Dystopian Books for Your Students

Dystopian Books for Your Students

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The Marrow Thieves

The Marrow Thieves

Cherie Dimaline

$16.95 $15.76

This book might be a bit intense for some students, but it is a gripping story from start to finish. It offers a perspective on American society that unfortunately goes too often overlooked.

Scythe (Reprint)

Scythe (Reprint)

Neal Shusterman

$13.99 $13.01

While this series does get quite dark, your students are sure to love it! The dual narrative allows the story to explore the two sides of being a Scythe in very unique ways.

Dark Life: Volume 1

Dark Life: Volume 1

Kat Falls

$9.99 $9.29

The underwater environment of this series is incredibly unique, and the way characters interact is fascinating. The concept of Dark Gifts is fun and will have your students imagining what other Gifts might exist.

Ship Breaker (National Book Award Finalist)

Ship Breaker (National Book Award Finalist)

Paolo Bacigalupi

$12.99 $12.08

The beach is ruled by survival of the fittest, making this book a great way to depict what happens when people lose the rule of civilization. Nailer is a constant underdog, making him easy to root for in the violent world the book creates.

The White Mountains (Reissue)

The White Mountains (Reissue)

John Christopher

$8.99 $8.36

A classic series from 1960s, it's interesting to see what dystopian trends this book helped create. The setting is extremely unique among modern takes on the genre, and your class will enjoy how refreshing it is.

The House of the Scorpion (Reissue)

The House of the Scorpion (Reissue)

Nancy Farmer

$13.99 $13.01

This book and its sequel do a fantastic job of exploring how Matt develops his own identity, both as a clone and as his own person.

Red Rising

Red Rising

Pierce Brown

$18.00 $16.74

I have to include a plug for the audiobook here. The narrator does such a fantastic job of distinguishing the voices of different Colors and their perspectives on the Society.

Brain Jack

Brain Jack

Brian Falkner

$15.00 $13.95

This is a great way to introduce your class to the cyberpunk genre. Themes of AI and virtual reality are even more relevant now than they were when this book came out.

Sky Inside

Sky Inside

Clare B. Dunkle

$11.99

This book is a great reminder of the idea that one person's utopia is another's dystopia. To anyone other than Martin and Chip, HM1 is an idyllic life.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox

The Adoration of Jenna Fox

Mary E. Pearson

$12.99 $12.08

The eerie way that the story is revealed through Jenna's memories will keep your students on the edge of their seats until the last page.

Unwind (Reprint)

Unwind (Reprint)

Neal Shusterman

$12.99 $12.08

An incredibly tense story about very pressing themes. The ending might be a bit intense for some students, so you might want to give more sensitive students a content warning.

Uglies (Reissue)

Uglies (Reissue)

Scott Westerfeld

$12.99

This series digs into themes of beauty and personhood. People's status in the world is determined by how attractive they are.

Ender's Game

Ender's Game

Orson Scott Card

$9.99 $9.29

It's a classic for a reason. This book is a great story about identity, prejudice, and heroism.

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, Book One): Book One

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, Book One): Book One

James Dashner

$13.99 $13.01

The Maze is a unique setting, especially as it changes every time the characters enter it. The shifting nature of the maze and the monsters inside makes it extremely intense and exciting.

The City of Ember

The City of Ember

Jeanne DuPrau

$8.99 $8.36

This series is incredibly tense--at any moment, the lights could go out for good. The two protagonists help make Ember feel like such a real city.

The Silenced

The Silenced

James DeVita

$12.00 $11.16

A great modernization of the story of the White Rose in WWII. If you want to introduce your students to WWII history, this is a great place to start!

The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, Book One): Volume 1

The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, Book One): Volume 1

Suzanne Collins

$14.99 $13.94

Most people are familiar with this series, but I'd be remiss if I didn't include it. Themes of heroism and hope abound, and the brutal action scenes will keep readers on the edge of their seats!