My favorite dystopian books of 2011. All of these have strong, smart male and female characters and excellent stories.
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
One of the scariest books I read this year. A book about the apocalypse and zombies, what’s not to love? It touched on many things that I am terrified of including tight spaces, the dark and zombies. If you liked The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, you will like this. The author has posted the first two chapters on her website. Outpost, the sequel to Enclave is projected to be released in fall 2012.
Legend by Marie Lu
Legend is one of those books I couldn’t put down. This face-paced novel follows two teens on opposite sides of a war in a post-apocalyptic LA. June is a prodigy trained as a soldier. Day is the wanted criminal she is pursuing. In alternating first person narratives we come to know and care about both of them. A great read-a-like for lovers of the Hunger Games. A sequel is expected in the fall of 2012.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
My favorite book of the year is Divergent. This dystopian story is set in Chicago. Some great scenes in the story take place on top of a famous downtown building. At 487 pages you would think it would take forever to read, but the world-building is so good, I couldn’t put it down. The sequel Insurgent will be released in May 2012. Here is a link to the amazing cover of Insurgent and the author’s blog.