Remember when we were all ~*obsessed*~ with dystopian novels? It not only kept us on the edge of our seats, but it also taught us a thing or two about standing up against injustice. Dystopian books are an attempt to imagine a future in which chaos reigns as a result of a tragic event. They offered a modern perspective on modern society that had our attention until the last chapter. From introducing iconic protagonists to allowing us all into their realities and the lives they promised to protect, we were definitely taken on an unforgettable ride—all thanks to the free ticket of reading a book!
If you wish to relive these stories that were part of your teenage life, here are five dystopian book series that we so dearly miss!
1. Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
Driven by the decision to break free from fear, the Divergent series showed us all that bravery comes in different forms in every faction. Who could ever forget the beloved divergent couple, Tris Prior and Tobias Eaton? (also known as Shailene Woodley and Theo James' breakthrough performance!). By being brave, kind, intelligent, selfless, and honest, they led an army of blind followers into the greatest revolt that shaped the future of their world. This totally reflects one of the lines in the book: “We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.” Not to mention that as readers, we slowly followed their blossoming romance!
2. The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
"You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope" is a short but deeply personal line from this book that confirms one thing: we are all willing volunteers as tribute in the name of the people we love. The Hunger Games series taught us that being selfless is power. Katniss Everdeen’s strength and tough personality impressed so many that we'll consider her one of the best protagonists for young girls today! Just like in the book, the name Katniss is the first thing that pops up in our minds when we're thinking of a girl on fire (literally). What made her even more inspiring was when she led the revolution against the Capitol, affirming that an independent woman is not someone to play with!
3. Maze Runner Series by James Dashner
Didn't we all fall a little in love with Thomas' clever tactics that got them out of the maze? Getting trapped in a never-ending labyrinth is an opportunity to learn to trust yourself and those around you. The Maze Runner series left an impression on all of us because it invited us to experience two of our greatest fears: being lost and getting stuck. In a society that aims to exhaust your faith, when it comes to survival, this book sheds light on becoming the best version of yourself. Remembering the way the Gladers overcame all of the challenges that came their way will always inspire us to do the same!
4. The Giver Series by Lois Lowry
In all seriousness though, can you imagine a world without color or emotions? A world without pain and conflict appears ideal at first glance, but The Giver series sends a clear message that memories of the past are needed to maintain social order. Set in a colorless world where sameness rules everyone, it's difficult to forget Jonas, the chosen Receiver of Memory. We learned through his eyes that by eliminating worldly ills, any genuine act of humanity can’t be found as well. This line sums up the book’s entire effect: “The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.” We'll never get over how a 12-year-old boy helped to attain freedom and security by storing memories (what a mind, right?).
5. Legend Series by Marie Lu
Reading an us-against-the-world trope involving an elite girl and a notorious criminal surely piqued our interest in the good old days! Love is much stronger when paired with resistance and truth. The Legend series depicted the lifestyle gaps between two people who were destined for a growing romance. Day and June's story takes us back to their efforts to expose the government's lies and keep their love alive, despite their many differences. We realized that when done correctly, love can defy all odds!