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Favourite dystopian books

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Teens just love a good dystopia don't they?!

Discover an array of dystopian worlds in our recommended booklist.

  • Exodus

    Author: Julie Bertagna

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Exodus

    Author: Julie Bertagna

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

    Exodus is a disturbing and relevant epic that explores many contemporary themes.

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  • More Than This

    Author: Patrick Ness

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 14+

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  • More Than This

    Author: Patrick Ness

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 14+

    Carnegie Medal-winning author Patrick Ness tackles weighty questions of life and death head on in this provocative and challenging…

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  • Noble Conflict

    Author: Malorie Blackman

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • Noble Conflict

    Author: Malorie Blackman

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 13+

    Kaspar is proud to be one of the Guardians - an elite peacekeeping force who protect the Alliance against the rebel Insurgency. Th…

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  • Incarceron

    Author: Catherine Fisher

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Incarceron

    Author: Catherine Fisher

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    A rich complex fantasy about two very different worlds

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  • The Declaration

    Author:

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Declaration

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    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 8+

    A chilling story of a future where Longevity drugs have made sections of the population almost immortal. This is a thought-provoki…

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  • The Hunger Games

    Author: Suzanne Colins

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • The Hunger Games

    Author: Suzanne Colins

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

    Welcome to Panem: its Capitol repressively rules twelve satellite Districts, enslaving the populations as workers and controlling …

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  • Dark Satanic Mills

    Author: Marcus & Julian Sedgwick Illustrator: John Higgins and Marc Olivent

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • Dark Satanic Mills

    Author: Marcus & Julian Sedgwick Illustrator: John Higgins and Marc Olivent

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

    In a Britain laid to waste by catastrophic global warming, a motorcycle courier, Christy, and an atheist campaigner are on the run…

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  • Grasshopper Jungle

    Author: Andrew Smith

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • Grasshopper Jungle

    Author: Andrew Smith

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 13+

    Grasshopper Jungle is both an exciting edge-of-your-seat young adult dystopia, and a bold and thoughtful novel about history and i…

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  • The Enemy

    Author: Charlie Higson

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • The Enemy

    Author: Charlie Higson

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 10+

    When the sickness came, the adults became ill. The lucky ones died but many mutated into brainless, deformed monsters with a seemi…

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  • Blood Red Road

    Author: Moira Young

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • Blood Red Road

    Author: Moira Young

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

    A violent, desperate and compelling story about family, love and determination, which enthrals through its bold, powerful language…
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  • Matched

    Author: Ally Condie

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Matched

    Author: Ally Condie

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    Welcome to a Society that utterly controls its citizens; what they eat, what they do, who they marry - even when they die.

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  • The Rain

    Author: Virginia Bergin

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • The Rain

    Author: Virginia Bergin

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 13+

    A funny, smart and wonderfully British take on dystopia that will leave readers eager for the next installment of Ruby's story.

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  • Ink

    Author: Alice Broadway

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Ink

    Author: Alice Broadway

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    The people around her may wear their lives tattooed on their skin, but Leora discovers that not everything is as it seems when her…

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  • Across the Universe

    Author: Beth Revis

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • Across the Universe

    Author: Beth Revis

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 13+

    Amy and her family are cryogenically frozen and stored aboard the Godspeed to travel to a new planet - but Amy is wrongly unfrozen…

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  • Blame

    Author: Simon Mayo

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Blame

    Author: Simon Mayo

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

    A tense and gripping thriller about a teenager determined to show the world that she's not to blame for the crimes of her parents.…

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  • Blood Red Road

    Author: Moira Young

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • Blood Red Road

    Author: Moira Young

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

    A violent, desperate and compelling story about family, love and determination, which enthrals through its bold, powerful language…
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  • Six Days

    Author: Philip Webb

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Six Days

    Author: Philip Webb

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 11+

    In grim, post-apocalyptic London, the search is on for the ‘artefact’, an undefined and mysterious relic from the dist…

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  • Gamerunner

    Author: B. R. Collins

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Gamerunner

    Author: B. R. Collins

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    Collins’ fourth teen novel is dark, intense and disturbingly prophetic

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  • Pale

    Author: Chris Wooding

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Pale

    Author: Chris Wooding

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 8+

    In an eerie futuristic world, society has figured out a way to bring people back from the dead...

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  • Seed

    Author: Lisa Heathfield

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • Seed

    Author: Lisa Heathfield

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

    Everything 15-year-old Pearl knows is Seed, the nature-loving community she’s lived in all her life: cut off from the outsid…

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  • Jet Black Heart

    Author: Teresa Flavin

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Jet Black Heart

    Author: Teresa Flavin

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

    A young girl named Dory is pulled back into the past after finding an old note in a letterbox.

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  • The Territory

    Author: Sarah Govett

    Interest level: 15+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • The Territory

    Author: Sarah Govett

    Interest level: 15+

    Reading age: 13+

    This is a truly exceptional novel, exciting, gripping and intense, with relatable protagonists whose agonies become the reader&rsq…

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