Teen Volunteers 2017: Best Dystopian Fiction

Dystopia, dystopia! Why is young adult fiction filled with novels set in dystopian futures? Because they're engaging and fun to read? Probably. Here are a few favorites in a list put together by our Summer Teen Volunteers.

  • The Giver

    1993 by Lois Lowry

    "A society with no suffering may not be possible. That's why the people in the community have one person who keeps all the memories—good and bad—of the world, so no one else will ever suffer by being prevented from having any strong feelings. This legendary classic revolving around this Giver is both chillingly exciting and thought provoking." —Elliot,15

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  • The Selection

    2012 by Kiera Cass

    "In this exclusive and different type of society, which is full of romance, the author gives you a great story with unique characters. It's a great love story that leaves the reader wondering: Will he find out? Who will she end up with? And who's going to get eliminated in the selection?"—Rabeeka, 14

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  • Ender's Game

    2013 by Orson Scott Card

    "The main character goes from zero to slightly less zero as he grows and progresses through the book. Fans of Hunger Games will adore this book. It's also not a series, so it's great for a rainy day or pulling an all nighter."—Amani, 15

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  • Crewel : A Novel

    2012 by Gennifer Albin

    "This book takes you into a unique, corrupt society with an independent leading female protagonist whose story you'll be unable to put down. Gennifer Albin's great writing style makes you always want to know what's going to happen next, who's going to end up with who, and what is really going on in this fantastic novel"—Rabeeka, 14

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  • An Ember In the Ashes : A Novel

    2015 by Sabaa Tahir

    "I finished this book in three days because I was unable to put it down. This society that the author takes you into gets you on the edge of your seat trying to find out if the female protagonist Laia will be able to succeed or not."—Rabeeka, 14

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  • Fire

    2014 by Sara B Elfgren

    "If you love an extraordinary female lead then this book is for you. Fire is a strong-willed young woman who is very skilled and doesn't need a man to protect her. Many events happen in this story which leave the reader in shock and heartbreak. If you want to find what happens, read Fire."—Rabeeka, 14

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  • Unwind

    2007 by Neal Shusterman

    "This not-too-far-off future might prove to be very different than things are today in terms of life rights. While abortion is not legal, something similar is after a child is already born: unwinding. Unwinding—the practice of harvesting all of one's body parts—is what this book revolves around while kids whose parents send them to be unwound run from the terrifying fate. Written (in annoying present tense) in the most fast-moving, riveting fashion possible, this book is the definition of a page-turner."—Elliott, 15

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