Lucy Recommends… [5] – YA Dystopia


Whilst I don’t always fall madly and deeply in love with dystopia, when I find an amazing book I love it passionately. These are just a few of the fantastic dystopia books that I’ve loved!

The Elites by Natasha Ngan – Incredibly diverse and engaging, The Elites is about a race of people who can’t bleed and when an Elite, Silver, is witness to, and fails to stop, the assassination of the president of Neo-Babel, a chain of events causes her to flee the city with her best friend, Butterfly, and find out what’s on the outside. I really enjoyed it!

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi – This trilogy mixes the modern with the primeval in an adventurous, thrilling story of a girl searching for her mother in unfamiliar territory. Along the way she meets Perry, a swoony member of a tribe in the world Aria knows nothing about. It’s one of my all-time favourite dystopian novels!

Blood Red Road by Moira Young – Blood Red Road is such a stand-out book because when you read it it’s impossible to put down. It was glued to my hands the whole time. It’s also written in such a unique and interesting style!

ACID by Emma Pass – Wow! I LOVED this book! It’s set in a futuristic Britain, about the only female prisoner in a prison for killing her parents. IT IS AMAZING!

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – THIS. BOOK. IS. MY. FAVOURITE! Tahereh Mafi is an author Goddess and I’ve written an entire Lucy Recommends… on this trilogy, so you can check that out, if you’d like to! 

What are your favourite YA dystopian novels?

Lucy Powrie

Lucy Powrie is a blogger, YouTuber and author from the UK. When she's not reading, she enjoys cuddling guinea pigs and eating Oreo chocolate, but let's be real: she's mostly always reading.


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    11 February, 2015

    I’ve only read Shatter me out of the books you mentioned above and I really loved it. I’ll definitely be checking out Blood Red Road though, great post! x
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    Charlotte @ Books and Baby etc.

    11 February, 2015

    Ooh ACID sounds interesting! Great recommendations. I haven’t read any of them but I have heard great things about Tahereh Mafi’s writing so I may check that series out at some point soon.
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    Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books

    12 February, 2015

    I don’t read dystopian usually… but I’ve been trying to get out of my comfort zone and “live a little” or whatever. So I read The Hunger Games this past month…. and yay!!! It was very good and followed the movies (really really) closely. I also really like The Lunar Chronicles series (is that dystopian?). I’m more or less only reading ones I’ve heard great things about so I don’t get discouraged. Under the Never Sky is one I was thinking about.
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    Joy @ The Bookshelf Intruder

    13 February, 2015

    I haven’t read any of these books (I know I suck). Like you, I’m not a big fan of dystopia but I’m lucky to have read good ones. I think I’m gonna check out Acid, it sounds amazing.
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    Georgia (The Bibliomaniac)

    14 February, 2015

    Whoop ACID & THE ELITES! <3 I have Under The Never Sky on my To Read pile so I can't wait for that:D
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