Dystopian fiction. It’s so hot right now. From The Hunger Games, to the Divergent series… it seems like vampires are out, and books about a future wherein we have destroyed the Earth and are now ruled by evil, controlling, big-brother-type governments, are totally in.
So, here’s my list of book recommendations for the kid who just can’t get enough of dystopian fiction. Oh, and I recommend trying your local library for many of these titles. Some titles are a bit older; so if your library still owns the book, you may be able to find a copy available right away!
* by Lois Lowry (there are three other books in this series that many people don’t know about: Gathering Blue
and, one that was written more recently, Son
. AND, The Giver has been made into a movie
(release date: August 2014) Read the book, then family movie night!) (Grade 3-6)
* by Conor Kostick (Grade 4-6)
* by Scott Westerfeld (other books in the series are Pretties
*denotes that this is the first book in a series or trilogy.
The age ranges above are just suggestions. I always recommend you read a book before or along with your child. This allows you to determine if a book is reading-level-appropriate. Additionally, if situations come up in a book with which you feel uncomfortable, it gives you the opportunity to talk with your child. I say anything that opens up the lines of communications with your teenager is good thing… And sometimes books can introduce topics that are a little difficult to broach.
I also want to point out that if you enjoy teen dystopian fiction (like I do), reading it “with” or “for” your child gives you the perfect excuse to read young adult literature without guilt. 😉
For a couple other dystopian fiction reading lists created by others, check out: