Reading Lists

Dystopia (RD 80 and 90)


Aguirre, Ann

Feiwel and Friends 2012

In a post-apocalyptic future, fifteen-year-old Deuce, a loyal Huntress, brings back meat while avoiding the Freaks outside her enclave, but when she is partnered with the mysterious outsider, Fade, she begins to see that the strict ways of the elders may be wrong--and dangerous.

Fahrenheit 451 : Fahrenheit 451 -- the temperature at which book paper catches fire, and burns ...

Bradbury, Ray

Ballentine Books 1991

Guy Montag, a fire-fighter and book-burner for the State, discovers that in order to remain human he must preserve the books that attest to his humanity.

Ender's game

Card, Orson Scott

Starscape 2002

Child-hero Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive.


Cashore, Kristin

Graphia 2008

In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.

City of bones

Clare, Cassandra

M.K. McElderry Books 2008

Suddenly able to see demons and the Shadowhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizarre world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.

The Hunger Games

Collins, Suzanne


In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.


Condie, Allyson Braithwaite

Dutton Books 2010

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, whom 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?

The maze runner

Dashner, James

Ember 2011

Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.


DeStefano, Lauren

Simon & Schuster BFYR 2011

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.

The house of the scorpion

Farmer, Nancy

Atheneum Books for Young Readers 2004

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.


Fisher, Catherine

Firebird 2010

In Incarceron, a vast intelligent city-prison sealed off from the outside world and hidden from everybody except the Warden, two young people, Cynthia, the Warden's daughter who is trying to escape an arranged marriage, and Finn, a young prisoner who cannot remember his childhood, join forces to attempt to escape.

Lord of the flies : a novel

Golding, William

Capricorn Books 1959

A group of boys, ages 6 to 12, survives a plane crash and becomes stranded on a deserted island. Ralph, Piggy and the others attempt to govern themselves, a task at which they fail disastrously. Two leaders--one civilized, one depraved--epitomize the forces of good against evil.

Green angel

Hoffman, Alice

Scholastic 2010

Fifteen-year-old Green, who is haunted by grief and by her past after losing her family in a fire, retreats into her ruined garden as she struggles to survive emotionally and physically on her own.

Brave new world : and, Brave new world revisited

Huxley, Aldous

Harper Perennial Modern Classics 2005

Contains the text of Huxley's prophetic work and includes his discussion about social problems and the human condition since its publication.

The giver

Lowry, Lois

Delacorte Press 2006

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.


Oliver, Lauren

Harper 2011

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, she falls in love.


Roth, Veronica

Katherine Tegen Books 2012

In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.


Shusterman, Neal

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 2009

In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to survive until they turn eighteen.

Daughter of smoke & bone

Taylor, Laini

Little, Brown 2012

Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters--the chimaera who form the only family she has ever known.


Westerfeld, Scott, Rosamilia, Mike, Simon Pulse, Simon and Schuster, inc.

Simon Pulse 2011

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.

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