10 Best Dystopian Young Adult Books, Ranked
It’s a crazy world, and we’re all living in it.
During Donald Trump‘s first few weeks in office as President of the United States, sales of George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984 surged and saw a 185% increase as print and iBooks versions were rapidly purchased. The same goes for Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, but at least that has a Hulu show coming up to garner interest.
Why are people suddenly so fascinated with reading about tyrannical war-filled worlds? Have Americans reached a level of uncertainty with the government that even a sci-fi classic like Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (which also saw a boost on bestseller lists) doesn’t seem that terrifying anymore? Or are all of these books even more important now because of how scary they can be?
The important thing is that whatever you’re reading holds a lesson, which is what makes reading so awesome. And what else is awesome? YA dystopians.
We ranked our 10 favorite young adult dystopian novels in case you’re in need of an escape, and maybe a little inspiration.