Last night at midnight, Divergent, the latest in the teenaged dystopias craze, hit theaters. The movie is based on a book by Veronica Roth, the first chapter in a post-apocalyptic action adventure trilogy. Stories like Divergent and The Hunger Games have wide, varied fan-bases – audiences ages 12 and up can’t seem to get enough of these dystopian sci-fi novels, despite their young-adult finish. Readers love ‘em, and we love ‘em. We even put together a reading list of other YA dystopian novels to check out this weekend…just in case you’re as addicted as we are.
Set in an near-present Portland, Maine, Delirium follows the story of Lena, a girl who falls in love in a society where love is treated as a disease. Once you’re hooked, you’ll have plenty of reading material to keep you going – Lauren Oliver is something of a master at teenage alternate realities.
At first glance, Kiera Cass’s book may not seem all that dystopian; after all, the whole story is about competing for a Prince’s hand in marriage. Don’t be fooled – this book might have echoes of The Bachelor, but it’s definitely got an Ender’s Game vibe at times.
The first in a Sci Fi trilogy that verges on fantasy, the Midnighter’s follows a group of teens in Oklahoma who unlock a mysterious world and secret powers during the night. If you want to know more about the world of darkness Scott Westerfield created…well, you’ll have to read the books.
This YA novel is so catchy is skyrocketed Veronica Rossi to bestseller status almost instantly.Fighting for survival? Check. Teen romance? Check. Major motion picture in the works? Check. And lucky you – the final installment just came out this winter.
Do you love dystopian fiction but hate the sticky-sweet angst that goes along with YA? Not to worry- we’ve got you covered.