Welcome back to another Top 5 Tuesday! Dystopian is one WEIRD genre, and the books in it are hella weird too. I don’t think books like The 5th Wave and The Darkest Minds aren’t given enough credit on the weird scale, because they’re pretty high up. Also, in this post I’m going to try and recommend some really good sexual-content/romance-free reads too, for those of you who prefer them (like myself) 🙂 There will also be content warnings (you can learn more about that here)!
City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
This series is actually so good. I would highly recommend going into it without reading anything so nothing can be spoiled for you, so that you will be able to fully admire the pure genius of this premise. Also, this is completely SEXUAL CONTENT-FREE, and I didn’t think this was even possible in YA especially when the two main protagonists are a) a boy and a girl and b) best friends. I am officially shooketh. Also, I can’t think of anything to put in a content warning so.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
This is another insane to the point of amazing premise and I would 1000% recommend it to anyone who wants to get into the dystopian genre. You really do not have to be into video games to enjoy this because I’m not into video games and I enjoyed it to the fullest. I even watched the movie and enjoyed that to the fullest even though the two plots have approximately 2% resemblance.
CW: there is a kiss at the end of the book, mention of virtual brothels and the protagonist talking about his “romance”-free life
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
This series is another amazing dystopian book, filled with a colourful and amazing cast and hilarious banter. It’s one of my favourite series. The first book isn’t that great (I gave it 3 stars) but after the first book it just gets better and better. The problem is it does have quite a bit of sexual content but doesn’t go any further than kissing and you can easily skip those scenes since after that the plot focuses on things like… an evil Lunar queen… and stuff.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
This book is too famous for me to not include it.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
This is arguably the first dystopian book that I read and one that really propelled me into the world of YA in the first place. The premise is an intriguing one – a boy that arrives through a box into a clearing in the middle of a maze that has mechanical spiders crawling around at night. Also, things don’t stop happening from the moment of Thomas’s arrival. There is also actually no sexual content in the first book, although there is kissing in later books.
Which of these books have you read?