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My Top 10 YA Dystopian Books


 My Top 10 YA Dystopian Books


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Slated by Teri Terry 


Kyla’s memory has been erased,Slated
her personality wiped blank,
 her memories lost for ever.

She’s been Slated.

The government claims she was a terrorist and that they are giving her a second chance – as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth? -Extract from Goodreads.com

This is one of my favourite reads, definitely deserves the Number 1 slot.

Heart 2Divergent  by Veronica Roth


DivergentIn Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, 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. -Extract from Goodreads.com

Another  favourite  – reviewed here 


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Acid  by Emma Pass 


Acid by Emma PassThe year is 2113. In Jenna Strong’s world, ACID—the most brutal controlling police force in history—rule supreme. No throwaway comment or whispered dissent goes unnoticed—or unpunished. And it was ACID agents who locked Jenna away for life, for a horrendous crime she struggles to remember. But Jenna’s violent prison time has taught her how to survive by any means necessary. -Extract from Goodreads.com

Gripping read – don’t miss this one!


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Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien 


Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'BrienIn the future, in a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the walled Enclave and those, like sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone, who live outside. Following in her mother’s footsteps Gaia has become a midwife, delivering babies in the world outside the wall and handing a quota over to be “advanced” into the privileged society of the Enclave. Gaia has always believed this is her duty, until the night her mother and father are arrested by the very people they so loyally serve. Now Gaia is forced to question everything she has been taught, but her choice is simple: enter the world of the Enclave to rescue her parents, or die trying. -Extract from Goodreads.com

Beautiful story with great character development.


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1984 by George Orwell 


1984 by George Orwell1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world, so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions. A legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time. -Extract from Goodreads.com

An older book, and my first dystopian read, back when I was still at school. This is a powerful story – the original ‘Big Brother’.


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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsWinning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.

In a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.

When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature. -Extract from Goodreads.com

Original and frightening, this book is a must read.


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The Maze Runner  by James Dashner 


The Maze Runner by James DashnerWhen Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. He has no recollection of his parents, his home, or how he got where he is. His memory is blank.

But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the glade, a large expense enclosed by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning, for as long as anyone can remember, the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night, for just as long, they’ve closed tight. Every thirty days a new boy is delivered n the lift. And no one wants to be stuck in the Maze after dark. -Extract from Goodreads.com

A gripping, original plot with a sci-fi feel.


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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi 


ShatterJuliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder.

No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.  Extract from Goodreads.com

I loved Juliette, the strong and edgy main character. Hearing her thoughts along with her spoken words gave the story an edge as well as unexpected humour!


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Delirium by Lauren Oliver 


Delirium by Lauren OliverNinety-five days, and then I’ll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It’s hard to be patient. It’s hard not to be afraid while I’m still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn’t touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t. Extract from Goodreads.com

Love a disease? Maybe it does make us crazy sometimes!




  Uheart 10nwind  by Neal Shusterman 



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. 
Extract from Goodreads.com

This story had a chilling tinge, I felt as though it was skating too close to reality –  this world is possible which makes it all the more frightening.

Now you know my top 10 dystopian stories…
What are yours?




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  1. I’ve read four from your list, and the next one I want to read is The Maze Runner (before the movie comes out!).

  2. Great list, you have a lot of my favorites on here =) Two other great dystopian series are Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi & Eve by Anna Carey.

  3. Great picks! I picked dystopian too but have not read many of the ones on your list. I am hoping to get to Delirium soon, I hear great things about that one. My TTT.

  4. I haven’t read all of these, but I did love The Hunger Games and Divergent. I own a few of these, but haven’t read them yet, Great list!

    Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  5. Of your list I have read Unwind, Delirium(which is my favorite!), Maze Runner, Shatter Me, Hunger Games(again one of my favorites), and Divergent, that means I just added four books to my TBR!
    Great list and thanks for stopping by my blog!

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