Young Adult Dystopian Books

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Why young adult dystopia?
I first came across young adult dystopia when I read Uglies by Scott Westerfeld over 7 years ago. Dystopia is a thrilling and intelligent genre and, as a Sociology graduate, I love stories surrounding social control. I wanted to read even more after picking up The Hunger Games and Delirium and so created this list of young adult dystopian novels. If you have a book that you think should be added to this list feel free to send me a message. Please note that I try not to include titles that are less dystopian and more post-apocalyptic or science fiction, although you’ll occasionally find some on this list.

What is dystopia?

I use this definition: ‘A dystopia is the idea of a society in a repressive and controlled state, often under the guise of being utopian, as characterised in books like Brave New World and 1984. Dystopian societies feature different kinds of repressive social control systems and various forms of active and passive coercion, often imagined as police states, with unlimited power over the citizens. Dystopias are often set in the future and involve technological innovations not accessible in actual present reality.’ You can read my reasoning here.

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Above by Leah Bobet
Across the Universe, A Million Suns and Shades of Earth (Across the Universe #1-3) by Beth Revis
The Adoration of Jenna Fox
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he Fox Inheritance and Fox Forever (Jenna Fox Chronicles #1-3) by Mary E. Pearson
All Our Yesterdays by Christin Terrill
All These Things I’ve Done, Because It Is My Blood & In the Age of Love and Chocolate (Birthright #1-3) by Gabrielle Zevin
Among the Hidden (Shadow Children #1-7) by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Angelfall and World After (Penryn & the End of Days #1-2) by Susan Ee
Article 5, Breaking Point and Three (Article 5 #1-3) by Kristen Simmons
Ashes, Shadows and Monsters (Ashes #1-3) by Ilsa Bick
Ashes of Twilight, Shadows of Glass and Remnants of Tomorrow (Ashes #1-3) by Kassy Tayler
Ashfall, Ashen Winter and Sunrise (Ashfall #1-3) by Mike Mullin
Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari
Awaken, Middle Ground and Still Point (Awaken #1-3) by Katie Kacvinsky 

The Bar Code Tattoo,
Bar Code Rebellion and The Bar Code Prophecy (Bar Code #1-3) by Suzanne Weyn
Behind the Gates, Run for Cover, With the Enemy and Set Me Free (Tomorrow Girls #1-4) by Eva Gray
Birthmarked, Prized and Promised (Birthmarked #1-3) by Caragh M. O’Brien
The Blending Time, The Fires of New Sun and The Rebels of New Sun (The Blending Time #1-3) by Michael Kinch
Blood Red Road, Rebel Heart and Raging Star (Dustlands #1-3) by Moira Young
Breathe and Resist (Breathe #1-2) by Sarah Crossan
Bumped and Thumped (Bumped #1-2) by Megan McCafferty

by Pam Bachorz
The City of Ember, The People of Sparks, The Prophet of Yonwood and The Diamond of Darkhold (The Books of Ember #1-4) by Jeanne DuPrau
Clockwise to Titan and Awe of Mercury (Clockwise to Titan #1-2) by Elon Dann
Coda and Chorus (Code #1-2) by Emma Trevayne
The Compound and The Fallout (The Compound #1-2) by S.A. Bodeen
Control and Catalyst (Control #1-2) by Lydia Kang
Cracks by Caroline Green

Dark Inside and Rage Within (Dark Inside #1-2) by Jeyn Roberts
Dark Life and Rip Tide (Dark Life #1-2) by Kat Falls
The Darkest Minds and Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #1-2) by Alexandra Bracken
Dark Parties by Sara Grant
The Declaration
, The Resistance and The Legacy (The Declaration #1-3) by Gemma Malley
Defiance, Deception and Deliverance (Defiance #1-3) by C.J. Redwine
Delirium, Pandemonium and Requiem (Delirium #1-3) by Lauren Oliver
The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist
The Disappeared and The Wilderness (The Disappeared #1-2) by C.J. Harper
Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant (Divergent #1-3) by Veronica Roth
Drought by Pam Bachorz
Dry Souls by Denise Getson

Echo Boy by Matt Haige
Elemental, Firebrand and Renegade (Elemental #1-3)by Antony John
The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch
Empty by Suzanne Weyn
Enclave, Outpost and Hoard (Razorland #1-3) by Ann Aquirre
Eve, Once and Rise (Eve #1-3) by Anna Carey
Exodus, Zenith and Aurora (Exodus #1-3) by Julie Bertagna

by M.T. Anderson
Fire & Floor (Fire & Flood #1) by Victoria Scott
For Darkness Shows The Stars and Across a Star-Swept Sea (For Darkness Shows the Stars #1-2) by Diana Peterfreund
The Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Dead-Tossed Waves, The Dark and Hollow Places (The Forest of Hands and Teeth #1-3) by Carrie Ryan
The Forsaken, The Uprising and The Defiant (The Forsaken #1-3) by Lisa M. Stasse

by Bernard Beckett
Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines
The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger and Son (The Giver #1-4) by Lois Lowry
The Glimpse and The Fall (The Glimpse #1-2) by Claire Merle
Glitch, Override and Shutdown (Glitch #1-3) by Heather Anastasiu
Glow, Spark and Flame (Sky Chasers #1-2) by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Gone, Hunger, Lies, Plague, Fear and Light (Gone #1-6) by Michael Grant
Grace by Elizabeth Scott

