74 Books to Read if You Love the Hunger Games

by First Mate Keira on February 5, 2013 · 164 comments

in Action & Adventure, Dystopia or Utopia Societies, If You Love, Romance

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If you haven't read the Hunger Games you really should! They're pretty awesome. Check them out:

If you're already a fan of the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins...

You should add these books to your to be read pile!

(The recommendations are in no particular order.)

Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie

In a world where Officials pick your perfect mate, what happens when you’ve two choices?

  1. Matched
  2. Crossed
  3. Reached

Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner

A boy wakes up in a Glade with other boys knowing only his name, not how he got there, or how to escape the enclosed walls.

  1. The Kill Order (novella)
  2. The Maze Runner
  3. The Scorch Trials
  4. The Death Cure

Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry

A young boy is given the job to retain the Community’s memories and to advise them using that knowledge, but he doesn’t like what he sees when he knows the past.

  1. The Giver
  2. Gathering Blue
  3. Messenger
  4. Son

Books of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

A city of light amidst the darkness begins to go black and survival means finding a way out by going through the unknown.

  1. The City of Ember
  2. The People of Sparks
  3. The Prophet of Yonwood
  4. The Diamond of Darkhold

Uglies Quartet by Scott Westerfeld

When you turn 16 you can get a license to become Pretty and live in paradise, but one girl’s license is in jeopardy when her friend runs away. If she doesn’t find her and bring her back both are doomed to be Ugly for life.

  1. Uglies
  2. Pretties
  3. Specials
  4. Extras

Selection Trilogy by Kiera Cass

One girl must compete against 34 other girls and get selected to marry a prince on live television, but what if she doesn’t want to marry him?

  1. The Selection
  2. The Prince (novella)
  3. The Elite
  4. The One

UPDATE: Novellas added to series: The Prince, The Guard

Birthmarked Trilogy by Caragh M. O'Brien

You either live in the Enclave or you don’t. A portion of the poor outside the walls are advanced into the Enclave as infants. It is considered a privilege for your child to be selected, but our heroine isn’t so sure that’s the truth when her parents are arrested.

  1. Birthmarked
  2. Tortured (novella)
  3. Prized
  4. Promised

Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

A girl’s results for the Affinity Exam show that she is Divergent, which means she can pick where she wants to go of the five factions: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Erudite, and Dauntless. But can she define herself in only one way?

  1. Divergent
  2. Free Four: Tobias Tells the Story (novella)
  3. Insurgent
  4. Allegiant

The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

A girl sees something nobody else can see and is pulled into a world of demons and demon hunters.

  1. City of Bones
  2. City of Ashes
  3. City of Glass
  4. City of Fallen Angels
  5. City of Lost Souls
  6. City of Heavenly Fire

Ender’s Saga by Orson Scott Card

A young boy is taught to battle aliens and unwittingly participates in genocide.

(As a note, reading order and publishing order are different. I've included Ender's Saga and Ender's Shadow series in the list below. Author's comments on reading order are here.)

  1. First Meetings in Ender's Universe
  2. Ender's Shadow
  3. A War of Gifts
  4. Ender's Game - Movie coming to theaters in November 2013
  5. Ender in Exile
  6. Shadow of the Hegemon
  7. Shadow Puppets
  8. Shadow of the Giant
  9. Shadows in Flight
  10. Speaker for the Dead
  11. Xenocide
  12. Children of the Mind

Fire and Thorns Trilogy by Rae Carson

She was surrounded at birth by light and marked as the Chosen One destined to fulfill a prophecy. But can a failure of a princess ever hope to meet such a daunting task?

  1. The Girl of Fire and Thorns
  2. The Crown of Embers
  3. The Bitter Kingdom

Delirium Series by Lauren Oliver

The government demands that everyone on their 18th birthday get the cure to eradicate love from their system, but 95 days before turning 18 Lena falls in love and that changes everything.

  1. Delirium
  2. Hana (novella)
  3. Pandemonium
  4. Requiem

Last Survivors Trilogy by Susan Beth Pfeffer

A meteor knocks the moon closer to Earth and drastic climate changes occur leaving few left to navigate their new world.

  1. Life As We Knew It
  2. The Dead and the Gone
  3. This World We Live In

Cold Awakening Trilogy by Robin Wasserman

A girl wakes up from a car crash and realizes she’s been downloaded into a new body made of wires, circuits, and synthetic skin. She doesn’t recognize herself anymore and apparently nobody else does either.

  1. Skinned
  2. Crashed
  3. Wired

Across the Universe Trilogy by Beth Revis

A girl wakes up from a cryopreservation (frozen sleep) onboard a spaceship 50 years before they reach their destination and must discover her would-be murderer before he succeeds and targets her parents.

