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Like The Hunger Games? Try these Dystopian Teen Reads:

GLADIATORS, ARE YOU READY?:

THE HUNGER GAMES SERIESTHE HUNGER GAMES SERIES
by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games
Catching Fire
Mockingjay

In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

GIRL IN THE ARENAGIRL IN THE ARENA
by Lise Haines
In Massachusetts, eighteen-year-old Lyn, who has grown up in the public eye as the daughter of seven gladiators, wants nothing less than to follow her mother's path, but her only way of avoiding marriage to the warrior who killed her last stepfather may be to face him in the arena.

THE MAZE RUNNERTHE MAZE RUNNER SERIES
by James Dashner
The Maze Runner
The Scorch Trials
The Death Cure

Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.

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WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE:

X-ISLEX-ISLE
by Steve Augarde
Baz and Ray, survivors of an apocalyptic flood, win places on X-Isle, an island where life is rumored to be better than on the devastated mainland, but they find the island to be a violent place ruled by religious fanatic Preacher John, and they decide they must come up with a weapon to protect themselves from impending danger.

EXODUSEXODUS
by Julie Bertagna
Less than a hundred years from now, the world as we know it no longer exists. Cities have disappeared beneath the sea, technology no longer functions, and human civilization has reverted to a much more primitive state. On an isolated northern island, the people of Wing are trying to hold onto their way of life – even as the sea continues to claim precious acres and threatens to claim their very lives. Only fifteen-year-old Mara has the vision and the will to lead her people in search of a new beginning in this harsh, unfamiliar world.

NATIONNATION
by Terry Pratchett
After a devastating tsunami destroys all that they have ever known, Mau, an island boy, and Daphne, an aristocratic English girl and heir to the British throne in this alternative history, together with a small band of refugees, set about rebuilding their community and all the things that are important in their lives.

THE WATER WARSTHE WATER WARS
by Cameron Stracher
In a world where water has become a precious resource, Vera and her brother befriend a boy who seems to have unlimited access to water and who suspiciously disappears, prompting a dangerous search challenged by pirates, a paramilitary group, and corporations.

THE SCORPIO RACESTHE SCORPIO RACES
by Maggie Stiefvater
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die. At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them. Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn't given her much of a choice. So she enters the competition – the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

SHIP BREAKERSHIP BREAKER SERIES
by Paolo Bacigalupi 
Ship Breaker
The Drowned Cities

In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.

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MY GENES ARE TOO TIGHT/BODY-PART SNATCHERS:

THE GARDENERTHE GARDENER
by S.A. Bodeen
When high school sophomore Mason finds a beautiful but catatonic girl in the nursing home where his mother works, the discovery leads him to revelations about a series of disturbing human experiments that have a connection to his own life.

HOUSE OF THE SCORPIONHOUSE OF THE SCORPION
by Nancy Farmer
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patrón, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.

THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOXTHE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX
by Mary E. Pearson
In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a seventeen-year-old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.

UNWINDUNWIND
by Neal Shusterman
In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs–and, perhaps, save their own lives.

SKINNEDSKINNED SERIES
by Robin Wasserman
Skinned
Crashed

To save her from dying in a horrible accident, Lia's wealthy parents transplant her brain into a mechanical body.

UGLIES SERIESUGLIES SERIES
by Scott Westerfeld
Uglies
Pretties
Specials
Extras

Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally's best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.

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GOOD FENCES MAKE GOOD NEIGHBORS:

ENCLAVEENCLAVE
by Ann Aguirre
In a post-apocalyptic future, fifteen-year-old Deuce, a loyal Huntress, brings back meat while avoiding the Freaks outside her enclave, but when she is partnered with the mysterious outsider, Fade, she begins to see that the strict ways of the elders may be wrong – and dangerous.

THE COMPOUNDTHE COMPOUND
by S.A. Bodeen
After his parents, two sisters, and he have spent six years in a vast underground compound built by his wealthy father to protect them from a nuclear holocaust, fifteen-year-old Eli, whose twin brother and grandmother were left behind, discovers that his father has perpetrated a monstrous hoax on them all.

THE LINETHE LINE
by Teri Hall
Rachel thinks that she and her mother are safe working for Ms. Moore at her estate close to The Line, an invisible border of the Unified States, but when Rachel has an opportunity to Cross into the forbidden zone, she is both frightened and intrigued.

INCARCERONINCARCERON SERIES
by Catherine Fisher
Incarceron
Sapphique

To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape.

DRAGONEYE SERIESDRAGONEYE SERIES
by Alison Goodman
Eon: Dragoneye Reborn
Eona: The Last Dragoneye

Sixteen-year-old Eon hopes to become an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune and learn to be its main interpreter, but to do so will require much, including keeping secret that she is a girl.

GONE SERIESGONE SERIES
by Michael Grant
Gone
Hunger
Lies
Plague

In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have "The Power" and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.

