Everyone has heard of The Hunger Games and Divergent and if you haven’t you must have found a nice rock to live under because they exploded in the cinema and brought to light a genre that hadn’t really been prominent in books. Dystopia is the opposite of Utopia. They are pretty much books about extreme corrupt societies usually dangerous and extravagant.
Now they are everywhere and while the well-known series are great, here are some equally amazing but underrated dystopian series.
The Legend trilogy by Marie Lu:
This trilogy is set in the future like a lot of dystopian books. In this world there is an incurable disease that is sweeping through the lower classes. These books follow two perspectives. June, a rich prodigy with every opportunity this broken world can offer and Day, a boy on the run from the law. They meet accidentally and conflicting loyalties mean that things get complicated fast.
The Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken
This series takes place in the relatively close future. Disease has killed off most of the children and young teenagers. Those that survive have superhuman powers not too different from those of X-men. This makes them feared and they are rounded up and put in camps similar to concentration camps. They are organised by colour according to how dangerous they are. Green and blue are unthreatening while yellow, orange and red are extremely dangerous. This story follows Ruby, an orange who has managed to hide as a green. How far is she willing to go to escape?
Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy by Carrie Ryan
This book is about a girl called Mary. Her world consists of the forest that surrounds her tiny village protected by the Sisterhood. They cannot leave this village because the forest is full of zombies. There is only a metal fence that keeps the beasts away. But the sisterhood have been hiding something and they may be forced to share it.
Atlantia by Ally Condie
This is a standalone novel, a rare occurrence in young adult literature. The world has been made almost uninhabitable. Many years ago most of the world moved live in great glass domes that were built under the sea. Everyone is given a choice on their sixteenth birthday. To continue to live below or to go above and help send down supplies. Rio has always dreamed of going above, but when she can’t she will do anything it takes to do so.
The Selection trilogy by Kiera Cass
These books are a bit like the show the Bachelor. When the Prince comes of age thirty girls from all over the kingdom are brought for him to choose from. While he is choosing the girls get the life they have only dreamed of. Living in a palace, being on t.v., and money sent back to support their families. But when everything is going so well how do you remember all that you have left behind?
These books are underrated. Go and give them some love, check them out, get on the hipster train and read them before everyone else does.