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YA Dystopias List, Part 1: The Novels

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Once again, while doing research, I've greatly expanded my Young Adult Dystopian Novels List (especially the forthcoming 2012 and 2013 publications). This list is now too large to pair with other content, so I'm posting it by itself in two parts.

If you have any recommendations or suggestions for me, I'd be most grateful! Thanks so much. (Note: If you follow/bookmark this link, you'll always be directed to the most recent iteration of this list.)




Note: I am intentionally casting a wide net by defining "dystopian" works as those that imply a warning by describing a world gone wrong: utopias that took a bad turn, worst-case scenario post-apocalyptic societies, post-disaster tales that focus more on the undesirable communities that develop after the disasters than on the disasters themselves, etc.

Or, to put it another way (quoting The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition), "dys·to·pi·a (dĭs-tō'pē-ə): 1.An imaginary place or state in which the condition of life is extremely bad, as from deprivation, oppression, or terror."

I am defining YA as books specifically written and marketed for young adult readers.

I welcome any and all suggestions for additions to this list.


More Than Half a Century of English-Language Young Adult Dystopias

1960s
The Time Quintet by Madeleine L'Engle (1962-1989) (original trilogy counted: dystopian elements)
The City Underground (a.k.a. Surreal 3000) by Suzanne Martel (1963)
Legend of Lost Earth by Hope Campbell (1963)
The Changes Trilogy by Peter Dickinson (1968-1970)
Dark Piper by Andre Norton (1968)
The Tripods Series by Samuel Youd (as John Christopher) (1968-1988)
The Day of the Drones by A.M. Lightner (1969)

1970s
Earth Times Two by Pamela Reynolds (1970)
The Hydronauts Series by Carl L. Biemiller (1970-1974)
The Incredible Tide by Alexander Key (1970)
The Sword of the Spirits Trilogy by Samuel Youd (as John Christopher) (1970-1972)
Andra by Louise Lawrence (1971)
The Far Side of Evil by Sylvia Engdahl (1971, revised edition 2003)
The Guardians by Samuel Youd (as John Christopher) (1971)
Out There by Adrien Stoutenburg (1971)
Sleep Two, Three, Four! A Political Thriller by John Neufeld (1971)
Time Gate by John Jakes (1972)
The Endless Pavement by Jacqueline Jackson and William Perlmutter (1973)
Momo (also published as The Grey Gentleman) by Michael Ende (1973)
The Morrow Duology by H.M. Hoover (1973, 1976)
House of Stairs by William Sleator (1974)
Outside by Andre Norton (1974)
The Pale Invaders by G.R. Crosher (as G.R. Kestavan) (1974)
Wild Jack by by Samuel Youd (as John Christopher) (1974)
Conversations by Barry Malzberg (1975)
The Girl Who Owned a City by O.T. Nelson (1975)
No Man's Land by Simon Watson (1975)
No Night Without Stars by Andre Norton (1975)
Noah's Castle by John Rowe Townsend (1975)
Odyssey from River Bend by Tom McGowan (1975)
Ransome Revisited and The Travelling Man by Elisabeth Mace (1975, 1976)
Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien (1975)
The Borrible Trilogy by Michael de Larrabeiti (1976-1986)
City of Darkness by Ben Bova (1976)
Kennaquhair by Ruth Hooker (1976)
The Missing Person's League by Frank Bonham (1976)
The Delikon by H.M. Hoover (1977)
Empty World by Samuel Youd (as John Christopher) (1977)
I Am The Cheese by Robert Cormier (1977)
The Shadow of the Gloom-World by Roger Eldridge (1977)
Survival Planet: A Novel of the Future by Arthur Tofte (1977)
The Ennead by Jan Mark (1978)
Jack-in-the-Box Planet by Robert Hoskins (1978)
The Justice Trilogy by Virginia Hamilton (1978-1981)
Keep Calm (a.k.a. When the City Stopped) by Joan Phipson (1978)
The Tomorrow City by Monica Hughes (1978)
A Quest for Orion and Tower of the Stars by Rosemary Harris (1978, 1980)
The Awakening Water by G.R. Crosher (as G.R. Kesteven) (1979)
Beyond the Dark River by Monica Hughes (1979)
Dark Wing by Carl West and Katherine MacLean (1979)
The Forever Formula by Frank Bonham (1979)