DIVERGENT TRILOGYDIVERGENT TRILOGY
by Veronica Roth
Divergent
Insurgent

In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETHTHE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH SERIES
by Carrie Ryan
The Forest of Hands and Teeth
The Dead-Tossed Waves
The Dark and Hollow Places

Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.

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SOMETHING BAD HAPPENED AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS T-SHIRT:

THE ELEVENTH PLAGUETHE ELEVENTH PLAGUE
by Jeff Hirsch
Twenty years after the start of the war that caused the Collapse, fifteen-year-old Stephen, his father, and grandfather travel post-Collapse America scavenging, but when his grandfather dies and his father decides to risk everything to save the lives of two strangers, Stephen's life is turned upside down.

THE LAST BOOK IN THE UNIVERSETHE LAST BOOK IN THE UNIVERSE
by Rodman Philbrick
After an earthquake has destroyed much of the planet, an epileptic teenager nicknamed Spaz begins the heroic fight to bring human intelligence back to the Earth of a distant future.

HOW I LIVE NOWHOW I LIVE NOW
by Meg Rosoff
To get away from her pregnant stepmother in New York City, fifteen-year-old Daisy goes to England to stay with her aunt and cousins, with whom she instantly bonds, but soon war breaks out and rips apart the family while devastating the land.

EMPTYEMPTY
by Suzanne Weyn
When, just ten years in the future, oil supplies run out and global warming leads to devastating storms, senior high school classmates Tom, Niki, Gwen, Hector, and Brock realize that the world as they know it is ending and lead the way to a more environmentally-friendly society.

LIFE AS WE KNEW IT SERIESLIFE AS WE KNEW IT SERIES
by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Life as We Knew It
The Dead and The Gone
This World We Live In

Miranda Evans, her two brothers and their mother struggle for survival a year after the moon's collision with a meteor altered the climate forever, and while things become more difficult with the arrival of six more people, including her father and stepmother, a new disaster threatens to derail the new lives they have been trying to build.

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BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING:

FEEDFEED
by M.T. Anderson
In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.

CANDORCANDOR
by Pam Bachorz
For a fee, "model teen" Oscar Banks has been secretly – and selectively – sabotaging the subliminal messages that program the behavior of the residents of Candor, Florida, until his attraction to a rebellious new girl threatens to expose his subterfuge.

LITTLE BROTHERLITTLE BROTHER
Cory Doctorow
After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.

FOR THE WINFOR THE WIN
by Cory Doctorow
A group of teens from around the world find themselves drawn into an online revolution arranged by a mysterious young woman known as Big Sister Nor, who hopes to challenge the status quo and change the world using her virtual connections.

TRUANCYTRUANCY
by Isamu Fukui
In the City, where an iron-fisted Mayor's goal is perfect control through education, fifteen-year-old Tack is torn between a growing sympathy for the Truancy, an underground movement determined to bring down the system at any cost, and the desire to avenge a death caused by a Truant.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ISLANDTHE OTHER SIDE OF THE ISLAND
by Allegra Goodman
Born in the eighth year of Enclosure, ten-year-old Honor lives in a highly regulated colony with her defiant parents, but then they have an illegal second child and are taken away, it is up to Honor and her friend Helix, another "Unpredictable," to uncover a terrible secret about their Island and the Corporation that runs everything.

NOMANSLANDNOMANSLAND
by Lesley Hauge
Living under a strict code of conduct in an all-female community 500 years after the earth's destruction, a sensitive teenage girl raised to be a hunter discovers forbidden relics from the Time Before.

XVIXVI
by Julia Karr
At fifteen, Nina Oberon leads a pretty normal life that includes family, friends, and school. However, Nina lives in a totalitarian future society in which all girls are required to get a Governing Council-ordered "XVI" wrist tattoo on their 16th birthdays. Becoming a "sex-teen" is Nina's worst fear until, right before her birthday, her mother is brutally attacked and reveals a shocking truth to Nina that changes everything Nina thought she knew about her life. Now, alone but for her younger sister, Nina must try to discover who she really is, all the while staying one step ahead of her mother's killer.

THE UNIDENTIFIEDTHE UNIDENTIFIED
by Rae Mariz
In a futuristic alternative school set in a shopping mall where video game-playing students are observed and used by corporate sponsors for market research, Katey "Kid" Dade struggles to figure out where she fits in and whether she even wants to.

EPITAPH ROADEPITAPH ROAD
by David Patneaude
In 2097, men are a small and controlled minority in a utopian world ruled by women, and fourteen-year-old Kellen must fight to save his father from an outbreak of the virus that killed ninety-seven percent of the male population thirty years earlier.

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE SERIESACROSS THE UNIVERSE SERIES
by Beth Revis
Across the Universe
A Million Suns

Teenaged Amy, a cryogenically frozen passenger on the spaceship Godspeed, wakes up to discover that someone may have tried to murder her.