The Host
(The Host #1) by Stephenie Meyer
The House of the Scorpion and The Lord of the Opium (Matteo Alacran #1-2) by Nancy Farmer
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #1-3) by Suzanne Collins

and Sapphique (Incarceron #1-2) by Catherine Fisher
Inside Out and Outside In (Insider #1-2) by Maria V. Snyder
Insignia, Vortex and Catalyst (Insignia #1-3) by S.J. Kincaid

The Killables, The Disappearances and The System (The Killables #1-3) by Gemma Malley
The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and Answer and Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking #1-3) by Patrick Ness

Legend, Prodigy and Champion (Legend #1-3) by Marie Lu
Life As We Knew It, The Dead and Gone, This World We Live In and The Shadow of the Moon (Last Survivors #1-4) by Susan Beth Pfeffer
The Line, Away and The Island (The Line #1-3) by Teri Hall
Little Brother and Homeland (Little Brother #1-2) by Cory Doctorow
Lockdown (Escape From Furnace #1-5) by Alexander Gordon Smith
Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Matched, Crossed and Reached (Matched #1-3) by Ally Condie
The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trails, The Death Cure and The Kill Order (Maze Runner #0.5-3) by James Dashner
Memento Nora, The Forgetting Curve and The Meme Plague (Memento #1-3) by Angie Smibert
The Memory of After and Chasing Before (The Memory Chronicles #1-2) by Lenore Appelhans

Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman


The Other Life and The Life Beyond (The Other Life #1-2) by Susanne Winnacker
The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman

Pawn and Captive (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1-2) by Aimee Carter
The Pledge, The Essence and The Offering (The Pledge #1-3) by Kimberly Derting
Possession, Surrender and Abandon (Possession #1-3) by Elana Johnson
The Predicteds by Christine Seifert
The Program and The Treatment (The Program #1-2) by Suzanne Young
Pure, Fuse and Burn (Pure #1-3) by Julianna Baggott

Renegade and Revelations (The Elysium Chronicles #1-2)  by J.A. Souders
Restoring Harmony by Joëlle Anthony
The Returners by Gemma Malley
Riot by Sarah Mussi

, Gool and The Limping Man (Salt #1-3) by Maurice Gee
Scored by Lauren McLaughlin
The Selection, The Elite and The One (The Selection #1-3) by Kiera Cass
Shatter Me, Unravel Me and Ignite Me (Shatter Me #1-3) by Tahereh Mafi
Ship Breaker and The Drowned Cities (Ship Breaker #1-2) by Paolo Bacigalupi
Skinned, Crashed and Wired (The Cold Awakening #1-3) by Robin Wasserman
Slated, Fractured and Shattered (Slated #1-2) by Teri Terry
Starters and Enders (Starters #1-2) by Lissa Price
Struck and Aftershock (Struck #1) by Jennifer Bosworth

Taken and Frozen (Taken #1-2) by Erin Bowman
Tankborn, Awakening and Rebellon (Tankborn #1-3) by Karen Sandler
The Testing, Independent Study and Graduation Day (The Testing #1-3) by Joelle Charbonneau
Those That Wake
and What We Become (Those That Wake #1-2) by Jesse Karp

, Pretties, Specials and Extras (Uglies #1-4) by Scott Westerfeld
Under the Never Sky and
Through the Ever Night and Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #1-3) by Veronica Rossi
The Unidentified by Rae Mariz
The Unwanteds, Island of Silence, Island of Fire and Island of Legends (Unwanteds #1-4) by Lisa McMann
Unwind, Unwholly and Unsouled (Unwind #1-3) by Neal Shusterman

Variant and Feedback (Variant #1-2) by Robinson Wells

The Ward (The Ward #1) by Jordana Frankel
The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher
The Way We Fall, The Lives We Lost and The Worlds We Make (Fallen World #1-3) by Megan Crewe
What’s Left of Me, Once We Were and Echoes of Us (The Hybrid Chronicles #1-3) by Kat Zhang
When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
When We Wake and While We Run (When We Wake #1-2) by Karen Healey
Winter’s End by Jean-Claude Mourlevat
Wither, Fever and Sever (The Chemical Garden #1-3) by Lauren DeStefano

and Truth (XVI #1-2) by Julia Karr

Yesterday and Tomorrow (Yesterday #1-2) by C.K. Kelly Martin

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