Best Dystopian Books for Teens
At the heart of these books for young adults are dystopian societies.
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354 books · 1,632 voters · list created April 5th, 2010 by Linda (votes) .
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message 25: 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 24: by Divya (new)

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


message 23: 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 22: by Divya (new)

Divya thx i'll check them out


message 21: 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 20: 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 19: 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 18: by Nitzan (new)

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


message 17: 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 16: 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 15: 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 14: 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 13: 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 12: by Jack (new)

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


message 11: 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 10: 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 9: by Chelsea (new)

Chelsea Pettit 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 8: 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...


Christie Book Blog!!! 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 6: 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 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 Sharon (new)

Sharon 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 3: 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 2: by Amina (new)

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

Also Oh. My. Gods.


message 1: by Robin (new)

Robin Linda wrote: "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 wi..."

Hi Linda,
Any goodreads librarian can delete books from a list - however, most won't do so without a request from the listowner asking for the deletion.
If you want specific books removed, you can post in the goodreads librarians group and ask for help there, and list the books you want removed. The next available librarian will help you.
https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...


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