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So many YA dystopian novels, so little time

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Initial post: Feb 5, 2013 3:25:36 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 6, 2013 8:10:18 AM PST
Ok, so I loved the Hunger Games series. Really loved it. And I've been trying to get hooked on a series that will provide me with the same kind of thrills, action, drama, twists, etc, that HG did.

Problem is, there are just so many dystopian YA novels out there - how can you tell the good from the bad?

I've been burned once, with Incarceron, which I hated. I just started reading the Maze Runner, so we'll see how that goes.

But can you recommend some high quality novels of this sort for me? What are the standouts in this genre? What would you say is a must-read for a hungry Hunger Games fan?


Posted on Feb 5, 2013 9:55:44 PM PST
Kribu says:
Hmm. I ended up rather liking Incarceron (although Sapphique more than Incarceron) and I didn't like the Maze Runner much, so take this with a grain of salt, but two suggestions I have would be Divergent by Veronica Roth and possibly the Gone series by Michael Grant (not quite dystopian in the same way, but there's certainly no lack of action and thrills and twists etc).

I've been by and large disappointed by most dystopian series I've read post-Hunger Games, some more than others, but the above two are the ones I'm still reading.

Oh, and for scifi dystopian, the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness is excellent. It's hard to get into (it was for me and I know quite a few other people who've felt the same way), but it turned into one of the best dystopian YA series I've read in the end.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2013 3:34:53 AM PST
Thanks. Chaos Walking looks interesting. I'll check it out.

I actually dropped the Maze Runner after about 40 pages. It just wasn't working for me...

Can you tell me a bit about the tone of the Divergent series? From the reviews, I couldn't tell whether it's more of a thriller/suspense/action series or a drama/fantasy/romance. Is it closer to the Hunger Games end of the spectrum, or to the Twilight one? Is it more aimed at teens, or would it appeal to grown ups too? (I should mention that I'm 29 years old...)


Posted on Feb 6, 2013 4:25:48 AM PST
Kribu says:
Divergent is ... well, it's got a 16-year-old as the protagonist, but I'd say it's far more action/suspense than romance-focused (and not fantasy at all). There is a little romance, but it's never the focal point, it's not insta-love and there are no love triangles. I can't compare it to Twilight as I've never read that - I'm not into romance-focused books as a rule.

In any case, it's appealed to me and I'm 37. :p

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 5:58:20 AM PST
you could try Railsea - its a YA Dystopian take on Moby Dick - i'm about half-way through and really enjoying it - his other books while "adult" would probably also work

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 8:09:46 AM PST
Haha I literally just bought Perdido St. Station and The City & the City at my local bookstore. Can't wait to start on them.

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 11:01:50 AM PST
If you're open to fantasy as opposed to dystopian, you might enjoy these:

GRACELING by Kristin Cashore (completely other world)
DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor (set mostly but not entirely in our world)
FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK by Melina Marchetta (completely other world)
GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson (world reminiscent of Spain/Middle East)

Oh, and I did think of one dystopian series: UGLIES by Scott Westerfeld. It's not as mature (in writing or tone) as HUNGER GAMES, but it's interesting.

Also, THE HOST by Stephenie Meyer is really good -- more scifi than dystopian -- and I wouldn't judge it based on whether or not you liked TWILIGHT.

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 3:48:13 PM PST
Agnes says:
I hated The Maze Runner.

One of the most impressive YA dystopians I've read is an older one by William Sleator called House of Stairs. It's disturbing and kind of messes with your head.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2013 6:11:34 PM PST
sharlie says:
I was in the exact same position and gave the maze runners a try. Liked it but I would recommend reading divergent by Veronica Roth

Posted on Feb 8, 2013 7:24:34 PM PST
Rita Arens says:
Have you read the MATCHED trilogy or MONUMENT 14 and its sequel? Both are great. I also just read an ARC of THE FIFTH WAVE, which was awesome. I think it comes out next month.

Posted on Feb 8, 2013 7:54:22 PM PST
Blood Red Road was good. It has a different style, though. Lots of action, sibling dynamic, and some romance. No triangle.

Posted on Feb 9, 2013 3:53:43 AM PST
Blood Red Road is on my wish list. I looked at the first few pages with the "Look Inside" feature, since many of the reviews complained about the style being hard to follow. From what I saw, I was hooked. I love it when an author experiments with the narrator's voice.

Posted on Feb 10, 2013 6:09:43 AM PST
amy says:
Blood Red Road = no love triangle. The next book, Rebel Heart, however, more than makes up for it, however. Just a heads up. :/

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 6:36:22 PM PST
I liked the Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2013 2:41:23 PM PST
Jen Reads says:
I'm 36, and I loved Divergent, as well as Insurgent, the second book in the series. In fact, when I read Divergent for a second time, I realized I actually liked it more than Hunger Games - which I thought would be impossible. Very similar to HG on the action end. Not much like Twilight, though the attraction between the two "romantic leads" bears a similar resemblance to Edward and Bella in how the two are pulled toward each other.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2013 10:53:09 PM PST
Wayward says:
Yeah, Divergent is more HG than Twilight. There is some teen angst that annoyed me; but they're teenagers in love and I guess that comes with the territory. It's not a sappy love triangle story, the focus is def dystopian with the romance being a parallel storyline.

I also enjoyed Matched, but its starts out with fluffy romance (young teen style) which puts some people off even if there's meatier story underneath.
I agree with Graceling as well. It's more of a fantasy than dystopian but it's not in a victorian setting, and it has some similar themes exploring power and self realization/coming of age and ethics and all that good stuff. I enjoyed the whole trilogy.
The classic Dystopians are still good reads. The Giver series (romance free), Farenheit 451, 1984, Brave New World...Although I don't like the last two, I do appreciate them. *shiver*.

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 11:31:34 AM PDT
C. Hall says:
Hope's Daughter (The Ambrosia Sequence)

I believe this one sounds awesome,but unfortunately it's only available in Kindle version right now,however you can read it online with the free Kindle ap,Kindle For My PC.

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 1:11:40 PM PDT
looking back, I can't believe no one has mentioned Neal Schusterman - Unwind is the first book in the trilogy

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2013 1:04:17 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 4, 2013 1:10:34 PM PDT
TerrezM says:
The Maze Runner was interesting but you have got to get passed paged 40 to really see whats going on.. Enclave series by Ann Aguirre. The Divergent series by Veronica Roth Couldn't put it down. Matched by Ally Condie was good as hell. Bar Code Tattoo Series

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2013 1:34:05 PM PDT
Rita Arens says:
I just picked up Divergent and met Veronica Roth at RT Booklovers. Excited to read it!
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