…Try these books!
The Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix: In a not-too-distant world where third children are forbidden, a secret underground force made up of these “shadow children” fights for their place in society- and their lives.
Matched by Ally Condie: Cassia is fine with having everything chosen for her by the Society Officials, until she finds out a mistake in the system that shows her Match as someone different than before.
Possession by Elana Johnson: Another Utah author has done it again. While I’m a bit wary of Possession‘s similarities to Matched, I’ve heard nothing but good reviews. Why not give it a try?
The Alliance by Gerald Lund: In post-nuclear holocaust America, things are different from before. A new society, the Alliance, has arisen, and it seems like a pretty good deal to the scattered survivors because crime has been virtually eliminated. Literally. When Eric’s small band of survivors gets taken to the Alliance, he discovers those in charge embed a microchip in everyone’s brain to control emotion.
The Giver (and its sequels) by Lois Lowry
Uglies (and its sequels) by Scott Westerfield
The City of Ember (and its sequels) by Jeanne DuPrau
Divergent by Veronica Roth: Chicago society is divided into five factions that favor a particular virtue: Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior makes a choice to align herself with one of them; the only problem is that she is different from everyone else. This book has been criticized for not being a true dystopian society book, but if you want to be greatly entertained and enjoy dystopian elements, you’ll like it.
The Maze Runner (and its sequel) by James Dashner
Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix: An older, less remembered novel of Haddix’s, Running Out of Time is not exactly dystopian, but a chilling idea of shattered reality. Jessie, 13, believes she lives in 1840, until a diptheria epidemic strikes the children in the little village she has lived in all her life, Jessie’s mother reveals the truth that it is, in fact, the 1990s, and Jessie lives in a sort of living history experiment. Jessie’s new mission is to break out, eluding the unethical people who run the facility, and find help for her community before it’s too late for the children. On her way she has to elude the people who want to keep the epidemic quiet and navigate the fast-paced 20th century.