For fans of the Hunger Games or for those who love reading stories about survival in Dystopian societies or post Apocalypse America, check out my list of the 15 Best Dystopian and Post Apocalyptic Fiction Books for Fans of the Hunger Games.
15 Best Dystopian and Post Apocalyptic Fiction Books for Fans of the Hunger Games
The Hunger Games inspired lots of readers to delve into the exciting dystopian genre and other stories about survival in a post Apocalypse America. I’ve read every book on this list and for those that are trilogies, I’ve read the entire series. Yes, I’m somewhat obsessed with Dystopian fiction!
Below is a list of my favorites in no particular order. Most of these trilogies below are complete with all 3 books available to read – Hooray! I’ve also included a few “classics” from years ago that I read in high school that are worth noting since they are excellent books and certainly dystopian fiction.
1. Matched by Ally Condie – a Trilogy
Ally Condie’s Matched Trilogy is fantastic. A dystopian society and a love triangle. What more could you ask for?
Here’s the official blurb from the Matched website.
In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.
Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one… until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow — between perfection and passion.
2. Delirium by Lauren Oliver – a Trilogy
The Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver is a gripping and emotional read as the protagonist Lena decides to rebel against her dystopian society, a world that has abolished LOVE by “CURING” its citizens with a medical procedure when they turn 18 that removes their ability to love. This series if excellent and yes there will be quite a love triangle too.
3. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi – a Trilogy
The Under the Never Sky Trilogy offers up another dystopian world set in the future where even the weather of our world is a force to be reckoned with along with feuding tribal cultures and modern technology. And yes, a love story is included!
4. Legend by Marie Lu – a Trilogy
This trilogy is INCREDIBLE and I promise the love story between June and Day will capture your heart too. Bonus: All 3 books in this trilogy are now available too so you can read this and go right on to Prodigy and then Champion. Hooray!
In this spooky trilogy, Deuce has never seen the LIGHT of day as she grows up in the subterranean world of the subway tunnels of New York City as her society remains hidden from the wild terrors that have decimated society. As you can imagine, circumstances will force her to make her way above ground in a heart pounding trilogy where she’ll find love and face constant danger. I loved this story! Excellent trilogy and all 3 books in this captivating tale are now available so you can follow up Enclave with Outpost and finish the trilogy off with Horde.
6. Frozen: Heart of Dread Book One by Melissa de la Cruand Michael Johnston
A future USA that is covered by ice. The oceans are black from pollutions and icebergs are made of Trash. Add in some supernatural powers and a controlling government for a thrilling read.
7. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
This book is a page-turner that you won’t be able to put down. Think Alien invasion that comes in waves to decimate the human population on Earth. The apocalypse is happening NOW on Earth and Cassie is one of the few survivors to survive each wave of terror.
Literally, virtually no one is left alive on the planet and Cassie doesn’t know if she can trust anyone…….
Another apocalypse survival story thanks to an alien invasion that has basically destroyed the way we lived BEFORE. Find out what the future holds for Amy Harris who is also one of only a handful of survivors as almost the entire society has disappeared – her parents, the government, and everything she knew BEFORE the creatures arrived and starting destroying everything and everyone.
9. The Divurgent Trilogy by Veronica Roth
The 1st book in this trilogy will hit theaters in March 2014. Friendship, family, love and a society that thinks you can only BE one thing. The protaganoist Tris is fantastic. Brave and daring, Tris will capture your heart in this heart pounding drama that will test her limits, introduce her to love, and make her question every rule she’s been taught since birth.
This book has been a classic since 1994 and was recently made into a hit movie starring Harrison Ford.
Brave New World is one of the best pieces of science fiction ever written and is considered a masterpiece. It’s not as “hip” as today’s modern dystopian stories but it’s a classic not to be missed if you like the dystopian and post-apocalyptic or future society genre.
Written in 1953, this dystopian novel depicts a future USA where firemen burn any books that are found. Think censorship. As book burning throughout history has been a way to censor dissenting ideas, Bradbury imagines a future where all books are burned. Another classic that is definitely worth reading.
13. Shatter Me Trilogy by Tahereh Mafi
Action. Romance. Adventure. Another teen girl faces unimaginable challenges thanks to special powers that she can’t control and it looks like she’s not the only one. Her touch is her power. The other books in the trilogy, Unravel Me and Ignite Me are the other books in the trilogy and a handful of novellas in the series also are available.
14. The Host by Stephanie Meyer
It’s an alien invasion saga written by Stephenie Meyer of Twilight fame. Love, family, trust, and of course aliens.
Alien takeover after BILLIONS of people across the planet died all on one day. The best selling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series writes an excellent post-apocalypse dystopian story set in California. Think aliens and a corrupt government that just maybe a few very special teens with a set of unique powers can overcome.