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If You've Read Any Of These Young Adult Novels/Series, You're Probably Ready For The Apocalypse

Updated July 13, 2018 1.9k votes 199 voters 2.3k views18 items

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Young adult books about the apocalypse are incredibly popular. Indeed, the science fiction novelists responsible for these works of fantasy and survival found ways to combine the gravitas of traditional apocalyptic material with the occasional brevity of YA literature. However, reading enthusiasts of all ages tend to love the results. Sometimes, after completing the final pages, they even feel capable of surviving a Hunger Games sort of landscape.

These books will plunge you so far into the fictional realm, you'll never even notice if the world around you descends into chaos.

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    Divergent Series is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list If You've Read Any Of These Young Adult Novels/Series, You're Probably Ready For The Apocalypse
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    Divergent Series

    Veronica Roth

    First Published2011-04-25

    Genres (Book)Utopian and dystopian fiction, Dystopia, Young adult literature, Science Fiction

    Divergent is the debut novel of American novelist Veronica Roth, published by HarperCollins... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list If You've Read Any Of These Young Adult Novels/Series, You're Probably Ready For The Apocalypse
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    The Hunger Games

    Suzanne Collins

    First Published2008-09-14

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Utopian and dystopian fiction, Alternate history, Young adult literature, Adventure fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Hunger Games is a 2008 science fiction novel by the American writer Suzanne Collins. It is... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Maze Runner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list If You've Read Any Of These Young Adult Novels/Series, You're Probably Ready For The Apocalypse
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    The Maze Runner

    James Dashner

    First Published2009-10-06

    Genres (Book)Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Dystopia, Young adult literature, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Maze Runner is the first book in a young-adult post-apocalyptic dystopian science fiction... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Giver is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list If You've Read Any Of These Young Adult Novels/Series, You're Probably Ready For The Apocalypse
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    The Giver

    Lois Lowry

    First Published1993

    SubjectsEthics, Literature, Young adult, Classics, Children's literature

    Genres (Book)Social science, Speculative fiction, Soft science fiction, Utopian and dystopian fiction, Children's literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Giver is a 1993 American social science fiction children's novel by Lois Lowry. It is set... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The City of Ember is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list If You've Read Any Of These Young Adult Novels/Series, You're Probably Ready For The Apocalypse
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    The City of Ember

    Jeanne DuPrau

    SubjectsAdventure

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Children's literature, Fiction, Young adult literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The City of Ember is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by Jeanne DuPrau that was... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Ender's Game is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list If You've Read Any Of These Young Adult Novels/Series, You're Probably Ready For The Apocalypse
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    Ender's Game

    Orson Scott Card

    First Published1985

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Ender's Game is a 1985 military science fiction novel by American author Orson Scott Card. Set... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 7
    Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list If You've Read Any Of These Young Adult Novels/Series, You're Probably Ready For The Apocalypse
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    Fahrenheit 451

    Ray Bradbury

    First Published1953

    SubjectsBibliophilia, American science fiction, Literature, Book burning, Classics

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Utopian and dystopian fiction, Children's literature, Dystopia, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury published in 1953. It is regarded as one... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Uglies series is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list If You've Read Any Of These Young Adult Novels/Series, You're Probably Ready For The Apocalypse
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    Uglies series

    Scott Westerfeld

    Genres (Book)Young adult literature, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Uglies is a book series by Scott Westerfeld for young adults. Westerfeld originally intended... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Unwind is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list If You've Read Any Of These Young Adult Novels/Series, You're Probably Ready For The Apocalypse
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    Unwind

    Neal Shusterman

    First Published2007

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Adventure, Biopunk, Science Fiction

    Unwind is a 2007 science fiction novel by young adult literature author Neal Shusterman. It... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Wither is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list If You've Read Any Of These Young Adult Novels/Series, You're Probably Ready For The Apocalypse
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    Wither

    Lauren DeStefano

    First Published2011-03-22

    Genres (Book)Dystopia, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Wither is a 2011 young-adult dystopian novel written by Lauren DeStefano. It was originally... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    How I Live Now is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list If You've Read Any Of These Young Adult Novels/Series, You're Probably Ready For The Apocalypse
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    How I Live Now

    Meg Rosoff

    First Published2004-08-05

    SubjectsEngland

    Genres (Book)Alternate history, Young adult literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    How I Live Now is a novel by Meg Rosoff, first published in 2004. It received generally... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Knife of Never Letting Go is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list If You've Read Any Of These Young Adult Novels/Series, You're Probably Ready For The Apocalypse

    First Published2008-05-05

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Young adult literature, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Knife of Never Letting Go is a young-adult novel by Patrick Ness, published by Walker... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Forest of Hands and Teeth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list If You've Read Any Of These Young Adult Novels/Series, You're Probably Ready For The Apocalypse

    First Published2009-03-10

    Genres (Book)Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Dystopia, Young adult literature, Zombie

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Forest of Hands and Teeth is a New York Times best-selling post-apocalyptic zombie novel... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Obernewtyn Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list If You've Read Any Of These Young Adult Novels/Series, You're Probably Ready For The Apocalypse
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    Obernewtyn Chronicles

    Isobelle Carmody

    Genres (Book)Science fiction, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Fantasy literature

    Original LanguageEnglish

    The Obernewtyn Chronicles is a series of science fiction and fantasy novels by Australian... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Feed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list If You've Read Any Of These Young Adult Novels/Series, You're Probably Ready For The Apocalypse
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    Feed

    Matthew Tobin Anderson

    First Published2002

    Genres (Book)Dystopia, Fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Feed is a young adult science fiction novel written by M. T. Anderson. The novel focuses on... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Tomorrow series is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list If You've Read Any Of These Young Adult Novels/Series, You're Probably Ready For The Apocalypse
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    Tomorrow series

    John Marsden, John Marsden

    Genres (Book)Adventure novel

    Original LanguageEnglish

    The Tomorrow series is a series of seven young adult invasion novels written by Australian... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Floodland is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list If You've Read Any Of These Young Adult Novels/Series, You're Probably Ready For The Apocalypse
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    Floodland

    Marcus Sedgwick

    First Published2000-03-02

    SubjectsGlobal warming, England

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Fiction, Young adult literature, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Floodland is a children's fantasy novel by Marcus Sedgwick, published on March 2, 2000 by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    On the Beach is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list If You've Read Any Of These Young Adult Novels/Series, You're Probably Ready For The Apocalypse
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    On the Beach

    Nevil Shute

    First Published1957

    SubjectsLiterary, Espionage, Publishing, Adventure, Nuclear warfare

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Suspense, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    On the Beach is a 1957 post-apocalyptic novel written by British-Australian author Nevil Shute... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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