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7 Adult and Young Adult Dystopian Fiction Books for You to Read This Summer

Updated: Jun 2, 2022

Grab the most exciting dystopian novels you can read this summer!

We have carefully picked up some amazing books that you will love to read by the pool, at the beach, or even at home. Whether you are looking for thrilling dystopian military fiction, paranormal, post-apocalyptic, or even stories with magical elements, we have something for you! We also picked some dystopian books that include betrayals, heartbreak, romance, and life-changing decisions. Here are our top picks:

The Lonesome Road by Harisson Shaws

This enticing supernatural dystopian fiction touches on themes of death and identity and finding your place in the world. It contains magical realism elements in a post-apocalyptic background.

Life as we know is gone. The once vivid city now stands abandoned. Earth became a wasteland, stripped of all life.

Broken, confused, and in a desperate search for answers, one person still roams its desolate remains. The Wanderer has no memories, no recollection of the events that led to the end of the world. All he sees are deserted buildings and the smoke that covers the sun.

While taking shelter in an abandoned house one night, the last man on Earth gets a knock on his door. He finds an unexpected guide in a woman who feels familiar.

Will he choose to keep traversing these lands, lost as before, or will he take her guidance to find the answers his heart so deeply desires? The Wanderer will have to stay neutral and true to his path if he wants to uncover the truth. But all things come with a price, and the cost might be his soul. Click here to get a copy of Lonesome Road by Harisson Shaws


2. The Druid by Jeff Wheeler

The Druid Book 1 by Jeff Wheeler

Eilean was an abandoned child brought up in Tintern Abbey by the Aldermaston. When she was selected to move to a new place to build up an abbey of Muirwood, little did Eilean know that she would be getting a different task altogether.

She was made a servant to the druid Mordaunt and was asked to find out the secret place where an ancient tome of magic was hidden.

The Druid is an adult fiction written by Jeff Wheeler, the first book in the Dawning of Muirwood series. This book will take you on a journey of different emotions ranging from happiness to fear. Click here to get a copy of The Druid by Jeff Wheeler

The Art of Becoming a Traitor by Andrea Bougiouklis

If you enjoy mystery intrigue with a nice casual military backdrop, you’ll find much to latch on to. This review describes the book well:

“Young adults who enjoy girls who kick ass and take no names will like this dystopian fantasy as it resembles many of the same themes as action movies… I saw many parallels to this story to events happening to today. What do you do when you discover you are fighting for the wrong side?” —Veronica Krug, author

When Eleri learns that she had been used as a pawn in a larger, evil plot, she has to find it in herself to right her wrongs - even if it means going against everything and everyone she ever loved. The war had been raging since she was a young child, and she had never thought to question it.

When Eleri and her best friend Fyodor discover that their leaders have been doctoring and altering history and are planning to disintegrate an entire population, they realize that they may be the only two who can prevent this atrocity.

In a race against time, power, and their own morals, they can only hope that their willpower and strength are enough to overturn a war that has already begun. Click here to get a copy of The Art of Becoming a Traitor by Andrea Bougiouklis.


4. The Cure by K.A. Riley

The Cure by K.A. Riley

Ashen Spencer has just turned seventeen, but unlike other teens, she is not happily anticipating her eighteenth birthday. On the day of her seventeenth, she is taken away to be eligible for the Cure. The only way any teenager can make it past their eighteenth year.

Ashen ends up assigned to a wealthy family and falls for their handsome son. It's here Ashen realizes her worth and can finally dream for her future.

But, while happy in her new life, Ashen can't help but question this new life of hers and if it's really worth it all.

Ashen has two choices, be a part of this corrupt society or be the Cure.

The Cure is a young adult dystopian book beautifully written by K. A. Riley that will make you instantly fall in love and ask for more. Click here to get a copy of The Cure by K. A. Riley


5. The Knowledge Seeker by Rae Knightly

The Knowledge Seeker by Rae Knightly

Six hundred years after the destruction of civilizations from climate change,

a sixteen-year-old boy named Eodain has been given an immense responsibility for a device containing scanned copies of the ancient books that only he has access to that.

Tasked with keeping Knowledge safe from the Wraith Lord, who would use it for evil, Eodain must do everything in his power to keep the Knowledge device safe spread the Knowledge back to the people, or risk his life on his heroic journey.

The Knowledge Seeker is young-adult dystopian fiction beautifully written by Rae Knightly, who is also the author of the Ben Archer series. Click here to get a copy of The Knowledge Seeker by Rae Knightly.


6. Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth

In a dystopian world, everyone has five choices of factions that they choose in order to live peacefully.

The five factions are Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent).

The book will take you through a fast-paced story, exposing you to betrayals, heartbreak, romance, and life-changing decisions.

A 16-year-old girl named Beatrice, who later changed her name to Tris, must choose from the five factions she wants to spend the rest of her life in. What happens when she chooses other than the Abnegation faction to which her family belongs?

Divergent is a young adult dystopian novel written by Veronica Roth, a #1 New York Times bestselling author and a favorite author among both teens and adults. Click here to get a copy of Divergent by Veronica Roth


7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Hunger Games is a story about a girl living in the post-apocalyptic city of Panem which is ruled by a corrupt leader.

Every year the Hunger Games, which is a fight to the death start live on television. The Capitol ordered all the 12 districts to send one boy and one girl to participate.

A sixteen-year-old girl named Katniss finds herself in the middle of this deadly game after volunteering in place of her sister. Now she has to fight her way to winning or else risk death.

The Hunger Games is a young adult dystopian book written by Suzanne Collins, New York Times bestselling author for her series, The Underland Chronicles. Click here to get a copy of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


Thank you for reading our list! I hope you liked our dystopian book recommendations. We couldn't fit all dystopian fiction books into such a small list, so please let us know in the comments or on social media if we missed one that you are reading this summer.

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