Welcome to our collection of Young Adult Dystopian books! Dystopian fiction has been a popular genre in recent years, with authors crafting complex worlds full of danger and adventure. We’ve selected some of the most popular dystopian series in Young Adult literature, including Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen Series, Veronica Roth’s Divergent Series, Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses series, and Marie Lu’s Legend Trilogy Series.
First on our list of epic Young Adult dystopian novels is Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard. In this thrilling series, Mare Barrow, a lowly Red with no special abilities, finds herself thrust into the dangerous world of the Silvers, a ruling class of people with extraordinary abilities. Aveyard’s world-building is intricate and captivating, with political intrigue and betrayals around every corner. Fans love the romance between Mare and Cal, the tension between the Reds and Silvers, and the fast-paced action that keeps them on the edge of their seats.
Many people have seen the feature films starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James, but the phenomena all started with a four-book series. Divergent Series by Veronica Roth is set in a future Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each with its own purpose and values. When Beatrice Prior discovers she is Divergent, someone who does not fit into any one faction, she must navigate a dangerous world of conspiracies and corruption. Roth’s writing style is engaging and vivid, with complex characters and intense action. Fans love the romance between Tris and Four, the exploration of identity and belonging, and the high-stakes conflicts that drive the story.
Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman is a hugely influential dystopian novel, so much so that it has been studied in schools and colleges across the globe. In a world where Black people, known as Crosses, are the ruling class and white people, known as Noughts, are oppressed, Sephy and Callum’s friendship is challenged when they fall in love. Blackman’s series explores themes of racism, discrimination, and prejudice in a powerful and emotional way. Fans love the relationship between Sephy and Callum, the exploration of societal issues, and the intense conflicts that drive the story.
Our final recommendation for a thrilling YA dystopian series is the Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu. In a future United States, the Republic is at war with the Colonies, and June and Day find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. Lu’s writing style is fast-paced and action-packed, with vivid descriptions of a world torn apart by war and political intrigue. Fans love the relationship between June and Day, the exploration of societal issues, and the heart-stopping action that keeps them turning the pages.
These four series are just a small sample of the incredible dystopian worlds waiting to be explored. With their complex characters, engaging plotlines, and themes that explore the human condition, these books are must-reads for fans of the dystopian genre. So, if you’re ready for an adventure full of danger, action, and romance, add these books to your reading list and discover the incredible worlds that Victoria Aveyard, Veronica Roth, Malorie Blackman, and Marie Lu have created.
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