DYSTOPIAS Novels

DYSTOPIAN NOVELS – Spring, 2011

  • The Shadow Children series, Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Dark life, Kat Falls
  • The giver, Lois Lowry (plus sequels)
  • Hunger games, Suzanne Collins (plus sequels)
  • The Supernaturalist, Eoin Colfer
  • Lord of the flies, William Golding
  • 1984, George Orwell
  • Animal farm, George Orwell
  • The time machine, H.G. Wells
  • Everlost, Neil Shusterman
  • The barcode tattoo, The barcode rebellion, Suzanne Weyn
  • The last book in the universe, Rodman Philbrick
  • A wrinkle in time, Madeleine L’Engle (plus sequels)
  • The long walk, Richard Bachman
  • Uglies series, Scott Westerfeld
  • The Ember series, Jeanne DuPrau
  • The maze runner, James Dashner (plus sequel)
  • House of stairs, Willam Sleator
  • The Tripods series, John Christopher
  • Feed, M.T. Anderson
  • The forest of hands and teeth, Carrie Ryan (plus sequels)
  • Life as we knew it, Susan Beth Pfeffer (plus sequels)
  • Ender’s game, Orson Scott Card
  • The House of the Scorpion, Nancy Farmer
  • Gone series, Michael Grant
  • The day of the Triffids, John Wyndham

The Limit by Kristen Landon
The government puts a spending limit on each family. If you go over it, they take one of your children and put them in a "work house"
where they must remain until Mom and Dad get spending under control.
Can you actually get home again?

No Child's Game: Reality TV 2083 by Andrea White
Reality TV has taken a severe turn with Historical Survivor, a show that has contestants vying to survive a recreation of an historical event. A group of teens must try to survive Scott's failed Antarctic expedition, but they don't know that the producers are pulling strings to make their survival almost impossible.

DYSTOPIAN NOVELS:
  • The ShadowChildren series, Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Dark life, Kat Falls
  • The giver, Lois Lowry (plus sequels)
  • Hunger games, Suzanne Collins (plus sequels)
  • Lord of the flies, William Golding
  • 1984, George Orwell
  • Animal farm, George Orwell
  • The time machine, H.G. Wells
  • Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  • Brave new world, Aldous Huxley
  • Everlost, Neil Shusterman
  • The barcode tattoo, The barcode rebellion, Suzanne Weyn
  • The handmaid’s tale, Margaret Atwood
  • I am legend, Richard Matheson
  • A clockwork orange, Anthony Burgess
  • The last book in the universe, Rodman Philbrick
  • A wrinkle in time, Madeleine L’Engle (plus sequels)
  • The running man, Richard Bachman
  • The long walk, Richard Bachman
  • The stand, Stephen King
  • Unwind, Neal Shusterman
  • Uglies series, Scott Westerfeld
  • The Ember series, Jeanne DuPrau
  • The maze runner, James Dashner
  • House of stairs, Willam Sleator
  • The Tripods series, John Christopher
  • Z for Zachariah, Robert C. O’Brien
  • Feed, M.T. Anderson
  • The knife of never letting go, Patrick Ness
  • Snow crash, Neal Stephenson
  • The forest of hands and teeth, Carrie Ryan (plus sequels)
  • The road, Cormac McCarthy
  • Life as we knew it, Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • Never let me go, Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Anthem, Ayn Rand
  • Ender’s game, Orson Scott Card
  • The House of the Scorpion, Nancy Farmer
  • Gone series, Michael Grant
  • The other side of the island, Allegra Goodman
  • Incarceron, Catherine Fisher
  • Do androids dream of electric sheep?, Philip K. Dick
  • The adoration of Jenna Fox, Mary E. Pearson
  • The day of the Triffids, John Wyndham
  • The big empty, J.B. Stephens
  • Earth abides, George R. Stewart

The John Marsden "Tomorrow" Series is great.
Book 1: Tomorrow When the War Began
Book 2: Dead of Night
Book 3: A Killing Frost
Book 4: Darkness Be My Friend
Book 5: Burning for Revenge
Book 6: Night is for Hunting
Book 7: The Other Side of Dawn

The Water Wars Stracher

Uglies, Pretties, Specials (Westerfield)
The Giver, Gathering Blue, The Messenger (Lowry)
Seeker, Jango, Noman (Nicholson)

THE SUPERNATURALIST by Eoin Colfer
AMONG THE HIDDEN by Margaret Peterson Haddix (and sequels)
SHADE’S CHILDREN by Garth Nix
MATCHED by Ally Condie
DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver
Z FOR ZACHARIAH by Robert C. O’Brien
HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins (and sequels)
LIFE AS WE KNEW IT by Susan Beth Pfeffer (and sequels)
THE COMPOUND by S. A. Bodeen
THE DECLARATION by Gemma Malley
THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX by Mary Pearson
EVA by Peter Dickinson
THE GARDENER by S. A. Bodeen
THE ROAR by Emma Clayton
CITY OF EMBER by Jeanne DuPrau (and sequels)
HOUSE OF THE SCORPION by Nancy Farmer
GONE by Michael Grant (and sequels)
INCARCERON by Catherine Fisher (and sequels)
UNWIND by Neal Shusterman
SHIP BREAKER by Paolo Bacigalupi
MORTAL ENGINES by Philip Reeves (and sequels)
THE EYE, THE EAR, AND THE ARM by Nancy Farmer
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ISLAND by Allegra Goodman
UGLIES by Scott Westerfeld (and sequels)
THE BARCODE TATTOO by Suzanne Weyn
LITTLE BROTHER by Cory Doctorow
ARMAGEDDON SUMMER by Jane Yolen and Bruce Coville
THE VIRTUAL WAR CHRONOLOGS by Gloria Skurzynski
THE GIVER by Lois Lowry (and sequels)
SURVIVING ANTARCTICA / NO CHILD’S GAME: REALITY TV 2083 by Andrea White
GIRL IN THE ARENA by Lise Haines
THE CLONE CODES by Patricia McKissack
WITCH & WIZARD by James Patterson
EPIC by Conor Kostick
MAXIMUM RIDE by James Patterson (and sequels)
THE LAST BOOK IN THE UNIVERSE by Rodman Philbrick
SKINNED by Robin Wasserman
CHASED by Robin Wasserman
WAR OF THE WORLDS by H. G. Wells
STORM THIEF by Chris Wooding
THE HOST by Stephanie Meyer
ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell
NATION by Terry Pratchett
WHEN YOU REACH ME by Rebecca Stead

