Bibliography: Dystopian future and survival books
YA Fiction, AGUIRRE
In a post-apocalyptic future, fifteen-year-old Deuce, a loyal Huntress, bring back meat while avoiding the Freaks outside her enclave, but when she is partnered with the mysterious outsider, Fade, she begins to see that the strict ways of the elders may be wrong- and dangerous.
YA Fiction, BERTAGN
In the year 2010, as the island of Wing is about to be covered by water, Mara discovers the existence of New World sky cities that are safe from the storms and rising waters and convinces her people to travel to one of these cities in order to save themselves.
YA Fiction, BODEEN
After his parents, two sisters and he have spent six years in a vast underground compound built by his father to protect them from a nuclear holocaust, Eli learns that his father has perpetrated a monstrous hoax on them all.
YA Fiction, Young Reader’s Choice Award DASHNER
16-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.
YA Fiction, DOCTORO
After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, 17-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.
YA Fiction, FARMER
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.
YA Fiction, FISHER
Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells and corridors, but metal forests, dilapidated cities, and wilderness. It has been sealed for centuries, and only one man has ever escaped. Finn has always been a prisoner here. Although he has no memory of his childhood, he is sure he came from Outside. His link to the Outside, his chance to break free, is Claudia, the warden's daughter, herself determined to escape an arranged marriage. They are up against impossible odds, but one thing looms above all: Incarceron itself is alive . . .
YA Fiction, GRANT
In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local school, as well as those who have “The Power” and those who do not.
The Line by Teri Hall
Rachel thinks that she are her mother are safe working for Ms. Moore at her estate close to The Line, an invisible border of the United States, but when Rachel has an opportunity to Cross into the forbidden zone, she is both frightened and intrigued.
YA Fiction, LOWRY
Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does Jonas begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.
YA Fiction, MALLEY
In 2140 England, where drugs enable people to live forever and children are illegal, teenaged Anna, an obedient “Surplus” training to become a house servant, discovers that her birth parents are trying to find her.
YA Fiction, MCNAUGH
In the year 2368, humans exist under dire environmental conditions and one young woman, rescued from a work camp and chosen for a special duty uses her love of learning to discover the truth about the planet’s future and her own dark past.
YA Fiction, NESS
Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him -- something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn't she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd's gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.
YA Fiction, OBRIEN
In the future, in a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the wall and those, like sixteen-year-old midwife, Gaia Stone, who live outside. Gaia has always believed it is her duty, with her mother, to hand over a small quota of babies to the Enclave. But when Gaia’s mother and father are arrested by the very people they so dutifully serve, Gaia is forced to question everything she has been taught to believe. Gaia’s choice is now simple: enter the world of the Enclave to rescue her parents, or die trying.
YA Fiction, PATTERS
A sister and brother, along with thousands of young people, have been kidnapped and either thrown in prison or turned up missing after accusations of witchcraft were made against them, and the ruling regime will do anything in order to suppress life and liberty, music, and books.
YA Fiction, PEARSON
When biotechnology advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible, but illegal, a seventeen year-old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.
YA Fiction, PFEFFER
Through journal entries 16 year-old Miranda describes her family’s struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.
YA Fiction, RYAN
Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the Unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives “unwound” and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs -- and perhaps, save their own lives.
YA Fiction, WESTERF
Tally Youngblood lives in a futuristic society that acculturates its citizens to believe that they are ugly until age 16 when they'll undergo an operation that will change them into pleasure-seeking "pretties." Anticipating this happy transformation, Tally meets Shay, another female ugly, who shares her enjoyment of hoverboarding and risky pranks. But Shay also disdains the false values and programmed conformity of the society and urges Tally to defect with her to the Smoke, a distant settlement of simple-living conscientious objectors. Tally declines, yet when Shay is found missing by the authorities, Tally is coerced by the cruel Dr. Cable to find her and her compatriots–or remain forever "ugly."
Nonfiction Survival Stories
Adrift: 76 Days Lost at Sea by Steven Callahan
Adult non-fiction, 919.8 NIELSON
Adult non-fiction, 917.98 KRAKAUE
Adult non-fiction, 979.7 CALABRO
Adult non-fiction, 613.6 KELLER
Adult non-fiction, 613.6 LUNDIN