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The Hunger Games Readalikes
Survival...or not. That's what these thrilling titles, many set in dystopic societies, have in common; they explore survival in future worlds, past ones revisioned, prison-like settings, the wilderness, diabolical mazes, and cities submerged under water due to global warming. Escape, swim, or run for your life, make a stop at the Loft, and grab one of these books as if your life depended on it!
- Anderson, M. T. Feed. 2002. (YA Science Fiction Ander.M)
a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to
control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious
- Bacigalupi, Paolo. Ship Breaker. 2010. (YA Science Fiction Bacig.P)
a futuristic world, teen 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. Winner of the 2011 Michael Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature.
- Bertagna, Julie. Exodus. 2008. (YA Science Fiction Berta.J)
the year 2100, as the island of Wing is about to be covered by water
after a century of global warming, fifteen-year-old Mara discovers the
existence of New World sky cities that are safe from the storms and
rising waters. She guides her community to one of these cities across
the ocean, only to discover upon arriving that they are barred from the
heavily walled civilization. Mara needs to find a way to get inside the
walled off cities in order to save herself and the others.
- Burgess, Melvin. Bloodsong. 2007. (YA Science Fiction Burge.J)
stand-alone YA sequel to the adult book Bloodtide (2001) melds violent
Viking mythology with a futuristic, war-torn England populated by
human-animal hybrids and organic machines. Fifteen-year-old Sigurd
embarks on a quest to reclaim his royal lineage and to unite and bring
peace to his country.
- Cashore, Kristin. Graceling. 2008. (YA Science Fiction Casho.K & YA Playaway Sci Fi Casho.K & YA CD Science Fiction Casho.K & eAudiobook)
a world where people are sometimes honored and frequently feared for
their graces, a special talent marked by two different eye colors, Katsa
is feared for her killing grace. She breaks away from her uncle, King
Randa, who is using her grace for his own benefits. She goes on a
journey with Po who also has a mysterious grace, and together they come
to terms with the intricacies of their graces and their relationship to
- Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. 2008. (YA Science Fiction Colli.S & YA CD Science Fiction Colli.S & eAudiobook)
a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control
through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people
from each of the twelve districts against one another, 16-year-old
Katniss's survival skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes
her younger sister's place.
- Condie, Ally. Matched. 2010. (YA Fiction Condi.A)
her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates
everything: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to
eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia as she turns
17, who to marry. When she is Matched with her best friend Xander,
things couldn't be more perfect. But why did her neighbor Ky's face show
up on her match disk as well?
- Dashner, James. The Maze Runner. 2009. (YA Science Fiction Dashn.J & YA CD Science Fiction Dashn.J)
boys are deposited from a freight elevator into the middle of an
enormous maze with no memory of their prior life or how they got there.
One of the boys, 16-year-old Thomas, comes to a frightening
understanding that he and the other boys must lock themselves in at
night just to remain alive, and fight for their survival and a way to
escape by day.
- DeStefano, Lauren. Wither. 2011. (YA Science Fiction)
modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men
dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, girls are
kidnapped and married off in order to repopulate the world.
- Doctorow, Cory. Little Brother. 2008. (YA Fiction Docto.C & YA CD Fiction Docto.C & eAudiobook)
in the near future, this anti-establishment thriller follows
17-year-old Marcus who is being interrogated for days by the Department
of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San
Francisco, California. He is released into what is now a police state,
and decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things
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