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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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 1,086,870 ratings
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3 Catching Fire (The Hunger G...
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 1,424,565 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 — 224,870 ratings
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8 Matched (Matched, #1)
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 322,831 ratings
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9 The Maze Runner (Maze Runne...
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 272,523 ratings
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10 Legend (Legend, #1)
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 153,381 ratings
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11 Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 95,811 ratings
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12 The Host (The Host, #1)
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 585,564 ratings
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13 The Star Dwellers (The Dwel...
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 857 ratings
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14 The Giver (The Giver, #1)
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 877,980 ratings
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15 Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 124,599 ratings
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16 Uglies (Uglies, #1)
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 302,492 ratings
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17 The Selection (The Selectio...
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 165,323 ratings
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18 Wither (The Chemical Garden...
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 64,598 ratings
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19 Unwind (Unwind, #1)
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 91,931 ratings
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20 Fire Country (The Country S...
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 787 ratings
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21 Across the Universe (Across...
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 67,399 ratings
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22 The Knife of Never Letting ...
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 65,611 ratings
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23 The Sun Dwellers (The Dwell...
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 688 ratings
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24 Enclave (Razorland, #1)
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 39,522 ratings
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25 Blood Red Road (Dust Lands,...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 35,984 ratings
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26 Angelfall (Penryn & the End...
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 61,715 ratings
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27 Free Four: Tobias Tells the...
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 68,538 ratings
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28 Under the Never Sky (Under ...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 59,488 ratings
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29 Clockwork Angel (The Infern...
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 295,308 ratings
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30 Gone (Gone, #1)
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 101,602 ratings
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31 The Scorch Trials (Maze Run...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 147,954 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 — 56,840 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 — 618,866 ratings
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34 Birthmarked (Birthmarked, #1)
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 29,772 ratings
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35 Crossed (Matched, #2)
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3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 117,774 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 — 69,253 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 — 185,418 ratings
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38 Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 344,058 ratings
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39 Graceling (Graceling Realm,...
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40 Prodigy (Legend, #2)
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 68,019 ratings
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41 City of Fallen Angels (The ...
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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 — 29,611 ratings
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44 Partials (The Partials Sequ...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 27,664 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 — 138,471 ratings
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46 Pretties (Uglies, #2)
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 152,263 ratings
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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 — 376,369 ratings
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49 Inside Out (Insiders, #1)
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50 Outpost (Razorland, #2)
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 16,090 ratings
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51 Specials (Uglies, #3)
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 110,079 ratings
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52 Requiem (Delirium, #3)
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 67,360 ratings
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53 Eve (The Eve Trilogy, #1)
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 25,690 ratings
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54 Clockwork Prince (The Infer...
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4.48 of 5 stars 4.48 avg rating — 172,921 ratings
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55 Moirai (Aberrant, #2)
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 244 ratings
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56 Incarceron (Incarceron, #1)
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57 Monsters of Men (Chaos Walk...
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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 — 41,914 ratings
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62 Outside In (Insider, #2)
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 8,424 ratings
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63 Extras (Uglies, #4)
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 68,650 ratings
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64 Clockwork Princess (The Inf...
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4.58 of 5 stars 4.58 avg rating — 126,883 ratings
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65 Ashes (Ashes Trilogy, #1)
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 15,315 ratings
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66 Twilight (Twilight, #1)
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 2,534,849 ratings
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67 The Pledge (The Pledge, #1)
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 19,183 ratings
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68 The Elite (The Selection, #2)
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 94,906 ratings
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69 The Iron Daughter (The Iron...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 64,383 ratings
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70 Lies (Gone, #3)
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 35,061 ratings
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71 Psion Gamma (Psion, #2)
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 977 ratings
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72 Shudder (Stitch Trilogy, #2)
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 206 ratings
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73 Ice Country (The Country Sa...
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 387 ratings
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74 Fear (Gone, #5)
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 19,291 ratings
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75 Reached (Matched, #3)
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 73,170 ratings
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76 Fever (The Chemical Garden,...
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 24,975 ratings
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77 The Iron Queen (The Iron Fe...
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 59,318 ratings
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78 The House of the Scorpion (...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 43,881 ratings
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79 Plague (Gone, #4)
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 27,720 ratings
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80 Stitch (Stitch Trilogy, #1)
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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 758 ratings
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81 The Scorpio Races
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 45,862 ratings
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82 Through the Ever Night (Und...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 29,335 ratings
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83 Gregor the Overlander (Unde...
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84 The Fallen Star (Fallen Sta...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 17,777 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 Champion (Legend, #3)
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4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 42,647 ratings
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90 Gathering Blue (The Giver, #2)
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91 XVI (XVI, #1)
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92 Feed
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93 Gregor and the Curse of the...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 24,983 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 — 16,530 ratings
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96 Glitch (Glitch, #1)
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 5,172 ratings
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97 Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1)
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 61,550 ratings
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98 The Immortal Rules (Blood o...
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 35,499 ratings
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99 Donor 23
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 47 ratings
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100 Angel Evolution (The Evolut...
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Comments (showing 1-27 of 27) (27 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 17, 2013 08:24PM) (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 09:30AM) (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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