Dystopian Fiction for Grades 6-8

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Author Title Call Number
Baz and Ray win coveted spots on X-Isle, but they find the island to be a violent place ruled by a fanatical preacher. (476 pp.)
Y Augarde
BacigalupiShip Breaker
When Nailer finds a beached ship, he must decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl in the wreckage. (326 pp.)
Y Bacigalupi
CardEnder's Game
Military prodigy Ender Wiggin is sent to Battle School, where he must train to fight against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive. (324 pp.)
Y Card
ClaytonThe Roar
In an overpopulated future world, Mika refuses to believe his twin sister was killed after being abducted, and continues to search for her. (481 pp.)
Y Clayton
CourageThe Loudness
Forced from the colorful streets of the Other Side to an overcrowded capital city on the verge of collapse, Henry realizes that not everyone is who they seem to be. (330 pp.)
Y Courage
DashnerThe Maze Runner
Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with his new community if he is to escape. (375 pp.)
Y Dashner
DuPrauCity of Ember
In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city. (270 pp.)
Y DuPrau
FarmerThe House of the Scorpion
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, a 140-year-old drug lord. (380 pp.)
Y Farmer
Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, helps a young prisoner escape. (442 pp.)
Y Fisher
HirschThe Eleventh Plague
Stephen travels the post-Collapse America scavenging with his father and grandfather until tragedy strikes and he finds his way to Settler’s Landing, a community that seems too good to be true. (304 pp.)
Y Hirsch
HolyokeThe Neptune Project
A group of kids who have been genetically altered to survive in the ocean must embark on a dangerous underwater journey to find refuge. (341 pp.)
Y Holyoke
On New Earth, a world based on a video role-playing game, Erik and his friends engage in unusual gambits to save Erik's father. (364 pp.)
Y Kostick
In Taemon's city, everyone has the power of telekinesis, so when he loses his in a traumatic accident he is exiled to the dud farm. (320 pp.)
Y Krumwiede
LowryThe Giver
Jonas becomes his community's Receiver of Memories and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives. (180 pp.)
Y Lowry
PerryThe Scavengers
Twelve-year-old Ford Falcon learns to survive in the tough world outside the Bubble Cities by scavenging--skills she needs when her parents unexpectedly go missing. (272 pp.)
Y Perry
ReeseAbove World
After centuries of surviving in the ocean, the technology that allows the Coral Kampii to breathe underwater is failing, and Aluna goes to the forbidden “Above World” to find help. (356 pp.)
Y Reese
In a future world where teens can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested, three such teens band together. (335 pp.)
Y Shusterman
Upon arriving at Maxfield Academy, Benson discovers that the school is a prison and no one is what he or she seems. (376 pp.)
Y Wells
In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from ugly to supermodel gorgeous--but with a price. (425 pp.)
Y Westerfeld

Last Updated: 3/17


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