MATCHEDMATCHED SERIES
by Allyson Condie
Matched
Crossed
Reached

All her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia as she turns seventeen, who to marry. When she is Matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn't be more perfect. But why did her neighbor Ky's face show up on her match disk as well?

THE EMBER SERIESTHE EMBER SERIES
by Jeanne DuPrau
The City of Ember
The People of Sparks
The Prophet of Yonwood
The Diamond of Darkhold

In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.

SHADOW CHILDREN SERIESSHADOW CHILDREN SERIES
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Hidden
Among the Imposters
Among the Betrayed
Among the Barons
Among the Brave
Among the Enemy
Among the Free

In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his life in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong.

ANNALS OF THE WESTERN SHORE TRILOGYANNALS OF THE WESTERN SHORE TRILOGY
by Ursula LeGuin
Gifts
Voices
Powers

When a young man in the Uplands blinds himself rather than use his gift of "unmaking"--a violent talent shared by members of his family--he upsets the precarious balance of power among rival, feuding families, each of which has a strange and deadly talent of its own.

THE GIVER TRILOGYTHE GIVER TRILOGY
by Lois Lowry
The Giver
Gathering Blue
The Messenger

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

CHAOS WALKING SERIESCHAOS WALKING SERIES
The Knife of Never Letting Go
The Ask and the Answer
Monsters of Men
by Patrick Ness

Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony's true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World.

BIRTHMARKEDBIRTHMARKED TRILOGY
by Caragh M. O'Brien
Birthmarked
Prized

Sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone and her mother faithfully deliver their quota of three infants every month. But when Gaia's mother is brutally taken away by the very people she serves, Gaia must question whether the Enclave deserves such loyalty.

DELIRIUM TRILOGYDELIRIUM TRILOGY
by Lauren Oliver
Delirium
Pandemonium

Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.

INSIDERS SERIESINSIDERS SERIES
by Maria V. Snyder
Inside Out
Outside In

Keep Your Head Down. Don't Get Noticed. Or Else. I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own, until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution.

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SHORT STORIES:

TOMORROWLANDTOMORROWLAND
compiled by Michael Cart
From humor to drama to fiction on the edge, ten award-winning authors invite readers to view the future through stories with themes as diverse as love, hate, the environment, disease, and the fate of the human race.

CROSSING OVER INTO ADULT FICTION:

THE HANDMAID'S TALETHE HANDMAID'S TALE
by Margaret Atwood
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are only valued if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the days before, when she lived with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now.

GENESISGENESIS
by Bernard Beckett
Set on a remote island in a post-apocalyptic, plague-ridden world, this bold and ingenious thriller questions what it means to be human as philosophical questions collide with technology.

FAHRENHEIT 451FAHRENHEIT 451
by Ray Bradbury
Nowadays firemen start fires. Fireman Guy Montag loves to rush to a fire and watch books burn up. Then he met a seventeen-year old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future where people could think. And Guy Montag knew what he had to do.

THE ILLUSTRATED MANTHE ILLUSTRATED MAN
by Ray Bradbury
The tattooed man moves, and in the arcane designs scrawled upon his skin swirled tales beyond imagining: tales of love and laughter darkness and death, of mankind's glowing, golden past and its dim, haunted future. Here are eighteen incomparable stories that blend magic and truth in a kaleidoscope tapestry of wonder.

BRAVE NEW WORLDBRAVE NEW WORLD
by Aldous Huxley
The story of a futuristic World State where all emotion, love, art, and human individuality have been replaced by social stability.

NEVER LET ME GONEVER LET ME GO
by Kazuo Ishiguro
Hailsham seems like a pleasant English boarding school, far from the influences of the city. Its students are well tended and supported, trained in art and literature, and become just the sort of people the world wants them to be. But, curiously, they are taught nothing of the outside world and are allowed little contact with it. Within the grounds of Hailsham, Kathy grows from schoolgirl to young woman, but it's only when she and her friends leave the grounds of the school that they realize the full truth of what Hailsham is.

19841984
by George Orwell
A single man's determined battle against Big Brother and the forces of totalitarianism.

ONE HUNDRED PERCENT LUNAR BOYONE HUNDRED PERCENT LUNAR BOY
by Stephen Tunney
Two thousand years in the future, the Moon has become a run-down experiment in terraforming and colonization with a dusty patina and a bright red sky. To sixteen-year-old Hieronymus Rexaphin, it is the only world he has ever known until he meets a girl from Earth called Windows Falling on Sparrows, who is inexplicably drawn to him because of his special condition. Hieronymus is a One Hundred Percent Lunar Boy who can see the fourth primary color, which gives him the ability to see the future path of time and matter. To look into his eyes will cause madness or even death, authorities say. After breaking the Moon's most serious law and exposing his eyes to the curious young Earth girl, Hieronymus embarks on a tremendous misadventure to protect his friends and save his family, and to escape exile and imprisonment on the far side of the moon.

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