Top Ten Tuesday #46 – YA Dystopia 101

Posted August 25, 2015 by Lillian in Features / 12 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesdayย is an original feature/weekly memeย created byย The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. Theyโ€™d love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Welcome class….erhm I mean fellow readers ๐Ÿ˜‰ Today’s top ten topic is “Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101” and I’m getting a bit carried away. For me the class I would teach would be a no brainer and if you follow the blog you’re probably already expecting it….YA dystopia. I love dystopian books! There’s just something about the end of the world to bring about unity in the human race ๐Ÿ˜‰ Plus there’s always a kick butt teenage hero/heroine AND a little romance on the side. SO if I taught YA Dystopia 101 here’s the top ten books I’d require on the syllabus, in no particular order.

YA Dystopia 101 Required Reading

Cover Image for The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxset by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins –ย Does this one even need an explanation?! I think some high schools have incorporated this book into their english classes. By far it is one of my favorites! The world that Katniss lives in, the choices she is forced at a young age to make, and all the feels would be why this book would top my list!

Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth –ย Yes you read that right…the entire trilogy. I feel that to truly understand this dystopian world it needs to be read in its entirety. Fair? Maybe not, BUT I think I’m one of the few people that enjoyed the trilogy from start to finish…even the brutal ending ๐Ÿ˜‰

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi –ย This particular post-apocalyptic world fascinates me and is one of my favorites. PLUS dual POV baby!

Book Cover for "The Moon Dwellers" by David Estes
Book Cover for "The Selection" by Kiera Cass

Matched by Ally Condie –ย This book got me back into reading after my dark years (aka college and nursing school). I devoured the trilogy and fell in love with the world. It may be more romance than dystopia but it’s still good!

The Moon Dwellers by David Estes –ย One of my favorite indie authors! This book (really the entire series) is amazing and so intricate! There’s dual POV – BONUS! – and a companion series that tells the story of the people above ground. I LOVE it and it is a must read if you take my class ๐Ÿ˜€

The Selection by Kiera Cass –ย I was a little slow with this series. In fact I didn’t read it for the first time until just last month but I LOVED it! Who knew that a Bachelor type series would work so well as a dystopian?! I didn’t, in fact that’s why I avoided it for so long. BUT I wholly regret that decision so it is a must!

Book Cover for "Writing on the Wall" by Tracey Ward
Book Cover for "Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)" by Marissa Meyer

Through Glassย by Rebecca Ethington –ย What kind of teacher would I be if I didn’t throw some variety in there? This is a serial series and falls not only into the dystopian category but also the horror category. It’s AMAZING and a must read!

Writing on the Wall by Tracey Ward –ย Zombies….enough said. It’s set roughly 20 years after the fall of civilization to zombies and follows a bunch of teens trying to make sense in the world. It’s a great series and did I mention zombies ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Scourge by A.G. Henley –ย I LOVE this series by another indie author. It’s completely fascinating and original. I could predict nothing of the book AND – again we need a bit of variety – the MC is blind. I’ve never read another book like it. It is great!

Cinder by Marissa Meyer –ย Gotta have some sci-fi on this list and the Lunar Chronicles tops them all! There’s aliens, cyborgs, and another world war just waiting to happen. AND it crosses genres and links to fairy-tale retellings. How great is that?!

Bonus Reads

Book Cover for "Broken Skies" by Theresa Kay
Book Cover for "Snow Like Ashes" by Sara Raasch
Book Cover for "The Young Elites" by Marie Lu

YOUR TURN! What books would you include if you taught a class? What class would youย want to teach?


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12 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday #46 – YA Dystopia 101

  1. Great list, first of all. I tend to avoid horror and zombies, but my 7th and 8th grade students clamor for them. What do you think about Through Glass, Writing on the Wall, and The Scourge (that cover looks kind of creepy too) for 12-15 year olds?
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  2. Carrie

    I have not really read much dystopian literature – YA or otherwise – besides The Giver. I guess I need to take your class ๐Ÿ™‚ My TTT

  3. I’ve not actually read many dystopian books. The only one on this list that I’ve read is Cinder. Though I really want to read The Selection and having been working up to reading some of the ‘big’ ones in this genre. (Like Divergent and The Hunger Games.) I also thinking I want to give Under The Never Sky a go as well as Matched. This is a great list that has brought up several dystopian books that I’d never even heard of!
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  4. JJ

    I did the same topic as you these week, although the only books we have in common are The Hunger Games and Divergent. I have yet to read Matched although despite saying I never would, I got it as a freebie in the book swap at YALC, so it looks like I will be reading it now. I want to read The Lunar Chronicles, but am waiting to start them until Winter is released, so that I can read them all at once without having to wait!
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  5. Kim

    Great picks! I loved The Selection series too, even though it does look a little fluffy at first, it was really good! I loved The Hunger Games. No one is more badass than Katniss. The rest are all on my TBR pile. I’d love your class! Sign me up! Here’s my TTT. Happy reading!
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