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Six Books to Read After The Hunger Games

Updated on October 28, 2014

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.

Image from People Magazine.

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

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

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

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.


Have you read any books like The Hunger Games?

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      AmyLOrr 

      4 years ago

      I loved loved loved The Hunger Games - I read all three books in one weekend I was so hooked. Thanks for some great ideas of what to read next :)

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      im 12 years old and I know a lot kids my age think im crazy but I don't care HUNGER GAMES ARE THE BEST.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      AFTER THE FEAR by Rosanne Rivers! I read it a month ago and keep thinking about it!

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      InfoCoop 

      5 years ago

      My teenage daughter talked me into reading the Hunger Games series. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed them.

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 

      5 years ago from Ozun

      i have not, but now i know about them and i can look for them. Thanks for the info.

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 

      5 years ago from Ozun

      i have not, but now i know about them and i can look for them. Thanks for the info.

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      Jennifer Lawyer 

      5 years ago

      Though a former secondary English teacher and a fan of YA lit, I haven't read any of these! They are certainly going on my list! Thanks!

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      Shivi13 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the recommendations. I absolutely loved Divergent. I'm going to try reading Enclave now.

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      kcsantos 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the recommendations. I loved and enjoyed reading the HG book series.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      The selection was a book that was very much like hunger games. I really enjoyed it

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      DivergentCaster 

      5 years ago

      I've read all of these books except for 'Enclave' <3 I totally love them ALL!!! Great choices! My favourite was Divergent, by Veronica Roth. You know what's a good thing to do when you're reading a really good book? In case you're finished and/or need a break from the mindblowing events, you can check out the fanfiction storeis, from www.FanFiction.net. To make it simpler, just type in _____(name of book) fanfiction into a google search and the words "_____ Fanfction Archive" should come up. E

      Ex)

      Divergent Trilogy FanFiction Archive | FanFiction

      www.fanfiction.net/book/Divergent-Trilogy/

      Books: Divergent Trilogy fanfiction archive with over 560 stories. Come in to read,

      write, review, and interact with other fans.

      Hope this helped :)

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      rubberone234 

      6 years ago

      Yay for this lenses! I loved the Hunger Games, and I wanted to know what else there was out there.

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      JoshuaBonilla 

      6 years ago

      Sky of Dust: The Last Weapon is a new book that is one of the top recommended books on Amazon for The Hunger Games.

      It is also set in a dystopian/post-apacolyptic future. It's cool because it also has something they call "abilities".

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      veronicatarantino 

      6 years ago

      No.. i loved hunger games.. happy to know that they are similar books

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: TRUE ;)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      legend by Marie Lu is awesome also the sequel, prodigy is coming out on January 29 2013

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      DEFINITELY "DIVERGENT" and "INSURGENT" by Roth. It's the perfect cross between that and "THE HOST" by the writer of Twilight.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      the maze runner

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      It's actually Graceling, not Changeling. I just read Throne of Glass, and the four Assassin novellas that come before the novel. I enjoyed it immensely. Also, they're not distopian or fantasy, but Stieg Larsson's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the two following books were really excellent. I recommend them for a more mature audience though, due to graphic scenes, and a writing style that I imagine can be hard to follow for the younger readers. I'm about to read the last, but first, novel in the Graceling series, Fire (after reading both Graceling & Bitterblue). Then on to The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. Lastly, no matter what your age, the best books to read are the Harry Potter series, hands down. Also The Host, by the author of the Twilight saga was surprisingly good!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: I totally agree on matched!!! Or Born by Tara Brown. Awesome books.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Uglies series by Scott Westerfield

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      The Maze Runner, by James Dashner

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      OliviaDaughter LM 

      6 years ago

      Great lens ! Thanks for sharing.

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      Millionairemomma 

      6 years ago

      Great recommendations. I will check them out.

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      ayng29 lm 

      6 years ago

      Interesting list! I think the best book to read after reading the Hunger Games is Battle Royale (1999). I made a lens about it too:

      https://hubpages.com/entertainment/9-reasons-why-t...

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Insurgent

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Legend by Marie Lu is great I really enjoyed reading that after I read the Divergent series. Prodigy is the next in the series and comes out next January

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      The MATCHED trilogy is a MUST!! The 3rd book in the series comes out this Nov.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      If you like The Hunger Games you will LOVE Delirium by Lauren Oliver.

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      Camden1 

      6 years ago

      I haven't read any of these, but they sound interesting.

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      Lucy66 

      6 years ago

      I haven't read the hunter games but some friends have done and they told me they really enjoyed them :)

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      g6g8612 

      6 years ago

      super awesome lens, please check out my lenses, thanks

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      victoriuh 

      6 years ago

      Thank you for the recommendations. The Overlander series looks very interesting.

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      victoriuh 

      6 years ago

      Thank you for the recommendations. The Overlander series looks very interesting.

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      RuthMadison 

      6 years ago

      great idea for a lens! I loved The Hunger Games and I've heard great things about the Changling series. I will check these books out.

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      FancyThatUK 

      6 years ago

      Im a big fan of the hunger games series, although their not that popular in the UK! I have seen the film this week, and its not half bad, looking forward to the others now! But I will look out for your recommendations, as need some new reading now!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I plan on watching this movie.

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      melderaid 

      6 years ago

      if you want to go for an adult version look into "Battle Royale" as well

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I love to read.

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