Best Dystopian Books for Teens
At the heart of these books for young adults are dystopian societies.
1 The Hunger Games (The Hunge...
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2 Divergent (Divergent, #1)
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 994,167 ratings
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3 Catching Fire (The Hunger G...
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 1,372,172 ratings
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4 Mockingjay (The Hunger Game...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 1,257,502 ratings
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5 The Moon Dwellers (The Dwel...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 1,508 ratings
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6 Delirium (Delirium, #1)
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 215,014 ratings
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7 Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 496,808 ratings
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8 Matched (Matched, #1)
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 300,700 ratings
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9 Uglies (Uglies, #1)
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 289,267 ratings
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10 The Maze Runner (Maze Runne...
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 238,380 ratings
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11 The Giver (The Giver #1)
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 827,038 ratings
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12 Legend (Legend, #1)
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 137,246 ratings
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13 The Host (The Host, #1)
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 559,253 ratings
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14 Unwind (Unwind, #1)
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 86,786 ratings
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15 I Am Number Four (Lorien Le...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 165,440 ratings
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16 Gone (Gone, #1)
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 96,481 ratings
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17 Fire Country (The Country S...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 719 ratings
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18 Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 89,140 ratings
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19 Blood Red Road (Dust Lands,...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 34,464 ratings
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20 Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 116,265 ratings
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21 The Star Dwellers (The Dwel...
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 731 ratings
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22 Wither (The Chemical Garden...
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 62,777 ratings
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23 Under the Never Sky (Under ...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 56,492 ratings
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24 The City of Ember (Book of ...
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 131,799 ratings
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25 Across the Universe (Across...
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 65,043 ratings
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26 The Selection (The Selectio...
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 146,703 ratings
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27 The Sun Dwellers (The Dwell...
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 590 ratings
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28 The Knife of Never Letting ...
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 62,584 ratings
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29 The Forest of Hands and Tee...
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 55,549 ratings
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30 Crossed (Matched, #2)
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 111,757 ratings
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31 Specials (Uglies, #3)
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 106,971 ratings
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32 Enclave (Razorland, #1)
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 36,842 ratings
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33 The Lightning Thief (Percy ...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 743,254 ratings
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34 Pretties (Uglies, #2)
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 148,032 ratings
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35 Life As We Knew It (Last Su...
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 63,580 ratings
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36 City of Bones (The Mortal I...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 658,744 ratings
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37 Ender's Game (The Ender Qui...
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 605,560 ratings
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38 Birthmarked (Birthmarked, #1)
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 28,587 ratings
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39 Extras (Uglies, #4)
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 66,749 ratings
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40 Animal Farm
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 1,306,593 ratings
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41 Incarceron (Incarceron, #1)
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 38,525 ratings
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42 Brave New World
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 722,817 ratings
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43 Graceling (Graceling Realm,...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 189,920 ratings
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44 Lord of the Flies
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 1,195,871 ratings
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45 Inside Out (Insider, #1)
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 15,446 ratings
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46 Hunger (Gone, #2)
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 39,706 ratings
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47 The Darkest Minds (The Dark...
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 31,294 ratings
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48 A Wrinkle in Time (Time, #1)
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 402,130 ratings
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49 Reached (Matched, #3)
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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 69,359 ratings
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50 The House of the Scorpion (...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 41,810 ratings
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51 Lies (Gone, #3)
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 33,269 ratings
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52 Prodigy (Legend, #2)
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 60,565 ratings
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53 Partials (The Partials Sequ...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 24,556 ratings
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54 Fahrenheit 451
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 747,260 ratings
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55 Plague (Gone, #4)
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 26,260 ratings
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56 Article 5 (Article 5, #1)
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 16,279 ratings
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57 Ashfall (Ashfall, #1)
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 11,066 ratings
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58 Gathering Blue (The Giver #2)
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 67,773 ratings
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59 Feed
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 29,392 ratings
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60 The People of Sparks (Book ...
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 29,344 ratings
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61 XVI (XVI, #1)
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3.43 of 5 stars 3.43 avg rating — 5,888 ratings
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62 Outside In (Insider, #2)
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 8,026 ratings
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63 Shudder (Stitch Trilogy, #2)
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 177 ratings
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64 City of Ashes (The Mortal I...
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 350,509 ratings
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65 Ashes (Ashes Trilogy, #1)
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 14,347 ratings
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66 Ice Country (The Country Sa...
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 323 ratings
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67 Requiem (Delirium, #3)
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 63,657 ratings
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68 The Pledge (The Pledge, #1)
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 18,207 ratings
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69 Eve (Eve, #1)
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 24,600 ratings
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70 The Scorch Trials (Maze Run...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 136,165 ratings
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71 UnWholly (Unwind, #2)
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 17,094 ratings
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72 The Prophet of Yonwood (The...
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3.2 of 5 stars 3.20 avg rating — 16,464 ratings
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73 Once (Eve, #2)
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 8,885 ratings
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74 Ship Breaker (Ship Breaker,...
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 22,596 ratings
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75 Messenger (The Giver #3)
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 42,914 ratings
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76 The Diamond of Darkhold (Bo...
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 13,368 ratings
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77 Pure (Pure, #1)
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 14,526 ratings
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78 Stitch (Stitch Trilogy, #1)
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 676 ratings
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79 The Supernaturalist
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 17,310 ratings
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80 The Dead and the Gone (Last...
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 20,401 ratings
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80 Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 310,542 ratings
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82 Awaken (Awaken, #1)
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 8,756 ratings
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83 The Compound (The Compound,...
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 11,326 ratings
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84 How I Live Now
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 19,849 ratings
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85 Dark Life (Dark Life, #1)
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86 Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 39,711 ratings
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87 City of Glass (The Mortal I...
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 388,651 ratings
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88 The Enemy (The Enemy #1)
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 9,811 ratings
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89 Dearly, Departed (Gone With...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 6,835 ratings
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90 Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 61,111 ratings
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91 Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 272,930 ratings
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92 Running Out of Time
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 14,160 ratings
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93 Intermix Nation
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 91 ratings
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94 Son (The Giver #4)
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 21,627 ratings
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95 Peeps (Peeps, #1)
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 18,568 ratings
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96 The Earth Dwellers (The Dwe...
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97 Rebel Heart (Dust Lands, #2)
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 10,253 ratings
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98 Rot and Ruin (Benny Imura, #1)
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 16,957 ratings
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99 The Stolen: Two Short Stories
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 54 ratings
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100 Glitch (Glitch, #1)
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message 26: by Veronica (new)

