Dystopian novels are considered to be the most popular genre of fiction, with many authors and readers preferring this type of book over any other. With the popularity of movies like The Hunger Games, it’s no wonder that these types of books have become so admired. There is something about these stories that captures our imaginations and won’t let go.
There are so many different types of dystopian novels out there, but it can be hard to figure out which ones are the best. So let’s take a look at some of the best dystopian romance novels that you should read!
1) The Shatter Me Series By Tahereh Mafi
Not many books can bring about the same emotions that The Shatter Me Series does. It is one of those novels that will leave you feeling like your heart has been ripped out and shredded, but at the same time it is such an exhilarating experience because of all these feelings you get while reading it. This book is definitely one of the best dystopian romance novels available.
2) Legend By Marie Lu
This book won’t just capture your imagination, it will take over your heart and soul. It’s basically impossible not to fall in love with this novel. The characters are so wonderfully fleshed out that you’ll feel like you know them personally by the time you finish reading it. Legend is one of those books that you’ll never forget because the characters are so unforgettable.
3) Divergent By Veronica Roth
Divergent isn’t just another dystopian romance novel, it’s pretty much an experience on its own. Readers get to see what life in a dystopian world can be like for teenagers, but this book has so much more to offer than that. It takes you on an adventure of your life, along with the characters that are incredibly well developed.
4) The Matched Trilogy By Allie Condie
The Matched Trilogy is one of those books that will completely take over your mind and won’t let go until you finish the entire thing. The overall message of this series is a very powerful one, and it will stick with you forever. It’s hard to find a dystopian romance novel that actually has a deeper meaning behind its words, but Matched does just that. This trilogy is unlike anything else out there on the market today.
5) Delirium By Lauren Oliver
Delirium will show you what it’s like to live in a dystopian society where the government thinks that love is a disease. You get to see how much power the government actually has, and how people are living their lives normally even though there is an age requirement for everyone. Delirium definitely stands out amongst other young adult books.
6) The Maze Runner By James Dashner
With dystopian society taking over the world, this novel shows you what it is like to be stuck with no way out. You learn that there are people out there that need help and can’t do it on their own. This book has some of the most well developed characters ever created in a book, and it will take you through the most heart wrenching moments.
7) The Mortal Instruments By Cassandra Clare
What separates The Mortal Instruments from other young adult novels? It has everything that you could ever want in a novel combined together to create one amazing book. There are so many different elements to this story that tie in perfectly with each other to make this novel the best dystopian romance story you will ever read.
8) The Justice Trilogy By Samantha Young
If you love The Mortal Instruments then you’ll definitely love the Justice trilogy as well. This is one of those novels that has everything, and it’s just an amazing experience getting to see these characters come to life. It’s impossible to not fall in love with this series, and it’s one of the best dystopian romance novels ever written.
9) The Lunar Chronicles By Marissa Meyer
Not a lot of books can be described as a “fairytale retelling” and The Lunar Chronicles does so many different fairy tale stories, all packed into one novel. This book is action packed from beginning to end, and it definitely stands out amongst other young adult novels out there on the market today. It’s not just another dystopian romance novel, it’s all the best elements combined to make one unforgettable book.
10) The Glittering Court By Richelle Mead
The Glittering Court is a very different type of novel than most people are used to reading. It’s not just about dystopian society and politics. Instead, it focuses on things like love and relationships. It shows you the power that love has, and how much it can affect your life.
11) Across The Universe By Beth Revis
Across The Universe is a very different type of book from most young adult novels out there on the market right now. It’s hard to put into words the emotions that this novel will bring up in you after you finish reading it, but it’s a very unforgettable experience. It will take you on an adventure that you’ll never want to end, and when it does end you’ll be dying to read the next book in this series.
10) The Red Queen By Victoria Aveyard
There are not many books that have the power to show you what it’s like to live in a dystopian society. It’s amazing to see how much power one young girl can have, and at what length she will go for her people. The Red Queen is an even mix of romance and fantasy, making this novel worth reading.
11) Red Rising By Pierce Brown
Pierce Brown has truly created one of the best dystopian romance novels ever written. You’ll get to see what it’s like to be part of a different race than you are, and just how hard it is to live that type of life. It’s impossible to not see these characters come to life after reading this novel, and you’ll be rooting for them all the way to the end.
12) A Shade of Vampire By Bella Forrest
There are not many books out there that have the power to grab your attention from the very beginning. A Shade of Vampire is just one of those novels that you can’t put down once you start reading it, and it’s definitely a book that draws you in with all the mystery surrounding it. You get to see vampires in a whole new light with A Shade of Vampire, and that’s what makes it so unique.
13) The Dark Elements Series By Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Dark Elements series is just one of those amazing young adult novels that you can’t help but fall in love with as soon as you start reading it. It’s a very different type of story from most out there, and Jennifer L. Armentrout is definitely an author to watch if you want to read something fresh and exciting.
14) Vampire Academy By Richelle Mead
There are not many books out there that can combine the best of both paranormal romance and dystopian society, but Vampire Academy is one of those novels. You get to see things like vampires and magic, combined with everything you already expect to see in a different type of dystopia. It’s truly an amazing novel to read, and you will not be disappointed.
15) Hush, Hush By Becca Fitzpatrick
There are not many books that have the power to show you just how different a love triangle can be from what you normally read about. Becca Fitzpatrick definitely knows how to play on your emotions, and she’ll leave you wondering who you want Nora with more. It’s really hard not to fall in love with Patch and Seth, just like Nora did.
If you’re looking for a new book to read, it’s hard not to find one of the best dystopian romances out there. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite novels that are worth reading if you want something different from your usual type of story.
Whether it be vampires or magic, these books have everything you need in a good romance novel- and more!
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