  1. Across the Universe
  2. A Million Suns
  3. Shades of Earth

Bar Code Trilogy by Suzanne Weyn

Everyone over the age of 17 must get a bar code tattoo, according to a new conglomerate in America pushing this law through. The bar code holds everything about your identity, but it’s also a lot more sinister than the convenient Google Wallet.

  1. The Bar Code Tattoo
  2. The Bar Code Rebellion
  3. The Bar Code Prophecy

Stand Alones:

  1. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  2. Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines
  3. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  4. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
  5. Anthem by Ayn Rand
  6. Lord of the Flies by Willian Golding

What other books do you suggest?

Don't leave without checking out: 12 Ways to Gear-up for a Catching Fire (Hunger Games) Party!

{ 161 comments… read them below or add one }

ross howie June 29, 2012 at 8:03 am

Also the Night Angel Trilogy by by Brent Weeks.

The Way of the Shadows
Shadow’s Edge
Beyond the Shadows

They are awesome!

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Courtney June 29, 2012 at 7:16 pm

The Giver, Gathering Blue, and The Messenger by Lois Lowry. Shade’s Children by Garth Nix.

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jess October 15, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Shade’s Children!!! yesss

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Krislyn June 29, 2012 at 7:53 pm

The Knife of Never Letting Go

Great trio by Patrick Ness!

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Michelle Gagnon August 2, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Yes! And the prequel comes out in a few weeks!

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charlottembp November 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm

no way, i hated that book :(

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Mike June 29, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Battle Royale. If you liked the Hunger Games, you’ll love the original story.

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First Mate Keira June 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Who is the author? There’s a few books with that title.

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chris July 1, 2012 at 12:19 am

Koushun Takami is the author

Its a very great read that im surprised didn’t make it to this list. Most likely because it is far more brutal than The Hunger Games.

It shifts perspectives many times in the book to give you a complete picture as to what is going on with each of the students; something i was kind of hoping to see in The Hunger Games as well. It felt like i was missing half of the book’s events when i read The Hunger Games because you only had Kat’s perspective throughout the whole book. If you felt this way too then You’d enjoy Battle Royale far more

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First Mate Keira July 1, 2012 at 2:46 pm

It’s on my TBR list now!

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Don'tbe July 28, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Surprised Battle Royale didn’t make the list? Really?

If it were to be discovered that Suzanne Collins made a bad joke out of Japan’s legacies of honor suicides and imminent overpopulation, well, then kids in America would have no ‘summer lit’.

Hunger Games is a traditionally western, watered-down, ‘G’-rated version of an already existing (and very popular) Eastern plot theme.

only because MPAA couldn’t stand the thought of 13 y’os watching other 13 y’os get murdered. and that’s life.

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Amira July 30, 2012 at 8:25 am

Seconding this suggestion! Battle Royale was amazing and is one of my all time favorite books

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James June 30, 2012 at 7:10 am

Cinda Williams Chima — The Heir Chronicles

The Warrior Heir
The Wizard Heir
The Dragon Heir

Magical Stones are embedded in some chosen people that give them magical powers. These powers come out when a person reaches puberty. Unfortunately there is a War of Roses in the magical world and magical people are forced to choose a side or be exterminated.

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Todd June 30, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Shade’s Children by Garth Nix.

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First Mate Keira July 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm

I always get this one confused with Midnight’s Children when I hear them. I have to go read their summaries to separate them. I blame the titles. lol :)

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Kirsten June 30, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Hi,

I would add The Vindico by Wesley King. New author for YA but would fit in perfectly with your list.

Cheers,
Kirsten

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Eric July 1, 2012 at 10:43 am

I would recommend the Wool series (5 books) by Hugh Howey. Available digitally at Amazon.

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Bonny July 1, 2012 at 10:57 am

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Rebel Heart (releases in Fall 2012)

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David L July 1, 2012 at 12:22 pm

I would suggest “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson; and
the short story “The Long Walk” by Stephen King, as Richard Bachman.

Speaking of King, also “The Running Man” story as opposed to the movie.

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jane November 17, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Bachman Books are very good!

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sunny July 1, 2012 at 4:42 pm

i’ve literally been googling for the longest time, “books similar to hunger games to read” & nothing has ever come up. i’m so happy i just stumbled this page. you’re a life saver! <3 so excited to get started. thanks for all the outstanding recommendations!

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First Mate Keira July 1, 2012 at 5:31 pm

You are very welcome! Enjoy! Lots more great series and books in the comments too. :)

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Jason July 2, 2012 at 10:44 am

whatshouldIreadnext.com is a great resource for finding your next great read.

