Young Adult Dystopian Books

Why young adult dystopia?
I first came across the young adult dystopian genre when I read Uglies by Scott Westerfeld over 6 years ago. I find it an especially thrilling and intelligent genre and, as a Sociology graduate, I’m interested in ideas surrounding social control. I wanted to read even more of this genre after picking up The Hunger Games and Delirium and so created this list of upcoming and already published titles. If you have a book that you think should be added to this list feel free to send me a message. Please note that I try not to include titles that are less dystopian and more post-apocalyptic or science fiction, although you’ll occasionally find some on this list. Clicking the book title will take you to The Book Depository and clicking on the series will take you to Goodreads.

What is dystopia?
I use this definition: ‘A dystopia is the idea of a society in a repressive and controlled state, often under the guise of being utopian, as characterized in books like Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four. Dystopian societies feature different kinds of repressive social control systems and various forms of active and passive coercion, often imagined as police states, with unlimited power over the citizens. Fictional dystopias are often set in the future and involve technological innovations not accessible in actual present reality.’ You can read my reasoning here.

You may also like to check out:

Monthly YA dystopia/post-apocalyptic release posts
Reviews of dystopian novels I have read


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