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Best Young Adult Dystopian Novels

Experience the thrill and adventure with the best young adult dystopian novels that have captivated readers and critics alike, emerging as favorites in the genre.

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Marie Lu - 2016-04-01 (first published in 2011)
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In a country perpetually at war, two teenagers from vastly different worlds are thrown together when one becomes the prime suspect in the murder of the other's brother. June is being groomed for military success while Day is a wanted criminal from the slums. As they race to protect their families and uncover the truth, they discover the sinister secrets their country will go to great lengths to keep hidden.
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Veronica Roth - 2012-01-01 (first published in 2011)
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A dystopian tale set in Chicago, where society is divided into five factions, each representing a particular virtue. Sixteen-year-olds must choose their faction, deciding their future. Beatrice surprises everyone by choosing to leave her family and find her true self. She's initiated into an extreme physical and psychological testing regime, during which she must make friends and navigate a complicated romance. But Beatrice keeps a dangerous secret that could mean her death or the salvation of those she loves as she uncovers growing unrest and conflict in her seemingly perfect society.
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Scott Westerfeld - 2005-02-08
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Experience a thrilling adventure in a world where everyone undergoes a mandatory operation to become a "pretty", but not everyone wants to conform. When Tally's friend rebels against the system, she is faced with a tough decision that will alter her life forever. Explore the dark side of a seemingly perfect society in this dystopian novel.
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The Maze Runner
James Dashner - 2009-10-06
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This thrilling novel follows Thomas as he wakes up with no memories surrounded by strangers in a place called the Glade. The only way out is through an ever-changing and deadly maze. Then, the first girl arrives and delivers a terrifying message. Will they remember, survive, and run? Get ready for an intense ride filled with twists and turns.
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The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins - 2008-10-14
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In a dystopian future, the nation of Panem forces each district to send a boy and girl to fight to the death in the annual Hunger Games. When 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen takes her sister's place, she must fight to survive while navigating complex choices of survival, humanity, and love.
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The Giver
25th Anniversary Edition (Giver Quartet)
Lois Lowry - 2006-01-24 (first published in 1993)
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Exploring a seemingly perfect society, this novel follows twelve-year-old Jonas as he uncovers the disturbing truths that lie beneath the surface. Only with his new position as the Receiver is he able to grasp the complex and dark realities of his utopian world.
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The Grace Year
A Novel
Kim Liggett - 2019-10-08
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This gripping novel follows a group of girls who are banished from their community for their sixteenth year, in order to release their supposed magical powers into the wild. But not all of them will make it back alive. As 16-year-old Tierney James embarks on her own grace year, she soon realizes the real threat isn't the elements or poachers, but her fellow girls. With sharp prose and raw honesty, The Grace Year explores the challenges and complexities of relationships between women as they navigate the difficult decisions between girlhood and womanhood.
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Ally Condie - 2010-01-01
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In a society where every aspect of your life is decided by officials, Cassia is content with following their choices. That is until her best friend appears on the Matching screen and she sees a forbidden face. Now faced with choices between perfection and passion, Cassia must decide between the life she's known and a path no one else has dared to take. Matched is a modern tale told with the timeless resonance of a classic.
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The Selection
Kiera Cass - 2012-04-24
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Enter a world where opportunity and privilege collide, where 35 girls have a chance at a life of glamour, wealth, and royalty in the Selection. But for America Singer, being chosen to compete for Prince Maxon's heart means sacrificing her love with a lower caste. In this dystopian society, rebellion lurks outside the palace walls, threatening their very existence. Will America choose love or follow her dreams, in a story that will challenge everything she knows?
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Red Queen
Victoria Aveyard - 2015-02-10
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In a world divided by blood - red or silver - the common Reds are ruled by a Silver elite with god-like superpowers. 17-year-old Mare Barrow, a Red girl from the impoverished Stilts, finds herself working in the Silver Palace, where she uncovers her own deadly power. The Silvers, fearful of Mare's potential, declare her a long-lost princess engaged to a Silver prince, while Mare secretly works to help the Red Guard overthrow the Silver regime. But in a world of betrayal and lies, Mare must navigate dangerous alliances before she destroys not only the balance of power, but also her own heart.
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
The 100 by Kass Morgan
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson
Naughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
Want by Cindy Pon
The 5th Wave Collection by Rick Yancey
Dry by Neal Shusterman
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
The Unadjusteds by Marisa Noelle
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Sanctuary by Paola Mendoza, Abby Sher
Brave New Girl by Rachel Vincent
Internment by Samira Ahmed
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
1984 by George Orwell
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson
The 100 Complete Boxed Set by Kass Morgan
Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
The Program by Suzanne Young
Diverse Energies by Paolo Bacigalupi
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young
More Than This by Patrick Ness
Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
The City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
Wither by Lauren Destefano