Top 5 Dystopian Books I Want to Read

Top 5 Dystopian Books I want to readThis Top 5 series started back in October 2018 and I kind of lost motivation for making it every week. But it’s back! This is a series of books that I want to read that all have a common theme. Previously on the blog I have focused on witches, werewolves, thrillers, faeries, fairy tale re-tellings, high fantasy and many more. I am going to try and bring this series back for every Saturday.

The Upcoming Schedule Is:

2/1/20 — Dystopian Books

2/8/20 — Mental Illness

2/15/20 — Books about Mermaids

2/22/20 — Books about Spies

2/29/20 — Books inspired by Mythology


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Dystopian Books!

I think that so many of us fell in love with the dystopian genre with books like Divergent and Hunger Games, but the genre has so many books to love! There is something so fascinating about reading about a world where everything has gone wrong. There are so many fascinating worlds in the dystopian genre and it is one of my favorite genres. I think that one of my all time favorite dystopian reads was Flawed by Cecelia Ahern. Check out my review for Flawed here! Some others that I have loved are: The Grace Year, The Rule of One, Vox and Across the Universe. Honestly, this list was SO hard to narrow down to only 5 books because there are so many gems in this genre that I have yet to read.

the water wars by cameron stracherThe Water Wars by Cameron Stracher

Welcome to a future where water is more precious than gold or oil—and worth killing for

Vera and her brother, Will, live in the shadow of the Great Panic, in a country that has collapsed from environmental catastrophe. Water is hoarded by governments, rivers are dammed, and clouds are sucked from the sky. But then Vera befriends Kai, who seems to have limitless access to fresh water. When Kai suddenly disappears, Vera and Will set off on a dangerous journey in search of him-pursued by pirates, a paramilitary group, and greedy corporations. Timely and eerily familiar, acclaimed author Cameron Stracher makes a stunning YA debut that’s impossible to forget.

I LOVE books with a survival theme and books about lack of water hit me hard because it’s a reality for so many people. I picked up a copy of this book at my loval library’s used book sale and it’s relatively short so I think I might fit in reading this one soon!

Master Class by Christina DalcherMaster Class by Christina Dalcher

The future of every child is determined by one standardized measurement: their quotient (Q). Score high enough, and they attend a top tier school with a golden future ahead of them. Score low, and they are sent to a federally run boarding school with limited prospects for future employment. The purpose? Education costs are cut, teachers focus on the best students, and parents are happy.

Elena Fairchild is a teacher at one of the state’s elite schools. When her nine-year old daughter fails her next monthly test, her Q score drops to a disastrously low level and she is immediately forced to leave her top school for a federal school hundreds of miles away. As a teacher, Elena knows intimately the dangers of failure in their tiered educational system, but as a mother who just lost her child, all Elena wants is to be near her daughter again. And she will do the unthinkable to make it happen.

When I read Vox I knew that Christina Dalcher was going to become an author that I would follow for the rest of her career. (Check out my review of Vox here!) Christina Dalcher’s feminist novel got my attention and I love the premise of her next novel even more than her first. I already have a review copy and I’m having a hard time waiting until closer to publication to read this book.

rated by Melissa GreyRated by Melissa Grey

Societies thrive on order, and the Rating System is the ultimate symbol of organized social mobility.

The higher it soars, the more valued you are. The lower it plummets, the harder you must work to improve yourself. For the students at the prestigious Maplethorpe Academy, every single thing they do is reflected in their ratings, updated daily and available for all to see.

But when an act of vandalism sullies the front doors of the school, it sets off a chain reaction that will shake the lives of six special students — and the world beyond.

This book just sounds so interesting. It’s written by an author that I love and it even has a boarding school setting. It focuses on a group of students and the characters are supposedly done really well.

Feed by Mira GrantFeed by Mira Grey


The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop.

The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives—the dark conspiracy behind the infected.

The truth will get out, even if it kills them.

I became a fan of Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant when reading Middlegame (Check out my review here!) and truly understood why everyone loves her writing! So many of my friends have given this book 5 stars and I am dying to check it out. After reading many short stories by Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant I have really come to appreciate her weird stories and her vivid writing. I need to get my hands on a copy of this book!

Perfected by Kate Jarvik BirchPerfected by Kate Jarvik Birch

Perfection comes at a price.

As soon as the government passed legislation allowing humans to be genetically engineered and sold as pets, the rich and powerful rushed to own beautiful girls like Ella. Trained from birth to be graceful, demure, and above all, perfect, these “family companions” enter their masters’ homes prepared to live a life of idle luxury.

Ella is happy with her new role as playmate for a congressman’s bubbly young daughter, but she doesn’t expect Penn, the congressman’s handsome and rebellious son. He’s the only person who sees beyond the perfect exterior to the girl within. Falling for him goes against every rule she knows… and the freedom she finds with him is intoxicating.

But when Ella is kidnapped and thrust into the dark underworld lurking beneath her pampered life, she’s faced with an unthinkable choice. Because the only thing more dangerous than staying with Penn’s family is leaving… and if she’s unsuccessful, she’ll face a fate far worse than death.

For fans of Kiera Cass’ Selection series and Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden series, Perfected is a chilling look at what it means to be human, and a stunning celebration of the power of love to set us free, wrapped in a glamorous—and dangerous—bow.

Human genetic engineering absolutely fascinates me! I would read a thousand books on this topic because it’s so easy to see how this could happen and how it could go horribly wrong. This book sounds SO entertaining and I honestly want to just buy it right now.


Check out Other Book Blogger’s Top 5!

Andie @ Books, Coffee & Passion — Top 5 Dystopian Books I Want to Read

Susan @ Novel Lives — Top Five Dystopian Books I Want to or Have Read

Becky @ Becky’s Book Blog — What does the future hold? Top 5 Saturday!

Rachel @ Rachel Read It — #TopFive Books About … #Dystopia That I Want To Read


Amy & Bridgette @ Coffee for Two Book Review

Yolanda @ Past Midnight

Michelle @ Love, Stars and Books

Sepia @ Sepia Reads

Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads

Andie @ Books, Coffee & Passion


Let’s Chat!

What are some of your favorite dystopian novels? Did you discover the genre through The Hunger Games or Divergent? Have you read any of the books I listed above? What did you think? Are there any dystopian books that you’d recommend? Make sure to comment below so we can talk about dystopian books!

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    1. Lol I was so late posting. Been so ill . Glad I dont have Coronavirus but for a minute there I was scared bc we have so many international students come into where I work.

      Master Class looks like a premise I would enjoy more than vox and I really liked vox!!


    1. I’m excited to see your choices as well! Theres a group of us that do this every single week so if you’d like to join more than once please feel welcome! Or if you just like a certain topic. Im excited to see some of your choices.

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