Top Ten Tuesday (4): If You Like Veronica Roth
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they have a new topic for bloggers to make a Top Ten list out of. I’m a huge fan of lists, so this meme is right up my alley!
This week’s Top Ten list is Top Ten Books For People Who Like X Author (pick an author and give recommendations). Of course dystopian books are really huge right now. For a while the big series was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and now it seems like everyone and their dog has read Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth. And who could blame them–they’re great books! But I thought I’d share some other books that I’ve enjoyed that I think you’ll like if you loved Divergent and Insurgent.
So here they are (in no particular order), my Top Ten Books for People Who Like Veronica Roth: (Note that these aren’t all necessarily dystopian novels, but I think they all have something in common with Roth’s works, and maybe they can keep you from going crazy from now until Divergent #3 comes out next year.)
The Maze Runner series by James Dashner
I read this series late last year and absolutely ate it up as quickly as possible. I didn’t love the ending, but to each his own. But I completely LOVED the rest of the books! The series is full of action and adventure and twists and turns and lots of bombshells. The prequel, The Kill Order, comes out in August and I can’t wait! I’ll most likely be rereading the series beforehand so that I can refresh my memory and also so that I can write reviews for this blog.
Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld
This is one of my favorite series of all time. It’s not quite up there with The Hunger Games and Harry Potter, but it’s not too far behind! If you like your dystopians to be a bit more on the futuristic, science fiction side, this is a series for you! The first book is a bit slow at first, but once the story got going, I was hooked. Uglies and Extras are my favorites, and I also really enjoyed the manga adaptation, Uglies: Shay’s Story (my review here). I need to reread the original series someday so that I can post reviews for them.
The Giver by Lois Lowry
I didn’t read this book until last year, which surprised me because I think most people are required to read it in school. I guess I wasn’t required to read it, but I’m glad I finally got around to it. It’s definitely one of the precursors to the dystopian novels we have today, and I think most YA science fiction or dystopian authors probably cite this book as having an influence on their writing.
Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
I have yet to read the second book in this series, but I really need to do that soon! This is one of those books where you really don’t know what’s going on but you have 50 different guesses, and then the author drops a bombshell at the end and you still aren’t quite sure what it means but you love it anyway. At least, that’s how I felt reading Inside Out. I really need to reread this again and review it and find a copy of Outside In to read and review as well!
The Line by Teri Hall
This is another one I read last year and really enjoyed but haven’t been able to find the sequel. It has a different tone to it – much slower paced than what I usually read but I still really enjoyed it. Hopefully I’ll find Away soon and read them both and post reviews for both.
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
I think most people have at least heard of Delirium if they know their way around a dystopian novel, but I personally hadn’t read it until a couple of months ago (my review here). I really enjoyed it, though, especially Oliver’s beautiful writing and clever take on today’s society, and I just started the sequel, Pandemonium.
MaddAddam series by Margaret Atwood
These aren’t Young Adult books, and they’re a mix of post-apocalyptic and dystopian, but they’re really good books. I liked The Year of the Flood (book 2) more than Oryx and Crake (book 1), and I can’t wait for book 3 to come out (whenever that may be)! And yet another couple of books that I need to reread so that I can post reviews!
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
This is possibly one of the first dystopian books, ever. And even if I’m wrong about that, it’s got to be at least somewhat of a classic when it comes to dystopians, and definitely one that later authors have cited as influences over their own works. It’s also not YA, but it’s definitely worth picking up. And Aldous Huxley might have been the first person to come up with the idea of a dystopia–he called this book a “negative utopia.” I’m not sure if this is directly where the term “dystopia” came from, but it sounds pretty likely to me!
Across the Universe series by Beth Revis
These are definitely science fiction, but maybe not dystopian. But regardless, I think that lovers of Veronica Roth’s books will enjoy this series because of all the action and adventure and suspense. Well, there is a bit of a bad governing body in this series, so it could be considered dystopian. And I’ve actually reviewed both books 1 and 2 for this series! (My review of Across the Universe here and my review of A Million Suns here.)
Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
The sequel, Spark, comes out this month, and I can’t wait! This series is pretty similar to the Across the Universe series by Beth Revis, but really only in the way that they’re about ships in space on their way to a New Earth, in the hopes of continuing the human race. But Glow is full of action and crazy characters that are so complex and you never really know who to trust. I’ll definitely be rereading this soon and posting a review before reading Spark!
Can you think of other books that should be read by those who love Veronica Roth’s books? Or did you participate in this meme? Let me know, or leave a link to your TTT in the comments, and I’ll stop by your blog!