1980s
The Creatures (a.k.a. King Creature, Come) by John Rowe Townsend (1980)
A Rag, A Bone, and Hank of Hair by Nicholas Fisk (1980)
Red Zone by Tom Browne (1980)
This Time of Darkness by H.M. Hoover (1980)
The Green Book by Jill Paton Walsh (1981)
The S.I.L.V.E.R. Series by Tanith Lee (1981, 2005)
The Voyage Begun by Nancy Bond (1981)
The Vandal by Ann Schlee (1981)
An Alien Music by Annabel and Edgar Johnson (1982)
The DNA Dimension, Fusion Factor (also published as It's Up to Us), Zanu, and Me, Myself & I by Carol Matas (1982, 1986, 1987)
The Huntsman Trilogy by Douglas Hill (1982-1984)
The Last Children of Schewenborn (also spelled Schevenborn) by Gudrun Pausewang (1983)
Waiting for the End of the World by Lee Harding (1983)
After the Bomb and Week One by Gloria Miklowitz (1984, 1987)
Brother in the Land by Robert Swindells (1984)
The Colsec Series by Douglas Hill (1984-1985)
The Danger Quotient by Annabel and Edgar Johnson (1984)
The Devil on My Back and The Dream Catcher by Monica Hughes (1984, 1986)
Futuretrack 5 by Robert Westall (1984)
Guardians of Time by Peter Baltensperger (1984)
The Shepherd Moon by H.M. Hoover (1984)
Beyond the Future by Johanne Masse (1985)
Children of the Dust by Louise Lawrence (1985)
Earthchange by Clare Cooper (1985)
Quest Beyond Time by Tony Morphett (1985)
Strange Tomorrow by Jean E. Karl (1985)
The Time Keeper Trilogy by Barbara Bartholomew (1985)
The Winter Trilogy by Pamela F. Service (1985-2008)
Wolf of Shadows by Whitley Strieber (1985)
The Keeper by Barry Faville (1986)
The Others by Alison Prince (1986)
Taronga by Victor Kelleher (1986)
The Fire Brats Series by Barbara Siegel, Scott Siegel, and Barbara Steiner (1987-1988)
The Makers by Victor Kelleher (1987)
Orvis (a.k.a. Journey Through the Empty) by H.M. Hoover (1987)
The Paperchaser and The Catalyst by Penny Hall (1987, 1989)
The Sword and the Dream Duology by Janice Elliott (1987, 1988)
The Obernewtyn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody (1987-2012, ongoing)
Cityscape by Frances Thomas (1988)
Escape to the Overworld by Nicole Luiken (1988)
Eva by Peter Dickinson (1988)
The Lake at the End of the World by Caroline Macdonald (1988)
Children of Time by Deborah Moulton (1989)
The Glimpses by Laurence Staig (1989)
I Feel Like the Morning Star by Gregory Maguire (1989)
The Last War by Martyn Godfrey (1989)
Plague 99 (a.k.a. Plague) and Come Lucky April (a.k.a. After the Plague) by Jean Ure (1989, 1992)
Why Weeps the Brogan? by Hugh Scott (1989)

