Top Ten Tuesday: Recommendations for Divergent/The Hunger Games Fans

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This year more than any other year, my students have been voraciously reading dystopian stories. It only took a couple of readers and my fangirling over Allegiant to turn Divergent by Veronica Roth into a huge hit in my classroom and throughout the high school. I have a very long list of students waiting for all three books, so I’ve been busy recommending other titles that might help them get through the waiting period for Divergent. I also have quite a few students asking for books that are like The Hunger Games trilogy.

Since today’s Top Ten Tuesday post is all about recommendations, I decided to compile a list of books I’ve been recommending to my students who are looking for book like Divergent and The Hunger Games.

For the students who want an awesome heroine…

Enclave by Ann Aguirre (Goodreads) & Blood Red Road by Moira Young (Goodreads)–Both heroines are tough and all-around awesome. I’ve gone so far as to say that Saba from Blood Red Road makes Katniss look like a wimp.

For the students who crave adventure & suspense…

Unwind by Neal Shusterman (Goodreads), Legend by Marie Lu (Goodreads), Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (Goodreads)–I haven’t recommended Legend as often this year as I normally would because I’m going to read it out loud when my seniors are reading 1984. Quite a few of my seniors have been racing through the Unwind series.

For the students who want to experience a futuristic world gone wrong…

Memento Nora by Angie Smibert (Goodreads), Wither by Lauren DeStefano (Goodreads), The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey (Goodreads)–Showing the trailers for The Fifth Wave made this an instant hit.

For the students who want some romance…

Delirium by Lauren Oliver (Goodreads), Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (Goodreads)–Some of my students have a tough time with the writing style in Shatter Me, but most of them can’t get enough of this series.


  1. Love so many books on this list! Delirium, Shatter me, 5th Wave … ahh, so much awesome! πŸ™‚

  2. Ok, you’ve listed some of my favorite books, I have to say. Loved 5th Wave, Delirium, Legend, Enclave, and Shatter Me. I still need to read Unwind and Dustlands. I would also recommend Partials, Article 5, The Pledge, Mystic City, and Under the Never Sky. Great list!

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      Thanks for adding those titles! I couldn’t get into Article 5 and Under the Never Sky, but I’m glad you mentioned them so I can recommend those as well. πŸ™‚

  3. These are some great recommendations! I wish back when I was in High School I had had teachers who loved reading YA. Most of my teachers were very in to the classics.

    I would also add The Immortal Rules (for someone who wants some paranormal with their dystopia) and The Selection (for those wanting romance).

    Great List!

    Emily @ Falling For YA

  4. So many great choices! Shatter Me, Delirium & Legend are in my favorite list!
    My TTT

    Daisel @ Owl Always Be Reading

  5. Jennifer S. says:

    Great list, Sarah! Some I’ve never heard of that I’ll be checking out! I’d add the Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness.

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      Thanks! I was going to include that one but I tried to keep my list at ten. The Chaos Walking trilogy is awesome though.

  6. Great choices! Shatter Me is amazing, and I’m super excited for Ignite Me. Lauren Oliver is an amazing author. πŸ™‚

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    Brandy @ A Little of the Book Life

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