What To Read Now That You’ve Finished The Hunger Games

You finished the entire Hunger Games trilogy in just 48 hours, existing only on Chinese take-out and your Peeta-loving tears. Congratulations! But now you’re stuck in a post-THG depression, craving more dark, dystopian young adult fiction. Maybe you’re even feeling a little embarrassed about this new desire. After all, you’re a high-functioning, stable and successful adult with great hair and a casual but cool wardrobe*. Is it normal to want to read about angst-y teens fighting oppressive future-governments while making out with each other? The answer is YES and I am here to drag you out of the darkness and into the arms of a whole new pile of thick books with giant fonts written for people half your age. Let’s read!

Divergent by Veronica Roth

The basic deets: In post-apocalyptic Chicago, society is divided into five factions based on very different and distinct virtues. 16-year-old Beatrice must decide to either stay with her family’s faction or follow her heart to another group and risk being shunned by her parents and peers.

Why you should read it: You’ll root hard for Beatrice, whose transformation from awkward to ass-kicker is nail-bitingly awesome. There is romance (which we are all suckers for, right?) but it’s still action packed and adrenaline filled.

What else:  Divergent, the first book in a yet unpublished trilogy, is the most Hunger Games-y of all the books listed here, so it’s a great “transition” read for those of you making the move into the YA world. The movie rights have been sold to Summit, the same peeps responsible for Twilight.(Kinda undecided on whether this a good or bad thing.) And if you want to really be inspired/depressed: Roth, 22, wrote the book during her senior year at Northwestern. But hey, I did laundry today so I’m equally as accomplished, right?

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

The basic deets: Lena lives within the confines of her society where, at eighteen, all teens are cured by the government of deliria (ie: love) and assigned a spouse and job. This all sounds good to Lena – whose own mother committed suicide after the cure failed her – until she falls in love three months before she’s scheduled to have the procedure.

Why you should read it: Do you want to have the chills, weep like a baby, feel like barfing and shudder from extreme joy all at once? Then this book is for you! The writing is impeccable and the emotional response you’ll feel as you root for Lena will destroy you from the inside out, leaving you whimpering in a bed of tear-soaked tissues. If you can’t tell, it’s my favorite on this list and is still haunting me months later. Sniff.

What else:  Fox 2000 has optioned the rights to the book, so if Hollywood likes it, it must be good! A sequel to Delirium is in the works, but while you wait for Oliver to crank that out you should check out her other best-selling YA novel, Before I Fall. It’s equally as enthralling as Delirium and focuses on a high school girl experiencing the last day of her life over and over again.

Matched by Ally Condie

The basic deets:  In Cassia’s world, society leaders decide what citizens do for work, what they eat and wear and whom they marry. Everything is going perfectly when Cassia is matched with her best friend, Xander (who is, duh, dreamy). But then a glitch in the system shows her with a different match, a mysterious boy named Ky (also dreamy!) and she must determine if she’ll let her government or her heart decide whom she loves.

Why you should read it: Matched is a solid future-world read, with a nice dose of romance to keep you swooning. Warning: there is a lot of unresolved sexual tension in this book and it takes characters forrrrrrever to even touch lips. You know, in case that matters to you. (It matters to me.)

What else: Matched is also the first book in a trilogy (with the second coming out this fall) and Disney has bought the film rights. See a trend?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509757677 Bambi Troxell

    I’m 32 and I’m proudly addicted to YA fiction. And, yes, I may have been borderline depressed when I finished reading the Twilight and Hunger Games books (I even loved the awesome hoverboarding Uglies series)… Christopher Pike was awesome in my teen years, but just give me a trilogy (or whatever comes next “ology” wise). My BFF, “bambi’s kindle” will def be getting some downloading action today- thanks for sharing your latest addictions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/royce.vicentino Royce Vicentino

    I’ve read all those books you mentioned except for the 4th book in the TMI series b/c I’m currently avoiding evil cliffhangers.

    Anyway, if you liked TMI, you should try Clockwork Angel. It’s the 1st book in the Infernal Devices series, a companion series to TMI which is set in the Victorian era. I actually liked ID than TMI. And! I shall recommend Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series. I’ve just finished reading the ARC of its final book and… and… all I can say is awesome. Ash is like, the incarnation of hotness (though he is a prince of the winter court) and Puck… you’d totally love his hilarious antics.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1309666191 Maria Law

      Totally agree with you there. I am about to finish the hunger games and TMI is a great way to get over the depression…unless you’re addicted to those as well and ID is even better. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the books on the list.

