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Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Dystopian Books

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm. It is a weekly meme where you pick your top 5 books for a given topic.


I usually just say that I don’t like dystopian novels, but that isn’t quite right.  In truth, I am burned out on dystopians.  The Hunger Games started a run of YA dystopian novels that I loved.  (Matched, Legend, Divergent, The Selection, etc.) I couldn’t get enough, and I relished in them, at the time.  But then it seemed to become a gimmick: “Check out the next Hunger Games,” and I soon got burnt out and lost interest in them.

But, I did love them at the time, so I am still going to include them.  Here are my top 5 Dystopian Books:

Somehow, I didn’t realize that Ready Player One and Ender’s Game were dystopians.  I was looking through lists to see if I was missing any when I stumbled upon them.

At this moment RPO and Ender’s are my two favorites of the 5 listed, but if you had asked me in 2010 my answers would have been very different.

What are your favorite Dystopian Novels? Do you agree with my picks?

34 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Dystopian Books

  1. I have read all five of these, and enjoyed them all! I think the Hunger Games is quite possibly my favorite dystopian novel/series, though I also enjoy the Tripods trilogy by John Christopher which was was dystopian before dystopian was a thing.

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      1. The Tripod trilogy is really old! They’re from before dystopians were a thing, it was all just sci-fi. I think they were written in the ’50’s? They’re definitely written for a young middle-grade audience, but I still found them enjoyable to re-read as an adult.

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  2. Ender’s Game was one of those books where I completely lost myself within it for hours. When I finally came up for air I was really disoriented in that way awesome books can leave you.

    And RPO is amazing.

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  3. I love all of these – except for Ender’s Game which I haven’t gotten around to reading yet. What a nice way to throwback to some of our favourite reads though. Great selections! 🙂

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  4. The Hunger Games is probably my favorite of these (I haven’t read Ender’s). I liked Divergent too. I still like a good dystopian, it just depends on the book, but it’s one of my faves. 🙂

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  5. I’ve read all of these except The Selection. I also didn’t realize RPO and Ender’s Game was dystopian? Definitely not on the scale of Hunger Games, I don’t think? I love both those books but RPO would be my fave (especially of these five). I used to be lowkey obsessed with Divergent back in the day though lol I’m still here for dystopian novels though, just more selective of them maybe? I LOVE Neal Shusterman’s Arc of a Scythe series! 😍

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    1. When I think of Dystopians I tend to think of the big YA ones (Hunger Games and Divergent) so I didn’t think of Ender or RPO, but I saw them on other lists and Ender’s game is about the world re-building and preparing for another attack. They train kids in the military from a super young age. I would say that is pretty standard dystopian. RPO doesn’t have a defined “fall of the world” but everyone lives inside their video games and the outside world is pretty bleak. I think RPO is my favorite of these ones too!


  6. Oh I loved Hunger Games. I recently watched the film again and it was such a great watch. I’ve also read one book of the Selection series. But I thought it was too much like Hunger Games. Maybe I’ll get back to it at some point. I’m a lot like you in that I keep thinking I don’t like dystopian novels when actually I do quite enjoy them. I’ve read and loved Orwell’s 1984 as also The Handmaid’s Tale, The Lord of the Flies and The Brave New World. They were all great reads.

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    1. Hunger Games is awesome! Tho I didn’t love the movies :/

      I didn’t like 1984 or Lord of the Flies but I did like Brave New World! The Handmaid’s Tale is on my TBR so I might read it eventually 😀 And I’m glad I am not the only one who is all confused about liking Dystopians 😂


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