Best Dystopian Books for Teens

At the heart of these books for young adults are dystopian societies.
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413 books · 1,993 voters · list created April 5th, 2010 by Linda (votes) .
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message 1: 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 2: 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 3: 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 4: by Divya (new)

Divya thx i'll check them out


message 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: by Nitzan (new)

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


message 9: 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 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 14: by Jack (new)

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


message 15: 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 16: 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 17: 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 18: 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...


Christies 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 20: 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 21: by Angela (new)

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


message 22: by Shar (new)

Shar 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 23: 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 24: by Amina (new)

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

Also Oh. My. Gods.


message 25: 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/...


message 26: by Kalynn (new)

Kalynn Why is The Fault in Our Stars on this list? :/


message 27: by Valery (new)

Valery fgjkdrfjkgdrkhgzhfu


message 28: by Angela (new)

Angela Kalynn wrote: "Why is The Fault in Our Stars on this list? :/"

Removed


message 29: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Why is Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief on this list? I mean, don't get me wrong, I LOVE THE SERIES, but it's not dystopian . . .


message 30: by Angela (new)

Angela Cynthia wrote: "Why is Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief on this list? I mean, don't get me wrong, I LOVE THE SERIES, but it's not dystopian . . ."

Removed


message 31: by 61576 (last edited Jul 28, 2015 10:55AM) (new)

61576 Divya wrote: "i really love a mix of romance,fantasy,greek gods, and the main character is a girl. Anyone know any??????????"

Ok look almost all GOOD dystopians like Hunger Games, Divergent and, Legend have main charactars that have romance, fantasy, and the main character is a girl


message 32: by Liz (new)

Liz 61576 wrote: "Divya wrote: "i really love a mix of romance,fantasy,greek gods, and the main character is a girl. Anyone know any??????????"

Ok look almost all GOOD dystopians like Hunger Games, Divergent and,..."


A good book that includes romance, fantasy, greek gods, and the main character is a girl is a book called Sirena by Donna Jo Napoli. Look it up. I promise it is a great read.


message 33: by Lily (new)

Lily Veronica Roth and Lauren Oliver are my favorite book authors ever


message 34: by Fang2003 (new)

Fang2003 I was just really upset the rest of the Maximum Ride series wasn't on the list.


message 35: by Ari (new)

Ari Fang2003 wrote: "I was just really upset the rest of the Maximum Ride series wasn't on the list."

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

Try the Heros of Olympus Series... there are like 7 main characters and some of them are girls...


message 36: by Mark (new)

Mark Garcia Hoping someone can help name this book!:) I read the first and third book in middle school and it's about a group of kids that had to flee to woods because their city was taken over? Or something had happened in their town so they had to hide in the woods And they continued to sneak back for supplies and what not. I wish I could remember more and at least know the what the series of books were called. I would really appreciate it! ;)


message 37: by Kendra (new)

Kendra Veronica Roth why'd you kill Beatrice poor Tobais she's dead first Uriah I can't believe it ,love your books by the way


message 38: by Mee (new)

Mee So many books are not supposed to be on this list!


message 39: by Angela (new)

Angela Mee wrote: "So many books are not supposed to be on this list!"

If you name books that aren't supposed to be on here, librarians can take care of them - I don't have a problem removing inaccurate books, I just don't always know as I haven't read all of them.


~☆~Autumn♥♥☽ 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 and I am a fan! I was also baffled by this so googled the definition again:
an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.


~☆~Autumn♥♥☽ an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.


message 42: by Mee (new)

Mee Angela wrote: "Mee wrote: "So many books are not supposed to be on this list!"

If you name books that aren't supposed to be on here, librarians can take care of them - I don't have a problem removing inaccurate ..."


I went through 3 pages of the list and have listed the books I know are not dystopian and the number they appear on the list below.

24. City of Bones
67. City of Ashes
69. Harry potter
70. Hush hush
100. silence
107. clockwork Angel
108. Crescendo
110. Twilight
113. Finale
117. City of lost souls
118.City of fallen angels
121. fire
124. clockwork princess
126. Throne of glass
135. City of Heavenly fire
136. The sisterhood of Traveling pants
140. clockwork prince
147. harry potter book
148 Mark of Athena
157,159, 160. twilight books
164. LOTR box set
187 looking for Alaska
188. Thirteen reasons why
194. Paper towns
202 Ella enchanted
225. cross my heart and hope to spy
228. to kill a mocking bird
230. Harry Potter book
232. Vampire academy


message 43: by Angela (new)

Angela Mee wrote: "24. City of Bones
67. City of Ashes
69. Harry potter
70. Hush hush
100. silence
107. clockwork Angel
108. Crescendo
110. Twilight
113. Finale
117. City of lost souls
118.City of fallen angels
121. fire
124. clockwork princess
126. Throne of glass
135. City of Heavenly fire
136. The sisterhood of Traveling pants
140. clockwork prince
147. harry potter book
148 Mark of Athena
157,159, 160. twilight books
164. LOTR box set
187 looking for Alaska
188. Thirteen reasons why
194. Paper towns
202 Ella enchanted
225. cross my heart and hope to spy
228. to kill a mocking bird
230. Harry Potter book
232. Vampire academy "


I've removed all of these :)


~☆~Autumn♥♥☽ Mee wrote: "Angela wrote: "Mee wrote: "So many books are not supposed to be on this list!"

If you name books that aren't supposed to be on here, librarians can take care of them - I don't have a problem remov..."


Thanks so much for cleaning this one up!


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