1990s
Invitation to the Game by Monica Hughes (1990)
Smart Rats by Thomas Baird (1990)
The Survival Squad by Floyd Priddle (1990)
A Time of Darkness by Sherryl Jordan (1990)
The Eye Witness by Caroline Macdonald (1991)
Scatterlings by Isobelle Carmody (1991)
The Crystal Drop by Monica Hughes (1992)
The Dark Future Series by Laurence James (1992)
Dead Water Zone by Kenneth Oppel (1992)
Future Thaw by Audrey O'Hearn (1992)
River Rats by Caroline Stevermer (1992)
The Baby and the Fly Pie by Melvin Burgess (1993)
Guardian of the Dark by Beverley Spencer (1993)
The Giver Trilogy by Lois Lowry (1993-2004)
The Last Oasis by Sue Pace (1993)
Winter of Fire by Sherryl Jordan (1993)
The Disinherited (a.k.a. The Patchwork People) by Louise Lawrence (1994)
The Electric Kid by Garry Kilworth (1994)
The Parkland Series by Victor Kelleher (1994-1996)
Time Ghost by Welwyn Wilton Katz (1994)
The Tomorrow Series by John Marsden (1994-1999) and The Ellie Chronicles (2003-2006)
The His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman (1995-2000) (dystopian elements)
Fall-Out by Gudrun Pausewang (1995)
Foundling (a.k.a. Found) by June Oldham (1995)
Galax-Arena and Terra-Farma by Gillian Rubenstein (1995, 2001)
Waterbound by Jane Stemp (1995)
Cave Rats by Kerry Greenwood (1997)
The Scavenger's Tale by Rachel Anderson (1997)
Shade's Children by Garth Nix (1997)
The Virtual War Chronologs by Gloria Skurzynski (1997-2006)
The Ark Trilogy by Stephanie S. Tolan (1998-ongoing)
The Denials of Kow-Ten by Jenny Robson (1998)
Evan's Voice by Sallie Lowenstein (1998)
Forbidden Memories by Jamila Gavin (1998)
Off the Road by Nina Bawden (1998)
Originator by Claire Carmichael (1998)
The Shadow Children Sequence by Margaret Peterson Haddix (1998-2006)
Bloodtide and Bloodsong by Melvin Burgess (1999, 2005)
Cloning Miranda, The Second Clone, and The Dark Clone by Carol Matas (1999, 2001, 2005)
The Copper Elephant by Adam Rapp (1999)
The Cure by Sonia Levitin (1999)
Fabricant by Claire Carmichael (1999)
The Hermit Thrush Sings by Susan Butler (1999)
Star Split by Kathryn Lasky (1999)

