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Stories about disturbing dystopias are usually very exciting for young adult readers. The very idea of a new futuristic world is captivating and thought provoking. So, here’s a list of the top 10 dystopian novels for young adults.
The Dark Intercept, by Julia Keller
4 stars, 13 reviews
Julia Keller wrote a story about the New Earth founder’s daughter who questions the efficacy and morality of using the crime prevention device which kept her safe. The Intercept, a chip implant that forces criminals to relive their worst memories is a device which can create a specific reality where the government can control people and their emotions.
Metaltown, by Kristen Simmons
4.5 stars, 29 reviews
Metaltown is a story about an industrial city which is known for its extreme work conditions which can also be described as brutal. The protagonists of this story are the young factory workers Ty, Colin and Lena who is the daughter of the factory owner. This novel includes everything that a dystopian novel fan might enjoy, from social commentaries to a strong feeling of hope at the end of the book.
Partials, by Dan Wells
4.5 stars, 697 reviews
Den Wells has written a novel about genetically engineered humanoids called Partials which successfully wiped out almost the entire human civilization by using a dangerous virus. The Senate has a goal to increase human population and creates the Hope Act, which is meant to force all women over the age of 18 to be pregnant or try to conceive. At the same time, Kira Walker wants to find a cure for virus.
The Host, by Stephenie Meyer
4.5 stars, 6113 reviews
Some readers may find this book long and complicated, but it gets easier to read once you understand the general idea of the book. Not only that, but it also becomes more mind-engaging as the book is very thought-provoking. The book describes a futuristic situation where alien souls have inhabited all the human bodies and the struggle of the protagonist – Melanie Stryder, to retake the control over her body.
Replica, by Jenna Black
4 stars, 30 reviews
Replica is the story about Nadia Lake who has an arranged marriage with the heir to the powerful company which was the first to successfully accomplish human replication. Nadia Lake’s husband gets killed and it’s up to Nadia and her husband’s replicant to find the killer.
Under the Never Sky, by Veronica Rossi
4.5 stars, 1044 reviews
Under the Never Sky is a dystopian novel about a woman named Aria who lives in a large dome that serves as a protection from the wastelands outside. Although Aria never thought about leaving the dome, her mother goes missing and Aria decides to explore the unknown regions of wastelands. While there, Aria meets Perry who is a “savage” and an unexpected alliance forms.
Enclave, by Ann Aguirre
4.5 stars, 800 reviews
In this novel by Ann Aguirre, you will read about New York City with its population decimated and survivors living in underground enclaves. The story follows a girl called Deuce, who is forced to go outside the enclave and who discovers that something very bad has happened to the neighbor enclave. No one listens to Deuce, despite the fact that she warns them about this serious threat.
The Rains, by Gregg Hurwitz
4 stars, 50 reviews
The Rains is a book about a boy named Patrick who is almost eighteen and who is under a major risk of becoming a zombie-like being, because of an alien parasite. Accompanied by his brother, Chance, Patrick fights against time to find a cure for himself. The two brothers find themselves in an even harder situation when they need to fight off enemies after their lives.
The Giver, by Lois Lowry
4.5 stars, 7600 reviews
Lois Lowry has written a story about a future society that is void of any pain. The story follows a boy named Jonas who receives his first adult assignment. Everyone in the society has a specific role and Jonas is the “receiver” which means that he needs to hold the community’s bad memories. Eventually, Jonas decides to escape and restore everyone’s memories.
The Glass Arrow, by Kristen Simmons
4 stars, 110 reviews
The Glass Arrow is a book about the future in which all women are enslaved and sold to men as their property. The story follows a girl named Aya who’s in hiding and has lived her whole life behind the protective shield of the mountains.