the “Crown Prince of Eastern Commonwealth,” initially asked Linh to fix the broken android before the commencement of the annual ball.

Cinder

Cinder

Genre – Young Adult (YA) Dystopian Fiction Literature

Pages – 390

Goodreads rating4.15/5

My rating 9.85/10

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Cinder

Scarlet

Genre – Young Adult (YA) Dystopian Fiction Literature

Pages – 454

Goodreads rating 4.28/5

My rating9.88/10

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Cress

Cress

Genre – Young Adult (YA) Dystopian Fiction Literature

Pages – 552

Goodreads rating4.44/5

My rating 9.92/10

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Cress
Winter

Winter

Genre – Young Adult (YA) Dystopian Fiction Literature

Pages – 827

Goodreads rating4.46/5

My rating 9.95/10

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Winter
Fairest

Fairest

Genre – Young Adult (YA) Dystopian Fiction Literature

Pages – 827

Goodreads rating4.00/5

My rating 9.90/10

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Fairest

Red Queen Series

The recipient of the “2015 Goodreads Choice Award for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction,” the “Red Queen” is Victoria Aveyard’s first masterpiece, both as a debut novel and first book of her series.

Red Queen

Due to its impressive and extensive coverage between betrayal, intrigue, and power, it has received a tremendous reception from various online book reviews, making it a number one “New York Best-Selling Series.”

The other three books in the series are “Glass Sword,” “King’s Cage,” and “War Storm.”

Synopsis:

This YA dystopian fantasy fiction literature tells about a world that distinguishes its people, according to two designated societies, the red and silver.

The “Red” is a society of commoners, those ordinary people who don’t have ranks or power. They are under the control of the elite class, known as the “Silver,” who possessed superpowers. Within this tyrannical government, comes the story of seventeen-year-old Mare Barrow.

Mare is from the “Red” society”, and when she finds herself serving the “Silver Palace,” she learned about her deadly power that could end the balance power of their despotic council.

Red Queen

Red Queen

Genre – Young Adult (YA) Dystopian Fiction Literature

Pages – 383

Goodreads rating4.06/5

My rating 9.86/10

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Glass Sword

Glass Sword

Genre – Young Adult (YA) Dystopian Fiction Literature

Pages – 444

Goodreads rating 3.90/5

My rating 8.90/10

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King's Cage

King’s Cage

Genre – Young Adult (YA) Dystopian Fiction Literature

Pages – 528

Goodreads rating 4.00/5

My rating9.00/10

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King's Cage
War Storm

War Storm

Genre – Young Adult (YA) Dystopian Fiction Literature

Pages – 662

Goodreads rating3.88/5

My rating8.88/10

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War Storm

Throne of Glass Series

Author Sarah J. Maas is another winning writer when it comes to young adult dystopian fiction literature. Her “Throne of Glass” book series is always part of the best-selling books by “New York Times,” catching more readers’ attention. The off the chain plot showcasing the impressive impact of women empowerment in culture is arguably one of the reasons why it became a crowd favourite.

Throne of Glass

“Throne of Glass” is the first novel released with Maas’s series. The plot is a thrilling adventure of a woman assassin that caught the attention of the readers and television producers. Thus, it landed a TV adaptation.

It includes “Crown of Midnight,” “Heir of Fire,” “Queen of Shadows,” “Empire of Storms,” “Tower of Dawn,” and the “Kingdom of Ash.” The latter is the recipient of the “2018 Goodreads Choice Award Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction.”

Synopsis:

The story narrates the journey of eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien in the kingdom of corrupt dictatorship. Trained since she was a child, she fought against all the odds after getting imprisoned in Endovier’s salt mines for one year after getting betrayed by her master.

As the story continues, she creates a surprising bond, and eventually, discovers a conspiracy in the middle of her thrilling adventures.

Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass

Genre – Young Adult (YA) Dystopian Fiction Literature

Pages – 406

Goodreads rating4.21/5

My rating 9.75/10

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Crown of Midnight

Crown of Midnight

Genre – Young Adult (YA) Dystopian Fiction Literature

Pages – 420

Goodreads rating4.44/5

My rating9.85/10

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Heir of Fire

Heir of Fire

Genre – Young Adult (YA) Dystopian Fiction Literature

Pages – 565

Goodreads rating4.49/5

My rating9.89/10

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Heir of Fire
Queen of Shadows

Queen of Shadows

Genre – Young Adult (YA) Dystopian Fiction Literature

Pages – 648

Goodreads rating4.57/5

My rating9.9210

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Queen of Shadows
Empire of Storms

Empire of Storms

Genre – Young Adult (YA) Dystopian Fiction Literature

Pages – 689

Goodreads rating 4.56/5

My rating 9.9010

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Tower of Dawn

Tower of Dawn

Genre – Young Adult (YA) Dystopian Fiction Literature

Pages – 680

Goodreads rating 4.39/5

My rating 9.75/10

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Tower of Dawn
Kingdom of Ash

Kingdom of Ash

Genre – Young Adult (YA) Dystopian Fiction Literature

Pages – 984

Goodreads rating4.60/5

My rating9.98/10

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Kingdom of Ash

The Host Series

From the creator of “The Twilight Saga,” Stephen Meyer comes another masterpiece, “The Host.” This YA dystopian novel series is another high-rating book. Like her immensely successful “Twilight,” the series circles around a gripping storyline with a romantic spice. However, it focuses on the anti-utopian science fiction.