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Rebekkah Smith July 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm

I’m really loving the “Book of Mortals” trilogy by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee. The second book just came out, and I am just loving them! Dystopian fiction, about a future where emotions have been genetically engineered out of humanity.

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Dee November 13, 2012 at 4:48 pm

I love Ted Dekker! I read the first book of the “Book of Mortals” and I can’t wait to read the second one!

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Steve July 1, 2012 at 8:50 pm

His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman

Trilogy that The Golden Compass movie was based on…not a stellar movie…but a phenomenal series of books!!

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First Mate Keira July 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Good choice. I had this series listed under my books to read after Harry Potter list, but it fits here too!

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Steve July 1, 2012 at 8:52 pm

(The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and the Amber Spyglass)

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laura July 12, 2012 at 5:45 pm

One of the most wonderful series of all time!

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Michele July 1, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
And extra props to 1984 & Brave New World.

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First Mate Keira July 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Thank you. :D I concur. I almost put Fahrenheit 451 on the list so I’m glad you mentioned it here!

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Tahnee July 2, 2012 at 12:10 am

I would recommend the Tomorrow Series by John Marsden.

They are set in Australia where a group of friends go camping for a few days and when they return a their town had been invaded and a has broken out.

There are many similar themes to the Hunger Games and also teenage love triangles. As they are Australian books they may be hard to find but they are such a good read and leave you wanting more!

1. Tomorrow, When the War Began
2. The Dead of Night
3. The Third Day, the Frost (in US A Killing Frost)
4. Darkness by my Friend
5. Burning for Revenge
6. The Night is for Hunting
7. The Other Side of Dawn

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Angelique July 15, 2012 at 8:09 am

There are more books! Never knew that, I love Tomorrow, When the War Began!

I gotta see if I can find those others as well here in the Netherlands.

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Rebekah July 2, 2012 at 12:25 am

Anything by Tamora Pierce is incredible.

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Clare July 24, 2012 at 4:13 am

Seconded, though probably start with the Alanna quartet so you fully understand why George is the best.

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Phoebe July 2, 2012 at 2:04 am

John Marsden the Tomorrow Series should FO SHIZ be on this list!!

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Jason July 2, 2012 at 10:28 am

I have found the best reading order for the Enders series is as follows:
Enders Game
Enders Shadow
Shadow of the Hegemon
Shadow Puppets
Shadow of the Giant
Shadows in Flight
Speaker for the Dead
Xenocide
Children of the Mind
Ender in Exile
First Meetings
A War of Gifts

If you don’t want to tackle the entire series, Enders Game and Enders Shadow are must reads and the Shadow series(Hegemon,Puppets, Giant) is far better than the rest of the Enders Series( Speaker, Xenocide, Children)

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First Mate Keira July 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Very good to know! I’m working my way through the series. Did you hear it was being made into a movie? Comes out November 2013. I can’t wait!

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Jason July 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm

I will believe it when I see it, there have been attempts to make Enders Game into a movie for decades. I just don’t see how they can correctly cast the film and expect to find young actors who can show the range of emotions needed to tell the story properly, however I will keep my fingers crossed that they do make the film and that it does not disappoint.

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Tacos July 3, 2012 at 9:07 pm

They’ve already finished filming it, actually. Asa Butterfield plays Ender. I believe they are shortening the time frame of the story significantly in order to make a film version possible.

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Jason July 10, 2012 at 7:41 pm

That is good to know, I can’t wait to see it. I hope Card helped with the movie, I think it will be much better if he did.

First Mate Keira July 10, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Ditto!!!

Sean September 2, 2012 at 12:16 am

Card didn’t just help with the movie. He wrote the screenplay. There have been no true attempts at making an Ender’s Game movie before now because Card has been guarding the movie rights like a hawk.

Sean July 20, 2012 at 8:59 pm

I’d disagree on the reading order. The core Ender books — that is, the books actually about Ender — are Ender’s Game and the Speaker series (Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind) and are the ones I’d say should be read first. Not coincidentally those are also the first published.

While I enjoy Ender’s Shadow, the rest of the “Shadow” series (at least the ones I read) had a completely different tone than the Ender series. I haven’t read any of the last three on the list, unless “A War of Gifts” is the little “Christmas” Ender book that came out a few years ago.

Personally, I didn’t enjoy the Shadow series and did enjoy the Ender series. The Shadow series was too much about politics for me, and I didn’t finish it.

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Sean September 2, 2012 at 12:18 am

Pshaw, sir. Pshaw. Speaker for the Dead is one of my all time favorite books. I do understand where you are coming from, as Speaker, Xenocide, and Children are all a drastic departure from the narrative style of Ender’s Game and the Ender’s Shadow line, but few books out there are as good at making you think.

