Saturday, May 5, 2012


So you read The Hunger Games (and loved it)? Stuck on what to read next? Well worry not, here is a list of some of our favourite dystopian young adult novels.

Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld

In Tally’s world, everyone is turned into a “Pretty” at the age of sixteen. This means an operation to make you supermodel beautiful. Pretties go to all of the hottest parties and live a life of glamour and fun. When Tally meets the Smokies – a group of people living on the outside, she realises there is more to being Pretty than meets the eye.

The Declaration Trilogy by Gemma Malley

In the year 2140 old age does not exist. A new drug called Longevity cured illness and lets you live forever. The problem? Overpopulation. Childbirth is illegal unless you opt out of immortality at the age of sixteen. Anna is one of these illegal children, a Surplus. She lives in Grange Hall, a workhouse where Surpluses learn to be servants to the immortal Legals. Anna is a good Surplus, she does exactly what she is told. So when a boy called Peter arrives at the hall and tells her about life on the outside, she slowly starts to question everything she has been told.

Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

Beatrice lives in a world where society is divided into five factions based on personality traits. These factions are: Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). All sixteen year olds are faced with the choice of which faction to live in. Beatrice is conflicted - should she stay with her parents in Abnegation, or forge a new path? Once she has made a decision, there is no turning back. The third book is due next year.

Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

Prentisstown isn't like other places. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Todd Hewitt is a month away from the birthday that will make him a man. He and his dog Manchee (whose thoughts Todd can hear too) stumble upon an area of complete silence. Which is impossible. They have found a secret that will make them run for their lives... 

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
When Thomas wakes up in a lift the only thing he can remember is his name. His memory has been completely wiped. When the life doors opens he finds himself in the Glade, a large open space surrounded by an immense stone labyrinth, with several other boys who also have no memories. All they know is the Maze. Each boy has a job to do but none more important than the Runners. Every day they go out into the Maze to document its paths and to try to find the way out. The Runners have to be quick because at night when the stone doors close, the monsters come. Book Three is due on the1st of June.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E Pearson

I used to be someone. Someone named Jenna FoxWhen Jenna Fox wakes from a year-long coma she can't remember anything. Her life, her friends, her family, even basic words are a mystery to her. She has to learn everything again. But why is she recovering so quickly? And why is her family acting so strange? Her grandmother seems to hate her. Her mother is being so fiercely protective that she's hardly allowed to leave the house. As Jenna starts to remember things, nobody wants to answer her questions. Why? What is happening to her?

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