Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday : Top 10 Dystopian Novels

The Broke and The Bookish
This is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish! Each Tuesday they have a different "Top 10 List" topic. This week it is Top Ten Books in a subgenre-of-your choice! Even though about 88% of the participants are probably going to pick the same genre as me, I decided to go with ...

Top 10 Dystopian Novels!

I know, I know. Everyone's addicted to dystopian these days, and it may get worn out soon. But right now I am just eating it up, and I figured what a better opportunity to capture this era in reading history than with a blog post! Maybe in years to come I'll look back and think, "Oh yes I remember, those were the days when I enjoyed reading about dystopias..." (and hopefully I won't add: "...back in the days when we weren't living in one.")

1. Divergent - Veronica Roth
My favorite read of 2011! What would happen if people divided themselves into factions by virtue? Well, Ms. Roth will show you what happens, and it's not pretty!

2. Bumped - Megan McCafferty
My favorite read of 2012 (thus far)! In the vein of M.T. Anderson's FEED, but deals with reproduction. More accessible, more lollipop-teeny-bopper disturbing , and perhaps even more thought-provoking. Just read it.

3. Uglies - Scott Westerfeld
I picked up this series later than most, but was totally sucked in by the concept of homogenous Pretty-dom, the characters, the world. I haven't gotten my hands on the rest of the series yet, but will, soon.

4. Legend - Marie Lu
I really liked this one for its simplicity: creepy government, plagued populace, and character studies.

5. Under the Never Sky - Veronica Rossi
Rossi is an amazing writer and storyteller. Here plugged-in, genetically perfected girl gets thrust into the wilderness, and her fate becomes intertwined with an Outsider. I'm putting this on my re-read list soon!

6. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood 
A classic.

7. Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
What? Why is Hunger Games this far down on my list?? Isn't this the best-selling-movie-making-book-everyone's-crazy-about? Yes these things are all true. But this is my list, it's difficult to rank my favorite books, and this one had a little more fear-factor than I would have liked. Yes I'm a scaredy-cat, I know this.

8. Awaken - Katie Kacvinsky
Explores what the world might look like for teens in a not-so-distant digitalized future.

9. Delirium - Lauren Oliver
10. Matched - Allie Condie 
To be 100% honest, I started reading #9 and #10 when I had just about had it with romance-based plotlines. However I completely adore, in particular, Oliver's writing (only a brilliant writer can bring a reader nearly to tears in the first 20 pages!), and Condie's world-building. 

On my Dystopian "To Read / Read Again" List:  Article 5 - Kristen Simmons // Glitch - Heather Anastasiu // Shatter Me - Tahreh Mafi (after reading: it's a paranormal romance, not a dystopian) // Blood Red Road - Moira Young // Candor - Pam Bachorz // The Forsaken - Lisa Stasse // Dark Parties - Sara Grant // XVI - Julia Karr // Birthmarked - Caragh O'Brien // Enclave - Ann Aguirre // Posession - Elana Johnson // Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shytengart // Eve - Anna Carey // Iron Heel - Jack London // Neuromancer - William Gibson // White Mountains - John Christopher // Time Machine - H.G. Wells //


  1. You've got some really good ones on here that I've been meaning to get around to (one of these days). Thanks for recommending Bumped, I'll have to try it. :)

  2. Divergent was my top read of last year too. I felt it was just as good as The Hunger Games!

    You'd mentioned Bumped which I've actually read and enjoyed. It wasn't one of my favorites but I did like it.

    Great list!

  3. Yeah, Bumped is one of those ones that's just ... so different than everything else. I guess that's why it struck me. I'm not sure if I would say I exactly enjoyed reading it, but it's stayed with me.

  4. I really need to read Legend and Divergent! I've heard such good things, and I think it's so cool that Legend was based off of Les Mis. :D Thanks for stopping by my blog! I hope you like Starters (:

  5. Oh cool, I hadn't heard that about Legend-Les Mis. I hadn't read much about it before picking it up. Now that you mention it I can totally see it!

  6. Truly one of the best list of Dystopian Novels. Beautiful selection of novels presented on this page. http://www.ranker.com/list/the-13-best-dystopian-novels/ivana-wynn

  7. Good list, I enjoyed the ones I've read and I'll definitely be checking out the ones I haven't! Here are some other great ones: The Host by Stephenie Meyer (one of my favorite books, so much better than her Twilight series but never gets any credit), the Wither trilogy by Lauren Destefano (kind of a Handmaid's Tale for young adults, the final one isn't out until February though), Unwind by Neal Shusterman (pretty creepy, one of those ones that stays with you), and Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (this is the only one of this series I read but there are more in the series). There are probably more, this is my favorite genre, just can't think of any others right now!



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