I just love a good dystopian nightmare. I’m not sure what this says about me, but some of my favorite books take place in future worlds shattered by environmental apocalypse or ruled by terrifying and mysterious dictators.
What is it about these books that’s so appealing? I think it might be the fun of seeing bits of our own present in an imagined future, or watching characters struggle in extreme circumstances. Not to mention the fact that our own reality, with all of its problems, looks pretty cozy after you’ve spent a few hours in a science fiction wasteland.
Whatever the reason, I was a big fan of Suzanne Collins’ recently concluded Hunger Games trilogy, in which teenagers must fight to the death on live television to appease a corrupt future government. If you enjoyed The Hunger Games and are looking for more great post-apocalpytic teen fiction, here are some books to get you started. What others would you add?
- Shipbreaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
- The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman
- Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien
- The Maze Runner by James Dashner
- The Declaration by Gemma Malley
- The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
- Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
- Exodus by Julie Bertagna