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Dystopian Fiction

Dystopian Fiction

Feed, by M.T. Anderson: In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.

Pirate Cinema, by Cory Doctorow: In a dystopian, near-future Britain, sixteen-year-old Trent, obsessed with making movies on his computer, joins a group of artists and activists who are trying to fight a new bill that will criminalize even more harmless internet creativity.

House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer: In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.

Maggot Moon, by Sally Gardner: An unlikely teen risks all to expose the truth about a heralded moon landing. What if the football hadn't gone over the wall where there is a dark secret? But Standish Treadwell—with colored eyes, who can't read or write and isn't bright—sees things differently. So when he and his friend cross the wall, they see what the Motherland has been hiding. And it's big.

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley: A terrifying vision of a controlled and emotionless future "Utopian" society is truly startling in its prediction of modern scientific and cultural phenomena, including test-tube babies and rampant drug abuse.

Those That Wake, by Jesse Karp: People walk the streets of New York City with their heads down, withdrawing into technology.  On the same day Mal learns his brother has disappeared, Laura discovers her parents have forgotten her. Both begin a search for their families that leads them to the same truth: someone has wiped them from the memories of every person they have ever known.

Birthmarked, by Caragh M. O’Brien: In a future world baked dry by the sun and divided into those who live inside the wall and those who live outside it, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone is forced into a difficult choice when her parents are arrested and taken into the city.

Delirium, by Lauren Oliver: Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.

Unwind, by Neal Schusterman: In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs--and, perhaps, save their own lives.

Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld: Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally's best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.

All These Things I’ve Done, by Gabrielle Zevin: In a future where chocolate and caffeine are contraband, teenage cellphone use is illegal, and water and paper are carefully rationed, sixteen-year-old Anya Balanchine finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight as heir apparent to an important New York City crime family.

The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner: Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.

Legend by Marie Lu: In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.