Hello Savvy Readers,
Divergent was amazing and now that it’s over I can’t help but shed a single (delicate) tear…okay, I bawled like a baby.
The worst thing about finishing an amazing series is not being able to find a book that even comes close… right?! So that’s where we come in. We’ve found 10 books (plus 1 bonus) that will bring you to that same happy place you were before! The DYSTOPIAN ROMANCE lover’s dream list!
Because let’s face it Savvy Readers, many will try and tell you that…
…but they would be wrong. Let’s be #REBELS and continue our dystopian romance fiction love!
1. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
The Under The Never Sky Complete Collection by Veronica Rossi is a perfect series to pick up after Divergent. It has the same atmosphere and feel without being repetitive. This is a series and will make you fall in love with new characters—and you can have this love for a very long time. Read more.
2. Replica by Lauren Oliver
Lauren Oliver’s latest book, Replica, is definitely one to note. This unique flip book experience could be read cover to cover, in alternating chapters, or you can flip the book over and read each character’s experience individually. Imagine trying to make this? That takes some talent. However you chose to read this book, you’re probably going to enjoy it if you liked Divergent because who doesn’t enjoy digging up dirt on a corrupted society? Read more.
3. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
In Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, action + romance + super powers = YES. This is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans to use her as a weapon. But after a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever. Juliette may find allies, but I’m thinking she can take care of business on her own. Another bada** heroine is just what we need!! Read more.
4. Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis
If you like frontier survival stories mixed with dystopian themes, you will enjoy the futuristic Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis. McGinnis takes us to a land where water is worth more than gold. Lynn has been taught to defend her pond against every threat, including the most dangerous one: people looking for a drink. Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. But soon strangers appear, and Lynn knows exactly what they want—and just how far they will go to get it. Bonus points for joining Lynn on an epic journey to find home in the companion novel, In a Handful of Dust. Read more.
5. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
This next series has me jumping out of my seat with excitement. I am a huge Wizard of Oz fan and I think this new twisted view of it is perfect! In the Dorothy Must Die series by Danielle Paige, Oz has turned into a savage dystopia under Dorothy’s rule—and now a new girl from Kansas must take her down. Amy Gunn has been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. Her mission: Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage. And—Dorothy must die. The rest of the series follows Amy through her attempts to take Dorothy down. Hmm, I wonder what happens to Toto? Read more.
6. The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight
There is so much conspiracy in The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight that you don’t know who to trust. In this fast-paced YA novel, one girl learns that in a world of intrigue, betrayal, and deeply buried secrets, it is vital to trust your instincts. Wylie knows Cassie is in trouble, but this time it’s different. She is only receiving cryptic messages, and when Jasper shows up saying Cassie sent him to help, Wylie is really confused. How was Cassie’s ex involved and could she trust him? Could finding Cassie be only the beginning? Read more.
7. The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
Only one can win the crown in The Selection Series by Kiera Cass. For 35 girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The chance to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But just like Beatrice, America Singer is different—being Selected is a nightmare for her. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined. This series will fill the void that Divergent left—the fierce competition and the choice: instead of factions, the choice is who to love and who to trust. Read more.
8. The Rift Uprising by Amy S. Foster
In The Rift Uprising by Amy S. Foster, Ryn Whitaker is not a normal seventeen-year-old girl. She is a Citadel. A cybernetically-altered soldier who can run faster, jump further, and fight better than a Navy SEAL. Ryn and her fellow Citadels were specially chosen and trained to guard a Rift—one of fourteen unpredictable tears in the fabric of the universe that serve as doorways to alternate Earths—and kill the creatures that come out. But all of that changes when a young man named Ezra is pulled through the rift and Ryn begins to feel an attraction towards him. Read more.
9. The Partials Sequence by Dan Wells
In The Partials Sequence by Dan Wells, sixteen-year-old Kira is determined to find a solution for humanity. After a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—humans are all but extinguished. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. As Kira tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that that the survival of both humans and Partials rests in her attempts to answer questions about the war’s origin that she never knew to ask. Perfect for lovers of post-apocalyptic dystopian worlds! Read more.
10. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies or the soul-eating ghosts? This is the case in The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. Mikey just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. This is perfect if you love alternate universe stories, but you need a break from serious action, and instead want some comedy. Read more.
And a special extra… CARVE THE MARK by Veronica Roth
Veronica Roth’s new novel Carve the Mark will quench your desire for more action and romance. On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world? Cyra must escape the control of her brother and Akos must save his. When they meet Cyra and Akos must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.
I hope you found some books on this list that you’d like to pick up, Savvy Readers! We know the struggle of filling a craving, and the dystopian romance craving is real. Bye Divergent…
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