If You Like The Hunger Games...

Updated: September 27, 2012

Hungry for more? Check out these thought-provoking dystopian tales.

Book cover for Across the universe
Across the universe
Revis, Beth.
Call Number: YA
Seventeen-year-old Amy wakes up from her cryogenic sleep fifty years earlier than expected. Stranded in an unfamiliar time, and alone, she discovers her revival was no accident - one of the ship's inhabitants is trying to murder her.

Book cover for The Bachman books : four early novels
The Bachman books : four early novels
King, Stephen, 1947-
Call Number: Ed.b
Four novels by Stephen King, including the dystopian The Long Walk and the sci-fi thriller The Running Man, where a desperate man tries to elude professional "hunters" on a violent televised game show. He stands to win a $100 for every hour he stays alive - the longest anyone has ever lasted is eight days.

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Battle royale
Takami, Koushun.
The Program: a class of junior high school students are taken to a remote island and forced to kill each other until only one is left standing. If they don't play along, the programmers will kill them all. Relationships between friends are challenged as each classmate becomes an enemy and nobody is sure who will survive the battle royale.

Book cover for Birthmarked
O'Brien, Caragh M.
Call Number: YA
Sixteen-year-old Gaia works with her mother as a midwife, handing over a quota of three infants a month to the elite classes who live within the Enclave. When her parents are arrested, Gaia is forced to make a difficult choice: accept their fate or rebel on her own.

Book cover for Bumped
McCafferty, Megan.
Call Number: YA
When a mysterious virus causes widespread infertility in women over eighteen, many girls like sixteen-year-old Melody become high-priced Reproductive Professionals. She has an agent and a six-figure contract, but isn't sure she can go through with it. Her uncertainty doubles when she meets Harmony, her identical twin sister, who was raised apart from her in an isolated religious commune.

Book cover for Delirium
Oliver, Lauren, 1982-
Call Number: YA
Lena Holoway is terrified of contracting the terrible disease amor deliria nervosa, or love. Love is what killed her mother and destroyed her family. Now she is ninety-five days away from a treatment that will render her impervious to love - until she meets Alex, and wonders if some cures are worse than the disease.

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Fever Crumb
Reeve, Philip.
Call Number: YA
Fever Crumb, a fourteen-year-old orphan, has been adopted by the Order of Engineers, and raised in seclusion by obsessively logical scientists. When she discovers her very existence goes against the rational order, she sets out to learn the truth about her past in this sci-fi story with steampunk and Dickensian flourishes.

Book cover for The knife of never letting go
The knife of never letting go
Ness, Patrick, 1971-
Call Number: YA
Todd is a boy in a colony full of men, only a few weeks shy of joining them. But when he leaves the grounds one day and discovers he is free of the Noise - the thoughts of everyone around him - he sets out in search of answers about his colony's true past and discovers his own mind.

Book cover for Legend
Lu, Marie, 1984-
Call Number: YA

In a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles, elites of the powerful Republic wage constant war against rebels of the poverty- and plague-stricken colonies. June is a prodigy of the Republic, Day is one of its most wanted criminals - and the prime suspect in the murder of June's brother. June will stop at nothing to hunt him down, but what she discovers threatens to expose some shocking truths about her government.

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Little Brother
Doctorow, Cory.

What teenage hacker Marcus and his friends are in the wrong place at the wrong time, they become the Department of Homeland Security's prime suspects in a San Francisco terrorist attack that kills thousands. After enduring days of questioning and torture, Marcus is released into a city that's become an Orwellian nightmare of surveillance, and realizes that it's time for a techno-revolution against the DHS.

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The maze runner
Dashner, James, 1972-
Call Number: YA

When Thomas wakes up, all he can remember is his name. The other boys tell him that he lives in the Glade now, a space in the middle of an enormous, constantly-changing maze. Every morning the doors to the maze open, every night they close, and in the two years that the other boys have been there, no one has ever found a way out. Then, a girl - the first ever to appear in the Glade - delivers an ominous message: escape or die.

Book cover for Nation
Pratchett, Terry.
After a devastating tsunami destroys everything that they have ever known, Mau, an island boy, and Daphne, an aristocratic English girl, together with a small band of refugees, try rebuilding their community and all the things that are important in their lives.

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Ship Breaker
Bacigalupi, Paolo
Call Number: YA

In a toxic wasteland that was once the Gulf Coast, Nailer scavenges wrecked ships and tries to avoid his murderous father. But when he finds a rich girl trapped in one of the wrecks, his world is turned upside down. Set in a dystopian future that makes The Hunger Games look cheerful, this 2011 Michael L. Printz Award winner is not for the faint of heart.

Book cover for Uglies
Westerfeld, Scott
Call Number: YA
Best friends Tally and Shay are close to their sixteenth birthdays when they when they will get surgeries to turn them into physically perfect and gorgeous creatures instead of the "uglies" they are now. But when Shay goes missing, Tally learns the pretty world isn't very pretty at all.