What are the best dystopian fiction novels for all?

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    #1The Selection

    The Selection

    The Selection is the process where 35 girls compete against each other for a chance to seduce Prince Maxon. Every girl dreams about this opportunity, everyone but America Singer, who is already and love with another man. It will all change as soon as she meets Prince, who could very well be the man of her life. 
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    Sara Flores
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The Selection is the perfect dystopian fiction novel. It has the right amount of action and adventure. It's also a very moving love story at it's core."
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    #2The City of Ember (Book of Ember)

    The City of Ember (Book of Ember)
    The city of Ember is an interesting book written by Jeanne DuPrau that tells the story about a city and a mysterious message. It is a fascinating tale full of amazing characters and impressive descriptions.




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    Jessica Bennett
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This book is intriguing and highlights the way our world would work in a dystopian society."
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    #3Under the Never Sky

    Under the Never Sky
    Under the Never Sky is a young adult fiction novel by Veronica Rossi which centers on Aria living inside Reverie, and Perry from outside the protected dome, who might need each other if they are to survive.
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    Shreyas Kapur
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "One of my favorite genres of fiction novels is dystopian futures. Under the Never Sky is a great book in this genre. It is a real page-turner!"
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    #4The 5th Wave

    The 5th Wave

    The 5th Wave is the first book in the young adult science fiction series The 5th Wave written by Rick Yancey which centers on Cassie who will trust no one as beings who look like humans are killing the humans they see until she meets Evan Walker. 

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    Reyansh Chattopadhyay
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This is a interesting sc-fi thriller that had me intrigued. I will have to read this a 2nd time to make sure I didn't miss anything as the book was very good."
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    #5The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner)

    The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner)
    The Scorch Trials is the second book in the Maze Runner series by James Dashner which continues to follow Thomas and the Gladers who found the Scorch after surviving the maze. 
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    Leonardo Ventura
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I wanted to find a good dystopian fiction novel for every age level and found The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner). This series is very popular and the writing is very good. The story has some great dystopian elements that really made me interested and excited. I highly recommend this series for anyone looking for dystopian novels. "
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    #6Uglies (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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    Shaurya Mehra
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Stories about Dystopian settings are some of my favorites, a lot of my favorite games revolve around this theme. I've recently decided to pick up some books about this just because I feel there isn't enough surrounding this theme. Man is this book great, so glad I picked it up. I didn't expect to like it honestly, it seemed pretty tame, but man is it good. "
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    #7Matched

    Matched
    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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    Christine Webb
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I would say the Matched is an interesting read. I think Matched is indeed the best dystopian fiction novel for all. I would recommend this must-read, page turner to the young and old."
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    #8The 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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    David Huerta
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "My sister Teresa read this book. She raved about it. Then she reread it *again.* Quite unusual."
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    #9City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments)

    City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments)

    City of Ashes, the 2nd book in Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instrument series, is about Clary trying to save her mother's life by tracking down the rogue evil Shadowhunter Valentine while proving Jace innocent of stealing the Soul-Sword.

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    Rubén Arriaga
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "When I read I appreciate taking in fiction more than any other genre. I specifically am enamored with City of Ashes. This book featured a mothers will against an evil existence. I Felt like the dystopian novel worked well within the confines of its genre."
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    #10The 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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    Brenda Armstrong
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "The Maze Runner, the aptly titled first book in the The Maze Runner series is the best dystopian fiction novel to come out in years, this book is appropriate for all ages and is an awesome mind excersize in "what-if" scenario. The background is bleak and broody and the character development is wonderful. I highly suggest that anyone who likes this sort of literature to read this book."
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    #11Insurgent (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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    #12Catching 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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    Christina Walters
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is most definitely one of the greatest dystopian novels ever, really the whole series is. These novels take you beyond what you can imagine to the unimaginable. A wonderful read, for all ages "
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    #13Angel 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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    Jane Robinson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "i liked this series it is awesome and interesting the content is flowing and and in an antagonistic manner"
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    #14Divergent

    Divergent

    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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    Sarah Newman
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "If you're looking for a must read dystopian fiction novel Divergent by Veronica Roth should be your next choice! The novel has you hooked from the beginning and keeps attention throughout. As many great novels have done before it, Divergent is also the inspiration for the recent motion pictures staring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet. "
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    #151984

    1984
    1984 is a dystopian novel by George Orwell that tells the story of Winston Smith, who lives under the rule of the tyrannical government ruled by the omnipresent Big Brother. It is a bleak portrayal of how society might become in the future.
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    Philip Young
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "A great dytopian fiction novel"
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    #16In the After

    In the After

    In the After is the first book in the futuristic dystopic series for young adults, the In The After series written by Demitria Lunetta. It was published in 2014 and is about a teenager whose family was kidnapped by the government.

