My Ongoing List Of Favorite Post-Apocalyptic And Dystopian Books

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One of my favorite book genres is Dystopian, and recently, post-apocalyptic (without zombies, I won’t even read anything with zombies.) I figured since I already shared a couple of personal recommendation lists (thrillers and overall favorites) I would keep going with more specific genres!

Today’s list is my favorite dystopian and post-apocalyptic books. I’ve loved dystopians for a few years now and read as many as I can but still have quite a few on my shelf I haven’t read.

I’ve also realized that I actually like post-apocalyptic books, too. As long as they don’t have zombies, I just don’t care about those at all. And instead of doing two lists, since I don’t have enough for that, I figured they’re close enough to put together.

So, here are my favorite dystopian and post-apocalyptic books so far. I’ve read everything on this list, obviously, since they’re my favorites, and will continue to update this as I read more.

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The Testing

The Seven Stages of War have left most of the planet a charred wasteland. The elite students of the university are in charge of renewing it and are chosen through The Testing.

Malencia Vale is honored to be chosen for it and eager to prove her worthiness as a student and future leader. But on the night she leaves, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies – trust no one.

The Hunger Games

The ruins of North America are now known as Panem, a luxurious capitol surrounded by twelve districts. Every year, one boy and one girl from each district are chosen to fight to the death in The Hunger Games to keep citizens in line.

Katniss has been close to death before but when her sister is chosen for the games, she volunteers to take her place and considers this a death sentence. But survival is second-nature to her and she isn’t just fighting for her life now, but for love, too.

The Rule of One

In a near-future United States, a one-child policy is heavily enforced. Everyone follows the Rule of One but Ava and Mira Goodwin slipped through and secretly live as identical twins.

They’ve lived as one for eighteen years but now their worst nightmare is coming true: they’ve been exposed and have to fight for their lives.

This Mortal Coil

All hope seems lost for Catarina when a lone soldier, Cole, shows up with news of Lachlan Agata’s death. Her father was the world’s leading geneticist and the best shot at defeating the deadly Hydra virus. Deep in Cole’s genehacked enhancements she finds out Lachlan made a vaccine and it’s Cats job to decrypt and unravel it, but the closer she gets, the more at risk she is from Cartaxus.


It’s 2032 and all citizens are chipped and tracked. It’s almost impossible to survive as an undocumented immigrant, but Vali and her family are doing it.

It’s all going well until her mother’s counterfeit chip malfunctions and they’re forced to flee to California, a sanctuary state walled off from the rest of the country, when Deportation Forces raid their town.


Layla and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens. Now she’s fighting for freedom with the help of new friends in the camp and her boyfriend outside of it. They’re leading the revolution in the camp against the director and his guards.

48 States

Jennifer “River” Petersen is a truck driver in Energy Territory No. 1, formerly North Dakota. She is weeks away from being done with the job when she saves a man from the middle of the road and her life is upended. Finn knows he has to conceal his identity or he’ll be left for dead but now they need to learn to trust not just each other, but themselves as well if they want to make it out alive.

Girls with Sharp Sticks

Innovations Academy is the home to beautiful and well-behaved girls, their report cards say so. The Guardian ensures they receive a well-rounded education that will only make them better.

Their carefully controlled existence may not be all that it seems, though, and as Mena and her friends uncover the dark secrets of the academy, the girls begin to fight back.

The Giver

This is a classic dystopian book and one you probably had to read for school. I know I did (but I didn’t actually read it) but I didn’t know it was part of a series! There are actually four books and I read all of them a couple of years ago on Scribd.

This is the story of Jonas who lives in an ideal, colorless world or conformity. But when he is assigned the job of the Receiver of Memory, he begins to understand the complex and dark secrets behind his fragile community.


The former United States is now the Republic, a nation always at war with it’s neighbors. June is a prodigy born into an elite family in one of the wealthiest districts. Day was born into the slums and is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motivations aren’t what they seem.

They have no reason to cross paths, at least until the day June’s brother Metias is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect.


The pro-choice and pro-life armies came to an agreement after America’s second Civil War. The Bill of Life says human life may not be terminated from conception to age thirteen but from thirteen to eighteen, they may be gotten rid of by their parent through the process of Unwinding.

When a teens organs and other body parts are used in another living person, their life doesn’t technically end. Society’s leaders say unwinding leads to a safer community as troublesome and unwanted teens are used for the greater good.

Three kids are slated for unwinding but their paths intersect and they begin to fight for their own destinies.

The 5th Wave

On the dawn of the 5th wave, on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie is running from Them, the beings who look human but roam the countryside killing anyone they see.

Cassie believes staying alone means staying alive, until she meets Evan Walker, her only hope for saving her brother. And herself.

They Both Die At The End

Death-Cast called Mateo and Rufus a litter after midnight. They are going to die today. They don’t know each other yet but are both looking to make a new friend on their End-day. Enter Last Friend, the app that introduced them and allowed them to live a lifetime in just one day.

Life As We Knew It

Shock and awe turn to fear not long after the moon is hit by an asteroid and knocked closer to Earth. Miranda, her mother, and her two brothers do their best to prepare before they retreat to the unexpected safe haven of the sunroom where they weather the storms and say goodbye to life as they knew it.

Have you read any of these? Which ones? What are your favorite dystopian and post-apocalyptic books?

Author: Megan Johnson

I'm Megan, a cheesehead at heart currently residing in the Sunshine State. You can probably find me reading, watching Forensic Files, or both.

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