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Jason July 2, 2012 at 10:50 am

ALso a great series the Barsoom series by Edgar Rice Burroughs, there are well over 12 books in the entire series but the first 3 are fantastic( though the movie John Carter didn’t follow the stories and was in fact terrible, the books are great fun)
A Princess of Mars
The Gods of Mars
The Warlord of Mars

You can pick this series up in 3 volumes from Barns and Noble, I just purchased the 2nd and 3rd volumes and will let you know if the other 10 books are any good.

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First Mate Keira July 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I haven’t read the books, so I didn’t think the movie was bad. My dad (who doesn’t read much anymore) liked it too and he’s a tough sci-fi guy to please. What didn’t you like?

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Jason July 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm

They basically made up the entire story, only using Mars as the setting and some of the characters names, I accept that the book is usually always better than the movie, but in this case they ruined such a great story. If you do ever read the books you will understand. I would suggest blocking out the movie if you do read the series, as it is so far from the story it will probably annoy the heck out of you.

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Nestus Venter July 2, 2012 at 11:13 am

Skullduggery is the best!!!

Skulduggery Pleasant
Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing With Fire
Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones
Skulduggery Pleasant: Dark Days
Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil
Skulduggery Pleasant: Death Bringer

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Kay July 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I read the first two books of the Maze Runner Trilogy. I’m about to start the third, and they are just so amazing. I def recommend them if you like the Hunger Games. Also, the I am Number Four books. Two of them are out, the third comes out in August and they are awesome!

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First Mate Keira July 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm

I should have thought of the “I Am Number Four” series. I liked the movie; did you?

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Michelle Gagnon August 2, 2012 at 9:18 pm

LOVE that series. I just read the prequel and it’s equally great!

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Lina July 3, 2012 at 7:50 am

Another amazing book that Hunger Games fans will enjoy is the Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa. It’s amazing and you’ll love it as much as I did/do.

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First Mate Keira July 3, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I love Iron Fey! I need more Ash! <3 <3 <3

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Phoebe H July 3, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Don’t forget the Chaos Walking Trilogy!!!

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Kelsey July 3, 2012 at 8:58 pm

i would highly recommend the Truancy trilogy by Isamu Fukui.

in a futuristic world where education has become a militant hell overseen by the Educators, young Tack rebels against the system and joins the rebel army, The Truancy.

The 2 books that are out (Truancy and Origins) are completely fantastic. they’re made all the better by the fact that Fukui was only 15 years old when he wrote it. i would definitely suggest this series to anyone. book 3 of the trilogy is due out in fall of this year.

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Becca July 8, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Margaret Atwood! Anything by her. Best known for The Handmaid’s Tale. But I love Oryx and Crake so much more.

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Ashlyn August 16, 2012 at 8:25 pm

If you loved Oryx and Crake, check out The Year of the Flood – a bit of a simultaneous storyline but with different characters. Super good!

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Jessica July 9, 2012 at 11:26 am

I recommend John Twelve Hawks’ Fourth Realm Trilogy: The Traveler
The Dark River
The Golden City

It goes along the same lines of the dystopian future society, similar to the Hunger Games. I was really hooked.

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Nina July 9, 2012 at 10:32 pm

You are all wonderful and I am soooo grateful for the suggestions! This has been an all-time favorite stumble!

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First Mate Keira July 10, 2012 at 7:56 pm

You’re most welcome!!! :)

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Maddie July 11, 2012 at 7:55 pm

The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy is great!
1. The Forest of Hands and Teeth
2. The Dead-Tossed Waves
3. The Dark and Hollow Places

And the Dust Lands series are compared to Hunger Games all the time!
1. Blood Red Road
2. TBA

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Bellaisa July 12, 2012 at 8:27 am

Nice list! I really did enjoy the hunger games (the books more than the movie), so this list sounds like it was made for me. Thanks for pointing them out.

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Emma July 15, 2012 at 3:33 am

The Shamer’s Quadrant, by Lene Kaaberbol. These are difficult to come by, but I found them on Amazon (in the UK) and they’re a great read. They’re really aimed at children/young adults, but I’m 21 and I still enjoy them.
1) The Shamer’s Daughter
2) The Shamer’s Signet
3) The Serpent’s Gift
4) The Shamer’s War

Also, Trudi Canavan’s debut novels; the Dark Magician Trilogy. I haven’t read the prequels and sequels around this set, but the original three books are fantastic.

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Laura July 15, 2012 at 7:12 am

The Noughts & Crosses seriesby Malorie Blackman is awesome, too, if you liked the Hunger Games.

