Best Young Adult Dystopian Novels
i've read a lot of dystopians recently and thought id ask the public their opinion on which one they liked most.
1 The Hunger Games (The Hunge...
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2 Divergent (Divergent, #1)
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3 Catching Fire (The Hunger G...
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 1,405,825 ratings
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4 Mockingjay (The Hunger Game...
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5 Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
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6 The Moon Dwellers (The Dwel...
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7 Delirium (Delirium, #1)
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 221,921 ratings
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8 Matched (Matched, #1)
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 318,171 ratings
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9 The Maze Runner (Maze Runne...
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10 Legend (Legend, #1)
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 149,469 ratings
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11 Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 93,887 ratings
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12 The Host (The Host, #1)
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 579,006 ratings
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13 The Star Dwellers (The Dwel...
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 843 ratings
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14 The Giver (The Giver #1)
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 858,574 ratings
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15 Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 122,664 ratings
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16 Uglies (Uglies, #1)
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 298,580 ratings
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17 Wither (The Chemical Garden...
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 64,065 ratings
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18 Unwind (Unwind, #1)
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 90,632 ratings
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19 The Selection (The Selectio...
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 160,149 ratings
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20 Fire Country (The Country S...
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 774 ratings
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21 Across the Universe (Across...
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 66,839 ratings
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22 The Sun Dwellers (The Dwell...
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 680 ratings
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23 The Knife of Never Letting ...
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 64,705 ratings
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24 Enclave (Razorland, #1)
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 39,034 ratings
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25 Blood Red Road (Dust Lands,...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 35,601 ratings
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26 Angelfall (Penryn & the End...
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 60,798 ratings
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27 Free Four: Tobias Tells the...
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 67,792 ratings
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28 Under the Never Sky (Under ...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 58,757 ratings
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29 Clockwork Angel (The Infern...
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 291,623 ratings
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30 Gone (Gone, #1)
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 100,451 ratings
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31 The Scorch Trials (Maze Run...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 143,923 ratings
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32 The Forest of Hands and Tee...
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 56,479 ratings
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33 Ender's Game (The Ender Qui...
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 614,831 ratings
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34 Birthmarked (Birthmarked, #1)
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 29,489 ratings
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35 Crossed (Matched, #2)
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3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 116,543 ratings
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36 Life As We Knew It (Last Su...
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 68,470 ratings
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37 City of Lost Souls (The Mor...
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 180,349 ratings
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38 Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 334,360 ratings
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39 Graceling (Graceling Realm,...
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40 City of Fallen Angels (The ...
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41 Prodigy (Legend, #2)
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 66,043 ratings
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42 The Death Cure (Maze Runner...
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43 The Ask and the Answer (Cha...
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 29,258 ratings
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44 Partials (The Partials Sequ...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 27,272 ratings
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45 The City of Ember (Book of ...
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 136,727 ratings
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46 Pretties (Uglies, #2)
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47 Article 5 (Article 5, #1)
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48 City of Ashes (The Mortal I...
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 368,511 ratings
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49 Inside Out (Insiders, #1)
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 15,979 ratings
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50 Specials (Uglies, #3)
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 109,292 ratings
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51 Outpost (Razorland, #2)
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52 Requiem (Delirium, #3)
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 66,416 ratings
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53 Eve (The Eve Trilogy, #1)
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 25,370 ratings
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54 Moirai (Aberrant, #2)
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 237 ratings
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55 Clockwork Prince (The Infer...
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4.48 of 5 stars 4.48 avg rating — 171,064 ratings
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56 Monsters of Men (Chaos Walk...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 26,255 ratings
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57 Incarceron (Incarceron, #1)
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58 Isaura (Aberrant, #3)
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59 Psion Beta (Psion, #1)
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60 Prized (Birthmarked, #2)
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61 Hunger (Gone, #2)
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 41,242 ratings
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62 Outside In (Insider, #2)
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 8,341 ratings
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63 Extras (Uglies, #4)
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 68,183 ratings
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64 Clockwork Princess (The Inf...
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4.58 of 5 stars 4.58 avg rating — 123,920 ratings
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65 Ashes (Ashes Trilogy, #1)
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 15,173 ratings
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66 The Pledge (The Pledge, #1)
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 19,019 ratings
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67 Lies (Gone, #3)
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 34,584 ratings
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68 Psion Gamma (Psion, #2)
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 954 ratings
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69 Twilight (Twilight, #1)
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 2,504,992 ratings
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70 The Elite (The Selection, #2)
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 91,848 ratings
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71 The Iron Daughter (The Iron...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 63,686 ratings
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72 Shudder (Stitch Trilogy, #2)
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 205 ratings
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73 Ice Country (The Country Sa...
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 381 ratings
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74 Fear (Gone, #5)
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 19,008 ratings
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75 Reached (Matched, #3)
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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 72,151 ratings
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76 Fever (The Chemical Garden,...
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 24,737 ratings
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77 The House of the Scorpion (...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 43,151 ratings
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78 The Iron Queen (The Iron Fe...
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 58,828 ratings
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79 Plague (Gone, #4)
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 27,395 ratings
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80 Stitch (Stitch Trilogy, #1)
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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 747 ratings
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81 Through the Ever Night (Und...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 28,701 ratings
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82 Gregor the Overlander (Unde...
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83 The Scorpio Races
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84 The Fallen Star (Fallen Sta...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 17,611 ratings
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85 A Million Suns (Across the ...
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86 Water & Storm Country (The ...
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87 Battle Royale
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88 UnWholly (Unwind, #2)
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89 Gathering Blue (The Giver #2)
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90 Feed
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 30,269 ratings
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91 Champion (Legend, #3)
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4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 41,076 ratings
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92 XVI (XVI, #1)
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93 Gregor and the Curse of the...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 24,758 ratings
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93 Cinder (The Lunar Chronicle...
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95 Gregor and the Marks of Sec...
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 16,325 ratings
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96 Glitch (Glitch, #1)
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 5,114 ratings
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97 Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1)
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 60,420 ratings
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98 Donor 23
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 45 ratings
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99 Angel Evolution (The Evolut...
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100 The Immortal Rules (Blood o...
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Comments (showing 1-26 of 26) (26 new)

