The best YA Dystopian Fantasies that will keep your heart racing

The Books I Picked & Why


By Susan Ee

Book cover of Angelfall

Why this book?

I loved this book (and the whole Penryn and the End of Days series by Susan Ee). I think we are drawn to things to which we can relate, and this book is so similar to my own, that of course, I have to love it! We have half-angels, or Nephilim, who are hell-bent on eradicating humans from the planet. Our protagonist is tough and resourceful, and of course, there is tension between her and one of the half-angels, who falls for her. Angelfall (Susan Ee) and Wormwood (my own) were both released around the same time, so I find it cool that although Ee and I each have different stories overall, we both had some similar ideas. It's fair to say that I appreciate how her mind works!

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By Veronica Roth, Nicolas Delort

Book cover of Divergent

Why this book?

My heart carries an insatiable craving for dystopian stories with a surprise twist, buried among the sparkling darkness within. Divergent ticked all the right boxes here. In this world created by Veronica Roth, there were questions layered upon questions, and it was a crazy ride, trying to predict what might happen next. Despite the harsh environment, our protagonist, Tris, was determined to prove herself. I grew attached to her mettle quickly, just as I was drawn in by her tough and mysterious instructor, Four.

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By Marissa Meyer

Book cover of Renegades

Why this book?

These ideas and the images in this one were sublime! This world, where some people are born with superpowers, was like a graphic novel brought to life. The connection between Nova, who is hell-bent on revenge against the Renegades, and the Renegade, Adrian, who simply wants Nova, makes the story hum with tension. I honestly wasn't sure if she would warm to him... or kill him. 

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The Hunger Games

By Suzanne Collins

Book cover of The Hunger Games

Why this book?

I was intrigued by the killer premise, where randomly chosen teenagers are thrown into a giant enclosure, and the last one left alive is the winner. The descriptions and the vividness of the characters created some of the best moments for me. I became obsessed with the fate of Katniss and Peeta. It was thrilling, what The Hunger Games did to my heart. Continually throughout the story, it would race, and it would break, and it would be lifted. What a ride.

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The Host

By Stephenie Meyer

Book cover of The Host

Why this book?

This story got my ticker thumping in all the right ways. It had the perfect mix for me: darkness, but with a faint spark of hope. Our human protagonist, Melanie, is "infected" early in the story, yet the alien who is using her as a host is unable to completely overcome her strong personality. I found myself sympathizing with both the alien, Wanda (who, interestingly became the protagonist), and with the host, Melanie. Being of two minds, Wanda seeks refuge with a hidden group of human survivors, endangering them all. My heart raced as I wondered what would become of the alien, Wanda, and the humans she now wished to protect. Could she go against her own kind in order to protect Ian, the boy she had come to love? I had to know!

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