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Alina July 15, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Anything by Ellen Hopkins:

Impulse
Perfect

Crank
Glass
Fallout

Burned
Smoke

Identical

Tricks

Triangles
Tilt

They’re all great!

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Kori July 16, 2012 at 9:57 pm

One of the best young adult series that I have ever read is The Books of Pellinor series they include:
The Naming
The Riddle
The Crow
and
The Singing
They are by Alison Croggon

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Tara July 18, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Dont Forget the Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare! It’s just as good as the Mortal instruments series if not better!

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Jan April 30, 2013 at 9:45 pm

I love this series, I couldn’t wait for the other books since i read clockwork angel! now i have all three of them, i actually squealed when i saw clockwork princess on the bookstores shelves and this guy who was standing next to me was looking at me like i was crazy.

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Tiffinij21 July 20, 2012 at 7:35 am

If you like the hunger games you must read REMNANTS by K. A. Applegate. Its a bit of a space -survival-horror series for young adults, way ahead of its time. There are 14 books in total but they are rather short and all available in paperback. I good summer read

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Tiffinij21 July 20, 2012 at 7:44 am

*Just another note about The Remnants, a better synopsis is that after it is known that a meteor is headed towards the moon setting it on a crash course with Earth, a very small, randomly chosen few of Earth’s population is chosen to be sent on ‘The Mayflower’- the government’s experimental attempt at a cryo-stasis-noah’s-ark-type spaceship. Jobs learns that his family is among the chosen. They know not where the ship is meant to take them, only that is suppose to freeze them until the ship finds a suitable planet on which to land…But how long will that take?… And what will await the survivors at their destination?

I hope that made you interested! The first book is titled:

THE MAYFLOWER PROJECT

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Jon McBrayer July 20, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Artemis Fowl

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Hannah J July 30, 2012 at 3:12 pm

The GONE series by Michael Grant!! its wonderful. all the people in town that are 14 and older disappear and the kids have to figure out how to survive! some of them start developing weird powers! its an amazing series!!!

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Emma September 3, 2012 at 8:18 pm

The Gone series is my all time favourite. It is so well written and just amazing. I highly recommend it.

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ellenah1 September 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm

As do I

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lana turner August 1, 2012 at 6:10 am

i am really enjoying the wonderful Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan also the witches of eilanan series by kate forsyth had me mesmerised, i highly recommend.

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lana turner August 1, 2012 at 6:12 am

by the way thank you so much for this really interesting list of recommended books. i am a great reader and they will all be going down on my to read list.

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Michelle Gagnon August 2, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Roth, Blood Red Road, Scorpio Races, Banished by Sophie Littlefield, Rot & Ruin series by Jonathan Maberry.

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Michelle Gagnon August 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Oh, and Enclave.

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Michelle Gagnon August 2, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Last one, I swear! The Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness. So very very good.

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First Mate Keira August 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Haha! Feel free to keep them coming! Great suggestions!

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Francisco October 16, 2012 at 1:23 am

I read most of the books I liked the companion seires. Its about Beans life before and after battle school accepted him, from the streats of Rotterdam to, the worldwar that came after the third invasion to, Peters world domination as hegemon.

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Mack August 3, 2012 at 7:01 am

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde, absolutely love it!

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Anna August 15, 2012 at 12:20 pm

i have read several of these and lotsw more on my To Read shelf at Goodreads. I would suggest my all-time-favorite series. its about 2099 and the ice caps melted and what people have to do to survive, and who are left to die

1) Exodus
2) Zenith
3) Aurora

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Celine August 29, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
The Chemical Garden Trilogy (Wither, Fever, Sever) by Lauren DeStefano
Legend by Marie Lu (Prodigy comes out this winter)
Unwind (Neal Shusterman)
Shatter Me (Tahereh Mafi)
the Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern)
Earthseed (Pamela Sargent)
Girl in the Steel Corset, Girl in the Clockwork Collar (Kady Cross)

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ellenah1 September 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm

The author of Unwind actually came to my school once. He is a wonderful guy.

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Olivier Laguerre August 30, 2012 at 2:56 am

Pierre Bordage wrote the Wang serie in 1996, the first was translate in english : The Gates of The Occident

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Jocelyn August 30, 2012 at 8:55 am

Some of the best books I’d read that dealt with a Dystopian world were the “Shadow Children” series by Margaret Peterson Haddix. To aid in the fight against famine due to overpopulation, families are allowed only two children; any subsequent children are imprisoned or killed. The series follows Luke Garner as he finds out about other shadow children, and many of the themes involve hypocriticism, very likely future problems, coming to terms with who you are, and finding your place in society. There’s seven books, and the reading order is as follows:

Among The Hidden
Among The Imposters
Among The Betrayed
Among The Barons
Among The Brave
Among The Enemy
Among The Free

Very good books. Definitely recommend them to anyone of any age.

