Underhyped Dystopian List
These books are some great dystopian books that don’t get the hype that they deserve.
1.) Unwind by Neal Shusterman
This book does get a decent amount of buzz in the young adult world, but it still doesn’t get the attention it deserves.
“Unwind” takes place in a dystopian world where parents are allowed to unwind their kids between the ages of 13 and 18. This a process in which the kid’s organs get transplanted from their body to a different donor, and the parents are the only people who have a say in the matter. The book centers around Connor, Risa, and Lev who are all being unwound for different reasons. One day the three characters collide, and go on the run together to escape their messed up world.
This book is the first in a four book series, although if you wanted the first book could serve as a stand-alone. For me all four books were very similar in my enjoyment levels, and I had such a fantastic time reading them.
2.) Uninvited by Sophie Jordan
This book is the first in a two book series.
This takes place in a world where people can be tested for the “kill gene”, which basically means that if you are tested positive for it you will be a killer one day. The actual story follows a girl named Davy, who is living a great life of popularity and romance, when she gets tested positive for the kill gene and her life is turned upside down.
This first book is really intense and exciting, and even though the second one wasn’t nearly as good, it still was fun and interesting.
3.) Article 5 by Kristin Simmons
This book is the first in a trilogy, written by a fairly popular author.
This book follows this world where the Bill of Rights has been replaced by the Moral Statutes, which is a series of laws that are hugely stressed upon by the government. Also, cops have been replaced by soldiers, who not only don’t give fines anymore, but give unfair trials and arrests. The main character lives with her mother, and one day her mother is arrested for disobeying Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. To make matters more complicated, one of the soldiers who has arrested her mother, is a boy that Ember once loved.
This book is very similar to books like “Legend”, and that was a big reason that I picked up this book. The series definitely gets better as it goes on, and while it isn’t perfect, it is still a great read.
4.) The Young World by Chris Weitz
This one is the first in a trilogy.
This book takes place in a futuristic America where the country has gone to trash. A plague swept through America, and now once anybody turns 18, they die because of this “disease”. This chaos has led to all of America’s civilization being composed of different tribes of teens. One day after his brother dies of the disease, the main character sets off with a few friends to go and find the cure.
Out of all the books on the list, this one is probably my favorite. The characters are hilarious, and the multiple POVs is an aspect that is perfect for a book like this. This book is filled with sarcastic humor and exciting action scenes, and I highly recommend this one.
5.) Control by Lydia Kang
This is the first book in a two book series.
This book takes place in a high-tech future with many strong technology advancements. One of these advancements is a type of flying car, and the story kicks off when the main character’s dad is killed in one of these car accidents. The book does include a lot of science in the plot line, because the main character is a young scientist.
This book is a very fun, romantic dystopian. This book doesn’t have as many fight scenes as most other dystopian books because the main character uses her brain more than she uses her physical body. However, I still found this book, and its sequel, captivating and suspenseful.
6.) Hollowland by Amanda Hocking
This is the first book in a two book series. *note-I have not read book 2
This book follows a world in which it has been taken over by zombies. It follows a girl who goes in search of her younger brother, whom she thinks is being tortured or held against his will.
This book is extremely underrated (it is only available in e-book form), however the book’s action scenes are amazing. The book is very violent, and the author had no problem describing all of the blood and gore in the battle scenes, which just strengthened my enjoyment of this book. This is a fabulous, short read.
7.) The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
This book is a stand-alone dystopian.
This book is time travel book about a girl who comes from a future in which a mosquito-borne disease has spread across the world, and left many dead. The main character escaped to the world that they currently live in with others who survived the illness, but all of them have vowed to keep where they are actually from a secret. However, everything changes for the main character meets a curious boy.
This book is another one of my very favorites on this list, and this one is different than the others because it is a short, standalone that involves time travel. I really enjoyed this one, and it is definitely puts off a much more intense feel than most other dystopians.