Because we want to have them all of the titles on the same page, we've not added many covers because that increases load time. With Amazon's 'preview' software, however, you can get a look at the cover and the star-rating which should help picking your next good read.
Series are listed using the title of the first book. Thus the "Night Creatures" series is listed under B's for Burn Bright.
We've use a shorthand for certain genres of dystopic books. Here's some definitions that help to keep descriptions short.
- Scifi based - Books with a scifi backdrop. (Think spaceships, parallel dimensions....) "Across the Universe" is an example, and this is the category were the most debate is likely to occur about whether a book/series is truly a dystopia.
- Zombie themed - It might sound like we're dissing these books, but that's not the case. Instead it's merely meant to imply that there's a device, an event, or a virus that makes part of the human population zombie-like. "Forest of Hands and Teeth" is an example.
- Red book titles mean that the book is either a stand-alone, or that only one book has been published in the series. Blue book titles are for series where more than one book has been published.
- Descriptions in italics are not ours but publisher blurbs.
1984 by George Orwell
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
"Across the Universe" by Beth Revis
This one has a bit of romance, some adventure, and some good mysteries to solve. Across the Universe was a good read. A Million Suns did not please as many people.
"Jenna Fox Chronicles" by Mary E. Pearson
ALL GOOD CHILDREN
by Catherine Austen
Really enjoyed this book and can't understand why it hasn't gotten wider press. ALL GOOD CHILDREN is not an action-driven dystopia. Instead it's a great book with good world building and characters.
Page Count: 312
Accelerated Reading level: 4.1 / points: 10.0
AR quiz: 147391
- Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
- ISBN-10: 1554698243
- sample pages available
All These Things I’ve Done (Birthright #1) by Gabrielle Zevin
America Pacifica by Anna North
"Shadow Children" #1-7) by Margaret Peterson Haddix
- Among the Hidden
- Among the Impostors
- Among the Betrayed
- Among the Barons
- Among the Brave
- Among the Enemy
- Among the Free
Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee
Animal Farm by George Orwell
A classic book which some might argue isn't a dystopia. Orwell uses a farm and farm animals euphemistically to conclude that oppression will lead to violence. "Four legs good, two legs bad!"
Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller has perfected the art of keeping a low profile but that changes when her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings…the only boy Ember has ever loved.
Ashes (Ashes #1) by Ilsa Bick
Ashfall by Mike Mullin
Fifteen-year-old Alex is home alone when the supervolcano erupts at Yellowstone. His town collapses into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence, forcing him to flee. He begins a harrowing trek in search of his parents and sister, who were visiting relatives 140 miles away. Along the way, Alex struggles through a landscape transformed by more than a foot of ash. The disaster brings out the best and worst in people desperate for food, clean water, and shelter.
This is a fast paced, lively novel that only requires a moderate amount of suspension of disbelief. The characters are interesting and the writing is good. And despite the fact that it's about dark times, it maintains an upbeat attitude. Violence. Non-graphic sex/rape. Mild language. More shallow than deep. Enjoyed it. Guy-friendly.
Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari
Awaken (Awaken #1) by Katie Kacvinsky
"Bar Code" by Suzanne Weyn
"Tomorrow Girls " by Eva Gray
Or is it?
"Birthmarked Trilogy" by Caragh M. O’Brien
One of better dystopias. Birthmarked is very well written and has engaging characters and a setting that is logical. Book2 is better in every respect. Highly recommended.
The Blending Time by Michael Kinch
"Dustlands" by Moira Young
Blood Red Road is a great adventure read but you'll have throw your 'suspension of disbelief' into high gear.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Brave New World Revisited
Bumped (Bumped #1) by Megan McCafferty
A virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile.
"Night Creatures" by Marianne de Pierres [KINDLE ONLY]
"The Compound" by S.A. Bodeen
Dark Inside (Dark Inside #1) by Jeyn Roberts
What's going on? It's hard to say. The world is falling apart but it's not clear what the source of the trouble is. Is there Evil underground or is it in the mysterious boy's head.
Enjoyed this one. Recommend it even though it's possible it's not a 'pure' dystopia. Well written and creepy.
"Dark Life" by Kat Falls
Dark Parties by Sara Grant
Neva and her best friend Sanna believe the government is lying and stage a "dark party" to recruit members for their underground rebellion. But as Neva begins to uncover the truth, she realizes she must question everything she's ever known, including the people she loves the most.
"The Declaration" by Gemma Malley
"Delirium" by Lauren Oliver
"Divergent" by Veronica Roth
The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch
As a Huntress, her purpose is clear--to brave the dangerous tunnels outside the enclave and bring back meat to feed the group while evading ferocious monsters known as Freaks. She's worked toward this goal her whole life, and nothing's going to stop her, not even a beautiful, brooding Hunter named Fade. When the mysterious boy becomes her partner, Deuce's troubles are just beginning.