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Amy December 14, 2012 at 8:13 am

I never reply on these sites but I had to when I saw this b/c I was going through the comments to see if anyone mentioned this series. I’ve read the first couple books and I COMPLETELY 100% agree and recommend that any book lover read atleast the first book in this series, it’s absolutely amazing!

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Louise September 2, 2012 at 8:01 am

Wonderful list and great suggestions in the comments! Thank you! I would also add STARTERS by Lissa Price. And I think the second book ENDERS is coming out early in 2013.

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Ashley September 2, 2012 at 8:47 pm

The Fire-Us Trilogy were great. Maybe more kiddish but very interesting. Not many people have heard of them but I found them in a library once and really liked them. It’s based in America after a disease killed everyone who was at the age of reaching puberty or older and as such, only children are left alive. The book follows a group of children surviving together who have forgotten their names but forged a new family. The book titles are The Kindling, The Keepers of the Flame, and The Kiln.

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Jenn September 13, 2012 at 10:10 am

Its by Jennifer Armstrong and Nancy Butcher. Glad someone else has read them as well. I too happened upon them in my local library.

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Kate September 3, 2012 at 7:36 pm

The Abhorsen trio by Garth Nix – Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen. Absolutely the best books I have ever read.

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Maggie September 4, 2012 at 2:49 am

Anything by Ann McCaffry is excellent. I particularly loved the Ship Who Sang (and subsequent books) as well as the Dragon Riders of Pern series. Also Parable of the Sower by Octavia E Butler is fantastic, tho perhaps a tid bit adult for young teens. Sharon Shin does great stories as well- the Archangel series is great, as well as Summers at castle Aubern.

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Maggie September 4, 2012 at 2:50 am

Oh! Also The Earthsea series by Ursula K LeGuin is AMAZING

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Laura September 4, 2012 at 3:06 pm

I would also recommend Noughts and Crosses Trilogy by Malorie Blackman

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Kat September 4, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Nonstop by Brain Aldiss

The Greene tribe is no longer the center of the universe. The crucial “watchwords” have lost their power, and now, self-esteem is draining away. But Roy Complain refuses to sink into apathy. To escape extinction, he joins Marapper the Priest and begins a perilous journey of discovery.

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Grace September 5, 2012 at 1:57 am

What about Stephen King’s “Running Man”?

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ema September 5, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Having read many of these books I can say that they are a brilliant representation of the genre. For the books I haven’t heard of…TO THE USED BOOK STORE!!!!!

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Graydon September 6, 2012 at 6:07 am

I’d suggest:
The Monster Republic Series By Ben Horton
1)Monster Republic
2)The Judas Code
3)The Phoenix Programme

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

The Forsaken By Lisa M Stasse

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Graydon September 7, 2012 at 4:28 am

Also I Am Number Four and The Power of Six

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taustin September 6, 2012 at 8:29 am

…and nothing young-adult by John Christopher, then?

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Rebecca September 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm

The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness!!!
Probably the best books I ever read!!

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Mulan September 7, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Unwind, by Neil Schusterman

This is the first book of two. Creepy good!

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Tim Tate September 8, 2012 at 4:42 am

“Starters” by Lissa Price. New writer, first of a series. Great book.

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A. Hall September 9, 2012 at 1:09 am

The Wrinkle in Time series by Madeline L’Engle

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Lisa September 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm

The Host by Stephanie Meyers

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Lorraine ER October 27, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Yeah you definitely don’t have to be a Twilight Fan to enjoy this book, it is nothing like that series. It is a standalone- though I want more! It’s just awesome and I have re-read it many times and enjoyed it each time.

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Justin September 13, 2012 at 1:19 am

I would like to recommend The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King. It is one of the greatest stories I have ever read, many of his universes tie in with these novels. Also would like to recommend The Talisman and Black House by Stephen King and Peter Straub. Both books I just mentioned tie in heavily with The Dark Tower series.

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DScottW September 15, 2012 at 2:48 pm

If you want a different look at the possible future read “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy. Incredibly gripping and harrowing.

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n8 September 15, 2012 at 9:43 pm

check out the secrets of the imortal nicholas flammel. it’s a 6 part series and it’s really amazing

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Lauren September 16, 2012 at 9:58 pm

The Host by Stephanie Meyer has none of the gore, but lives along the ‘people forced to deal with a government they don’t agree with’ and ‘how far does love go’ themes. I enjoyed it and constantly compared it to the Uglies series when I read it when it came out, but mostly because of the characters, and less so because of the storyline.

