Top 7 Dystopian Novels

Hello, beautiful bookworms 💜

Time for another Top Books Tuesday. This week I’ve decided to talk about the ever-emerging genre: dystopian fiction. Personally, I’m not the biggest fan of many dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel but I must admit there are quite a few out there that are definitely worth reading. Here are my top picks:


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

“May the odds be ever in your favor.”

Might be a little bit overrated, but for good reason. It’s the first dystopian novel I ever read so it has a special place in my heart forever.


1984 by George Orwell

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”

Thrilling and way beyond its time. It’s a must read for all dystopian fans out there.


The Giver by Lois Lowry

“We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.”

Also, Gathering Blue (The Giver #2).


The Host by Stephanie Meyer

“It’s real interesting to have a soul as a friend, and it makes me feel super special that I’ve managed it.”

Meyer has always been under a lot of fire for writing one of the weakest female lead characters known to bookworms (aka Bella Swan), but only because The Host’s kick-ass heroine is seriously underrated. Sadly, The Host has been eclipsed (see what I did there?) by Twilight’s huge success.


The City of Ember by Jean DuPrau

“Wouldn’t it be strange, she thought, to have a blue sky? But she liked the way it looked. It would be beautiful – a blue sky.”

Oh my goodness! Amazing book. The movie is pretty good too.


The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

“How do you rid the Earth of humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.”

Now, now. I realize this particular apocalyptic/dystopian series isn’t the best but the first two books are pretty good. Yancey’s idea and premise for the series was very original and mind-blowing.


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

“…As terrifying and painful as reality can be, it’s also the only place where you can find true happiness. Because reality is real.”

This is probably the most fun and unique book in the list and possibly the genre. It’s extra geeky too, which I love.

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12 thoughts on “Top 7 Dystopian Novels

  1. HUNGER GAMES WILL ALWAYS BE MY FAVOURITE DYSTOPIAN NOVEL!! Mostly because it was my first dystopian novel. And Maze Runner of course. How can I forget Maze Runner, the book which broke my heart in tiny pieces.

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    1. I couldn’t get into reading The Maze Runner. However I really loved The Hunger Games. Divergent was also another incredible novel.

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  2. Dystopian/Post-Apoc is one of my favorite genres. I’ve read most of these books and loved them. 1984 was pretty weird but definitely way before it’s time. This is a great post.

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  3. Divergent is a great novel, however, Allegiant made me cry a lot. The Hunger Games was phenomenal but some parts could have been a bit more flushed out. I tried reading 1984 but I didn’t like the style of writing. Same with The Host. I love Stephanie Meyer, but The Host (a lot of people adore it), but I can’t get into it and I tried several times to read it.

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