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Dystopian novel suggestions?

I'm looking for some new books to read and I'm hoping someone here might have a few suggestions for me! I'm currently looking for new dystopian novels preferably in the style of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Maze Runner by James Dashner and Matched by Ally Condie. Thanks!


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Jan. 19th, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much, I'll check it out! :)
Jan. 19th, 2011 02:54 pm (UTC)
In terms of YA, you could try Patrick Ness's Chaos Walking trilogy. It starts with The Knife of Never Letting Go and has some of the same survival aspects as The Hunter Games as well as a thoroughly dystopian theme.

If you want a little more scifi in your scifi dystopia, try Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series.
Jan. 19th, 2011 03:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! (you guys are quick with all the suggestion, love it :D)
Jan. 19th, 2011 02:57 pm (UTC)
Battle Royale if you liked The Hunger Games. Very similar premise, if you're not hugely familiar with Japanese names you might get confused in parts and it's not strictly YA.

There's Neal Shusterman's Unwind, which is a one-off novel. It's not a dystopia in the sense of "all of society is awful and in ruins", but there's an element to it that's pretty grim.

Uglies series by Scott Westerfield, perhaps?

2nding Handmaid's Tale. Also not specifically YA.

eta: it helps when I get the book titles right, doesn't it?

Edited at 2011-01-19 02:57 pm (UTC)
Jan. 19th, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
I've read Unwind and really liked it :) Thanks very much for the other suggestions!
Jan. 19th, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC)
The Demon Trappers: Forsaken by Jana Oliver - it's a YA urban fantasy and set in a dystopian future where the world is in financial meltdown and demons are on the loose.

The Lost Art by Simon Morden - SF YA novel set in a future where the world has been ripped apart and people now live in fear of technology.

The Inferior by Peadar Ó Guilín - YA SF novel set on an alien world where humans live in stone age style tribes, fight monsters and resort to cannibalism to survive.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, The Ask And The Answer by Patrick Ness and Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness - YA SF trilogy set on a colonised world where men can hear each others thoughts and the mayor of one town seeks planetary domination.

Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane - urban fantasy for adults set in a world where ghosts threaten the living.

Feed by Mira Grant - zombie novel for adults set in a world recovering from the zombie apocalypse.

The Dead by Charlie Higson and The Enemy by Charlie Higson - YA zombie novels set in a world where everyone over the age of 15 comes down with a virus that turns them into cannibalistic monsters.

A Matter Of Blood by Sarah Pinborough - adult horror/urban fantasy set in a world of economic collapse where a detective gets drawn into 2 seemingly unrelated deaths.

Day By Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile by J. L. Bourne - adult zombie novel depicting the apocalypse.

Candor by Pam Bachorz - YA SF set in modern times but set in a small model town where everyone becomes perfect.
Jan. 19th, 2011 04:54 pm (UTC)
The Study series by Maria V. Snyder. The first book is Poison Study.
Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood.

There are two new ones I'm interested in that release this year that I haven't read yet but find interesting. They're YA. One is already out and the other comes out in March.

Jan. 19th, 2011 05:01 pm (UTC)
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin is one of my favorites. Give it a look if you enjoy Ayn Rand's Anthem.
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Jan. 20th, 2011 11:11 pm (UTC)
I consider those three to be the best of the best when it comes to the dystopian genre. If you read one, you really have got to pick up the other two.
Jan. 19th, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
Seconding the books by Patrick Ness, Neal Shusterman, Mira Grant and Stacia Kane mentioned above. I haven't read the others, so they're going on my list, too. :)
Jan. 19th, 2011 06:31 pm (UTC)
Feed by MT Anderson. Everyone has a "feed" (computer chip, basically) installed in their heads. One of my favourite books. YA.
Jan. 19th, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
Woman on the Edge of Time, by Marge Piercy (Adult); Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Adult); The Giver and Gathering Blue, both by Lois Lowry (YA)
Jan. 19th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)
And I will chime in to second (or several) both of the Atwoods, Zamyatin, & Mira Grant's "Feed," in addition to recommending some classics that are YA appropriate. Atwood also recently came out with a "sequel" (in the sense that it takes place in the same world) to "Oryx & Crake" called "The Year of the Flood."

George Orwell's "1984" and "Animal Farm," Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451," & Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" are arguably the foundations of modern dystopian literature. Yes, they teach them in school but they're totally engaging reads. Anthony Burgess' "A Clockwork Orange" is another classic, but violent enough to merit an R rating.

Highly recommmended as a companion (probably the spiritual predecessor) to Ally Condie's "Matched" is Lois Lowry's "The Giver" which will be filed under YA/juvenile. There are two sequels to "The Giver" entitled "Gathering Blue" & "The Messenger," but you can easily stop after the first & lead a happy life.

Also strongly recommended (and interesting to read after "Brave New World" to compare) would be Cory Doctorow's "Little Brother." You would likely also enjoy Doctorow's "For the Win." Both are up-to-the-minute contemporary & ultimately hopeful. For something similarly up-to-the-minute but VERY dark, try anything by Paolo Bacigalupi. His current output consists of "The Windup Girl," "Ship Breaker," and an anthology called "Pump Six and Other Stories."

There's significant thematic overlap between dystopian literature & post-apocalyptic (so much so that the descriptors are sometimes erroneously used interchangeably), though they're not actually the same thing. If you're interested, I'd be delighted to make several recommendations in that category as well, but didn't want to confuse the issue or overwhelm you.
Jan. 19th, 2011 11:08 pm (UTC)
There have been a lot of great suggestions already. To them, I would add The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk and Psalms of Herod by Esther Friesner. Both have spiritual themes in different and very creepy ways.
Jan. 20th, 2011 12:23 am (UTC)
The Gone series by Michael Grant.
Jan. 20th, 2011 03:51 am (UTC)
A good YA book in a similar tone as The Hunger Games is House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer.
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