Among the Hidden series by Margaret Peterson

Atherton Series by Patrick Carman
Ember series by Jeanne Duprau
Mortal Engines series by Philip Reeve
The Chrysalids by John Whyndam
Giver by Lois Lowry
Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness
Among the Hidden series by Haddix
Mortal Engines series by Philip Reeve
The Chrysalids by John Whyndam
Everlost by Neal Shusterman
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld
The House of Stairs by William Sleator


The Carbon Diaries, Saci Lloyd
Feed, M.T. Anderson
The Giver, Lois Lowry
The House of the Scorpion, Nancy Farmer
How I Live Now, Meg Rosoff
Life as We Knew It, Susan Beth Pfeffer
Matched, Ally Condie
The Maze Runner, James Dashner
Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi
Unwind, Neal Shusterman

Ness . Knife of Never Letting Go (first in the Chaos Walking series)
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The following are recommended by the library staff at Foster City Library as being very appropriate for 7th and 8th grade.

I am number four / Pittacus Lore (A movie based upon this book is out in theaters now)
In rural Ohio, friendships and a beautiful girl prove distracting to a fifteen-year-old who has hidden on Earth for ten years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien.

Bunker 10 / J.A. Henderson
Something is going terribly wrong at the top secret Pinewood Military Installation, and the teenage geniuses who study and work there are about to discover a horrible truth as they lead a small military force trying to retrieve data and escape before the compound self-destructs.

The giver / Lois Lowry
Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

Life as we knew it / Susan Beth Pfeffer
When a meteor pushes the moon closer to the earth, setting into motion a series of destructive weather events that wipe out coasts, rock the continents, and block out the sun, Miranda and her family must find a way to survive in a desperate and unfamiliar world.

Unwind / Neal Shusterman
In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs--and, perhaps, save their own lives.

The adoration of Jenna Fox / Mary E. Pearson
In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a seventeen-year-old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.

The Gardener / S.A. Bodeen
When high school sophomore Mason finds a beautiful but catatonic girl in the nursing home where his mother works, the discovery leads him to revelations about a series of disturbing human experiments that have a connection to his own life.

Trash / Andy Mulligan
Raphael is a dumpsite boy. He spends his days wading through mountains of steaming trash, sifting it, sorting it, breathing it, sleeping next to it. Then one unlucky-lucky day, Raphael's world turns upside down. A small leather bag falls into his hands. It's a bag of clues. It's a bag of hope. It's a bag that will change everything.

Among the hidden / Margaret Peterson Haddix
In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong.

Little Brother / Cory Doctorow.
After being interrogated by the Department of Homeland Security after a terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, uses his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.


Gone by Michael Grant
When everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears from a California town, a battle erupts between the remaining residents and the students from a local school, as well as those who have "The Power" and those who do not

Feed by MT Anderson
In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.

Ship Breaker / by Paolo Bacigalupi.
In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.

The Uglies by Westerfeld
Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally's best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.

Mortal Engines : a novel / by Philip Reeve
In the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns, a fifteen-year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answers in the perilous Out-Country, aided by one girl and the memory of another.

Xisle / by Steve Augarde.
Ever since the floods came and washed the world away, survivors have been desperate to win a place on X-Isle, the island where life is rumoured to be easier than on what's left of the mainland. Only young boys are in with a chance, the smaller and lighter the better. Baz and Ray are two of the lucky few to be chosen.

The Unidentified / Rae Mariz
Fifteen-year-old Katey (aka Kid) goes to school in the Game—a mall converted into a “school” run by corporate sponsors. As the students play their way through the levels, they are also creating products and being used for market research by the sponsors, who are watching them 24/7 on video cameras.
Brave New World / Aldous Huxley (advanced readers, obviously)

Exodus / Julie Bertagna.
In the year 2100, Mara discovers the existence of sky cities that are safe from storms and rising waters, and convinces her people to travel from their threatened island to one of these cities in order to save themselves.

Skinned / Robin Wasserman.
When Lia Kahn's wealthy parents pay to have her brain transplanted into a new, human-looking body that never ages, the life that Lia knew is forever changed as she faces prejudice from all sides because of what she has become.

The Maze Runner / James Dashner.
Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.

Matched / Ally Condie.
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her, so when Xander appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate--until Ky Markham's face appears for an instant before the screen fades to black.

Birthmarked / Caragh M. O'Brien.
When her midwife mother is forcibly taken away by the very people she serves, sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone starts to question the role of the Enclave and whether it deserves the loyalty her family has so faithfully given.

The Compound / S.A. Bodeen. **
After spending six years with his parents and his two sisters in an underground compound built by his father to protect them from a nuclear holocaust, Eli discovers that his father has perpetrated a monstrous hoax on them all.