What are the best dystopan and utopian books for young adults?

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    #1Insurgent (Divergent)

    Insurgent (Divergent)

    Insurgent is the second book in Veronica Roth's hit young adult series Divergent. It is about a girl named Tris and her journey to uncover the history of her world. 


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    Jeffrey Jackson
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Not a bad book at all, I would highly recommend it to older teens and younger adults. It's really good and deep in story and characters"
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    #2Incarnate (Incarnate)

    Incarnate (Incarnate)

    Incarnate is the first book on the Incarnate trilogy written by Jodi Meadows which centers on Ana living in a world where once you die you come back reincarnated in another body. 


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    Amber Hou
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Really really fun! I know, that's weird to say about a dystopian fantasy, but it's true. I had been meaning to get my hands on a copy for a while but never really got around to it. I'm so glad I did just in time for a nice weekend at home. I really enjoyed the world building and the characters. I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series to see if the story gets even better."
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    #3Across the Universe

    Across the Universe

    Across the Universe is a science fiction book for young adult written by Beth Revis. This novel was originally published in January 2011. It was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Debut Author.


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    Evelyn Gomez
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Across the Universe is suck a great book, I read it in one night! I can see why I received rewards."
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    #4The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner)

    The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner)
    The Maze Runner is the first novel in The Maze Runner series written by James Dashner which centers on Thomas who wakes up in the lift and had an amnesia. 


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    Walter Flores
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I hadn't read the Maze Runner books but I've heard of them before and saw the movie commercials. I like to read post-apocalyptic books, and this one fit the bill, although it's more geared toward YA. It's kind of like lord of the flies, which paradoxically makes it both dystopan in that its an alien future (to me) but the existing social orders are collapsed, so there's a little more equality. "
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    #5Wither (The Chemical Garden)

    Wither (The Chemical Garden)
    Wither, the first book in Lauren DeStefano's Chemical Garden trilogy, is about Rhine Ellery, who is living in a world where a woman's life expectancy is just 20 years because of a failed government experiment to create a perfect human race.


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    Diana Wheeler
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The story line of this book kept me reading. I can't imagine being in a world where you only lived 20 years."
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    #6The Giver

    The Giver

    The Giver is a book by Lois Lowry that tells the story of Jonas, a boy who lives in a very structured society where everyone has a role. He will soon discover what his role is meant to be, and it will change his life.


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    Lidia Núñez
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I purchased the book The Giver by Lois Lowry for my son. My son is in the eighth grade and this book is a requirement. After he started to read the book it did not seem to take him very long to get through the book. He said for the most part that this book was an easy read for him. I was worried about that part since he is Dyslectic and sometimes books are hard to read. He said he felt that is easy to understand and easy to follow along. I love the fact that he did not struggle with this book. "
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    Matched is the first book in the dystopian series Matched written by Ally Condie which centers on Cassia who is living in a society where the officials decide everything such as your lover, work and the date of your death. 

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    Brenda Contreras
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The world was developed nicely however led you to no emotional tie. I guess this was intended since the society is so cold and calculating. I get it had to be created this way but still... it seemed so flat. The pacing was slow. I didn't find myself really intrigued or connected until I was about 70% of the way through. The character development could have used a lot of work. Cassia seemed very flat and I didn't feel any sort of connection to her at all until almost the end of the story. Again, this may have been intentional because she was so molded and brainwashed by her society, however I would have liked to see more action, more outward fight as opposed to all internal fight or at the least, way more curiosity."
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    #8Uglies (Uglies)

    Uglies (Uglies)

    Uglies is the first book in the young adult dystopian series Uglies written by Scott Westerfeld which centers on Tally who can't wait anymore to turn sixteen as she will have an operation to turn into a pretty girl.


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    Angélica Félix
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is a great book- what better way to get kids to read your book than play on their very passion for relationships and belonging. This book dwells a lot of perceptions of physical beauty. At times Tally seems incredibly shallow, but isn't she just a product of her world. I wont give anything away, it's definitely a new spin on a typical Dystopian novel.This is a cool dystopian novel that I think would make an excellent CW show if it got the chance. "
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    Divergent is the first dystopian novel in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth which is set in a post-apocalyptic society divided into five factions where Beatrice Prior has to choose only one to devote her life to.


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    Nicholas Beck
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I love dystopian books and movies, and this was great. Recommend to suspenseful lovers."
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    #10Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)

    Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)
    There is civil unrest in the districts, and the Capitol is getting tired of quelling these disturbances. In Catching Fire, the Capitol sends a chilling message to the districts to remind them of who is really in charge.

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    Michelle Mitchell
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This is an amazing book that has been on many top ten lists including the New York Times. It also is being released as a new movie. The cover picture will capture your attention and get your imagination started for a great read. "
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    #11The Primarchs (Horus Heresy)

    The Primarchs (Horus Heresy)

    The Primarchs is the 20th book in the famous dystopian science fiction series, Horus Heresy. It was written by Christian Dunn and published in May 2012. It is about four warriors and their impact on the civil war in Imperium.