Enclave was an enjoyable, fast-paced read. iPam enjoyed the fact that the author wasn't afraid to 'ditch' characters I had come to like. I did think though that some solutions came a little easily. Violence. Grossness. No language that I can remember. Some discussion of rape. Will require a low grade 'suspension of disbelief'.
Suddenly, Waverly’s dreams are interrupted by the inconceivable – a violent betrayal by the Empyrean's sister ship, the New Horizon. The New Horizon’s leaders are desperate to populate the new planet first, and will do anything to get what they need: young girls. In one pivotal moment, Waverly and Kieran are separated, and find themselves at the helm of dangerous missions, where every move has potentially devastating consequences, and decisions of the heart may lead to disaster.
In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. Everyone except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not a single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Gone, too, are the phones, internet, and television. There is no way to get help.
**Newbery Honor Book**
**Printz Honor Book**
Hollowland is a fast-paced adventure book with a kick-butt heroine. I-Pam got it for FREE for my KINDLE but it's also available as a paperback. This was my first Amanda Hocking book and I enjoyed it. Very fluffy stuff that you'll need to throw your 'suspension of disbelief' into high geer. Lots of violence and gross-ness (yay!). Some language. One scene where heroine beds down, but not graphic.
High school sophomore Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when an asteroid knocks the moon closer to Earth, the way “one marble hits another.” The result is catastrophic. How can her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis are wiping out the coasts, earthquakes are rocking the continents, and volcanic ash is blocking out the sun? As August turns dark and wintry in northeastern Pennsylvania, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.
Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws have pushed what's left of humanity to the brink of civil war, and she's not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will find that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them—connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.
Jesse Fisher, a Skyship slacker, and Cassius Stevenson, a young Surface operative, cross paths when they both venture into forbidden territory in pursuit of Pearls. Their chance encounter triggers an unexpected reaction, endowing each boy with remarkable—and dangerous—abilities that their respective governments would stop at nothing to possess.
But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they’re set on convincing Vi to become one of them…starting by brainwashing Zenn. Vi can’t leave Zenn in the Thinkers’ hands, but she’s wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous—everything Zenn’s not. Vi can’t quite trust Jag and can’t quite resist him, but she also can’t give up on Zenn.
Molly is relieved to find her grandparents alive in their Portland suburb, but they’re financially ruined and practically starving. What should’ve been a quick trip turns into a full-fledged rescue mission. And when Molly witnesses something the local crime bosses wishes she hadn’t, Molly’s only way home may be to beat them at their own game. Luckily, there’s a handsome stranger who’s willing to help.
Starters by Lissa Price
Ted Hill [KINDLE ONLY]
While Jimmy is trying to put food on the table for his little brother, that brother, Hunter, finds a little girl named Catherine under a cottonwood tree in the middle of nowhere. When Catherine magically heals Hunter’s broken arm, Jimmy hopes he will survive his eighteenth birthday if he can protect her from the horseman responsible for unleashing the plague.
Margaret Peterson Haddix
This is a fast paced read that could certainly qualify as a 'page turner'. Many people only read the first two books and consider that satisfying.
Conflict arises as the brothers find themselves pitted against one another in an ultimate, magical battle.
**Starred Review** PublishersWeekly
In America after the Second Civil War, the Pro-Choice and Pro-Life armies came to an agreement: The Bill of Life states that human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until a child reaches the age of thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, a parent may choose to retroactively get rid of a child through a process called "unwinding." Unwinding ensures that the child's life doesn’t “technically” end by transplanting all the organs in the child's body to various recipients. Now a common and accepted practice in society, troublesome or unwanted teens are able to easily be unwound.
Connor, Risa, and Lev.
The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher
But Kai didn't seem to care about any of this. He stood in the open road drinking water from a plastic cup, then spilled the remaining drops into the dirt. He didn't go to school, and he traveled with armed guards. Kai claimed he knew a secret-something the government is keeping from us...
And then he was gone. Vanished in the middle of the night. Was he kidnapped? Did he flee? Is he alive or dead? There are no clues, only questions. And no one can guess the lengths to which they will go to keep him silent. We have to find him-and the truth-before it is too late for all of us.
The Wind-up Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
**Winner of the 2010 Hugo Award for Best Novel**
When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
A powerful reimagining of The Scarlet Letter, When She Woke is a timely fable about a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of the not-too-distant future, where the line between church and state has been eradicated, and convicted felons are no longer imprisoned and rehabilitated but chromed and released back into the population to survive as best they can. In seeking a path to safety in an alien and hostile world, Hannah unknowingly embarks on a journey of self-discovery that forces her to question the values she once held true and the righteousness of a country that politicizes faith and love.
Winter’s End by Jean-Claude Mourlevat
"The Chemical Garden" by Lauren DeStefano
X-Isle by Steve Augarde
"XVI" by Julia Karr