Whether it’s aliens invading our planet, robots dominating human existence, or a deadly virus that turns humans into blood-thirsty cannibals, Dystopian literature is the most nerve-wracking, thrilling, and riveting genre in the world of literature. If you’re a fan of The Hunger Games and Maze Runner series, here’s a compilation of some must-read dystopian novels, that will leave you stunned.
1. THE HOST by Stephenie Meyer
It’s not the face, but the expressions on it.
It’s not the voice, but what you say.
It’s not how you look in that body, but the thing you do with it.
You are beautiful.
The Host by Stephenie Meyer, talks about Earth in a post-apocalyptic time, where a species of parasitic aliens called “the souls” have invaded the planet and using humans as hosts. The protagonist, Melanie Stryder is on the run from these aliens because of her resistance to give up her body. The soul that takes up her body is called The Wanderer, who senses her host’s rejection. The highlight of the book was the conflict between Melanie and Wanderer, Talk about two minds in one body, one submissive to the other.
The novel brings scenery to life. Like Stephenie Meyer’s other books, this one too is quite slow yet heavy. With a complex and in-depth plot, the characters in the novel are quite likable.
2. ANGELFALL by Susan EE
“Sometimes, as we’re stumbling along in the dark, we hit something good.”
Angelfall is a post-apocalyptic fantasy novel written by Korean-American author Susan EE. It is the first book in the Penryn & the End Of Days trilogy. The book talks about a future where angels have taken over the world, and they’re not the good ones. A seventeen-year-old girl meets a fallen angel and they team up to find her sister who was taken by the angels. The book has a dark and angsty element.
Penryn’s character is headstrong enough to outshone the angels. Her bravery is astounding. it’s a binge-worthy trilogy. There are extreme layers to the characters and is a surprisingly dark and fleshy story. Totally addictive.
3. GONE by Michael Grant
“We didn’t make this world we’re just the Poor Fools who are living in it.”
In this breathtaking dystopian saga, in a matter of seconds, everyone disappears, gone. The only ones left are the teens and there seems to be no way to find out what happened. The book is extremely intense, violent, and sometimes sad. There’s bullying, there are supernatural powers that start manifesting once the adults are gone.
The main character, Sam, is a reluctant hero, always the one doing what needs to be done. The book kept me invested for days, even after I finished reading it. It is a clever and thought-provoking story.
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4. UGLIES by Scott Westerfield
“Nature didn’t need an operation to be beautiful. It just was.”
Uglies is a 2005 dystopian novel set in a world in which everyone an “ugly” but then turned “pretty” by extreme cosmetic surgery when they turn sixteen. A teen is catapulted into a high-tech paradise where everyone possesses absolute physical perfection. But what if someone wants to remain ugly? There are brainwashing and abuse of power.
The book captures society for what it really is and emphasizes accepting what you really are. It is a slow and painful book, definitely a page-turner.
5. DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver
“I guess that’s just part of loving people: You have to give things up, sometimes you even have to give them up.”
Delirium is a story of a young girl, Lena Haloway who falls in love in a society where love is seen as a disease. The loveless society has the people undergoing a procedure called “the cure” at eighteen years of age, which will save them from the disease that is love. The procedure leaves them unable to feel love and other powerful emotions.
It is a brilliantly conceived book with an immaculate plot. The second and the third book in the trilogy are Pandemonium and Requiem. The series forces us to imagine the world without love, the strongest emotion one can feel.
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