The Aughts
Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick (2000)
The Heaven and Earth Trilogy by Richard Harland (2000-2003)
Incognito by Claire Carmichael (2000)
The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick (2000)
Songs of Power by Hilari Bell (2000)
The White Fox Chronicles by Gary Paulsen (2000)
Hole in the Sky by Pete Hautman (2001)
Memory Boy by Will Weaver (2001)
Mortal Engines Quartet and two prequels (a.k.a. The Hungry City Chronicles) by Philip Reeve (2001-2006, 2009, 2011)
The Noughts and Crosses Series by Malorie Blackman (2001-2008)
The Remnants Series by K.A. Applegate (2001-2003)
This Side of Paradise by Steven L. Layne (2001)
Violet Eyes and Silver Eyes (sequel Angel Eyes pending) by Nicole Luiken (2001)
The Wintering Trilogy by Stephen Bowkett (2001-2002)
Bootleg by Alex Shearer (2002)
Feed by M.T. Anderson (2002)
The Fire-Us Trilogy by Jennifer Armstrong and Nancy Butcher (2002-2003)
Green Boy by Susan Cooper (2002)
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (2002)
The Books of Ember by Jeanne Duprau (2003-2008, ongoing)
The Dirt Eaters by Dennis Foon (2003)
Green Angel and Green Witch by Alice Hoffman (2003, 2010)
The Lionboy Trilogy by Zizou Corder (2003-2006)
The Silver Sequence by Cliff McNish (2003-2005)
Annals of the Western Shore Trilogy by Ursula K. Le Guin (2004-2007)
The Bar Code Tattoo and The Bar Code Rebellion by Suzanne Weyn (2004, 2006)
The Big Empty Series by J.B. Stephens (2004-2005)
Bringing Reuben Home by Glenda Millard (2004)
Epic and Saga by Conor Kostick (2004, 2006)
The Galahad Series (The Comet's Curse, The Web of Titan, and The Cassini Code) by Dom Testa (2004-2007)
Flux and Fixed by Beth Goobie (2004, 2005)
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (2004)
The Pack by Tom Pow (2004)
Sharp North and Blown Away by Patrick Cave (2004, 2005)
Sleepwalking by Nicola Morgan (2004)
The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer (2004)
Thinner Than Thou by Kit Reed (2004)
The Truesight Trilogy by David Stahler, Jr. (2004-2007)
Useful Idiots by Jan Mark (2004)
The Destiny of Linus Hoppe and The Second Life of Linus Hoppe by Anne-Laure Bondoux (2005)
The Diary of Pelly D and Cherry Heaven by L.J. Adlington (2005, 2007)
The Goodness Gene by Sonia Levitin (2005)
The Hunted by Alex Shearer (2005)
Maddigan's Fantasia by Margaret Mahy (2005)
The Pagan Mars Trilogy by Susan Price (2005-2008)
Pure by Karen Krossing (2005)
Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083 by Andrea White (2005)
The Secret Under My Skin and The Raintree Rebellion by Janet McNaughton (2005, 2006)
Siberia by Ann Halam (2005)
Stolen Voices by Ellen Dee Davidson (2005)
The Traces Series by Malcolm Rose (2005-2o08, ongoing)
The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld (2005-2007)
GemX by Nicky Singer (2006)
Ads R Us (a.k.a. Leaving Simplicity) by Claire Carmichael (2006)
The Caretaker Trilogy by David Klass (2006, 2008, ongoing)
Life As We Knew It, The Dead and the Gone, and This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer (2006, 2008, 2010)
Mergers by Steven L. Layne (2006)
Rash by Pete Hautman (2006)
The Six of Hearts Series by Jack Heath (2006-ongoing)
Winter Song (also released as Winter's End by Jean-Claude Mourlevat (2006)
The Atherton Trilogy by Patrick Carman (2007-2009)
The Declaration, The Resistance, and The Legacy by Gemma Malley (2007, 2008, 2011)
Escape from Genopolis and Fearless by T.E. Berry-Hart (2007, 2009)
Fearless by Tim Lott (2007)
First Light by Rebecca Stead (2007)
Hybrids by David Thorpe (2007)
Incarceron and Sapphique by Catherine Fisher (2007, 2008)
The Inferior and The Deserter by Peadar ó Guilín (2007, 2011)
The Rule of Claw by John Brindley (2007)
The Silenced by James DeVita (2007)
Silverhorse by Lene Kaaberbøl (2007)
Titanic 2020: Cannibal City by Colin Bateman (2007)
Tug of War by Catherine Forde (2007)
Unwind and Unwholly by Neal Shusterman (2007, 2012)
The Witness by James Jauncey (2007)
The Adoration of Jenna Fox and The Fox Inheritance by Mary Pearson (2008, 2011)
After the Flood by L.S. Matthews (2008)
Bad Faith by Gillian Philip (2008)
The Carbon Diaries 2015 and The Carbon Diaries 2017 by Saci Lloyd (2008, 2010)
The Cure by Michael Coleman (2008)
The Compound by S.A. Bodeen (2008)
Daylight Runner by Oisín McGann (2008)
Exodus, Zenith, and Aurora by Julie Bertagna (2008, 2009, third book pending)
Gone, Hunger, Lies, Plague, Fear, and Light by Michael Grant (2008-2013)
The Grassland Trilogy by David Ward (2008-2010)
The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (2008-2010)
In the Company of Whispers by Sallie Lowenstein (2008)
The Chaos Walking Trilogy (The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, and Monsters of Men) by Patrick Ness (2008, 2009)
The Last Free Cat by Jon Blake (2008)
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (2008)
The Lost Art by Simon Morden (2008)
Neptune's Children by Bonnie Dobkin (2008)
The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman (2008)
Reavers Ransom (also released as Flood Child and Raiders Ransom) and Flood and Fire by Emily Diamand (2008, 2010)
The Roar and The Whisper by Emma Clayton (2008, 2009)
Shift by Charlotte Agell (2008)
The Sky Inside and The Walls Have Eyes by Clare B. Dunkle (2008, 2009)
Streams of Babel and Fire Will Fall by Carol Plum-Ucci (2008, 2010)
Test by William Sleator (2008)
Truancy, Truancy: Origins, and Truancy City by Isamu Fukui (2008-2010)
Bones of Faerie and Faerie Winter by Janni Lee Simner (2009, 2011)
Candor by Pam Bachorz (2009)
The Enemy and The Dead by Charlie Higson (2009, 2010)
The Farwalker's Quest by Joni Sensel (2009)
The Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Dead-Tossed Waves, and The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan (2009-2011)
Furnace: Lockdown, Furnace: Solitary, Furnace: Death Sentence, Furnace: Fugitives, and Furnace: Execution (a.k.a. The Escape from Furnace Series) by Alexander Gordon Smith (2009-2011)
Genesis by Bernard Beckett (2009)
Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines (2009)
Legend by John Brindley (2009)
Libyrinth and The Boy from Ilysies by Pearl North (2009, 2010)
Lifegame by Alison Allen-Gray (2009)
The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (2009, 2010)
Pastworld by Ian Beck (2009)
Skinned, Crashed, and Wired by Robin Wasserman (2009-2010)
A Small Free Kiss in the Dark by Glenda Millard (2009)
Vulture’s Gate (also released as Vulture's Wake) by Kirsty Murray (2009)
Witch and Wizard by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet (2009)
X-isle by Steve Augarde (2009)

