If you’re looking to add dystopian novels to your classroom library, here are eight titles that your students will love.
Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Miranda, a high school sophomore, is faced with a daunting challenge when a meteor collides with the moon knocking it closer to Earth. She and her family take shelter from the ensuing chaos. In a year’s worth of journal entries, Miranda captures their struggle to remain hopeful in a changing, unfamiliar world.
Matched by Ally Condie
Cassia lives in a controlling society that determines who everyone will marry, where they will work, and when they will die. Cassia has always trusted Society’s choices until her own Match Banquet to determine her partner. She’s matched with her childhood friend Xander, but as she’s looking at her match information, a new face pops on the screen. It’s the face of Ky, an outcast. Is this the path Society has laid out for her?
Scythes by Neal Shusterman
In a world with no hunger, no disease, and no war, only Scythes can end life. They are commanded to keep the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither one wants. If they can’t learn to take a life, it could be the end of their own.
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Love is treated as a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the Cure. Just before her eighteenth birthday, Lena Haloway is looking forward to being cured and living a predictable life. Love destroyed her mother, and she doesn’t want anything to do with it– until she meets a mysterious boy at a party.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
It’s a harsh world in 2044, and Wade escapes reality by spending all of his time in the OASIS, a virtual utopia. Inside the virtual utopia of OASIS, the creator has hidden a prize worth a fortune. Wade is determined to find the prize, but in the real world, there are others willing to kill in order to beat him to it.
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Like all teens, Tally awaits cosmetic surgery to become a Pretty on her sixteenth birthday. She’s excited for the transformation until she meets Shay, a 15-year-old with a different plan. Shay doesn’t want to be a Pretty and escapes into the forest to remain an Ugly. Tally is taken in for questioning on her birthday. She is then faced with a difficult choice. Authorities want her to find Shay and turn her in or Tally will lose her chance to become a Pretty. While finding her friend, Tally learns there is a dark side to the transformation of becoming a Pretty.
Legend by Marie Lu
The Republic is perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family, June is being raised for success in the Republic’s military. In the slums, Day has become the country’s most wanted criminal. The two teens have no reason to cross paths until Day becomes a suspect in June’s brother’s murder. June wants to avenge Metias’s death, but Day is only trying to survive. In a shocking turn of events, the two teens uncover the truth of what really brought them together.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The remains of North America are now the home of Panem, a dazzling Capitol surrounded by twelve districts. To keep the districts under their control, the Capitol sends a boy and girl from each district to participate in the Hunger Games - a fight to the death that is broadcasted live throughout Panem. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps in to take her sister's place in the Games and reluctantly becomes a competitor.
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