If you are anything like me, the post series ending depression is in full swing right now. With the release of the final Hunger Games movie, another cherished franchise has come to an end. Your heart is now a deep, dark empty pit that must be filled with a very specific type of story. Well fear not, my friends! Here are four other awesome YA dystopian novels that will help fill that dark empty pit.
1. Divergent by Veronica Roth
Well if you haven’t heard of Divergent yet, where the heck have you been? This best selling book to blockbuster movie is centered around another fierce leading lady named Tris, who, much like Katniss, refuses to take her society’s unjust rules lying down.
Divergent takes place in Tris’ dystopian Chicago, where “society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself…[She] also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.”
All three books in the trilogy, including Insurgent and Allegiant are now available for purchase.
2. The 100 by Kass Morgan
This trilogy is another one that has it’s own on-screen counterpart, in the form of a hit TV show. Any good reader knows that the books are always better though, which is why you should definitely dig in to this dystopian sci fi trilogy immediately. The book centers around yet another kickass leading lady, Clarke Griffin, who is one of the teenagers chosen to go back to earth after three centuries of the human race living on a space ship above earth. Filled with rich characters and a unique take on post apocalyptic life, The 100 is sure to fill any post Hunger Games woes. The entire trilogy is available for purchase, including The 100: Day 21, and The 100: Homecoming.
3. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Another book trilogy with a movie counterpart, this series focuses on a teenager named Thomas. Our first introduction with him starts when he is thrust up into a green expanse that would later be referred to as the “Glade,” from a metal cage coming from the ground, with a dozen or so boys staring at him, with no recollection of who he is or how he got there. We soon find out that the Glade is surrounded by a concrete wall thousands of feet high, which is surrounded by an ever changing maze. What follows is a fast paced, intense journey to discovering who he is, and why he is stuck in the Glade with a bunch of other boys who also don’t have any memories before the Glade.
Add the fact that the absolutely adorable Dylan O’Brien from Teen Wolf fame plays Thomas, and this is definitely a trilogy you won’t want to miss, so pick it up, grab your cat/dog/any warm fuzzy reading companion and dive into some good dystopia.
4. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Okay, full disclosure here, Lauren Oliver IS one of the co-founders of Paper Lantern Lit, But good reason though–that girl can write!
Set in a dystopian society where love is seen as a disease, our young protagonist Lena Haloway dares to defy the norm, and falls in love anyway. Set in Portland, Maine, Deli rum is set in a totalitarian regime where, on your 18th birthday, you are given a ‘cure’ for the love disease, or “deliria” as the book calls it. But of course, a little while before Lena is set to take the cure, she falls in love. What follows is a fight for love that will leave you rooting for Lena and her love, Alex. You can pick up the whole trilogy, including Pandemonium and Requiem online or at your local book store today.