Top Ten Tuesday – July 17, 2012: Top Ten Books For People Who Liked The Hunger Games

So it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish!

This week’s theme is:Ā Top Ten Books For People Who Like X Book

And my choice is Ten Books for people who liked THE HUNGER GAMES.

I’m choosing this because it’s a well-known book that a lot of people have read, and I’ve picked up a lot of new books that I’ve loved all based on dystopian-type or post-apocalyptic worlds. That and it may be one book on which I can actually base 10 (or close to it) recommendations!

  1. Graceling by Kristin Cashore – “Graceling?” you say all skeptical. “But that’s a fantasy book, not dystopia.” Ah yes, you are correct sir, but I stand by it as my first recommendation! I found myself comparing Katsa in Graceling to Katniss many many times throughout my read – in strength, in ignorance of love, in kick-ass fighting bow & arrow skills (okay, so Katsa wins with kicking-ass-in-anything skills). It may be a stretch on other things, but I made comparisons throughout the book, however mild and I’m not normally a fantasy person in any way, shape, or form so if I loved (yes, loved) Graceling, then I’m recommending it first!
  2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner – Kids (well, all boys. And one girl). They’re in a closed in environment. Created just for them. They have to figure out how to live. How to survive each other. They try to escape. And well, there’s a maze. But I’m going with the Glade/Hunger Games arena comparison here! There’s a lot more to the story, but I really ended up liking this series a lot more than I thought I would!
  3. Delirium/Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver – So this is a bit more on the romantic side, a little less on the action side, but when I finished reading The Hunger Games (okay, when I finished devouring the whole series), I immediately began researching what other dystopian books I could get my hands on, and then this glorious book found its way into my house. I liked how this was more of an evolved utopia that slowly turns into a complete dystopia for Lena once she “sees the other side”. Like I said, much more mush than THG but I loved it!
  4. The Giver by Lois Lowry – This was dystopia before it was cool. A little younger age range, but I fell in love with it during English in 7th/8th grade. It was like I was destined to read dystopia all along!
  5. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi – I think what I loved so much about this one was how much of the technologically advanced utopian world and the savage, primitive outside world clashed and blended so beautifully. The characters didn’t just grow from an experience, they helped each other grow through learning about each other.
  6. Monument 14by Emmy Laybourne – This is not too far into the future and a lot more on the realistic side, like if it happened tomorrow. Toxic chemicals released into the air, raging monster storms, and 14 kids trapped in a superstore (dream come true if it was not the semi-apocalypse…) – I like how we get to see the kids figure out how to be adults, how to handle responsibilities, and I thought it seemed very realistic to how kids would handle a real crisis like that. Very interesting take on it!
  7. Wither by Lauren DeStefano – Again, the love story is more the main focus here, but I like to compare Housemaster Vaughn as a President Snow from time to time. And Wither is more a place where disease now controls the world, but it’s still one of my favorite dystopian books!
  8. The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor – Even though this is essentially a retelling of Alice in Wonderland, it’s almost a dystopia in reverse in the sense that Alyss is really a part of Wonderland (yes, Wonderland is real!) and she gets trapped in the normal, boring human world where no magic exists. It’s almost a dystopia world for her. Plus there’s tons of action, fighting, and actually kind of violent at times. I really enjoyed it though!
  9. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – Although I would rate this more along the lines of a HP read-alike, I think fans of The Hunger Games would still love it (hey, I did). It’s got elements of a brand new world that hides behind ordinary that only the supernaturals and shadowhunters can see. It’s a lot of adventure, a little bit of romance all rolling around in a very creative world.
  10. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – Okay, so this last one’s a little off but I was running out of dystopian books and I feel like this series is so underrated! I’m only two books in and I love it – And this was after I was already like, “I am sooo over vampire stories”. I think it’s definitely worth a shot, and I can say the second book is even better (and I’ve heard it gets even BETTER from there)!

34 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – July 17, 2012: Top Ten Books For People Who Liked The Hunger Games

    1. Brittany

      Thanks! It’s really a great read. As a person who doesn’t like fantasy, I was really surprised with how much I liked it! šŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Jennifer

    My list is about The Hunger Games as well!
    I *love* Graceling. It’s one of my favorite-of-all-time books. And I found myself comparing Katniss/Katsa as well!
    Great list šŸ™‚

  2. wingedcreature

    Great list! I’d never think about comparing Graceling and The Hunger Games, but I agree, fans of The Hunger Games will like Graceling. I haven’t read The Maze Runner, but I might have to add it my list.

    1. Brittany

      Thanks! I think it’s worth the read. I was actually really surprised that I liked it so much and I felt like the second book (The Scorch Trials) was even better!

  3. Vyki

    Great list! I’ve read a few of them, and a few more are on my TBR list. Monument 14 is one I keep seeing a lot, so I might add it also!

  4. bookgoonie

    I have Wither, The Maze Runner, Monument 14, & Vampire Academy all sitting on myshelf. Must move them up in the rotation.

    Graceling & Under the Never Sky…beautiful world building & similar dynamics between the 2 main characters.

    Great recommends.

  5. Kelsey

    So many good choices, some I have yet to read too. Graceling was awesome, that was cool to add it to the list! Delirium was also an awesome one! Great list šŸ™‚

    1. Brittany

      You should!! I would loan you my copy but… It’s the library’s copy and I don’t think they appreciate that lol! šŸ™‚

  6. Anne

    I find dystopian novels so compelling and I am glad that there are many good ones to choose from these days. I just read The Looking Glass Wars this past year and found it to be quite good so I am glad to see it on your list. Thanks for dropping by my blog.

  7. nuelene

    The only book I’m familiar is The Giver. I hope to read everything on your list though. šŸ™‚

  8. Alexandra

    Oh, oh, what about Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi? LOVE that book. And Divergent/Insurgent by Veronica Roth, and Article 5 by Kristin Simmons are both pretty good dystopians.
    I love Alice in Wonderland, so I was really interested with what Beddor did with the characters and concepts in The Looking Glass Wars trilogy, but form me, when I was reading it, it was more… “hmm, interesting” rather than “OOOHHH this is amazing!”
    Ahhh, Cassie Clare and Richelle Mead! Those women create the most awesome characters EVER.

  9. thebookslayer

    Oh I have read quite a few of these and love them. Great list! My Favorite from above would be VA. But that’s no surprise since that was the one book I picked for my Top ten. lol Thanks for stopping by my page.

  10. KateB

    I’m more convinced than ever that I need to read Graceling. I already wanted to read it but you’ve made it sound even more amazing that I thought it did before.

    1. Brittany

      Yeah, I forgot how confusing/slow the beginning was! I remember getting really into and just racing through the book once it really hooked me šŸ™‚

    1. Brittany

      I really enjoyed it! I still haven’t made it on to the second book yet, but I thought it was a really creative take on Alice in Wonderland!

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