Young Adult Dystopia has exploded over the last few years, and there are so many to choose from that knowing where to start is kind of overwhelming. That being said, some of these novels stand out and shouldn’t be missed. The below titles (and sequels) should be at the top of your to-read list.
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Unwind by Neal Shusterman
- Divergent by Veronica Roth
- The Maze Runner by James Dashner
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- Uglies by Scott Westerfield
- Delirium by Lauren Oliver
- Matched by Allie Condie
- Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien
Did I miss your favorite YA Dystopian story? Let me know!
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Manipulation, intrigue and deception. Will the trials ever end?
The Glader’s have escaped the maze and are supposed to be safe. While they are asleep, though, everything changes. Sun flares and a disease known as the Flare have all but destroyed the real world, and this is where their new trial begins. They have two weeks to cross the most devastated section of earth’s surface, battling the environment and the insane and murderous victims of the Flare, to a place that is supposed to be safe. WICKED has ensured that the journey will not be easy, if it is possible at all.
The epilogue in The Maze Runner let us know that the Glader’s were far from being safe, and the The Scorch Trials starts off by throwing the characters into immediate danger. While some questions are answered, many more are raised as is appropriate for the middle book in a trilogy. If you enjoyed The Maze Runner, this book is a must read, and the end ensures you will not hesitate to start on the third book.
The Scorch Trials is the second book of a trilogy by James Dashner. More information about the author can be found at the website listed below.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Solving a constantly changing maze might be impossible, but failing to solve it is deadly.
Thomas wakes up in a box with no memory of his life before. The only thing he recalls is his own name. When the box opens, Thomas finds himself surrounded by a group of boys. Like him, they do not remember anything of their former lives. The walls surrounding the Glade open every morning to reveal an ever-changing maze, and close every night. Fearsome creatures called Grievers hunt the maze, but the boys still explore it, trying to find a way out. The first ever girl arrives in the Glade day after Thomas and everything changes. Escaping the Glade is more urgent than it ever has been, and Thomas might be the one who has the answers.
A fascinating premise, a unique story world, and a lot of action are the things that sold this book to me. Thomas was not quite as strong as I would have liked, but that is often the case in trilogy’s…he has two more books to grow. The beginning of the book raised many questions and gave remarkably few answers, which is perfect for a book where the protagonist has amnesia. I can’t say much about the ending without giving something away, but the Epilogue made me start on the second book right away.
The Maze Runner is the first book of a trilogy by James Dashner. More information about the author can be found at the website listed below.