Contemporary
Birthmarked, Prized, and Promised by Caragh O'Brien (2010, 2011, 2012)
Black Hole Sun and Invisible Sun by David Macinnis Gill (2010, 2012)
Blackout by Sam Mills (2010)
The Blending Time by Michael Kinch (2010)
Brain Jack by Brian Falkner (2010)
The Clone Codes by Patricia C. McKissack, Frederick L. McKissack, and John McKissack (2010)
Dark Life and Rip Tide by Kat Falls (2010, 2011)
Empty by Suzanne Weyn (2010)
The End by Nora Olsen (2010)
Epitaph Road by David Patneaude (2010)
For the Win by Cory Doctorow (2010)
The Gardener by S.A. Bodeen (2010)
Grace by Elizabeth Scott (2010)
iBoy by Kevin Brooks (2010)
Inside Out and Outside In by Maria V. Snyder (2010, 2011)
The Limit by Kristen Landon (2010)
The Line and Away by Teri Hall (2010, 2011)
Matched and Crossed by Ally Condie (2010, 2011)
Nomansland by Lesley Hauge (2010)
The Owl Keeper by Christine Brodien-Jones (2010)
Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony (2010)
Rot and Ruin, Dust and Decay, and Flesh and Bone by Jonathan Maberry (2010, 2011, 2012)
Salvation City by Sigrid Nunez (2010)
Saving Sky by Diane Stanley (2010)
Ship Breaker and The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi (2010, 2012)
The Unidentified by Rae Mariz (2010)
We by John Dickinson (2010)
The Academie by Amy Joy (2011)
Across the Universe, A Million Suns, and Shades of Earth by Beth Revis (2011, 2012, 2013)
All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin (2011)
Ashes and Shadows by Ilsa Bick (2011, 2012)
Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari (2011)
All These Things I've Done and Because It Is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin (2011, 2012)
The Always War by Margaret Peterson Haddix (2011)
America Pacifica by Anna North (2011)
Article 5 by Kirsten Simmons (2011)
Ashfall and Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin (2011, 2012)
Awaken and Middle Ground by Katie Kacvinsky (2011, 2012)
Behind the Gates, Run for Cover, With the Enemy, and Set Me Free by Eva Gray (2011)
Blood Red Road and Rebel Heart by Moira Young (2011, 2012)
Bumped and Thumped by Megan McCafferety (2011, 2012)
Burn Bright by Marianne de Pierres (2011)
The Dark Inside and Rage Within by Jeyn Roberts (2011, 2012)
Dark Parties by by Sara Grant (2011)
Delirium, Hana, Pandemonium, and Requiem by Lauren Oliver (2011, 2012, 2013)
The Demon Trappers Daughter (also published as Forsaken), Soul Thief (also published as Forbidden), and Forgiven by Jana Oliver (2011, 2012)
Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth (2011, 2012)
Drought by Pam Bachorz (2011)
Dry Souls by Denise Getson (2011)
Eden by Keary Taylor (2011)
The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch (2011)
Enclave and Outpost by Ann Aguirre (2011, 2012)
Eve and Once by Anna Carey (2011, 2012)
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund (2011)
The Fire Wars by Kailin Gow (2011)
Human.4 (also published as 0.4) and 1.4 by Mike A. Lancaster (2011, 2012)
Larkstorm by Dawn Rae Miller (2011)
Legend and Patriot by Marie Lu (2011, 2012)
Memento Nora and The Forgetting Curve by Angie Smibert (2011, 2012)
The Only Ones by Aaron Starmer (2011)
Open Minds and Closed Hearts by Susan Kaye Quinn (2011)
The Pledge by Kimberly Derting (2011)
Possession and Surrender by Elana Johnson (2011, 2012)
The Predicteds by Christine Seifert (2011)
Program 13 by Nicole Sobon (2011)
Scored by Lauren McLaughlin (2011)
Shatter Me and Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi (2011, 2013)
The Shore of Monsters and Fall of Darkness by David J. Nix (2011, 2012)
Solstice by P.J. Hoover (2011)
Tankborn by Karen Sandler (2011)
Those That Wake by Jesse Karp (2011)
20 Years Later by E.J. Newman (2011)
The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann (2011)
Variant and Feedback by Robinson Wells (2011, 2012)
The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher (2011)
XVI and Truth by Julia Karr (2011, 2012)
Wither and Fever by Lauren DeStefano (2011, 2012)
Above by Leah Bobet (2012)
After the Snow by S.D. Crockett (2012)
Altered by Jennifer Rush (2012)
Arena One: Slaverunners by Morgan Rice (2012)
Article 5 by Kirsten Simmons (2012)
Ashes of Twilight by Cassie Taylor (2012)
Beta by Rachel Cohn (2012)
Black City by Elizabeth Richards (2012)
Breathe by Sarah Crossan (2012)
Crewel by Gennifer Albin (2012)
Cybernetic by Laura Riken (2012)
Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London (2012)
Darkness Falls by Jessica Sorensen (2012)
Defiance by C.J. Redwine (2012)
Elemental by Antony John (2012)
Eye of the Storm by Kate Messner (2012)
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund (2012)
Green Heart by Alice Hoffman (2012)
The Glimpse by Claire Merle (2012)
Glitch by Heather Anastasiu (2012)
Hollow by Richard Denney (2012)
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa (2012)
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows (2012)
The Killables by Gemma Malley (2012)
Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin (2012)
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne (2012)
The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker (2012)
Partials and Fragments by Dan Wells (2012, 2013)
Perfect by Peter Lerangis (2012)
Pure and Fuse by Julianna Baggott (2012, 2013)
Renegade by J.A. Souders (2012)
The Selection by Kiera Cass (2012)
Shadows Cast By Stars by Catherine Knutsson (2012)
Slated by Teri Terry (2012)
Starters and Enders by Lissa Price (2012)
Struck by Jennifer Bosworth (2012)
This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers (2012)
Tomorrow Land by Mari Mancusi (2012)
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (2012)
The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe (2012)
The Weepers: The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker (2012)
Acid by Emma Pass (2013)
Coda by Emma Trevayne (2013)
The Fountain by Lydia Kang (2013)
The Hatchery by Tom Isbell (2013)
Level Two by Lenore Appelhans (2013)
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau (2013)
The Torch Keeper by Steven dos Santos (2013)

