Dystopian YA Fiction

Dystopias are imaginary places in which the circumstances of life are extremely bad for some reason, whether it’s because of deprivation, terror or oppression. In the dystopian ya fiction section, you will find novels recommended for and those withe the teen market in mind.

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The Jewel by Amy Ewing

I think that The Jewel shows a lot of promise for the rest of the books in the series. (That ending…did not see that coming!) Plus, Ewing shows that even seemingly ridiculous characters can have a whole lot more going on than meets the eye, which is something I appreciate. I can’t wait to read the next instalment. Read more →

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Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

I think I’m a little lame. I mean, after reading only the first few pages of Grasshopper Jungle, I thought, “I don’t know if this book is for me.” See…kinda lame. The only saving grace is that after those few pages I realized that even though Austin’s voice is really unlike mine, he – and by extension, Smith – is really funny. Read more →

The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams

The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams

Opening up a book like The Haven is an exercise in entering an entirely new world. Whereas some Dystopian novels, like The Hunger Games, begin with a character who recognizes the deficiencies in the world she lives in, Williams has created a classic Dystopian story about a teen named Shiloh who has accepted most (if not all) the information that she’s received from the Whole teachers and doctors who run The Haven at face value. Read more →