In case you’ve been living under a rock over the last few weeks, Scholastic announced that Suzanne Collins, the author of the wildly successful (and absolutely brilliant) The Hunger Games will be releasing a prequel next year. Cue internet meltdown.
The Hunger Games was – and is – one of my favourite YA series, and introduced me to the world of YA Dystopian fiction in 2009. And let’s be honest, the renaissance of dystopia between 2008 and 2013 was golden. You couldn’t throw a book without it being some sort of YA dystopian fiction, and I was living for it. By the time I started blogging, pretty much 70% of what I was reading was dystopia.
Matched by Ally Condie and Divergent by Veronica Roth were dominating the NYT Bestseller List. Scott Westerfeld had graced us with Uglies three years before (still a favourite to this day!). The Maze Runner by James Dashner and Gone by Michael Grant appeared in the mix, and so, so many more (Delirium, Under The Never Sky, Legend,).
However beyond the bestsellers there were plenty of books in the genre, and I found some ones that became permanent favourites. From Jane Austen inspired space operas to Edgar Allen Poe poems, underwater cities and hybrid teens or fantasy-blended worlds, if you’re looking for a good old fashioned reading binge session, here are some great suggestions. All covers link back to the Goodreads page!
Tell me – are you an avid dystopian reader, and what are some of your favourites – both past and present! I’d love to add more suggestions to my ever growing TBR!