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    Roger King
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "A creepy post apocalyptic tale, that manages to cover very well worn territory in a way that's full of surprises. I can't say I loved this book, but it is very readable and has enough chills and thrills that most will probably find it enjoyable. "
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    #17Battle 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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    Amit Tata
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I am not a fan of this book, i don't think it's educational at all, and it has a very bad reviews. Although it is a affordable price, i wouldn't go for it, just not my type of book either for nor for my kids."
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    #18Never Let Me Go

    Never Let Me Go

    Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro is a dystopian science fiction novel published in 2005. This book tells the story of three children who are studying in an exclusive boarding school and their 'special gift'.

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    Dennis Sanders
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Interesting, thought provoking. This is about children growing up together, no parents but with guardians. Why are they raised this way? Read the book!"
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    #19Brave 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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    Tyler Andrews
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "It was about the fiction novel of it.About engineered society reservoirs"
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    #20Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel wherein a totalitarian regime has ordered the burning of books in order to suppress the spread of subversive ideas. It preaches about the power and role of knowledge to see beyond the surface.

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    María Luisa Armenta
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This book was great. I was really pulled in right from the beginning and finished it in just a few days. I really didn't want to put it down and will be looking for other books by this author."
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    #21Imago (Xenogenesis)

    Imago (Xenogenesis)

    Imago is the third and last book in Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis trilogy, a science fiction and dystopian series for young adults. This book is about Jodahs, a cross between humans and aliens and might be a danger to his race.

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    Alexander Vargas
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This book is part of a series by the groundbreaking science fiction author Octavia Butler. It uses science fiction as a setting to explore to issues of race, identity and relations between groups. I think it's an excellent conclusion to the Xenogenesis series. "
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    #22MaddAddam (MaddAddam Trilogy)

    MaddAddam (MaddAddam Trilogy)

    MaddAddam is a dystopian novel by the acclaimed author Margaret Atwood. It tells the story of the survivors of the flood, as they look back into humanity's past mistakes to improve its future. It is the final book in the MaddAddam trilogy.

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    Ridhi Sen
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This is a science fiction. It has very good reviews. Highly recommend."
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    #23Mechanicum (The Horus Heresy)

    Mechanicum (The Horus Heresy)
    Mechanicum is the 9th book in the famous young adult dystopian science fiction series, Horus Heresy. It was written by Graham McNeill and was published in December 2008. It is about insurgencies brewing on Mars.
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    Luis Gómez
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "If you're a fan of the giver or more recently blade runner. This is a classic novel involving science fiction that you are guaranteed to love"
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    #24Forget Tomorrow

    Forget Tomorrow

    Forget Tomorrow is the first book in the science fiction series Forget Tomorrow written by Pintip Dunn which centers on Callie who sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister on a vision she saw in her 17th birthday. 

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    Megan Salazar
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "A great fictional version of a dystopian future in which the lead character wishes for her 17th birthday that everyone in the world could finally become the people they were meant to be such as a doctor or a lawyer. The action never ends as the lead female is turned criminal and she's sent to prison by a government organization and she escapes and the plot twists upside down. Excellent reviews on Amazon of this wild ride."
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    #25The First Principle: A Novel

    The First Principle: A Novel

    The First Principle is a dystopian novel written by Marissa Shrock. First published in 2014 by Kregel Publications under ISBN: 0825443571, it is the first book in the Emancipation Warriors book series.

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    Carl Richardson
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Oh I did not like this. I was going through a dsytopian fiction phase and reading everything I could and this was one of the more memorable ones but for all the wrong reasons. I couldn't stand the main character and I really don't care to read about religion. The rebellious idea in this is really, really lame. To each their own though, the writing isn't too bad, it's just not for me. "
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    #26Life Within Parole (Vol. 1)

    Life Within Parole (Vol. 1)
    Life Within Parole is the first volume of the collection of short dystopic science fiction written by RoAnna Sylver. It was released in November 11, 2016. It has 11 short stories set in the fictional universe Chameleon Moon.
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    Phillip Lee
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "i will like to buy it"
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    #27Darkness Before Dawn

    Darkness Before Dawn

    Darkness Before Dawn is a paranormal fantasy book for young adults written by J.A. London. Darkness Before Dawn was published on May 29, 2012 by HarperTeen. This is the first book in the trilogy of the same name.

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    Arthur Andrews
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Classic. Something I'd use to model a game after, something that when you read you get transported to a new world of whimsy, and darkness. They don't sound like they go together, but when your mind is taken on a journey like this one; you'll understand."
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    #28Deliverance (Enslaved #2)

    Deliverance (Enslaved #2)

    Deliverance is a dystopian novel written by Katie Clark. First published in 2014 by Pelican Book Group under ISBN: 1611163994, it is the second book in the Enslaved book series.

