Best Dystopian Books for Teens

At the heart of these books for young adults are dystopian societies.
1

by
4.32 avg rating — 6,862,817 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
2

by
4.18 avg rating — 3,169,700 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
3

by
4.30 avg rating — 2,749,344 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
4

by
4.05 avg rating — 2,546,335 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
5

by
4.01 avg rating — 1,261,328 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
6

by
3.96 avg rating — 440,022 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
7

by
3.82 avg rating — 4,162 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
8

by
4.03 avg rating — 1,181,391 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
9

by
3.65 avg rating — 697,482 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
10

by
3.85 avg rating — 594,998 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
11

by
4.16 avg rating — 452,439 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
12

by
4.13 avg rating — 1,945,360 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
13

by
3.84 avg rating — 939,916 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
14

by
4.15 avg rating — 208,497 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
15

by
4.12 avg rating — 1,065,007 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
16

by
3.93 avg rating — 328,212 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
17

by
3.93 avg rating — 343,565 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
18

by
3.86 avg rating — 189,185 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
19

by
3.87 avg rating — 261,363 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
20

by
3.90 avg rating — 62,811 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
21

by
4.04 avg rating — 225,033 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
22

by
4.06 avg rating — 2,115 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
23

by
3.98 avg rating — 114,905 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
24

by
3.77 avg rating — 118,875 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
25

by
4.09 avg rating — 2,200 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
26

by
3.53 avg rating — 228,184 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
27

by
3.96 avg rating — 175,832 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
28

by
3.79 avg rating — 100,899 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
29

by
3.76 avg rating — 177,942 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
30

by
4.16 avg rating — 165,799 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
31

by
3.90 avg rating — 69,747 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
32

by
3.60 avg rating — 85,326 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
33

by
3.84 avg rating — 245,416 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
34

by
4.30 avg rating — 1,202,752 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
35

by
4.17 avg rating — 1,858 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
36

by
3.96 avg rating — 3,002,447 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
37

by
3.87 avg rating — 124,794 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
38

by
3.62 avg rating — 893,578 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
39

by
4.25 avg rating — 223,095 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
40

by
3.60 avg rating — 111,897 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
41

by
3.99 avg rating — 1,545,415 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
42

by
3.90 avg rating — 489,019 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
43

by
3.99 avg rating — 1,847,521 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
44

by
3.87 avg rating — 49,415 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
45

by
4.07 avg rating — 417,513 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
46

by
3.69 avg rating — 2,418,980 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
47

by
3.56 avg rating — 152,428 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
48

by
3.92 avg rating — 59,405 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
49

by
3.99 avg rating — 1,096,722 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
50

by
4.03 avg rating — 78,642 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
51

by
3.64 avg rating — 61,227 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
52

by
4.05 avg rating — 89,554 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
53

by
really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 518,488 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
54

by
3.82 avg rating — 23,793 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
55

by
4.13 avg rating — 758,227 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
56

by
4.08 avg rating — 61,889 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
57

by
4.14 avg rating — 813,415 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
58

by
4.18 avg rating — 50,783 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
59

by
3.77 avg rating — 368,839 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
60

by
4.33 avg rating — 184,859 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
61

by
4.03 avg rating — 13,307 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
62

by
3.81 avg rating — 171,565 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
63

by
3.97 avg rating — 23,686 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
64

by
3.77 avg rating — 27,646 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
65

by
3.74 avg rating — 137,255 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
66

by
4.18 avg rating — 463,605 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
67

by
3.56 avg rating — 62,030 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
68

by
4.19 avg rating — 202,575 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
69

by
3.68 avg rating — 53,030 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
70

by
4.25 avg rating — 50,803 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
71

by
3.69 avg rating — 42,105 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
72

by
3.45 avg rating — 7,649 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
73

by
3.92 avg rating — 100,665 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
74

by
3.89 avg rating — 19,154 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
75

by
3.83 avg rating — 13,757 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
76

by
3.71 avg rating — 180,633 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
77

by
3.94 avg rating — 24,610 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
77

by
3.74 avg rating — 23,634 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
79

by
4.04 avg rating — 318 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
80

by
4.01 avg rating — 178,949 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
81

by
4.18 avg rating — 1,094 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
82

by
3.81 avg rating — 25,438 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
83

by
3.86 avg rating — 27,379 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
84

by
4.10 avg rating — 33,240 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
84

by
3.79 avg rating — 28,516 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
86

by
3.90 avg rating — 14,069 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
87

by
3.90 avg rating — 122,119 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
88

by
3.73 avg rating — 45,630 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
89

by
3.84 avg rating — 36,440 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
90

by
3.67 avg rating — 1,184 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
91

by
4.09 avg rating — 22,222 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
92

by
3.28 avg rating — 29,005 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
93

by
4.04 avg rating — 673,950 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
94

by
3.89 avg rating — 14,584 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
95

by
3.88 avg rating — 21,813 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
96

by
3.58 avg rating — 44,193 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
97

by
3.99 avg rating — 23,827 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
98

by
3.77 avg rating — 24,190 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
99

by
4.12 avg rating — 73,140 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
100

by
3.97 avg rating — 89,279 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
flag this list (?)
490 books · 2,186 voters · list created April 5th, 2010 by Linda (votes) .
145 likes · 
Lists are re-scored approximately every 5 minutes.


Linda 750 books
33 friends
Antoine 949 books
178 friends
Tiffanycu 961 books
2 friends
Laurel 475 books
52 friends
Cara 1885 books
1397 friends
Geneva 1047 books
78 friends
Morgan 1401 books
1103 friends
Annalisa 821 books
345 friends

More voters…


Comments Showing 1-44 of 44 (44 new)

dateDown arrow    newest »

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 Stickley 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 Danielle (new)

Danielle Harrison 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...


CB-13's 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 Lailah (new)

Lailah 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♥♥☔ Wells 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♥♥☔ Wells 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♥♥☔ Wells 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!


back to top



Related News

Ryan Douglass has always written books. When he was really young, he wrote and drew picture books. When he was in elementary and middle school,...

Anyone can add books to this list.