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message 1: by Chelsea (new)

Chelsea I don't think a lot of these books qualify as a "dystopian society" books...


message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

WTF is dystopian about the Time Traveler's Wife?


message 3: by Lynne (new)

Lynne Lowe Wow, I can't believe the "Gone" series by Michael Grant was missing from this list.


message 4: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Or The Handmaid's Tale. Maybe that doesn't count as "young" adult ???


message 5: by Randi (new)

Randi Cassandra Clare's books, much as I love them, are NOT dystopia...


message 6: by Emily (new)

Emily Randi wrote: "Cassandra Clare's books, much as I love them, are NOT dystopia..."

Totally agree!


message 7: by Josiane (last edited Jan 18, 2013 04:24AM) (new)

Josiane Claremont Randi wrote: "Cassandra Clare's books, much as I love them, are NOT dystopia..."

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that if the plot takes place in NEW YORK CITY with WORKING VEHICLES, then it IS NOT dystopian


message 8: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie Kamphorst Since when is Memoirs of a Geisha dystopian?


message 9: by Jack (new)

Jack If you enjoy the dystopian genre, you should join The YA Dystopian Book Club


message 10: by Farah (new)

Farah Wait, how is The Mortal Instruments dystopian?! They're paranormal/fantasy.


message 11: by Ellinor (new)

Ellinor Frankenstein, The Canterville Ghost, Les Miserables, The Picture of Dorian Gray and the Chronicles all aren't Dystopian and shouldn't be on this list.


message 12: by Stacey (new)

Stacey so many awesome books on this list


message 13: by Dana (new)

Dana Lynne wrote: "Wow, I can't believe the "Gone" series by Michael Grant was missing from this list."

Oh no, they're here. I voted for them.


message 14: by Shelby (last edited Jun 19, 2013 05:30PM) (new)

Shelby These are good books, but they all aren't dystopian.... the only ones are the hunger games, divergent, and partials (that i know and have read)


message 15: by Olivia (new)

Olivia is Cinder by Marissa Meyer on the list? I didn't see it...


message 16: by Sarah (new)

Sarah El-Issa Emily wrote: "Randi wrote: "Cassandra Clare's books, much as I love them, are NOT dystopia..."

Totally agree!"


I disagree because a dystopia is a creation of a nightmare world and even though it is set in New York , a world with people killing demons is a nightmare. Dystopia is often characterized by an authoritarian or totalitarian form of government ,like the clave because they don't always listen to the other shadow hunters .But everyone has different opinions :)


message 17: by Dana (new)

Dana Olivia wrote: "is Cinder by Marissa Meyer on the list? I didn't see it..."
Im reading that book right now! And no, I didnt see it, but I felt the need to tell you that lol. Btw, you know who this is... just think... :P
hehe


message 18: by Astoria (new)

Astoria Why is Divergent, of all the books that could be there, in second place? And City of Bones isn't exactly Dystopian.


message 19: by Sharanja (new)

Sharanja Twilight isn't dystopian.


message 20: by Cate (new)

Cate Beatty Thanks to those who added my book! Hope you enjoyed it!
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message 21: by Yaa (new)

Yaa Some of these books should be classified as dystopian. The mortal instruments for example.


Lauraelisabeth (fashion-by-the-book) I'm beginning to think a lot of people don't know what Dystopian means...


message 23: by Rachel (new)

Rachel House of Scorpions by Nancy Farmer. Actually dystopian, and really good.


message 24: by Cheyenne (new)

Cheyenne Autumn Lynne wrote: "Wow, I can't believe the "Gone" series by Michael Grant was missing from this list."

It's actually on the list it's number 29 plus they have all the other books in the series.


message 25: by Taysia (new)

Taysia I totally agree!!!!!


message 26: by EmilyNesheva (new)

EmilyNesheva Why are The Infernal Devices high on this list? -_- Some delete them somehow


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