Note:
Books translated into English are listed by the original date published in language of origin.

Noteworthy Books That Don't Quite Fit My Parameters But Are Relevant to This List

Between Planets by Robert Heinlein (1951)
Star Man's Son, 2250 A.D. (a.k.a. Daybreak, 2250 A.D.) by Andre Norton (1952)
Vault of the Ages by Poul Anderson (1952)
Starman Jones by Robert Heinlein (1953)
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham (1955)
Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert Heinlein (1957)
Mary's Country by Harold Mead (1957)
The Future Took Us by David Severn (1958)
The Four-BEE Duology by Tanith Lee (1976, 1977)
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (1985)
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (1993)
Into the Forest by Jean Hegland (1996)
Battle Royale by Koushun Takami (1999)
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (2005)
The Never Ending Sacrifice by Una McCormack (2009)
The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers (2011)
When She Woke by Hillary Jordan (2011)

Comments

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whswhs
Mar. 31st, 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
Would you count any of Robert Heinlein's YAs? At least one or two have grim future settings. I'm thinking especially of the authoritarian planetary regime in Between Planets that holds Earth's population captive with the threat of nuclear bombardment from orbit; it has a distinctly nasty secret police force, among other things. When I reread it, I was struck by the scenes where the hero is first warned that his luggage is going to be X-rayed, and then required to present his ID before getting on an orbital flight—because it took me a moment to realize that such things were not commonplace when Heinlein wrote those scenes, but were grim images of a future America fallen into totalitarianism in a way that most of his readers would never have imagined could happen.

