Multcolib My Librarian Darcee: Bleak is the new black
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.