5 Must Read Teen/YA Dystopian Stories with Strong Females Leads

Rehab1First, we’ll start with a little shameless plugging. If you like a bit of God with your dystopia, and a hint of romance, the Unbelief Trilogy is for you.

The books are about 30k words a pop, and the story (ahem, ahem, so I’ve been told) is fast-paced, well-written and keeps you engaged right up until the cliffhanger end that leaves you well… hanging. But totally in a good way.

Sinna is a toughie that you can’t help but relate to and finds herself experiencing emotions I think we’ve all experienced at some point in our lives. Also, book 1 is free, so why not taste test or test drive, or whatever other metaphor you’d like to mix around here? All you have to lose is a bit of time that may very well turn out to be time well spent.

Also, book 1 is free, so why not taste test or test drive, or whatever other metaphor you’d like to mix around here? All you have to lose is a bit of time that may very well turn out to be time well spent.

 

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Yes m’dears, another shameless plug. Don’t judge. My Absence of Song Trilogy is shaping up to be another dystopian journey many of my readers are enjoying.

Again, you’ll find a bit of God mixed with your dystopia here, as well as a bit of fantasy and romance thrown in for good measure.

Jaelynn, of course, is a toughie as well (what can I say, I like my tough gals) and she finds herself on a journey of discovery in a world where God and music have been missing for a very long time.

Can you imagine any such world? No God, no faith or hope, no music to inspire us and keep us going? Sounds pretty bleak. But it makes for good reading on your next lazy Sunday afternoon! Did I mention free?

 

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If you haven’t read Tara Elizabeth’s Exalted Trilogy yet, you’re in for a treat. Mena is the ultimate in strong female protagonists that kick butt and take names later. I found these books to be beautifully written, and I loved the final book where I got to jump around between all the major character point of views.

I found these books to be beautifully written, and I loved the final book where I got to jump around between all the major character point of views.

Plus the different point of views enhanced the climactic feel to the final book of the trilogy which I also appreciated.

Can’t really say enough about this trilogy, it’s truly one of the best I’ve read in recent months outside of the biggies like The Hunger Games and Divergent. And my own books of course. hehe

 

SelectionBook1The Selection series by Kiera Cass is another company of books you can’t miss out on reading this year. America Singer is your requisite strong female lead character, however, the story is a bit of a twist on dystopian worlds, with a premise that many readers liken to the reality TV show The Bachelor.

So if your guilty secret is you watch a lot of reality TV, this may very well be the story of your dreams.

Besides, who wouldn’t be intrigued in a series that boast such beautiful covers? I can’t voice enough praise over the importance of professional and well-branded book covers, especially for indie authors trying to build a readership and fan following. Kiera Cass has nailed it on all fronts in that department.

 

LegacycodeThe Legacy Code, book 1 of the Fractured Era series written by Autumn Kalquist is a rather dark dystopian (but then again, really are there many dystopian stories that are NOT dark in some way?) and as such may not be as suited for the younger end of the teen spectrum.

Really it will be up to parents to make that call, but rest assured that Era Corinth is the ultimate in strong female leads attempting to survive in a world that is no longer safe or happy.

This is one of those dystopian stories that make you go “What if?”… and as such make it a top pick, at least for moi.

I love those books that really make you ask yourself what you would do if you were ever put in a similar situation and said situation is so realistic it very well could be your future some day.

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By C.B. Stone

C.B. Stone is author of the Unbelief trilogy, the Absence of Song trilogy, and more trilogy-like works. She also occasionally indulges in sushi and chocolate. OK, perhaps occasionally isn't the right word. Often? Every opportunity presented? ::ditches 3rd person voice:: Drat... OK, my name is C.B. Stone and I am a choc-o-holic and sushi addict. Feel better now? You know you're with me.

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