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.


The Seclusion by Jacqui Castle

The Seclusion was an intense book. From the first few pages, I was hooked on the story, and the clearly delineated dystopian world that Patricia ‘Patch’ and her co-worker Rexx finds themselves in once the blinders about what actually is happening in their country and around the world come off. You see Patch has always believed everything that her government tells her: other countries around the world are killing their citizens, North Korea bombed the United States, and the only thing keeping them safe are the four feet deep, ten feet tall, and thousands of feet long border walls to the north and south of the country and various surveillance methods are the only things keeping the US citizens safe. Read more →


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 →


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 →