Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!
Today is all about those scary dystopian societies I’d rather not live in, thank you very much.
However, I noticed while making this list that most of these books or series are already rather old. As in, there are not many releases of the last 1-2 years. Is the time of dystopia kind of over, or am I just not reading as much dystopia anymore as I used to?
Either way, this makes today’s post both a fun trip through memory lane and a scary trip to futures I hope we’ll never see become real.
The Darkest Minds Trilogy by Alexandra Bracken
In this dystopian future, a mysterious disease has killed most of the children. Those who are lucky enough to have survived, turn out not to be so lucky after all: they develop powers that make the adults frightened enough to lock them all up in brutal “rehabilitation” camps.
The Razorland Trilogy by Ann Aguirre
New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where they never see daylight, life expectancy is no more than the early 20’s and they are hunted by zombie-like monsters called Freaks who are getting smarter each day.
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Post-apocalyptic North-America now consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. In punishment of a failed rebellion against the capitol, each district must now each year yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the The Hunger Games. These ‘tributes’ are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.
Want by Cindy Pon
In this futuristic version of Taipei, the world has become sol dangerously polluted that only the elite can buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits that protect them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths.
Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth
In this post-apocalyptic version of Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). This does not seem so bad at first, until it turns out you possess more than one of these virtues and are called Divergent. That’s when the trouble really starts.
The 5th Wave Trilogy by Rick Yancey
Earth is under attack by aliens and the attacks happen in waves. With the first wave, all the power is gone. With the second wave, massive tsunamis hit. With the third wave, an epidemic spreads across the country. With the fourth wave, the aliens are already among us, killing off anyone who has survived the previous waves. And then the mysterious 5th wave is still coming.
Under The Never Sky Trilogy by Veronica Rossi
In this post-apocalyptic world the earth is plagued by big energy storms. The few survivors are either Dwellers, who spend their entire lives in a government controlled pod with only virtual reality to keep them entertained, or Outsiders, who live outside and try to brave the ever more deadly storms.
Animorphs Series by K.A. Applegate
The very first dystopian series I ever became addicted to! The world has been sneakily taken over by aliens – little worm-like aliens who slip into the human brains and take them over completely. A lot of the world is slowly being taken over and you have no idea who is alien and who is still human. They could have taken over your mother, father, brother, sister or friend already. As a kid, this world horrified me. As an adult, it still does.
Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver
In this world, the cause to everything that has gone wrong in the world has been found: it’s deliria, also known as love. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t. Luckily, a cure has been found that is obligatory to take when you turn 16. Once you have taken it you will never feel love again.
The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner
The planet has been devastated by a massive solar flare, followed by a pandemic of a deadly, incurable virus called the Flare. This organization called WCKD has the solution: take kids who are immune, put them in a dangerous and deadly maze and see if they survive.