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On Such A Full Sea
On Such A Full Sea By Lee, Chang-rae Book - 2014 FICTION LEE 2014 Available in some locations

Annotation:When the boy she loves disappears, Fan, a member of the labor class in a future, long-declining America, leaves the safety of her home on a journey through the anarchic Open Counties, in a quest that will soon become legend to those she left behind.

Unwind By Shusterman, Neal Book - 2007 y SHUSTERMA Available in some locations

Annotation:In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs--and, perhaps, save their own lives. First in series.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth
The Forest of Hands and Teeth By Ryan, Carrie Book - 2009 y RYAN 2009 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 5 copies

Annotation:Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead. First in series.

The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games By Collins, Suzanne Book - 2008 y COLLINS 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:The book that spawned a thousand young adult dystopian series. It's popularity is well deserved, and appeals to young and old alike.

Divergent By Roth, Veronica Book - 2011 y ROTH 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 9 on 95 copies

Annotation:In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all. First in series.

Nineteen Eighty-four
Nineteen Eighty-four By Orwell, George Book - 1992 FICTION ORWELL 1992 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 7 copies

Annotation:George Orwell's classic, cautionary tale of a man trapped in a political nightmare.

The Giver
The Giver By Lowry, Lois Book - 2011 j LOWRY 2011

Annotation:Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives. The first book in a series that just gets better as it continues on!

Legend By Lu, Marie Book - 2011 y LU 2011 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 4 on 20 copies

Annotation:In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy. First in series.

Ship Breaker
Ship Breaker By Bacigalupi, Paolo Book - 2010 y BACIGALUP 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl. First in series.

Never Let Me Go
Never Let Me Go By Ishiguro, Kazuo Book - 2005 FICTION ISHIGURO All copies in use Availability details Holds: 41 on 15 copies

Annotation:The haunting tale of a young woman struggling to understand her position in a world that she was brought into with one sole purpose that was decided for her long ago.

The Bone Season
The Bone Season By Shannon, Samantha Book - 2013 SF SHANNON 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:In the mid-21st century major world cities are controlled by a formidable security force. Clairvoyant, underworld cell member, Paige commits acts of psychic treason before being captured by an otherworldly race that would make her a part of their supernatural army. First in series.

Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451 By Bradbury, Ray Book - 2012 SF BRADBURY 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners suddenly realizes their merit, in a chilling novel of a frightening near-future world.

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Like so many people, my re-entry into dystopian fiction came along with the Hunger Games. Reading Suzanne Collins' trilogy reminded me that I loved reading Orwell and Bradbury as a teen and sent me spinning to discover more great books set in grim future worlds. Here are some of my favorites, including both teen and adult titles.

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