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    Dylan Hayes
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "The Primarchs is a so-so book series. It wants to be the next Hunger Games or Maze Runner or Mortal Instruments... but it's really dull and not worth the read. Just skip it and read something else. Really it's not with your time."
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    #12Angel Exterminatus (Horus Heresy)

    Angel Exterminatus (Horus Heresy)
    Angel Exterminatus is the 23rd book in the famous dystopian science fiction series, Horus Heresy. It was written by Graham McNeill and was published in November 2012. It is about Perturabo and his attempt to outshine his primarch brothers.

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    Helen Wu
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I don't know much about this genre of book, so this information wasn't as helpful to me. I felt that it could be a good suggestion and was glad to see the additional recommendations and reviews."
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    #13Battle for the Abyss (The Horus Heresy)

    Battle for the Abyss (The Horus Heresy)
    Battle for the Abyss is the 8th book in the famous dystopian science fiction series, Horus Heresy. It was written by Ben Counter and was published in August 2008. It is about Horus' plans to wipe out his enemies, the Ultramarines.

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    Diane Foster
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I love the utopia and dystopian genre in general, but these books never let me down when it comes to what I like to see. I can always expect a lot of adventure and drama from this particular series and I know it will keeping me reading on for hours. I think this is a perfect solution when looking for a book in this genre and you will not be disappointed with the story line."
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    #14The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games
    This boxed set contains all three books - The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay -  in Suzanne Collins' best-selling series, The Hunger Games. The story is set in a dystopic future where the rich watch the poor fight to the death for a supply of food. 


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    Aadhya Jhadav
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is a classic dystopian young adult novel set. It is a story that many readers will have seen on their screens because it is a hit movie franchise but it is well worth the read anyway as it covers more material than the movies could. "
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    #15The Penultimate Truth

    The Penultimate Truth
    Published in 1964, this book is set in a post-war scenario, where humanity is forced to live in underground shelters where the opposing superpowers fight each other on the surface. This is all a lie, as the war had ended many years ago and humanity was being used to make the Yance-men even richer. 


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    Jordan Simpson
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "These types of books are perfect for the topic given. The summary is already very very interesting. Having humanity live underground and being brainwashed with propaganda by the rich is a perfect metaphor for the political atmosphere we lived or experienced."
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    #16Glass Sword (Red Queen)

    Glass Sword (Red Queen)

    Glass Sword is the second book in the young adult dystopian novel Red Queen written by Victoria Aveyard which continues to follow the story of the adventures of Mare Barrow and Maven, the prince. 


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    Randy Watson
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The Hunger Games series is the best serious of dystopian novels for teens and young adults. It is highly successful because it is easy for the younger generation to relate."
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    #17Brave New World

    Brave New World

    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is a utopian and dystopian fiction novel published in 1932. This book follows Bernard Marx living a perfect life in a scientifically engineered society until he visited one of the remaining old reservoirs.


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    Ronald Gray
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This is a must-read book for anyone interested in Dystopian literature. I had read it a long time ago but found it particularly interesting in light of how the world has changed since I first read it. This is right up there with Orwell's 1984!"
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    #18The Time Machine

    The Time Machine
    One classic novel and one of the first books of taking time travel and Victorian technology as a thematic instalment. H.G. Wells tells the story of a man that creates a time machine and travels to the future where the world is divided into two different races, the Eloi and the Morlocks.

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    #19Among the Hidden (Shadow Children)

    Among the Hidden (Shadow Children)

    Among the Hidden is the first book in the young adult dystopian series Shadow Children written by Margaret Peterson Haddix which centers on one of the shadow children named Luke who meets a girl named Jen who is like him.  


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    Eugene Hunter
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "quite highly rated , got some nice feedback but also several negative ones like "boring story" . I would not put it for the top choice I suggest "A Million Suns" instead."
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    #20The One Safe Place

    The One Safe Place

    The One Safe Place is a standalone young adult dystopian novel written by Tania Unsworth which is said to be almost the same as The Giver and Among the Hidden.


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    Richard McDonald
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "If you're a fan of stories that involve survival and distopian civilizations, this book is a must read. I loved that this book centers around finding paradise only to end up being trapped by it. "
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    #21The Sky Inside

    The Sky Inside

    The Sky Inside s the first book in the young adulkt dystopian series with the same name written by Clare B. Dunkle which centers on the world where Martians are a common sight. 


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    Rebecca Lewis
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The Sky Inside is a different take on the idea of dystopian futures, focusing on alien life. Martians being commonplace sets this book apart."
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    #22A Time to Rise (Out of Time Book 3)

    A Time to Rise (Out of Time Book 3)

    A Time to Rise is a dystopian novel written by Nadine Brandes. First published in 2016 by Enclave Publishing under ISBN: 1683700465, it is the third book in the Out of Time book series.


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    William Alexander
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book is just ripping off other better books. It is maybe good if you don't mind cliche characters. The world-building was decent though."


Best What are the best dystopan and utopian books for young adults
1Insurgent (Divergent)Books 56 Paid
2Incarnate (Incarnate)Books 40 Paid
3Across the UniverseBooks 36 Paid
4The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner)Books 33 Paid
5Wither (The Chemical Garden)Books 31 Paid
6The GiverBooks 28 Paid
7MatchedBooks 24 Paid
8Uglies (Uglies)Books 20 Paid
9DivergentBooks 19 Paid
10Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)Books 17 Paid

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