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I'm reposting my work-in-progress 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 21st Century

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)
The Wind on Fire Trilogy by William Nicholson (2000-2001)
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 (combined as Green Heart) 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)
Tomorrow Land by Mari Mancusi (2008)
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, Away, and The Island by Teri Hall (2010-2014)
Matched, Crossed, and Reached by Ally Condie (2010-2012)
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, Tales of the Rot and Ruin, Flesh and Bone, Tooth and Nail, and Fire and Ash by Jonathan Maberry (2010-2013)
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, As They Slip Away, and Shades of Earth by Beth Revis (2011-2013)
All These Things I've Done, Because It Is My Blood, and In the Age of Love and Chocolate by Gabrielle Zevin (2011-2013)
Ashes, Shadows, and Monsters by Ilsa Bick (2011-2013)
Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari (2011)
The Always War by Margaret Peterson Haddix (2011)
America Pacifica by Anna North (2011)
Ashfall, Ashen Winter, Darla's Story, and Sunrise by Mike Mullin (2011, 2012)
Awaken, Middle Ground, and Still Point by Katie Kacvinsky (2011-2014)
Behind the Gates, Run for Cover, With the Enemy, and Set Me Free by Eva Gray (2011)
Blood Red Road, Rebel Heart, and Raging Star by Moira Young (2011-2014)
Bumped and Thumped by Megan McCafferety (2011, 2012)
Burn Bright, Angel Arias, and Shine Light by Marianne de Pierres (2011-2012)
The Dark Inside and Rage Within by Jeyn Roberts (2011, 2012)
Dark Parties by by Sara Grant (2011)
Delirium, Hana, Pandemonium, Requiem, and Delirium Stories: Hana, Annabel, and Raven, and Alex by Lauren Oliver (2011-2013)
The Demon Trappers Daughter (also published as Forsaken), Soul Thief (also published as Forbidden), Forgiven, Foretold, and Grave Matters by Jana Oliver (2011-2013)
Divergent, Insurgent, Free Four: Tobias Tells the Story, Allegiant, and Four: A Divergent Story Collection by Veronica Roth (2011-2014)
Drought by Pam Bachorz (2011)
Dry Souls by Denise Getson (2011)
Eden, Rebirth, The Raid, The Human, The Eve by Keary Taylor (2011-2013)
The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch (2011)
Enclave, Foundation, Endurance, Outpost, Restoration, and Horde by Ann Aguirre (2011-2013)
Eve, Once, and Rise by Anna Carey (2011-2013)
The Fire Wars, Fire Stones, and Fire Dance by Kailin Gow (2011-2012)
Human.4 (also published as 0.4) and 1.4 by Mike A. Lancaster (2011, 2012)
Larkstorm, Before, Nightingale, and Phoenix by Dawn Rae Miller (2011-2013)
Legend, Life Before Legend,
Patriot, and by Marie Lu (2011-2013)
Memento Nora, The Forgetting Curve, and The Meme Plague by Angie Smibert (2011-2013)
The Only Ones by Aaron Starmer (2011)
Open Minds, Closed Hearts, and Free Souls by Susan Kaye Quinn (2011-2012)
The Pledge, The Essence, and The Offering by Kimberly Derting (2011-2013)
Possession, Resist, Regret, Surrender, Abandon by Elana Johnson (2011-2013)
The Predicteds by Christine Seifert (2011)
Program 13, Program 12, Allegiance, Deprogrammed, and Standby by Nicole Sobon (2011)
Scored by Lauren McLaughlin (2011)
Shatter Me, Destroy Me, Unravel Me, Destroy Me, and Ignite 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, Awakening, and Rebellion by Karen Sandler (2011-2014)
Those That Wake and What We Become by Jesse Karp (2011, 2013)
20 Years Later by E.J. Newman (2011)
The Unwanteds, Island of Silence, Island of Fire, and Island of Legends by Lisa McMann (2011-2014)
Variant and Feedback by Robinson Wells (2011, 2012)
The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher (2011)
XVI and Truth by Julia Karr (2011, 2012)
Wither, The Seeds of Wither, Fever, and Sever by Lauren DeStefano (2011-2013)
Above by Leah Bobet (2012)
After the Snow and One Crow Alone by S.D. Crockett (2012, 2013)
Altered, Forged, and Erased by Jennifer Rush (2012-2014)
Arena One and Arena Two by Morgan Rice (2012)
Article 5, Breaking Point, and Three by Kirsten Simmons (2012-2014)
Ashes of Twilight, Shadows of Glass, and Remnants of Tomorrow by Cassie Taylor (2012-2014)
Beta and Emergent by Rachel Cohn (2012, 2013)
Black City, Phoenix, and Wings by Elizabeth Richards (2012-2013)
Breathe and Resist by Sarah Crossan (2012, 2013)
Chosen Ones, Naturals, and Creators by Tiffany Truitt (2012-2014)
Crewel, The Cypress Project,
The Department of Alterations, The Rain Is a Lie, Altered, and Crewelest by Gennifer Albin (2012-2014)
Cybernetic by Laura Riken (2012)
Darkness Before Dawn, Blood-Kissed Sky, and After Daybreak by J.A. London (2012)
Darkness Falls, Darkness Breaks, and Darkness Fades by Jessica Sorensen (2012, 2013)
Defiance, Deception, and Outcast by C.J. Redwine (2012-2014)
Dream Caster and Dreamweaver by Najeev Raj Nadarajah (2012, 2013)
Elemental and Firebrand by Antony John (2012, 2013)
Eye of the Storm by Kate Messner (2012)
For Darkness Shows the Stars, Among the Nameless Stars, The First Star to Fall, and Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund (2012-2013)
The Forsaken, The Uprising, and The Defiant by Lisa M. Stasse (2012-2014)
The Glimpse and The Fall by Claire Merle (2012, 2013)
Glitch, Override, and Shutdown by Heather Anastasiu (2012-2013)
Hollow by Richard Denney (2012)
The Immortal Rules, 'Til the World Ends, The Eternity Cure, and The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa (2012)
Incarnate, Asunder, Phoenix Overture, and Infinite by Jodi Meadows (2012)
Insignia, Allies, and Vortex by S.J. Kincaid (2012-2013)
The Killables, The Disappearances, and The System by Gemma Malley (2012-2014)
Masque of the Red Death, Glitter & Doom, and Dance of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin (2012-2013)
Monument 14, Dress Your Marines in White, Jake and the Other Girl, Sky on Fire, and Savage Drift by Emmy Laybourne (2012-2014)
Mystic City and Toxic Heart by Theo Lawrence (2012, 2014)
The Other Life and The Life Beyond by Susanne Winnacker (2012, 2013)
Partials, Isolation, Fragments, and Ruins by Dan Wells (2012-2014)
Struck, Prophet, and Aftershock by Jennifer Bosworth (2012, 2016)
Pure, Fuse, and Burn by Julianna Baggott (2012, 2013)
Renegade, A Dark Grave, and Revelations by J.A. Souders (2012-2013)
The Selection, The Prince, The Elite, The Guard, and The One by Kiera Cass (2012-2014)
Shadows Cast By Stars by Catherine Knutsson (2012)
Skylark and Shadowlark by Meagan Spooner (2012, 2013)
Slated, Fractured, and Shattered by Teri Terry (2012-2014)
Starters, Portrait of a Starter: An Unhidden Story, Portrait of a Marshal: The 2nd Unhidden Story, Portrait of a Spore: The 3rd Unhidden Story, Portrait of a Donor: The 4th Unhidden Story, and Enders by Lissa Price (2012-2014)
This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers (2012)
Under the Never Sky, Roar and Liv, Through the Ever Night, Brooke, and Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi (2012-2014)
The Way We Fall, The Lives We Lost, and The Worlds We Make by Megan Crewe (2012-2014)
The 5th Wave and The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey (2013, 2014)
Acid by Emma Pass (2013)
Coda and Chorus by Emma Trevayne (2013, 2014)
Belligerent by B.N. Mauldin (2013)
Blackout and Going Dark by Robison Wells (2013)
Control and Catalyst by Lydia Kang (2013, 2014)
The Culling and The Sowing by Steven dos Santos (2013, 2014)
The Darkest Path by Jeff Hirsch (2013)
Dualed and Divided by Elsie Chapman (2013, 2014)
The End Games by T. Michael Martin (2013)
Fall of Venus and Crimson Return by Daelynn Quinn (2013)
Fugitives from Northwoods by Chris Bostic (2013)
The Hatchery by Tom Isbell (2013)
Land of the Unaltered by Leti Del Mar (2013)
Level Two and Chasing Before by Lenore Appelhans (2013, 2014)
The Program and The Treatment by Suzanne Young (2013, 2014)
The Rebel Within and Rebels Divided by Lance Erlick (2013)
Reboot and Rebel by Amy Tintera (2013, 2014)
Splinter by London Cole (2013)
Stung and Cured by Bethany Wiggins (2013, 2014)
Wasteland and Wanderers by Susan Kim (2013, 2014)
The Testing, The Testing Guide, Independent Study, and Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau (2014)
Dark Days by Kate Ormand (2014)
Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell (2014)
The Fearless by Emma Pass (2014)
Free to Fall by Lauren Miller (2014)
The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth (2014)
Nuclear Winter by Guy Harrison (2014)
Red Rising by Pierce Brown (2014)


