In honour of one of my favourite dystopian YA titles for this year, Not a Drop to Drink, being released next week, I’ve decided to count down my Top Ten Dystopian Novels for YA Wednesday! Whose excited to read about some more strong-willed characters fighting for independence and just trying to survive the unfortunate world they’ve been thrust into!? I am!
Interested in joining George Orwell‘s nightmare vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff’s attempt to find individuality? If so this book is for you. Meet the original Big Brother.
9. City of Ember
The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. Lina and her friend Doon must decipher an ancient message before the lights go out on Ember forever! If you don’t have time to read it with all your other books lined up, you can always watch the movie!
8. The Crysalids
Does this title sound familiar? That’s because it’s been on required reading lists in schools for decades now…with good reason. The novel follows a group of extraordinary children, in a society fanatical about preserving the human normal, as they try to keep their abilities a secret to avoid persecution and find some hope of escape.
7. The Giver
More required reading that is 100% worth your time. In a world with no poverty, no crime, no sickness and no unemployment, and where every family is happy, 12-year-old Jonas is chosen to be the community’s Receiver of Memories. Under the tutelage of the Elders and an old man known as the Giver, he discovers the disturbing truth about his utopian world and struggles against the weight of its hypocrisy.
6. The Maze Runner Series
The first book starts when Thomas wakes up in a lift and the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. Follow Thomas and the other Gladers through the maze, scorch trails and a city gone mad, as they try to figure out who they are and why they were sent here. If you liked The Hunger Games and the Divergent series, give these a try. Plus there’s a movie coming out with Dylan O’Brien (you know… the cutie from Teen Wolf) and Kaya Scodelario.
5. Brave New World
This classic is a must read for the dystopian lover. Bernard Marx seems alone in feeling discontent in a society where through the clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers. Harbouring an unnatural desire for solitude, and a perverse distaste for the pleasure of compulsory promiscuity, Bernard has an ill-defined longing to break free into a Brave New World. Trust me, you won’t be able to put it down.
In a society where love has been outlawed as the life-threatening source of all discord Lena’s gradual awakening is set against a convincing backdrop of totalitarian horror. A dystopian society AND a love story? What more could you ever want in a novel. Delirium is a fantastic read (and it’s only the first book in the series!).
3. The Hunger Games Series
Katniss, Peeta and Gale stole our hearts in The Hunger Games and never gave them back. They have put our poor hearts through incredible stress as they try to navigate a world dictated by President Snow and the Captial. However, along with the bad, we have also gained one of the best female literary role models to ever kick a little (or a lot) of behind.
2. Fahrenheit 451
I will admit this is one of my favourite books of all time. As a great lover of books and literature this novel speaks to me on a personal level. It is set in a society where reading and learning is outlawed and firefighters have a little different job than what you would expect. Guy Montag is a “fireman”, empowered to burn the possessions of those who read outlawed books but is inspired to start a library of his own, one smuggled book at a time. What doesn’t sound good about that?
How can this series not be number one when the whole world is gearing up for Allegiant on October 22nd? In a dystopian Chicago, Tris and Four have made the ultimate choice to change everything they know and now they must deal with the consequences as their world crumbles around them. It’s not in their nature to back down from a fight.
Where will you place your loyalty?
Until next time, happy reading!
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