Saturday, April 28, 2012

5 Must Read Dystopian Society Books

Books currently on loan from Library.

Those of you who have visited me before know of my love for reading.  I have previously admitted to being a Bookoholic.  If you have checked out my "Books I Love" page, then you know I have a ton of books listed, and many are in the Dystopian Society genre.  This is my favorite type of book to read.  I gave a lot of thought to what would be my top five if I had to choose.  So, here goes!

In my opinion, these books are the "5 Must Read Dystopian Society Books".  In you like this genre, enjoy a good series or are just looking for something to read, check out the titles below.

1)  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I know, I know!  It seems like all pop culture is these days has to do with Katniss, Peeta or District 12.  But I really enjoy these books, even way before it was cool to do so, like back in 2008!

For those of you who are not familiar with The Hunger Games, it is about the country of Panem (formerly North America) which makes each of their 12 Districts send one male and one female tribute each year to the Hunger Games where there can be only one winner. Tributes are between the ages of 12 and 18. Names are placed onto slips of paper and picked at the reaping ceremony.

Katniss Everdeen is the female tribute and Peeta Mellark is the male tribute from District 12.  This story focuses on Katniss and how she fits into Panem and the uprising, as well as her relationship with Peeta and her childhood friend, Gale.

This story is not for the faint of heart.  It can be gruesome but it can also be very endearing and heartfelt.  There is real sadness as well as real joy.  I promise if you read this series, you will not be disappointed.

2)  Delirium by Lauren Oliver

In this dystopian series, Lena Holloway lives for the day she can be "cured".  She does not want to get the "disease" or become "infected".  This disease is "love".  In Lena's world, the Consortium administers the "cure" to all it's citizens once they turn eighteen.  Lena plans on getting "cured", that is, until she meets Alex.  Alex is "uncured" and he is from outside of the society, from the Wilds.  Lena's world will never be the same.

Outstanding series!  Just finished the second book, Pandemonium, and I cannot wait for the third book.  Discovered they are making this series into movies. *Woot woot!*

3)  Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Juliette is a prisoner.  She has been for several years.  She is held prisoner by the Reestablishment.  They want to use her as a weapon.  Why?  Because things happen to people when they touch her.  Bad things.

There is no one.  Only Juliette.  She is all alone.

But she has hope.  Hope that one day she will see him again.  The boy from her past.

This book is outstanding!  Loved it!  It's a little X-men and a little dystopian society. I think this is going to be a series. *Squeee!* 

If you are an X-men fan, Hunger Games fan, Divergent fan or just looking for a great read, this book is it!  Cannot recommend it highly enough!

4)  Dustland Series By Moira Kelly (Blood Red Road is the first book.)

Saba lives in Silverlake and there is no one she adores more than her twin brother Lugh.  But one day, Lugh is captured by four men on horseback.  Saba is determined to find Lugh and get him back.

Saba embarks on a quest where she learns who is really is and what she is really capable of.  Along the way, she teams up with the trouble maker with a heart of gold, Jack, and a gang of rebel girls, the Free Hawks.

This book is purposely written in broken English so it takes a few pages to get used to.  But, stick with it!  It is an amazingly unique series.  I was glued to the book for a whole day straight until I finished it.  Could. Not. Put. It. Down. Action! Adventure! Romance! You've been warned!! So looking forward to the next book.

5)  Divergent by Veronica Roth

At age sixteen, Beatrice "Tris" Prior is ready to choose her faction.  Society is divided into five factions: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. Tris grew up in the Abnegation faction and most of the time people pick their same factions. However, Tris decided to pick Dauntless, the path of courage, and her life is forever changed.

Folks, this series is fantastic.  Dare I say, even better than The Hunger Games. Wait, wait!  Don't throw your rotten tomatoes just yet!  If you haven't read it, read it first, then we'll talk. If you don't love it and think it is at least as good as The Hunger Games, then I'll let you have one free shot.

So, this is my "5 Must Read Dystopian Society Books".  Have you read any of the series above?  Do you have another dystopian society favorite? I'd love to hear it!


  1. I have only read the first one...clearly, I need to add some of these to my summer reading list!

    1. Paula, you will love them! Start with Divergent first!

  2. Don't you have anything not written for children?
    I love dystopian litterature and i'm becoming quite annoyed by the fact that nowadays it's only used for children/young adult books.
    Haven't read 3/ and 4/ but your 3 other choices shouldn't be read past 15 years old.
    Why did the legacy of 1984/Lord of the flies/Neuromancer or any Philip K. Dick novel turned into children's litterature territory?
    I didn't mean to be harsh, i'm really curious and would be glad to be directed toward more mature works in the same theme.

    1. Thank you for visiting and commenting!
      Since this is my personal blog, I am sharing which books I enjoying reading. I believe YA books can be as eloquent and enthralling as adult books. Some examples that come to mind are Harry Potter, The Giver and The Hunger Games. I know that not everyone likes the same type of books as I do and that's okay. I am recommending these books to other people my same age, not to children.
      There are tons of books out there! Hope you find one you enjoy!


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