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
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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corbyinoz
Dec. 15th, 2013 10:44 pm (UTC)
Lovely list! I've gone through it twice, and I don't *think* you've got William Nicholson's 'Wind on Fire' Trilogy? But I could be skipping it. I think that would meet your parameters.

BTW, thrilled that you mentioned Andre Norton's 'Star Man's Son' - that was the first dystopia book I read, at about the age of 9, and it changed my brain forever. I'd be interested to know why it didn't make your list? Not arguing, just genuinely interested in your reasoning. (I think you did include Beastmaster in the other list?)
eldritchhobbit
Dec. 16th, 2013 10:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for catching that! You're quite right. I will add the Wind on Fire trilogy right now!

The reason Star Man's Son didn't make the proper list was completely arbitrary; I'd originally started out making this as a "50 Years Of" list (time has marched on since then), so I was specifically just looking at 1960 and after, and not making a full study of the 1950s novels that were relevant. I should probably go back and undo that and create a separate 1950s category.

Thanks for your incredibly helpful comments!
corbyinoz
Dec. 17th, 2013 06:58 am (UTC)
You're very welcome! I always enjoy your posts, they're so fascinating, and I'm just delighted I could offer a small idea. And the reasoning makes perfect sense - should have thought of that myself.
Ace Hamilton
Jun. 4th, 2014 06:35 pm (UTC)
Great lists. I knew there were a lot of these this century but I am still stunned at how long this list is. Even if you were to use stricter criteria, it would still be a massive list.

Interesting that the number continues to grow in each decade (except for a slight dip in the 90s apparently).

I would love to see a 50s list as well.
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