Top Ten Tuesday: Dystopian Book Recs


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Top Ten Nine Books/Series I’d Recommend To Someone Wanting to Read Dystopians

I’m not really very good at giving book recommendations. The people I recommend books to tend not to like the ones I’ve recommended, so I’ve kind of stopped doing that. I tried again recently and, sure enough, the person didn’t like it.

The Hunger Games Tomorrow, When the War Began Uglies

01. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – Everyone knows this story. The Hunger Games wasn’t the first book in the dystopia genre that I read, but it’s the one that made me want MORE. It’s the one that made me realize I really like dystopia.

02. Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden – A group of teenagers returns from camping in the bush to find their families (and everyone else) gone. Australia has been invaded by an unnamed country and everyone has been rounded up and sent to live in camps. I recommend this one a lot, but I can’t recommend it enough. This is one of my favorite series ever. I almost wish I could go back and rediscover it for the first time all over again. I listened to the audiobooks and the accents really made me feel like I was there.

03. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld – On your 16th birthday you have plastic surgery to make you Pretty — and brainwashed. This is a another series I listened to on audio and, again, the narration and voices made the story for me.

Gone Eve Ashfall

04. Gone by Michael Grant – Everyone over age 14 disappears at the same time, along with all technology. Now what? I admit, I’ve had trouble getting into books past the first or second one, but I do want to try to move past whatever issue I’m having with them and finish the series. Maybe I should try the audiobooks?

05. Eve by Anna Carey – When Eve discovers what really happens to graduates of her school, she decides not to let that happen to her and she runs away into the night.

06. Ashfall by Michael Mullin – When the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, ash is widespread. Alex, home alone for the weekend, decides to set out on foot in search of his family. This is another series I’ve mentioned several times lately, due to the final book’s release coming up in April.

Monument 14 Variant Delirium

07. Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne – Kids on their way to school end up taking refuge inside a superstore when the world goes crazy. And another one I’ve mentioned a few times. I guess when I really love a series I like to talk about it a lot!
08. Variant by Robison Wells – Benson discovers that his new boarding school isn’t quite what it seemed.

09. Delirium by Lauren Oliver – Love is a disease and to ensure that people don’t get it, they’re given a procedure. I listened to the first book in this trilogy but I read the ebooks of the others. The audiobook wasn’t as central to my enjoyment as it was with some of the other series I have listed here.



  1. Thank you for this list! I’ve discovered that while I can read any genre in adult fiction, I greatly prefer dystopian in YA. I did like part one of While You Were Gone though and I’m interested in reading the rest of it.

    I will definitely be looking into the books on this list that I haven’t read yet. Thanks!

  2. I’m ashamed to say the only book I’ve read on here is Delirium lol. I know, I know, I suck! Hopefully that’ll change soon 😀
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  3. For your tenth dystopian book spot, I’d recommend Woodlands by Lauren Nicolle Taylor. So, SO good. I believe it’s free on Amazon right now. The Uglies is something I’ve been meaning to start on because it deals with body image issues that a lot of people can relate to. Wonderful recommendations!
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  4. I would have added Wither on here that one was pretty good in this category. Nice list!
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  5. This is such a good list! I’ve had Eve on my kindle for a while and I keep meaning to read it so I’ll definitely be checking it out soon! I also NEED to read Uglies! Scott Westerfeld is an incredible author!
    I love Delirium and The Hunger Games too! Fantastic list!
    This is such a good list! I’ve had Eve on my kindle for a while and I keep meaning to read it so I’ll definitely be checking it out soon! I also NEED to read Uglies! Scott Westerfeld is an incredible author!
    I love Delirium and The Hunger Games too! Fantastic list!
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  6. I loved Ashfall… but still haven’t read The Hunger Games!!!! I did like the movie though. I just feel rebellious when a book gets as much hype as that one does. Gone looks really good… I almost bought it last time I was at B&N. And I’ve heard good things about Tomorrow When the War Began, it just isn’t talked about that much so I always forget about it. Maybe it’s because it’s an Aussie book and I’m in the US?? IDK.

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    • I know what you mean about the hype. I read The Hunger Games early on, before there was as much hype and the movies and all that. It was there, but nothing like it became later.

      I’m in the US too and I just stumbled over Tomorrow When the War Began. I’m sure it doesn’t get as much notice because it’s not a US book, plus it’s a little older. There’s a movie too. I saw it on cable earlier this year. Actually, if you have Showtime XD, it’s on this Thursday night.
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