Dystopian Books

Here are quick links to great post-apocalyptic, dystopian, and alternate history books. Click on a title to open a new tab/page with my full recommendation and relevant info.

  • Post-apocalyptic books (* on this page) are set immediately after a world-altering natural disaster or human-caused emergency.
  • Dystopian books are set in a future where either technology or human morality has not lived up to its promise.
  • Alternate history books (noted with + below) imagine current or past history where major events have turned out much differently than in our history.

Across the Universe / Beth Revis

All These Things I’ve Done (Birthright #1) / Gabrielle Zevin

Amped / Daniel H. Wilson

* Ashfall (Ashfall #1) / Mike Mullin, followed by *Ashen Winter (Ashfall #2)

Awaken / Katie Kacvinsky

+ The Bloomswell Diaries / Louis L. Buitendag

Born Wicked (Cahill Witch Chronicles #1) / Jessica Spotswood

Cinder (Book One of The Lunar Chronicles)/ Marissa Meyer.

+The Disunited States of America (Crosstime Traffic #4) / Harry Turtledove

Dry Souls / Denise Getson

The Eleventh Plague / Jeff Hirsch

The Forsaken (Forsaken #1) / Lisa M. Strasse

The Fox Inheritance (Jenna Fox Chronicles, #2) / Mary E. Pearson, followed by Fox Forever (Jenna Fox Chronicles, #3)

The Hunt (The Hunt #1) / Andrew Fukuda

+ In High Places (Crosstime Traffic #3) / Harry Turtledove

+ Kat, Incorrigible / Stephanie Burgis, followed by + Renegade Magic and Stolen Magic

+ Legacy of the Clockwork Key / Kristin Bailey

Legend / Marie Lu

The Line / Teri Hall, followed by Away

* Little Brother / Cory Doctorow

The Lost Code (Atlanteans #1) / Kevin Emerson

The Memory of After (Memory Chronicles #1) / Lenore Appelhans

The Moon Maze Game / Larry Niven and Steven Barnes

+ The Peculiars / Maureen Doyle McQuerry

Prized (Birthmark Trilogy #2) / Caragh O’Brien

Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation / Tim Hamilton, illustrator

+ The Rithmatist / Brandon Sanderson

* Safekeeping / Karen Hesse

* Stung / Bethany Wiggins

The Testing (Testing #1) / Joelle Charbonneau

+ The Time Travelers (Gideon Trilogy #1) / Linda Buckley-Archer, followed by + The Time Thief (Gideon #2) and + The Time Quake (Gideon #3)

Trickster’s Girl (Raven Duet #1) / Hilari Bell, followed by Traitor’s Son (Raven Duet #2)

Unison Spark / Andy Marino

+ The Unnaturalists / Tiffany Trent

+ The Valley-Westside War (Crosstime Traffic #6) / Harry Turtledove

X Isle / Steve Augarde

XVI / Julia Karr

(list updated 19 June 2013)

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