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I'm reposting my list of young adult dystopian novels. Due to its length, I'm dividing the list into two separate posts, one for the 20th century and one for the 21st century.

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: The 20th Century

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)


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
Farmer in the Sky by Robert Heinlein (1950)
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)

Comments

( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
mosinging1986
Dec. 14th, 2013 08:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for doing this! I'll be needing to figure out what I'll be reading this coming year and this will help! Wow, most of these are completely unfamiliar...
eldritchhobbit
Dec. 15th, 2013 12:55 am (UTC)
My pleasure! I'm delighted to hear it's useful. Thanks so much!
ankh_hpl
Dec. 15th, 2013 04:26 am (UTC)
Yes, thanks! The Tripods was one of my introductions to SF.
eldritchhobbit
Dec. 16th, 2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! What a terrific introduction - a "gateway drug," indeed!
Curtis Weyant
Dec. 15th, 2013 02:46 pm (UTC)
Heinlein's "Farmer in the Sky"
I think an argument could be made for Robert A. Heinlein's "Farmer in the Sky" (1950) as a YA dystopian novel. One of Heinlein's juveniles, the premise of the book is a migration to Ganymede caused by overpopulation on Earth. Upon arrival at Ganymede, the socio-political situation is decidedly less than desirable, and the emigrants overwhelm the colony's capacity, forcing the main character and his father to take residence at an outlying farm. Then, earthquake (well...ganymedequake).
eldritchhobbit
Dec. 16th, 2013 10:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Heinlein's "Farmer in the Sky"
Now that is a cunning hat!

Great point about Farmer in the Sky. I hemmed and hawed about that one: is it really positing a dystopia, or is it simply positing the unfavorable conditions historically necessary to cause pioneers to seek the frontier? But perhaps that's splitting hairs, and I want to cast the net widely here anyway. Thank you very much for reminding me of this. I'll add it now!
Curtis Weyant
Dec. 19th, 2013 01:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Heinlein's "Farmer in the Sky"
LOL - indeed! Sparrow knitted it for me and gave it to me at Mythmoot...

I think the thing that convinces me wrt Farmer is that it's not just troubles on dystopian Earth, but how those troubles reach out to the frontier with the people who emigrate. There's trouble on the ship (overcrowding, mechanical failure, etc.), then trouble in the colony (more overcrowding, quakes, etc.).
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