The Earth of Starman Jones is much more in the background, but its planetary empire with every desirable occupation locked up by a monopolistic guild has a dark quality to my mind.
eldritchhobbit
Apr. 4th, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
You know, you're exactly right. When I give my talk on my project, I usually use Starman Jones as a foil for what I see as certain trends emerging in this "new crop" of dystopias; it really makes sense to put Heinlein's juveniles like Jones and Between Planets here. Will do so. Thanks, especially for the great insights on BP (which I need to reread)!
(Anonymous)
Apr. 25th, 2012 04:20 am (UTC)
Starship Troopers?
What about Heinlein's Starship Troopers?
eldritchhobbit
Apr. 29th, 2012 01:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Starship Troopers?
That one wasn't originally marketed as YA (like Heinlein's juveniles were), but it may belong on my additional list. Thanks for bringing it up. I know it was originally "pitched" as juvenile, but turned down. Hmmm... good point!
altariel
Mar. 31st, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
Amazing list. Just read Cherry Heaven by LJ Adlington, thought it was terrific.
eldritchhobbit
Apr. 4th, 2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you think so! Thank you. I'm also really pleased to hear Cherry Heaven is good. I really liked Pelly D, but I haven't read CH yet. I'll have to move that up in my "to read" stack!
altariel
Apr. 4th, 2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
I think CH is better, actually. Three great teenage female characters and a particularly accomplished first person voice for one of them. Great stuff.
eldritchhobbit
Apr. 4th, 2012 05:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is great to hear! I definitely need to read it, then. Thanks so much. Your recs mean a lot; you've always steered me directly to works I end up loving. *runs off to grab this one*
altariel
Apr. 4th, 2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! Do let me know what you think of it.

In case you haven't read them already, I thought Eve by Anna Carey wasn't so good (the world didn't hang together), and The Declaration by Gemma Malley was very well written and thought-through, but super-depressing. I haven't quite been able to face the next ones in that trilogy yet.

Would Susan Price's Pagan Mars trilogy count? Several of the teenage characters are enslaved, called "bonders".

You might also be interested in The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers. It's not been marketed as YA, so far as I know, but it does have a teenage protagonist, and it's definitely dystopian.
eldritchhobbit
Apr. 19th, 2012 12:49 pm (UTC)
You're quite right about Susan Price's Pagan Mars series belonging here. Thanks for catching that! Thanks also for the heads up re: The Testament of Jessie Lamb. I've added that to the related list (and my own).

I really liked The Declaration, too, though I haven't gotten to its sequel yet. Thanks for saving me from Eve; I was thinking of listening to that audiobook, since it's easily available, but now I'll go for some other titles instead and move this down (far, far down!) my list.
altariel
Apr. 21st, 2012 02:36 pm (UTC)
I'll be interested to hear what you think of Jessie Lamb. Currently shortlisted for the Clarke Award.
cookiefleck
Mar. 31st, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
Bethany Griffin couldn't come up with a more original title? That is a bit not good... depressing!
eldritchhobbit
Apr. 4th, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
It's actually a retelling/reimagining of Poe's piece, if you can believe it. I don't know whether to be horrified or thrilled, to be honest; I'm waiting to read more reviews from people who've actually read the Poe story and can compare the two. The original is pretty high up on the list of my favorites from Poe, so I'm conflicted. \o/
_snitchbitch
Mar. 31st, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
Cheers for the list. I've never really given Dystopia a go as a genre, bu I'm thinking that I might. This certainly makes my life easier :)
eldritchhobbit
Apr. 4th, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, my pleasure! I'm so glad they're useful.

FYI, here's the list I use for my class on the dystopian tradition.

The "Must Reads" (The Parents of the Modern Genre)
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
"The Machine Stops" by E.M. Forster (online here)
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Anthem by Ayn Rand
Kallocain by Karin Boye
1984 by George Orwell

The Later Works
The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl and Cyril M. Kornbluth
Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald
"Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut
The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
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