Books Like The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins

Katniss Everdeen has volunteered herself to fight in The Hunger Games, a brutal reality television tradition where different factions send two tributes each to compete to the death. There can only be one winner, and Katniss is determined to survive. But is it possible for her to save the other tribute from her district? What if the two tributes fall in love? Author Suzanne Collins has created a legend that will resonate with readers long after they put the third and final book in the series down. This isn't Collins' first series, but it will probably be her most memorable. With the first movie out on DVD and more to follow, The Hunger Games has exceeded box office expectations and will continue to generate excitement when new installments of the movies are released. It also helps that leading lady Jennifer Lawrence is now an Academy-award-winning actress! Be sure to buy all three books in the series if you're planning on purchasing the first because you will be kicking yourself for not having the next book close at hand once you finish the first in a day.


Feed by M.T. Anderson

Picture a future where everyone is plugged into a feed: a computer implant in their head which controls their environment. Titus and Violet meet in this dystopian world where consumer profiles are like finger prints for everyone, corporations and computer hackers tracking (and also controlling) everyone's thoughts and actions. When Violet decides to resist the feed, the reader is riveted with the capability of the protagonist, Titus, to do the same. Can they maintain a relationship when one of them is fighting the system, and the other is entangled in it?

Ship Breaker

Ship Breaker by Paulo Bacigalupi

Nailer and his crew are used to stripping ships and oil tankers for their metal and copper wiring. This is how they survive in a world where survival is one day at a time. Nailer's has very few people (including his own family) that he can trust, and his skills are revered by the people who know him. One day he finds a ship that is filled with riches and he must make a harrowing choice: steal from the ship before anyone else does, or save the dying mysterious girl inside.


Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Similar to Hunger Games, the protagonist is not Katniss, but Katsa, and she can fight better than anyone in the kingdom. She believes it is her "grace." And for the record, Graceling came out first, before all of this Hunger Games craziness. Anyway, Katsa is graced with the grace of killing. Some people have the ability to run very fast, or can change color, or all sorts of things. Graces don't happen to everyone though. Only a few people have them. And soon enough, she meets magical Poe who is finally a match for her. The two embark on a journey together, learning to use their graces properly along the way.


Matched by Ally Condie

Cassia lives in a dystopian future where in the Society, everything is predetermined for you: what kind of job you will have, who you will love and marry, and even when you will die. Cassia believes she is lucky to have the match she has at first- but then soon realizes that things are not as they appear. For a split second, another face appears on the screen where she is to see her match, and she must decide if she goes with what Society wants for her, or what she wants for herself

The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Survival is the name of the game in this thriller. When Thomas wakes up out of nowhere, in the middle of a mysterious maze where monsters are released during the night, all he knows is that he must escape. When he sees there are others like him in the maze, he quickly takes on a leadership role and the other kids look to him for guidance. Together, they work on a plan to escape the maze, or at least detect patterns and come up with explanations for why they are there and how they can get out. It's an interesting study of human nature and how people can work together - even when they don't get along - to fight for a common cause.

The Enemy

The Enemy by Charles Higson

Disease turns everyone over the age of sixteen into zombies. Their brains are useless, their bodies are decomposing and they thirst for flesh. Much like in the Hunger Games, teenagers bond together in order to survive a common enemy. This takes place in London where the teens want to get to Buckingham Palace for shelter.

I am Number Four

I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

There are people out there, walking among us regular people, who have superpowers like the characters in comic books and movies. This is the premise for I am Number Four, a novel written under the pseudonym Pittacus Lore. John Smith is an alien, who is fifteen, and lives with his guardian Henri. They come from the planet Lorien but you would never know it. They live among us and seem like a completely normal boy and man. John and Henri are always on the run because they are being hunted by another alien group who want to destroy all of John's kind. John is protected by a spell that keeps his kind alive, but only in numerical order. The book begins just as the third of John's kind has been killed. He is number four.


Legend by Marie Lu

This book draws many similarities to Hunger Games but also holds its own in the every growing Dystopian teenage fiction genre. June is on the hunt for her brother's killer, naturally assuming it is Day, the outlaw, who has killed him. June is a member of the elite soldiers that run the society. She was the only soldier to ever get a perfect score on her trials. She is tougher and fiercer than all the other soldiers -men and women alike. When June goes undercover to capture Day, she slowly realizes it was not Day who killed her brother. But is it too late? Now she must rescue Day, the only person who seems to know the truth about the life she has known up until this point. Riveting from the very beginning, we want to see how June and Day's romance play out. Is it even possible for them to be together when Day's execution is already in the works?

The Knife Of Never Letting Go

The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Poor Todd lives in a horrifying society where all the men's thoughts can be heard and there are no women. This is blamed on a germ that was released by a native alien species, the Spackle, who also inhabit the planet. Todd Hewitt, our protagonist, goes on a journey to escape the noise and impending doom of Prentisstown. On his journey he meets Viola, who has crash landed on the planet with her spaceship. Todd is afraid that since he carries the germ from the Spackle, he will infect Viola. When Viola hears Todds thoughts, she flees, but they are later reunited and the truth comes out. Together and with Todd's dog Manchee, can they survive the evil of the Mayor of Prentisstown? The first in the Chaos Walking trilogy proves to be a page-turner!


Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Is a world where love is outlawed and there is a chemical "cure" for it a world we'd like to live in? This is the premise for Oliver's dystopian romance, Delirium. Lena is anticipating getting the cure for love from her government, but will she decide she wants to live in a world without the love once she experiences it? A life without love is a safe one. Free from pain and complications. This is similar to the Hunger Games in that it focuses on a girl who must make a choice to rebel against a government that wants to put her in a horrible position.


Divergent by Veronica Roth

This book is getting a lot of attention. It is another dystopian future novel, this time taking place in a future Chicago. There are five different factions that define who a person is: Abnegation, Erudite, Candor, Amity or Dauntless. Tris, the narrator, must decide where she belongs. She also develops feelings for her Dauntless instructor, Tobias.


Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith

When Alex is framed for the murder of his best friend, he is thrown into an underground prison where the only thing he can do is survive. When prisoners are chosen by terrifying guards, it is a mystery what happens to them. Alex soon learns the horrifying truth and must save himself from becoming one of the monsters.

Ashes, Ashes

Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari

Manhattan is the setting for this dystopian future where everything from epidemics to catastrophes of the natural world take place. Sixteen-year-old Lucy must keep alive with the help from Aiden, a mysterious boy who saves her from a pack of wild dogs and leads her to his band of survivors. With a new group at her side, Lucy fights off the obstacles of the end of the world in Central Park, but will it be enough to help her survive the scientists that are looking for her?

Blood Red Road

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

In the future, Saba, the no-nonsense sister to Lugh and Emmi, fights her way through the desert to defeat the TonTon, the group that have kidnapped Lugh. Originally, Saba planned on traveling alone to recover Lugh. She didn't plan on Emmi tagging along and she certainly didn't plan on getting abducted and held prisoner herself. Not until she defeats her captors with the help of the Free Hawks does Saba truly learn the importance of friendship and the promise of true love with the irresistible Jack. Saba is a lot like Katniss because she is completely self-reliant, until she is faced with an impossible task, and only then does she rely on the help of those with her. She also has a love/hate relationship with Jack, much like Katniss with Peeta. She's unsure a lot of the time if she can really trust him. The action is similar to the action in the Hunger Games, though instead of many different opponents, Saba, Emmi and Jack have one common enemy.