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Gwen September 17, 2012 at 11:01 pm

The Gemma Doyle Trilogy is a really great series, but it’s kind of depressing.

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Sylvie September 19, 2012 at 6:50 am

Also the Gone Series by Michael Grant. It includes:

-Gone
-Hunger
-Lies
-Plague
-Fear

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Enitnerolf September 27, 2012 at 5:09 am

I second this!
Gone is a great series
(and a 6th book called Light is about to be released)

Is Tunnels on this list yet? Again, 5 books, a 6th one on the way. The writer is Roderick Gordon

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ShortBus September 21, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Another good stand alone book is Helm by Steven Gould

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ellenah1 September 22, 2012 at 12:50 pm

The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead is good.
So is the Maximum Ride Series by James Patterson
And the Silver series by Cliff McNish

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Name September 23, 2012 at 8:04 pm

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss was absolutely incredible. Best book I’ve ever read. There is a second book and a third one still being written (last I checked) in the series. I have not read the second book because my friends that have read it said it was very, very crude. Anyway, The Name of the Wind will certainly be a favorite among anyone who enjoys fantasy, suspense, and creatures of all kinds. =)

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Hamzah October 15, 2012 at 4:43 pm

I love, love, love this book! One of my favorites. I haven’t read the rest of the sieres because I heard they just didn’t live up to Ender’s Game. I did just pick up Ender’s Shadow though because I loved Bean and am hoping since it’s not about Ender I won’t feel disappointed.

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Sarah Jackson September 24, 2012 at 2:15 am

The Aurora forever :)

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Ani September 24, 2012 at 2:55 am

I love reading Stories and also love to hunger Suspense,Funny,Interesting Stories..

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Amy September 24, 2012 at 4:37 am

The Tales of the Otori by Lian Hearn

Across the Nightingale Floor
Grass for his Pillow
Brilliance of the Moon
Heaven’s Net is Wide (Prequel)
The Harsh Cry of the Heron (Extended Epilogue)

Incredible series of books set in fictional feudal Japan.

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Walter October 2, 2012 at 1:39 am

Unwind is a pretty great stand alone that is worth putting on this list.

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Alison Klein October 5, 2012 at 6:41 pm

I’d like to recommend The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda.

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TJ Blankly October 6, 2012 at 8:55 am

The under land chronicles by Suzanne Collins. Same author as the Hunger games. Amazing book

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A.Doyle October 12, 2012 at 10:58 am

Gone Series By Michael Grant

The series is centered around the fictional Californian town of Perdido Beach. Every human 15 and older vanishes, and the town and surrounding areas (later named the FAYZ) are encased within an impenetrable bubble. Many of the people and wildlife develop supernatural powers. The books follow the exploits of various characters, mainly the protagonist Sam Temple and the antagonist, Sam’s fraternal twin Caine Soren.

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Nate October 13, 2012 at 10:28 pm

For the love of… PLEASE change your summary of the Ender saga so that it isn’t a massive spoiler of the whole plot of Ender’s Game!!

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Andy October 14, 2012 at 5:04 pm

His Dark Materials Trilogy:

The Golden Compass
The Subtle Knife
The Amber Spyglass

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Tabi October 14, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Defiance by C.J. Redwine! Amazing! I was looking through this list for new books to read and I was amazed how many of these series I’ve read! All I can say right now is WOW!!!!

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Sara October 16, 2012 at 3:23 am

I love anhything by Tamora Peirce. They are almost all quartets, so the smaller teen fiction size isn’t too bad, and they are almost all strong female leads. The stories are always captivating, and there’s lots of fantasy in them…. they may not deal with stand out concepts and themes to get your mind ticking, but I like books like others like movies, for the entertainment it brings me.

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Dentist Palisades October 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Great post. I was going to suggest Battle Royale too.

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john October 16, 2012 at 8:08 pm

His dark materials
The Goldon Compass
The Subtle Knife
The Amber Spyglass

They are superb

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Cleo October 17, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Gotta try Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi as well!

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kirbygirl22 October 24, 2012 at 7:21 pm

You toootally need to read Enclave. best book! Also try books by Philip Dick a dystopian scifi/ futuristic author. SO good!

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Dan Bonser October 27, 2012 at 6:31 am

Always love a good reading list! Thanks for posting this, I’ve heard of many of the books in the list, and they are on my todo list in the future, now even more so.

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Tstark October 27, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Another one along the lines of these would be
The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld.
-Uglies
-Pretties
-Specials
-Extras

I highly recommend them, great books and food for though.

