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Top Ten Young Adult Dystopian Books

There are so many dystopians out right now in YA…and I love them. Below is a list of my top faves.

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Top Ten Ten Young Adult Dystopian Books

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1Wither & Fever by Lauren DeStefano – I just finished Fever! I love these books – DeStefano has such a beautiful way of telling her stories. Amazing.

2Delirium by Lauren Oliver – You know it’s a dystopia when people think love is wrong. Bunch of crazies.

3Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder— I don’t think these books got as much hype as they should have. They’re very futuristic and the characters’ living environment reminds of me Wall-E.

4Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi— This book had mad intensity. I loved the stream of consciousness writing style too – it was really refreshing.

5Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi- I’m basically obsessed with this book: slow romance, awesome action and amazing abilities, fantasy-wise. Winner all around

6Divergent by Veronica Roth— This book makes every list. #duh

7Incarceron by Catherine Fisher— I read this dystopia a long time ago (I probably didn’t realize it was a dystopia at the time). It’s super interesting, though, and would also be ok for younger readers.

8Matched by Ally Condie— I really liked this first book a lot. I was torn between Ky and Xander and waiting to see what the Society would do next.

9Insurgent by Veronia Roth— This is cheating, but I don’t care. I know this book is gonna rock!! Only a few more months left too!

10Hey! I thought I’d read a TON of dystopias! Guess not…This is still a pretty awesome genre – with tons more coming out this year.

What are your favorite young adult dystopias?

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  • Christina(booktasty)

    Yes! #6,7,8 & 9 are my favorites too! They’re just sooo good! I’d also add Uglies to the list; have you read it?

  • Anonymous

    I’ve seen a fair few dystopian lists today – and yet I’m still finding more books to add to my growing dystopian TBR pile! Definitely going to give Inside Out a shot now!


    Tara @ Hey, Tara

  • So many good ones! I love Shatter Me, HG, and Divergent, and I have Under the Never Sky out from the library now.
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  • Ems

    Haven’t read Shatter Me (yet-it’s on my shelf) or Incarceron, but I will! Love the others. I’m thinking dystopia might be my new favorite genre.

  • Great list! There are several on here that I haven’t read, so I’ll have to check them out. I’ve only read Delirium & Divergent and loved them both 🙂

  • Okay, I have 2 of the 9 on here on my shelves. Now if only Father Time would work with me some here … ;D Great list!

  • Jan

    i read Incarceron. didnt like it much. it took me a while to finish it. Has anyone here read Starters by Lissa Pryce. Is it good? I

  • Bookishlilly

    I’ve read most of these and they are on my list of favs! I would add Partials by Dan Wells and Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien, both are awesome!
    Truly Bookish

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  • Lydia

    I’m just saying, you forgot Hunger Games- the one that made this genre popular, right? Also, I read Enclave which is the first in a series. It was interesting. They are kind of starting to blur together for me!

    • I actually didn’t put The Hunger Games because it makes every list I have…ever. But, yes, it is definitely the top of the top of the list! 😀

      I’ve heard mixed reviews about Enclave – but I should def check it out.

      • Lydia

        Makes sense. Ya, I mean, it was entertaining enough. Not rave material, but still good.

  • What? Matched was not a dystopia. It was a romance. It just had some vague dystopian stuff going on in the background. But it was mostly all about staring into some boy’s eyes and holding his hand, lalala.

    And please. No The Giver?!?!??!??!?!??!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!

    • Bridget, I actually haven’t read The Giver, so I couldn’t list it as a fave. It’s been on my TBR for too long!

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