The Host

The series is a trilogy that includes “The Seeker” and “The Soul.” However, there are no updates about the two as of yet. Due to the remarkable reputation of Meyer’s works, “The Host” has also received an enormous success from being a consistent best-selling book from various media companies and platforms.

Synopsis:

“The Host” focuses on the parasitic alien race that invaded the world in the post-apocalyptic Earth. They called themselves “Souls,” and one of them is Wanderer or Wanda, who is inside Melanie Stryder’s body.

Melanie’s soul survived, and thus, she resists Wanda’s existence through resisting control over her body. However, their conflict sits down as they both shared love for Melanie’s brother Jamie and her lover Jared.

The Host

The Host

Genre – Young Adult (YA) Dystopian Fiction Literature

Pages – 619

Goodreads rating 3.84/5

My rating 8.85/10

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The Host

Meyer hasn’t released or revealed the second and third book of “The Host” series yet. However, people are talking about them already. In fact, both of the novels are on the top list of young adult dystopian books of “Goodreads” due to the tremendous response and anticipation from the readers.

Well, I couldn’t wait too!

Matched Trilogy

Ally Condie’s first book released under her trilogy is also one of the readers’ favourite novels. With more than six-hundred ratings, “Matched” is highly read by many young adults, who love dystopian fiction literature. The second book, “Crossed,” has also received a good reception, as well as the third book, “Reached.”

Synopsis:

This trilogy follows a plot that takes place in a tight and highly controlled community where young people at the age of seventeen years old get “matched” with their life partners, including the main character Cassia Reyes.

Matched

During the process, Cassia gets matched with her Xander Carrow, her best friend. However, while viewing the details for her Match, school outcast Ky Markham picture flashes on the screen.

Due to the mishap, Cassia tries to understand the truth behind it. While trying to figure things out, Cassia gets conflicting thoughts on whether her “Match” is truly the one for her. Eventually, clouding her mind with the idea of whether their Society is everything as it seems.

Matched

Matched

Genre – Young Adult (YA) Dystopian Fiction Literature

Pages – 369

Goodreads rating3.66/5

My rating8.75/10

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Matched
Crossed

Crossed

Genre – Young Adult (YA) Dystopian Fiction Literature

Pages – 367

Goodreads rating 3.52/5

My rating 8.65/10

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Crossed
Reached

Reached

Genre – Young Adult (YA) Dystopian Fiction Literature

Pages – 512

Goodreads rating3.56/5

My rating8.68/10

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Ender’s Game Series

Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” is among the trending novels of young adult literature wave that’s exploring the world of dystopia. This award-winning classic has been continuously gaining attention from the readers due to its gripping plot.

Ender's Game

It started as a novelette, and later on, got expanded into a novel in 1985 under the same title. The series includes the “Speaker for the Dead,” “Xenocide,” and “Children of the Mind,” with each receiving a great reception from the readers.

Well, there’s something about alien invasions, and fighting against them gets us engaged with the entire story.

Synopsis:

In a post-apocalyptic world under siege by aliens, young boys, including Andrew “Ender” Wiggin goes to training that involves increasingly hard games to prepare for the incoming third invasion.

Ender's Game

Ender’s Game

Genre – Young Adult (YA) Dystopian Fiction Literature

Pages – 324

Goodreads rating 4.30/5

My rating9.85/10

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Speaker of the Dead (Original Title Speaker for the Dead)

Speaker for the Dead

Genre – Young Adult (YA) Dystopian Fiction Literature

Pages – 382

Goodreads rating4.07 /5

My rating 9.07/10    

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Speaker for the Dead
Xenocide

Xenocide

Genre – Young Adult (YA) Dystopian Fiction Literature

Pages – 592

Goodreads rating3.80 /5

My rating8.85/10    

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Xenocide
Children of The Mind

Children of the Mind

Genre – Young Adult (YA) Dystopian Fiction Literature

Pages – 370

Goodreads rating3.76 /5

My rating 8.76/10    

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Children of The Mind

Final Say

Other dystopian books for young adults that I can suggest are “Legend, The Series by Marie Lu” and “Penryn & End of Days Series by Susan Ee,” among many others.

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I am Max Atlas; my only mission is to raise awareness of Dystopian fiction and share in a collective awakening. Together we will explore not only the best Dystopian Novels ever written but also new and upcoming Authors, giving future greats a platform to share their Dystopian Worlds.