A couple of days ago I posted a little post that included a few YA sci-fi and dystopian books I would class as must-read books. This was part of a two part post and this is going to be part two! I have even more YA sci-fi and dystopian books that I want to recommend! You can find part one of this little two-part series here. For now, here is part two of must-read sci-fi/dystopian books!
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
“Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.”
Of course I had to include my favourite book of all time on this list! Lauren James has created an atmospheric and incredibly spooky book with this one. It is one that I couldn’t put down and have read over and over again. If you are yet to read this book you are missing out and I urge you to pick it up immediately!
The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
“In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before – and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.”
It would have felt wrong to not include this on on this list, especially given that it’s prequel is being released next year and I cannot wait to read it. This is the queen of all dystopian series and one that will be talked about for years. If you haven’t read this one yet, make sure you do it before the prequel is released! I will be rereading them very soon!
The Chaos Walking Series by Patrick Ness
“Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.”
This is one that I wanted to add on this list because there is going to be a film adaptation of this series released very soon. I have read a little bit of this series so far and what I have read I have throughly enjoyed. I am going to read this series before the film is out though. I have heard nothing but good reviews and would love to know what you think!
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
“After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.”
Now this is one that although is part of a series I am only going to recommend book one. That sounds harsh but the first book in this series is extraordinary and I wish I had never read the follow-ups. This is such an excellent dystopian novel that I would love to have seen more good things from.
Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
“Who are the Sawkill Girls?
Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.
Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.
Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.
Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.”
This is one I am currently reading and I am enjoying. I cannot wait to see what I think of this full book but so far it is well worth a read. If you enjoyed Wilder Girls then be sure to give this one a go too!
What YA sci-fi/dystopian books do you recommend to read? Let me know in the comments below. Be sure to check out part one in this series for even more YA sci-fi and dystopian novels you need to read!