Dystopias

Microchips under your skin. Thought police. Polluted megalopolises. Welcome to 1984!
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Feed
M.T. Anderson (YA ANDERSON)
With the Internet and television being piped into your brain at all times, they’ve got you under careful control.
(Grade 9+)
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The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood (YA ATWOOD)
In the near future where the United States used to stand, fertile women are strictly controlled and separated into social castes. (Grade 9+)
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Red Queen [Trilogy]
Victoria Aveyard (YA AVEYARD)
People are sorted into Reds and Silvers, those who bleed red and those who bleed silver. Reds are treated as lower class, but Mare uncovers information that may help her start a revolution! (Grade 9+)
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The Darkest Minds [Trilogy]
Alexandra Bracken (YA BRACKEN)
Sixteen-year-old Ruby survived a virus that killed many and was left with unexplainable powers. (Grade 9+)
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Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury (YA BRADBURY)
Books are not read, they’re burned. Firemen don’t put out fires, they set them. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. (Grade 8+)
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Ready Player One
Ernest Cline (YA CLINE)
Immersing himself in a mid-twenty-first-century virtual utopia to escape a real world of famine, poverty, and disease, Wade Watts joins an increasingly violent effort to solve a series of puzzles by the virtual world's creator. (Grade 8+)
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Matched [Trilogy]
Ally Condie (YA CONDIE)
Choice is dangerous, so Society will make every possible life decision for you. Job. Marriage. Food. Unfortunately for them, Cassia thinks differently.  (Grade 7+)
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The Maze Runner [Trilogy]
James Dashner (YA DASHNER)
Thomas lives in a mysterious society, inescapable due to the gigantic maze surrounding it. The only trouble—he has no clue how he got there! (Grades 6-10)
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Wither [Trilogy]
Lauren DeStefano (YA DESTEFANO)
Chemical Garden Trilogy. Years ago, humanity rolled the dice with genetic engineering and lost drastically. Now, girls as young as thirteen must bear children in a desperate bid to eradicate sickness and right humanity. (Grade 9+)
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The Jewel [Series]
Amy Ewing (YA EWING)
Violet, a poor girl from the outer city, finds forbidden romance and uncovers secrets when she is purchased as a surrogate mother for royal children. (Grade 9+)
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Incarceron [Series]
Catherine Fisher (YA FISHER)
Flinn has lived his entire life inside the gigantic prison known as ‘Incarceron.’ Escape seems impossible...until he meets Claudia, who is trapped 17th century. (Grade 8+)
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Lord of the Flies
William Golding (YA GOLDING)
A desert island with no adults and no responsibilities would be heaven, right? Wrong. (Grade 8+)
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Gone [Series]
Michael Grant (YA GRANT)
Everyone over the age of 14 vanishes, and those who remain are forced to fend for themselves. They also happen to be developing freaky powers… (Grade 8+)
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Among the Hidden [Series]
Margaret Peterson Haddix (YA HADDIX)
Shadow Children Series. In this society, having more than two children is illegal. You’re the third. (Grades 6-8)
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Brave New World
Aldous Huxley (YA HUXLEY)
Human beings are made on assembly lines and lobotomized with cheap entertainment. Depressed yet? Take a Soma Holiday! (Grade 8+) 
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Attack on Titan [Graphic Novel Series]
Hajime Isayama (YA GN ATTACK)
In the walled enclave where the remnants of humanity shelter from the Titans, giant creatures who have taken over the rest of the world, Eren and Mikasa join the fight. (Grade 10+)
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The Giver [Series]
Lois Lowry (YA LOWRY)
How can a world with no poverty, crime or sickness be such a nightmare? (Grades 6-9) 
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The Young Elites [Trilogy]
Marie Lu (YA LU)
Cast out by her family, Adelina joins the secret society of the Young Elites and discovers her own dangerous abilities. (Grade 8+)
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Shatter Me [Series]
Tahereh Mafi (YA MAFI)
Ostracized or incarcerated her whole life, 17-year-old Juliette is freed on the condition that she use her horrific abilities in support of The Reestablishment. (Grade 9+)
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The 100 [Trilogy]
Kass Morgan (YA MORGAN)
When 100 juvenile delinquents are sent on a mission to recolonize Earth, they get a second chance at freedom, friendship, and love as they fight to survive in a dangerous new world. (Grade 9+)
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The Knife of Never Letting Go [Trilogy]
Patrick Ness (YA NESS)
Chaos Walking Trilogy. Women have been wiped out and no thoughts are private—everyone can hear them. Always. Will young Todd make it once he’s run out of town? (Grade 9+)
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Only Ever Yours
Louise O’Neill (YA O’Neill)
In a future world where beauty is a duty and girls are trained in the arts of pleasing men, best friends Freida and Isabel fight to be one of the top ten beautiful girls in school, even if it means betraying their friendship. (Grade 9+)
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1984
George Orwell (YA ORWELL)
Big Brother sees and hears everything, and your only loyalty is to the party. Love and language are distant memories. (Grade 9+)
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Away We Go
Emil Ostrovski (YA OSTROVSKI)
Youths infected with the fatal Peter Pan Virus are sent to Westing Academy where Noah Falls pins his affections on a boy who doesn’t reciprocate, and soon tarnishes his relationships and increases his feelings of self-loathing. (Grade 10+)
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Under the Never Sky
Veronica Rossi (YA ROSSI)
Aria and Perry, two teens from radically different societies hate being dependent on one another until they overcome their prejudices and fall in love, knowing they can't stay together. (Grade 7+)
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Divergent [Trilogy]
Veronica Roth (YA ROTH)
Society is divided into five specific factions, and you are forced to pick one of them when you turn 16. You will follow it for your entire life. No exceptions—or are there? (Grade 9+)
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Unwind [Trilogy]
Neal Shusterman (YA SHUSTERMAN)
You’re between 13 and 18, and your parents deem you a “problem..” Prepare to have your organs harvested! (Grade 8+)
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Heir to the Sky
Amanda Sun (YA SUN)
When Kali, heir to a kingdom island in the sky, falls to earth and survives, she discovers there are humans living in the monster-infested lands. (Grade 7+)
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Bluescreen [Series]
Dan Wells (YA WELLS)
In 2050 Los Angeles, Marisa and her friends experiment with an allegedly safe virtual drug and find themselves caught up in a dangerous conspiracy. (Grade 8+)
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Uglies [Series]
Scott Westerfeld (YA WESTERFELD)
Everyone in Tally’s world gets to be supermodel-gorgeous. What could possibly be wrong in a society like that? (Grade 9+)
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Blood Red Road [Series]
Moira Young (YA YOUNG)
Dustlands Series. Silverlake is a desert Wasteland that would make Mad Max cringe. It is into the wastes that Saba plunges to rescue her brother. (Grade 9+)