Veronica Where are books by Ursula K. LeGuin? The Earthsea cycle? Or Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time (and subsequent books)?


message 25: by Bunny (new)

Bunny Julie i really love a mix of romance,fantasy,greek gods, and the main character is a girl. Anyone know any??????????


message 24: by Linda (new)

Linda Veronica wrote: "Where are books by Ursula K. LeGuin? The Earthsea cycle? Or Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time (and subsequent books)?"

Add them to the list if you think they should be here!


message 23: by Bunny (new)

Bunny Julie thx i'll check them out


message 22: by Kaitlyn (new)

Kaitlyn Bunny wrote: "i really love a mix of romance,fantasy,greek gods, and the main character is a girl. Anyone know any??????????"

You might want to try The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter or Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini :)


message 21: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Why is the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants book here? I didn't read it or anything, but... I'm pretty sure it doesn't belong here!


message 20: by Andrea (new)

Andrea I don't mean to offend any Twilight fans, but why is it part of dystopian? I've read it already, and I see no indication of dystopia. Perhaps this book is more appropriate in the supernatural young adult romance list.


message 19: by Nitzan (new)

Nitzan Schwarz There are SO many books here that have nothing to do with dystopia..


message 18: by Linda (new)

Linda Nitzan wrote: "There are SO many books here that have nothing to do with dystopia.."

I agree! I don't know who is adding these books. I'm going to see if I can get rid of the "fluff."


message 17: by Linda (new)

Linda Andrea wrote: "I don't mean to offend any Twilight fans, but why is it part of dystopian? I've read it already, and I see no indication of dystopia. Perhaps this book is more appropriate in the supernatural young..."
I agree!


message 16: by Noelle (new)

Noelle Kaitlyn wrote: "Bunny wrote: "i really love a mix of romance,fantasy,greek gods, and the main character is a girl. Anyone know any??????????"

You might want to try The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter or Starcrossed ..."


I loved that book!!!


message 15: by Bethany (new)

Bethany Yeah, Twilight and The traveling pants...not dystiopian. Neither is the Graceling series or the Gallagher girls series. Who put this list together, lol?


message 14: by Linda (new)

Linda I started this list quite some time ago and people keep adding these non-dystopian titles. If you know how to get these titles off the list I would love to know! I would delete - delete - delete with glee!


message 13: by Jack (new)

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


message 12: by Nikki (last edited Mar 23, 2013 05:20AM) (new)

Nikki I didn't know that The Host, Ender Games, Across the Universe & I am Number Four were classified as dystopian books. I thought they were all sci-fi.

Btw Twilight doesn't belong on this list, along with several others.


message 11: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Bunny wrote: "i really love a mix of romance,fantasy,greek gods, and the main character is a girl. Anyone know any??????????"

Try

The Gatekeeper's Sons and The Gatekeeper's Challenge

They're both really good!


message 10: by Chelsea (new)

Chelsea Nikki wrote: "I didn't know that The Host, Ender Games, Across the Universe & I am Number Four were classified as dystopian books. I thought they were all sci-fi.

Btw Twilight doesn't belong on this list, along..."


Technically the dystopian genre is a sub-group within science fiction (i.e. dystopians are a form of science fiction, but not all science fiction is dystopian). I would argue The Host fits in this list, but not so much I am Number Four.


message 9: by Dani (new)

Dani Veronica wrote: "Where are books by Ursula K. LeGuin? The Earthsea cycle? Or Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time (and subsequent books)?"
It's number 49 on the list...


message 8: by Christie (new)

Christie barnwell Bunny wrote: "i really love a mix of romance,fantasy,greek gods, and the main character is a girl. Anyone know any??????????" You should try the half blood series by Jennifer L Armentrout, the Frost series by Jennifer Estep or the Goddess Test by Aimee Carter.


message 7: by Sigurður (last edited Dec 15, 2013 07:14AM) (new)

Sigurður Ómars Bunny wrote: "i really love a mix of romance,fantasy,greek gods, and the main character is a girl. Anyone know any??????????"

yeah those are big standards maybe you should read heroes of olympus by rick riordan you can see the story from multible angles both girl and boy


message 6: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Twilight shouldn't be here!


message 5: by Angela (new)

Angela How in gods name did Twilight get 26 votes on this list? I removed it from the list.


message 4: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Angela (Hufflepuff-ing to Hogwarts) wrote: "How in gods name did Twilight get 26 votes on this list? I removed it from the list."

LOL! Cheers.


message 3: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Tw I'm pretty sure this list is called "Best Dystopian Books for Teens" and I find that a lot of these books aren't actually dystopians.


message 2: by Angela (new)

Angela Sharon, if you let me know which ones are dystopians, I can try to clean up the list. I've removed the ones I'm sure of, but most of them I just don't have an idea about.


message 1: by Amina (new)

Amina Elmasry Bunny wrote: "thx i'll check them out"

Also Oh. My. Gods.


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