YA Sci-Fi - Dystopia

Dystopia: An imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.

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Compiled by:
Chris H.
Ashfall

Mike Mullin
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Mullin)

After the eruption of the Yellowstone super volcano destroys his city and its surroundings, fifteen-year-old Alex must journey from Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Illinois to find his parents and sister, trying to survive in a transformed landscape and a new society in which all the old rules of living have vanished.


Dealing in Dreams

Lilliam Rivera
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Rivera)

Sixteen year old Nalah leads the fiercest all-girl crew in Mega City, but when she sets her sights on giving this life up for a prestigious home in Mega Towers, she must decide if she's willing to do the unspeakable to get what she wants.


Delirium

Lauren Oliver
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Oliver)

Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.


Epic

Conor Kostick
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Kostick)

On New Earth, a world based on a video role-playing game, fourteen-year-old Erik pursuades his friends to aid him in some unusual gambits in order to save Erik's father from exile and safeguard the futures of each of their families.


The Fever King

Victoria Lee
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Lee)

Sixteen-year-old Noam, a technopath, is thrust into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia, where he learns the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government to protect refugees fleeing magical outbreaks.


The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Carrie Ryan
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Ryan)

Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.


Gone

Michael Grant
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Grant)

In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have "The Power" and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.


The House of the Scorpion

Nancy Farmer
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Farmer)

In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patrón, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States. This book is not part of a series.


Internment

Samira Ahmed
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Ahmed)

A terrifying, futuristic United Sates where Muslim-Americans are forced into internment camps, and seventeen-year-old Layla Amin must lead a revolution against complicit silence.


Kiss of Deception

Mary Pearson
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Pearson)

On the morning of her wedding, Princess Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive--and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets--even as she finds herself falling in love.


The Knife of Never Letting Go

Patrick Ness
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Ness)

Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony's true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World.


The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe

Ally Condie
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Condie)

Seeking to avenge the murder of her true love while on a dredge ship searching for gold, fifteen-year-old captain Poe Blythe becomes the architect of new defenses designed to destroy her enemies.


Legend

Marie Lu
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Lu)

In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.


Little Brother

Cory Doctorow
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Doctoro)

After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right. This book is not part of a series.


The Loners

Lex Thomas
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Thomas)

When a virus deadly to adults infects their high school, brothers David and Will and the other students soon break into gangs that fight each other for survival and the hope of escaping their quarantine.


Matched

Allyson Condie
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Condie)

All her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia as she turns 17, who to marry. When she is Matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn't be more perfect. But why did her neighbor Ky's face show up on her match disk as well?


Munmun

Jesse Andrews
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Andrews)

In a society where a person's size is directly proportional to his or her wealth, little poor Warner, thirteen, and Prayer, fifteen, struggle to improve their lot in a world built against them.


Ready Player One

Ernest Cline
(Science Fiction & Fantasy - SF Cline)

Ready Player One takes place in the not-so-distant future--the world has turned into a very bleak place, but luckily there is OASIS, a virtual reality world that is a vast online utopia. For protagonist Wade Watts it certainly beats passing the time in his grim, poverty-stricken real life. Along with millions of other world-wide citizens, Wade dreams of finding three keys left behind by James Halliday, the now-deceased creator of OASIS and the richest man to have ever lived. The keys are rumored to be hidden inside OASIS, and whoever finds them will inherit Halliday's fortune.


Renegades

Marissa Meyer
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Meyer)

The Renegades are human, but with extraordinary abilities. They emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone... except the villains they once overthrew. Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and is on a mission for vengeance. Adrian is a Renegade boy who believes in justice-- and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both


Scythe

Neal Shusterman
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Shusterman)

In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ('gleaned') by professional reapers ('scythes'). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe--a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn't.


The Selection

Kiera Cass
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Cass)

America Singer is chosen to compete in the Selection--a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illea's prince--but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her.


Shatter Me

Tahereh Mafi
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Mafi)

Ostracized or incarcerated her whole life, seventeen-year-old Juliette is freed on the condition that she use her horrific abilities in support of The Reestablishment, a post apocalyptic dictatorship, but Adam, the only person ever to show her affection, offers hope of a better future.


Ship Breaker

Paolo Bacigalupi
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Bacigal)

In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.


Sweet Tooth, Volume 1: Out of the Deep Woods

Jeff Lemire
(Graphic Novels - Lemire)

Gus, a rare new breed of human/animal hybrid who was raised in isolation following a pandemic that struck a decade earlier. Now, with the death of his father, he's left to fend for himself, until he meets a hulking drifter named Jepperd, who promises to help him. Jepperd and Gus set out on a post-apocalyptic journey into the devastated American landscape to find 'The Preserve,' a refuge for hybrids.


The Testing

Joelle Charbonneau
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Charbon)

Sixteen-year-old Malencia (Cia) Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University; however, Cia is fearful when she figures out that her friends who do not pass The Testing are disappearing.


Uglies

Scott Westerfeld
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Westerf)

Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally's best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.


Unwind

Neal Shusterman
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Shuster)

In America after the Second Civil War, the Pro-Choice and Pro-Life armies came to an agreement: The Bill of Life states that human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until a child reaches the age of thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, a parent may choose to retroactively get rid of a child through a process called "unwinding." Unwinding ensures that the child's life doesn't "technically" end by transplanting all the organs in the child's body to various recipients. Now a common and accepted practice in society, troublesome or unwanted teens are able to easily be unwound.


Wither

Lauren DeStefano
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Destefa)

After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, girls are kidnapped and married off in order to repopulate the world.


Y, the Last Man. 1, Unmanned

Brian K. Vaughan
(Graphic Novel - Vaughan)

When a plague of unknown origin kills every mammal with a Y chromosome, Yorick Brown discovers that he is the only male left and embarks on a transcontinental journey to discover why. This series of graphic novels is recommended for more mature readers.