In the wake of The Hunger Games, dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction geared toward teenagers has taken off in popularity. The following are a few books that are similar to The Hunger Games in some respects (e.g., a teen girl taking on an authoritarian society). The subgenre of dystopian and post-apocalyptic science fiction has long been popular. People enjoy reading about the end (and what comes after!). Whether it’s due to nuclear war, environmental catastrophe, zombies, or the rapture, people enjoy reading about the end (and what comes after). Some of the more well-known classics have been included, along with a few adult novels. There are more suggestions available at the service desk if you need them.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
There are five distinct groups in Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago: Candor (honesty), Abnegation (selflessness), Dauntless (bravery), Amity (peacefulness), and Erudite (inquisition) (the intelligent). Those who are 16 at the time must choose a faction for the rest of their lives on a specific day each year. Because she can’t have it both ways, Beatrice must choose between staying with her family and being true to herself. Everyone is surprised—including herself—by the outcome of her decision thus far. Tris (Beatrice’s new nickname) is a challenge as she struggles to find her new group of friends and how a romance with an intriguing but occasionally frustrating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. She also keeps a secret, one she’s been warned could result in her own death, from everyone else. While uncovering a growing conflict that threatens her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret could either help her save those she loves, or it could bring her down. The first of many.
Matched by Ally Condie
“Cassia has never had a choice in her life,” says Publishers Weekly. Every aspect of Cassia’s life is regulated by the Society, including when and how she plays, where she works, what she eats, and when she dies. Nothing could be better than being matched up with her best friend, Xander. Nevertheless, why did her neighbor Ky’s image appear on her match disc as well? Despite the fact that she’s been told it was an error, Cassia finds herself unable to look away. Cassia is astounded by Ky’s most surprising secret: the fact that he still possesses creativity. It is only when they fall in love that Cassia realizes she can no longer blindly follow the rules of the Society. The Society, on the other hand, isn’t done with them and things get even uglier. The first installment in the Matched series.
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
“What if everyone could hear your thoughts, and you could hear theirs?” asks KLIATT. New World’s agrarian settlers are constantly harassed by an incessant “Noise,” making it nearly impossible to remain anonymous. When Todd is the only child in a town dominated by men, an initiation rite awaits him. When he comes across a girl in the woods, he believes that all women on the planet have died. Todd, his faithful dog (whose thoughts can also be heard), and the girl, Viola, are on the run from a grim army of townmen, and Todd discovers that New World has much more to offer than he could have imagined. You won’t want to miss the action-packed chase sequences, the monstrous villain who will not die, and the moments of both anguish and triumph in this gripping SF thriller. While dealing with the shock of discovering the truth about his world, Todd is also confronted with the question of his own morality: can he kill? This haunting page-turner may have an awkward title, but it’s a great read because it’s emotionally intense and violent at times.” The series’ first entry.
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
“In this gripping dystopian novel set in a future Portland, ME, everyone is safe, unhappiness can be cured, and the freedoms we take for granted have been relinquished in the name of’security’ and ‘the common good’.” Lena Haloway and Hana, her outspoken 17-year-old friend, will no longer have to worry about risk or pain when they turn 18. In this case, they will be eligible to undergo the procedure that will make them immune to delirium—the disease that was previously known as love—and they will be forced to do so. Throughout the story, Lena develops into a compelling and relatable lead character who goes from being completely obedient to having doubts and a burning desire to save both herself and the raging emotions she is experiencing. Meeting Alex, falling into a state of confusion, and confronting the social code she’s been taught are all part of her painful, yet exhilarating, journey toward self-awareness. A shocking glimpse into the outside world is all Lena sees, and she is horrified to discover that her “safe” world has its roots in a barbaric reality. Finding out what happened to her mother, who was unable to stop loving her husband and daughters, is especially heartbreaking. Characters with depth and nuance, as well as a realistic portrayal of the lives of teenagers in an oppressive society, all contribute to the book’s overall appeal and potential for discussion. The Delirium trilogy begins here.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
In a world where teenagers are fighting for their lives every day, Dashner tells a dark and gripping story of survival, according to Publishers Weekly. To begin, Thomas, a teenage amnesiac, wakes up in the Glade, a fragile oasis smack dab in the middle of a massive maze. A ragtag band of adolescent boys ekes out a meager existence here, spending their days exploring the Maze and their nights in the Glade. They don’t know how they got there; no one has ever figured out a way out.”) A member of the group explains that Thomas must quickly learn the rules. In the Maze’s labyrinthine corridors, bizarre mechanical monsters known as Grievers prey on those unlucky enough to come across them. An unwelcome guest changes the rules of the game for Thomas, who is trying to reclaim his memories. From start to finish, Dashner’s suspenseful adventure will keep readers guessing until the very end,” reads the book’s synopsis on Amazon.com. The first in a trilogy of Maze Runner novels.
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
When Rhine Ellery was sixteen, doctors told her she had four years to live. As a result of an unsuccessful attempt to create a perfect race, both men and women now reach adulthood at the age of twenty-five. Orphans wander the streets, and polygamy is rampant, as geneticists try to find a cure. She is desperate to leave her husband’s strange world after being kidnapped and sold as a bride, which includes a sinister father-in-law on the prowl for an antidote and a slew of untrustworthy sister wives. Rhine attempts to flee as she approaches her seventeenth birthday, but she finds a society on the verge of collapse. First of a three-part series, The Chemical Garden.
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Supermodel beauty is the birthright of every human being. What could possibly go wrong? As Tally nears the age of sixteen, she can’t help but be excited. But not because she’s getting pretty. To be Tally, turning sixteen means undergoing an operation that transforms you from a repulsive ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and launches you into a high-tech utopia where your only job is to have a really good time. Tally will be there in just a few weeks’ time, after that. When it comes to Shay, Tally’s new best friend, the girl isn’t quite sure she wants to put on the pounds. She’d rather take a chance on the unknown. Tally discovers a darker side of the beautiful world when Shay runs away. Tally is given a choice by the authorities: turn in her friend, or never become beautiful. Tally’s life is forever altered by the decision she makes. It’s part of the Ugly series.
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
Canticle for Leibowitz is widely considered to be one of the best science fiction novels ever written, tracing human history from a twentieth-century nuclear war to another war in 3781. One of the best examples of the fear that millions of people have of the power of nuclear weapons and the aftermath of nuclear holocaust can be found in this movie. The novel’s rich symbolism and complexity make it an ideal subject for critical analysis.
Flood by Stephen Baxter
In Barcelona, four people held hostage by a group of religious extremists have been freed. After five years in captivity, they make a promise to always be there for one another. But they had no idea what was going to happen… They’ve returned to a world that has been changed by water, and the water is rising. Entire countries disappear as it continues to flow from the earth’s mantle. When you’re on a hilltop, every foot of elevation counts. There will be nowhere left to flee in the next fifty years, and that is the dreadful truth