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    Kathryn May
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I think that you have to read all of the books that are included in the series so that you can get an idea of what it's all about. It reminds me of the Hunger Games because the character is trying to find herself. "
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    #29The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect

    The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect

    The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect is a standalone science fiction novel written by Roger Williams which centers on Lawrence who builds an artificial intelligence which passed as a god.

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    Brittany Wade
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "great book "
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    #30The Palace of Dreams

    The Palace of Dreams

    The Palace of Dreams is a European literature and a fiction book set in a dystopian future written by Ismail Kadare and was published on February 5, 1998 by Arcade Publishing. The books is about dream interpretations.

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    Christian Anderson
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "There is an abundance of fantastic novels written about dystopian futures, and the best of those are often so on the nose it is chilling. This book probably won't be counted among those that accurately parallel our times without some creative interpretation. That being said, I think that this book will scratch the itch for anyone fond of the genre."
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    #31Luminary (Anomaly Book 2)

    Luminary (Anomaly Book 2)

    Luminary is a dystopian novel written by Krista McGee. First published in 2014 by Thomas Nelson under ISBN: 1401688748, it is the second book in the Anomaly book series.

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    Tammy Schultz
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The author shows the reader what is left of a world ravaged by a massive war. Like the Hunger Games, I think both men and women will be able to find interest in this dystopian story."
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    #32Origamy

    Origamy

    Origamy is a science fiction novel written by Rachel Armstrong. Origamy was first published in 2018 by NewCon Press under ISBN 1910935786. It centers on Mobius, a human with the ability to travel through spacetime.

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    Patricia May
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "High concept science fiction adventure written by maverick scientist Rachel Armstong (currently a professor at Newcastle university), featuring Mobius, a member of an extended family circus troupe that has the ability to travel through spacetime using a technology that can draw fundamental cosmic threads from the ether. They use this ability to keep the universe in balance and the fabric of firmament healthy, but something is awry. A threat which they barely defeated in ages past is threatening to break through into our universe again, and no one knows if they can stop it a secon time... "
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    #33A 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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    Jasmine Zhang
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Book three in a series of Christian dystopian novels. Good for parents and kids to read together or separately and chat about it, what the story means for their faith journey and just for flat out entertainment. I enjoyed the fusion of dystopia with the teachings of Christ which add a unique element to this genre. Start with the first two if you haven't already read them! "
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    #34Liquid City

    Liquid City

    Liquid City is a dystopic, adventurous, fantasy, science fiction novel for young adults written by A.C. Buchanan. It was released in May 2015. It is about a human who was left on a strange planet and had to survive its metropolis.

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    Donna Hawkins
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "storyline is great"
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    #35Julian Comstock

    Julian Comstock
    Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America is a science fiction novel written by Hugo Award-winning author Robert Charles Wilson. It was first published in 2009 by Tor Books.
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    Zachary Sullivan
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Hugo-winner Wilson (Axis ) perpetrates a kind of skewed steampunk novel set in a postcollapse, imperial United States returned to 19th-century technology and mores."
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    #36Lost in Arcadia

    Lost in Arcadia

    Lost in Arcadia by Sean Gandert is a dystopian literary fiction novel originally published in July 2017. This book follows the story of American fast forward to the year 2037 where people are obsessed to Arcadia.

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    Vishal Kadam
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I really enjoyed the majority of this book, that is until the last part, when I realized everything was coming to a head and it ended abruptly. Compared to the extensive detail in the majority of the book the ending felt rushed. At least a second book is in the works, a cliffhanger that made you realize you were going to have some questions answered in the future. I enjoyed the journey of reading this book. But the end definitely let me down"
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    #37City of Stairs (The Divine Cities)

    City of Stairs (The Divine Cities)

    City of Stairs is the first book in the dystopic science fiction, and fantasy series for young adults, the Divine Cities. It was written by Robert Jackson Bennett and was first released in October 2014.

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    Timothy White
    Written on April 19, 2018
    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I look forward to book 2 in the series. The characters are compelling enough that I was drawn in and I cared what happened to them. Also, I wondered how the mystery was going to be solved - a surprising end is in store for those who read the whole book. "

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Best What are the best dystopian fiction novels for all
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The SelectionBooks 31 Paid
2The City of Ember (Book of Ember)Books 29 Paid
3Under the Never SkyBooks 27 Paid
4The 5th WaveBooks 26 Paid
5The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner)Books 23 Paid
6Uglies (Uglies)Books 21 Paid
7MatchedBooks 21 Paid
8The GiverBooks 19 Paid
9City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments)Books 18 Paid
10The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner)Books 17 Paid
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