  • http://www.facebook.com/heidi.birnbaum Heidi Sterner Birnbaum

    omg—it’s like you’ve read my mind and know that I’m suffering from SERIOUS THG withdrawal. I had to read it twice because no other books will do. THANK YOU for showing me the way out!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/alicemvaught Alice Vaught

    If you’re an adult into YA fiction you should definitely be checking out foveveryoungadult.com It has reviews of YA books by sassy ladies and also just tons of hilarious companion materials, quizzes, drinking games for books, movie news.

    It’s awesome and definitely a site hellogiggles would be bffs with at cyber middle school.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kellycornacchia Kelly McGuinness Cornacchia

    My 13 year old was in a post HG funk until she read Blood Red Road by Moira Kelly and declared it her all time favorite book. Now we just troll the internet looking for YA dystopic recommendations!

  • http://www.facebook.com/anytsuj Justyna Kaczmarek

    I agree, the books you mention are all pretty great dystopian ya. I would like to add to the list also Enclave by Ann Aguirre. I really liked Moon Series/The Last Survivor by Susan Beth Pfeffer, though it’s more post-apocalyptic then dystopian.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brittany.woodell Brittany Woodell

    I just read this book called Across the Universe a few months ago that was pretty good. It’s just one book by Beth Revis. Basically the world is ending and there are these huge spaceships that people get on but they are frozen so they will just wake up when they reach the new planet and start to repopulate. But one girl wakes up before they arrive.

    They way it’s written is pretty interesting too. The chapters go back and forth between the girl’s perspective and this guy who is working on the ship who find her.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000039811599 Patrick Larcada

    Divergent was absolutely amazing, I recommend it often!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1070089912 Amanda Valkus Pierce

    wither by lauren destefano is pretty good too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.urban Matthew Urban

    The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hirschykiss Stephanie Hirsch

    thank you soooo much! this is just what i needed right now! xo

  • http://www.facebook.com/hailey.henak Hailey Henak

    in my desire to fill the void left after completing THG, I stumbled onto the the Outlander series. It is…. gasp… adult fiction, but well worth the extra reading effort that it requires. I just finished the first of the series at 1:45 this morning and about to order the next book, knowing the couple of days I will have to wait will allow me to get something other than reading done… one would hope.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=560654621 Jen Shoun

    I cannot recommend the Uglies trilogy by Scott Westerfeld enough. (There’s four books, but you really only need to the first 3. The 4th is sort of a companion piece and not as good.) Set in a world where teens are given plastic surgery at the age of 16 to turn “pretty”. It’s actually what got me hooked on young adult fiction, especially dystopian.

    I’ve also been into Michael Grant’s Gone series, but it’s pretty f’ing depressing (4 books in and I’m still wondering if anything good is going to happen to these poor kids.) Still, awesome premise with lots of cool teens with powers.

    • http://www.facebook.com/thena.dew Thena Dew

      Awesome recommendations!! I posted this link to my facebook page and twitter. And I added all books to my Goodreads “to read” list. Thank you. I LOVED the Hunger Games and read a couple other dystopia/YA books and loved them (Among the Hidden, The Giver), so needless to say, I’m addicted! Keep up the great work on hellowgiggles.com. It is my favorite blog to follow! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/thena.dew Thena Dew

    Sorry, i couldn’t figure out how to respond without replying to previous post. That wasn’t exactly a “reply”. It wouldn’t let me connect.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tinavossgdowski Tina Voss Gdowski

    I too suffered from withdrawal after reading the Hunger Games series so my resolution was to pass them on to everyone who was receptive so I could spread the joy and then re read them!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1404454 Cait Keane

    I have certainly been reading THG in an endless loop. Looking forward to breaking the cycle with your suggestions! You should also check out the Tomorrow series by John Marsden. Not futuristic per se, but for some reason I draw parallels to THG. It’s more of a high-intensity invasion story that follows a group of teenagers when Australia is occupied by a foreign power. There are 7 books in the original series, and a sequel trilogy. The protagonist, Ellie, rivals Katniss as my favorite YA heroine; they definitely have similar spirit. And of course there is romance. Trust me, it’s worth the read. The first book has been made into a movie over in Australia, but not released here yet. Thanks again, love the article!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1176710169 Kimberly Humphries

    His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman. It came out before Harry Potter, and honestly — it’s WAY better and so severely underrated.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1389780016 Kim Brown

    “existing only on Chinese take-out and your Peeta-loving tears” is a fantastic quote. Peeta is the greatest. Thanks for the suggestions. :)

  • Kate Spencer

    These are all such great suggestions! It’s going to take me years to get through them…which is fine with me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/annabelle.foster Annabelle Foster

    This is such a great post. I’m reading exclusively YA dystopias this summer and my reading list includes all of your picks. I’d also recommend “Unlocked” by Cyndy d’Entremont, “Ashes ashes” by Jo Treggiari, “Wither” by Lauren DeStefano, and “Bumped” by Megan McCafferty.

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