Divergent by Veronica Roth is just the latest in a flurry of dystopian books to hit store shelves these days, especially in the YA section. And we’re actually quite fond of the trend here at Novel Novice. So if you’re like us, chances are you want more of this great genre. So if you’ve finished Divergent and are in need of some more dystopian to satisfy your literary cravings, here is our dystopian reading list — starting with our Top 5 favorites:
It doesn’t get much better than this … these books have pretty much defined dystopian in YA lit, and helped make it one of the most popular trends in fiction right now. If you haven’t read these books, now is the perfect time — since production is now underway on the movie adaptation. And if you haven’t heard of these books, then you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years.
I actually think this book may be even better than The Hunger Games (hard to believe, I know — but true). Written with a unique, simplistic narrative voice — this book is chock-full of action, violence, drama, coming of age, discovery, romance … need I go on? It has many action-oriented elements that fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent will love, but the story is told in such unique way that it’s completely original. This book will blow you away; it is simply above and beyond anything else out there today.
One of the most classic and beloved dystopian stories of all time. This is one of the best dystopian novels by which to compare all others. If you’re a fan of the new crop of dystopian lit hitting store shelves, be sure to brush up on its origins by reading 1984. You won’t regret it.
This has all the elements contemporary YA readers will love — a romantic triangle, dystopian society, a likeable protagonist. It’s a scary world in which our romantic choices are taken from us, and Condie gives us some heavy ideas to consider. I also absolutely adore her use of literature, poetry and music as a source of rebellion.
Though this book shares some similar concepts to Matched — the idea that the government controls your romantic future — the two books are definitely unique. Delirium gives us plenty of romance and action, as well as some frightening concepts of what the future would be like if “love” were identified as a disease.
More Dystopian Books:
- Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld
- The Forest of Hands & Teeth by Carrie Ryan
- The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher
- The Maze Runner by James Dashner
- The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness
- Incarceron & Sapphique by Catherine Fisher
- Bumped by Megan McCafferty
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- The Running Man by Stephen King
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- Gone Series by Michael Grant
- The Host by Stephenie Meyer
- Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
- Wither by Lauren DeStefano
For the comments: Any other dystopian books we forgot? Share your picks below!