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Counting Down to the Hunger Games Movie: Other Dystopian Reads

March 20th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Dystopia/utopia reads are all the rage and for those who are on The Hunger Games high you may be looking for other similar reads or books that fall into a similar genre.  So here is a list of some of my favorites, ones I hope to read and some oldies but goodies.  I only listed book 1 in a series and a lot of these are part of trilogies.

Please let me know of any other ones you suggest reading or which ones were your favorites!

My Favorite Picks

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Summary from Goodreads.com: In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

Starters by Lissa Price

Starters by Lissa Price

Summary from Goodreads.com: Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie’s only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man. 

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie’s head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator’s grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations’ plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . .

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Summary from Goodreads.com: Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction.

As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called the Aether. A bit of an outcast even among his hunting tribe, Perry withstands these daily tests with his exceptional abilities, as he is gifted with powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions.

They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, whom she considers a barbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew’s abduction by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a journey challenged as much by their prejudices as by encounters with cannibals and wolves. But to their surprise, Aria and Perry forge an unlikely love – one that will forever change the fate of all who live UNDER THE NEVER SKY.

Legend by Marie Lu

Legend by Marie Lu

Summary from Goodreads.com: What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith

Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith

Description from Goodreads.comFurnace Penitentiary: the world’s most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth’s surface. Convicted of a murder he didn’t commit, sentenced to life without parole, “new fish” Alex Sawyer knows he has two choices: find a way out, or resign himself to a death behind bars, in the darkness at the bottom of the world. Except in Furnace, death is the least of his worries. Soon Alex discovers that the prison is a place of pure evil, where inhuman creatures in gas masks stalk the corridors at night, where giants in black suits drag screaming inmates into the shadows, where deformed beasts can be heard howling from the blood-drenched tunnels below. And behind everything is the mysterious, all-powerful warden, a man as cruel and dangerous as the devil himself, whose unthinkable acts have consequences that stretch far beyond the walls of the prison. Together with a bunch of inmates—some innocent kids who have been framed, others cold-blooded killers—Alex plans an escape. But as he starts to uncover the truth about Furnace’s deeper, darker purpose, Alex’s actions grow ever more dangerous, and he must risk everything to expose this nightmare that’s hidden from the eyes of the world.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Summary from Goodreads.com: Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Summary from Goodreads.com: Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives. 

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Summary from Goodreads.com: Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that? Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. Not for her license — for turning pretty. In Tally’s world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.

But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to be pretty. She’d rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Description from Goodreads.com: Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that one love -the deliria- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

 Upcoming releases:

Note: Some of these I am guessing are dystopian/utopian based off the synopsis. Some I left out because I thought they fell more into the post-apocalyptic genre than dystopian.

 Hollow by Richard Denney

Hollow by Richard Denney

Expected release date: Aug. 2012

Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Expected release date: Dec. 2012

Breathe by Sarah Crossan

Breathe by Sarah Crossan

Expected release date: Oct. 2012

 Beta by Rachel Cohn

Beta by Rachel Cohn

Expected release date: Oct. 2012

Origin by Jessica Khoury

Origin by Jessica Khoury

Expected release date: Sept. 2012

 The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

Expected release date: Aug. 2012

 

Gravity by Melissa West

Gravity by Melissa West

Expected release date: Oct. 2012

Yesterday by C.K. Kelly Martin

Yesterday by C.K. Kelly Martin

Expected release date: Sept. 2012

Pods by Michelle Pickett

Pods by Michelle Pickett

Expected release date: Jun. 2013

 Slated by Teri Terry

Slated by Teri Terry

Expected release date: May 2012

The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze

The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze

Expected release date: May 2012

 The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Expected release date: Apr. 24, 2012

Other dystopians I’ve read(*) or want to read:

Check out some other Hunger Games fun that I posted about:

Posted in Books, Dystopia, Young Adult

5 Responses

  1. Liyana

    Great recommendations! Divergent has to be my favourite out of those.

    As for the upcoming releases, all of them have striking covers. The Selection looks fun and campy.

  2. Sara (The Hiding Spot)

    I love dystopia so freaking much… and, while I’ve read many of the books at the beginning of your post, you mentioned quite a few later on that I’m definitely interested in! I’m totally bookmarking this post! 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by The Hiding Spot the other day!

  3. E.J. Newman

    Hi Debbie, it was nice to chat on Twitter earlier, and thanks for letting me mention my own dystopian YA novel “20 Years Later” here. It recently came out in hardback and is set in post-apocalyptic London.

    Also, there’s a little error in the list: 1984 was written by George Orwell, not Orson Wells. It’s my favourite dystopian novel, closely followed by Fahrenheit 451 🙂 Both are absolute classics.

  4. Pam (@iwriteinbooks)

    Oooo, loved The Giver and Divergent. I’ve seena few others on your list on other folks’ lists so I’ll have to make a book store run.

  5. Pam @ jellylovesbooks

    Great list! I’ve only read Divergent and I’m so excited to read Insurgent. Also looking forward to reading Slated, it sounds amazing. 🙂

    Pam | jelly loves books

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