Must Read List: Great Fantasy & Dystopian Fiction Books

Did you love the Hunger Games? The genre the Hunger Games can be considered as falling under (besides youth adult) is called dystopian fiction. It basically means a story that is set somewhere in the future in some sort of nightmare world or world post apocyplyse, post world wars.

I love anything that has to do with a futuristic or a fantasy/science fiction type world that’s full of adventure and romance.  I figure I’m not the only one, right?   And since I’m always on the hunt for my next book to read, I thought I’d put this list together for others who love action, adventure and romance with a bit of imagination and fantasy thrown into the mix.

So without further ado, here’s my list of books/series that you must check out:

1) Back in March, I recommended Lauren Oliver’s Delerium series. Have you read it yet? Book one and two are out of the three-part triology and I can’t wait for the third installment. This was one of those instances where the second book is even better than the first so I can’t wait to see what’s in store with the next book. (Get Delirium on Amazon for $8.99)

About, from Amazon: They say that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever. And I’ve always believed them. Until now. Now everything has changed. Now, I’d rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.

2) You also HAVE to read the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. Book one and two are out in this series as well, with the third due next year.

About, from Amazon: In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

3) Under the Never Sky, by Veronica Rossi. Love this future world where people are split into two communities – those who went to live inside of the pods, or enclosed worlds, after the Aether Storms began and those who stayed outside.

About, from Amazon:

Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered. This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland—known as The Death Shop—are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild—a savage—and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile—everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

In her enthralling debut, Veronica Rossi sends readers on an unforgettable adventure set in a world brimming with harshness and beauty.

4) The Fever Series (5-Books) by Karen Marie Moning Love this series which is more fantasy than dystopian.  MacKayla Lane goes to Dublin to investigate her sister’s mysterious death only to find out that there are fae (faires) that exist in the world and that she’s a big part of it.  It’s a five-book series that totally grips you and you won’t be able to stop until you finish all five!

About, from Amazon:  In the blockbuster Fever series, Karen Marie Moning creates a darkly erotic and paranormal world, torn apart by the struggle between humans and Fae. Now in a convenient eBook bundle, here are the five thrillingly sexy novels featuring heroine MacKayla Lane: Darkfever, Bloodfever, Faefever, Dreamfever, and Shadowfever.


5) Enclave, by Ann Aguirre in this future gone bad novel, a plague has killed most of the world and people live in groups, or enclaves all under ground.  They fight against the “Freaks” or zombie-like people that wander the tunnels looking for healthy people to kill.  I’ve read this one, plus the short story that accompanied it a few months later and I’ve just downloaded book two, Outpost, and can’t wait to read it!

About, from Amazon:  New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters—or Freaks—who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight, in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs. As the two are guided by Fade’s long-ago memories, they face dangers, and feelings, unlike any they’ve ever known.

I’ve downloaded a couple more to my Kindle so more book reviews coming!  But what about you – do you like this genre?  Did I miss recommending any?  Let me know by commenting below – I’m always looking for new book recs!

Comments

  1. I so wish I read more. Thanks for the list, I now have a great list to start with.

  2. These seem great, I can’t wait to read them! Thanks! :) ~Christu

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