Six Books to Read After The Hunger Games
You're Finished with The Hunger Games. Now What?
Did you love The Hunger Games, but now you're finished with the trilogy and you can't wait to read something else? Do you love the idea of a strong teenage girl who overcomes remarkable odds to change the world? Are you looking for another dystopian society to sink your teeth into? This is a huge genre right now; so much has been written in the last 10 years or so with these sorts of plots. You will definitely find something else to your liking in the list of books like The Hunger Games below.
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Gregor The Overlander (Underland Chronicles, Book 1)
Obviously, the first place to look is at Suzanne Collins' other books. She has also written the popular Underland Chronicles series. It's actually for slightly younger audiences, but I read them as an adult and enjoyed them. Though the main character is a boy, he has a very opinionated 2 year old sister. With a father who disappeared without warning several years ago, he realizes his sister has fallen through a grate in New York City, and he must go in after her. Once there, he meets up with giant rats, spiders and bats, who are all in a power struggle to control the Underland. Gregor is a reluctant hero, but a compelling one, and this is a story you won't soon forget.
Divergent is a great choice to read after The Hunger Games. Another female lead character, another dystopian society, another attempt to break free from the bonds of what's expected. When teens turn 16, they must pick from 5 different factions where they are to live for the rest of their lives. The factions are: honesty, selflessness, brave, peaceful, and intelligent. Beatice makes a choice that changes everything, and puts her life on a track that was unexpected. This Chicago society believes you can only have one virtue and must live your life keeping the practices of that virtue, but Beatrice is not so one-dimensional.
This book has a good deal of violence. In some places I found it more violent than Hunger Games, but I still plan on reading the next book in the series.
Graceling is a fantasy YA novel instead of a dystopian future society, but there are a number of similarities between Changeling's Katsa and Katniss (and not just the similar names!). Every Changeling in this world is given a particular talent, and Katsa's is -- fighting and killing. She is also a member of the royal family, and as such, is forced to carry out orders from the king that utilize her special talent. Unhappy with being used this way, she must find a way to promote justice instead. Changeling is the first in the series.
Enclave is a much darker world that even The Hunger Games world. In Enclave, you don't even earn a name until you are 15, and if you are still alive then, you are named. At that point, you can become a Builder, a Breeder, or a Hunter. Sounds pleasant, right? This is not just dystopian, it's post-apocalyptic. The Enclave is underground, and there are other enclaves nearby, but there are also Freaks, which thrive on eating any sort of meat, including humans. It's a violent book with some amount of romance, so it's definitely for the mature teen
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a beautifully haunting book. Filled with black and white vintage photos of children, this book of fantasy is a perfect book to read after The Hunger Games. In this case, the lead character is a 16 year old boy who is searching for his grandfather's childhood home, Miss Peregrine's Home. He's spent his whole life wanting to have an adventurous life like his grandfather, but he hasn't. The book has dark monsters, but it is a more whimsical story than scary.
Cinder: Book One in the Lunar Chronicles
Cinder, the first book in the Lunar Chronicles, is bit like Battlestar Galactica meets Cinderella. Cinder is a cyborg, not a human, but she is at the center of the battle for Earth. I'm a big fan of Non-Traditional Princess Stories, but this is a bit more advanced than I've written about previously. In any case, this is no shrinking violet Cinderella, she is a tough and strong female lead.