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Sarah October 28, 2012 at 7:38 am

Maria V Snyders
-Poison Study
-Magic Study
-Fire Study
The is a spin off series as well

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Kelly October 28, 2012 at 10:18 pm

The Declaration by Gemma Malley

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Dani November 3, 2012 at 5:29 pm

His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman-
The Golden Compass
The Subtle Knife
The Amber Spyglass

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Dani November 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Oh, and a few more random amazing books and series’- The Devouring Series
Malice, Havoc
Poison
Infernal Devices Series
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray

And MANY MORE

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Kimberly November 4, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Also The Forest of Hands and Teeth series

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emai November 6, 2012 at 9:38 pm

hunger games is no where near the level it needs to be to compare to many of these.

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Sean November 12, 2012 at 4:31 pm

That’s arguable. I can’t claim to have read every single one of the series or books mentioned above, but I’ve read many of the series, and I’ve read many more first books of other series. For me, very, very few of them have the narrative power of The Hunger Games.

I’ve read the Golden Compass series. Once. Never been able to get through it a second time. I’ve read the Ender series (first three books) multiple times, but I can’t say I think it’s better. The Uglies series is very good, but I don’t think it tells quite as powerful a story. Shadow Children is very good, but not as complex — okay, because it’s meant for a younger audience. Same for The Giver series. The “Tomorrow When the War Began” series is good, again, not as good, I don’t believe, but good. (Though I don’t care or the ones that take place after the war ends.) Ember series, good, but not as complex. City of Bones — got through the first three (four?) books. At best, okay. The Host? Just okay. The Maze Runner — okay books, but the end of the series is extremely weak.

I could go on, but you get the idea. I won’t disagree about your particular feeling about the series, but it’s hard to argue with its success. Maybe it’ll be like “The World According to Garp” and be loved for a few years then forgotten, but I kinda doubt it.

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Siebsterrules November 28, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Conspiracy 365 by Gabrielle Lord are a great a action series that you should totally check out!

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Siebsterrules November 28, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Have you read Twilight by Stephanie Meyer? Omg can’t put it down!

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Shawna December 2, 2012 at 11:40 pm

The darkest powers trilogy

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Jamie December 3, 2012 at 8:33 pm

I also loved (what is so far) a trilogy by kristin Cashore. I’m not sure what they are called but the three books are Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue. They don’t really follow the same story but have many “links” between them. I suggest reading them in that order :) I Loved them!!! and by the way Bitterblue ended I’m guessing there will be more books to come… yay!!

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Graydon December 3, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Slated
Fractured (Summer 2013)
Monster Republic (Trilogy)
The Forsaken
The Hunt
The Prey (January 2013)
Conspiracy 365
I Am Number Four (Lorein Legacies series)

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Dena December 7, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Unwind! Such an amazing book.

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Ellenah December 10, 2012 at 5:24 am

Right?? The authour of Unwind came to our school once when I was in middle school. He was an amazing person.

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Casey December 25, 2012 at 11:12 pm

This Time of Darkness by H. M. Hoover and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury are both dystopian novels as well.

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Eva January 25, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Legend and Prodigy (coming out this month) by Marie Lu.

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sarah March 10, 2013 at 1:23 pm

unwind by Neal Shusterman is also a terriffic book

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Mish March 19, 2013 at 8:07 pm

A bit younger than the hunger games probably, but still good, is the Wind Singer trilogy by William Nicholson. Set in an alternate world, follows an unorthodox family who live in a strictly enforced meritocracy.

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Annette April 2, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Ilse of the Blue Dolphins

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Annette April 2, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Anything by Anne Bishop!

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Jan April 30, 2013 at 9:40 pm

The Graceling Realm Series by Kristin Cashore is also awesome! it consists of 3 books: Graceling, Fire and Bitterblue. Katsa is amazing!

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Ryan May 2, 2013 at 11:42 am

I would also recommend “The Worthing Saga” by Orson Scott Card. It’s a collection of short stories that follow a similar dystopian vein. The Ender series, both the originals and Shadow collection, are absolutely worthwhile. My current favorite read is the Dark Tower series from Stephen King. I can’t stop re-reading it.

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Ryan May 2, 2013 at 11:48 am

Also, Terry Brooks’ “Word and Void” trilogy is an excellent introduction to his Shannara series, more post-apocalyptic and pre-fantasy.

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Tanya May 7, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Brilliant List .. Thankyou so much everyone for your recommendations .. Now I have the difficult task of deciding which of these series to read first.

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Stephanie May 21, 2013 at 11:36 am

The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan.
There’s 11 books at the moment, with a 12th (and final) book on the way. Seems like a lot, but they are a very easy read (like a day or two each) while still being original and exciting!

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