The Hunger Games Prequel Cover Release Put Us in the Mood for Dystopian: 10 Indie Dystopian YA Recommendations to Tide You Over While You Wait

The new Hunger Games prequel cover reveal put us into a serious dystopian mood.  Here's a list of Indie YA dystopian to fill the nostalgia and give you something to wait for until we get the new Hunger Games book releases!

 

 
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AN INESCAPABLE CITY. THREE DEADLY TRIALS. ONE WAY OUT. For eleven years, Lune Tatum, adopted daughter of the Supreme Elite, does as she’s told. She doesn’t ask questions. She trains for the Trials. She follows the rules. And she wants out. Her plan has always been to win the Elite Trials and earn Title of Choice, her only chance at freedom. But a boy from her past shows up on her eighteenth birthday. His presence threatens Lune’s carefully laid plans and exposes memories she’s desperate to forget. One thing is painfully clear: he can’t be trusted. He has secrets. Big ones. And they could ruin everything.  
 
 
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 Anna, a Scavenger Girl auctioned to the highest bidder at the Seller’s Stage as a surrogate, is purchased by one of the most influential families in Ashlund. Despite her efforts to appease them, tension grows when she cannot give them what they want most. As a slave whose life is in the hands of those with status, an arrangement is made – an agreement so unspeakable the consequence of discovery is worse than death for everyone involved, but it just might work. Freedom is found through servitude in a place girls like her rarely find: in the arms of a loving man. But when betrayal and suspicion overshadow hope and desire, secrets kept too long take a murderous turn to protect them. One night of desperation and tragedy seals their fate, forcing confessions to save the most innocent among them.
 
 
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In a world where emotions are forbidden, what happens when you start to feel?

The harvest separates the worthy from the unworthy. Those who pass are destined to continue the human race, and the unworthy are culled.

For years, Eve has been the poster girl for emotional control. But ever since her brother was culled, Eve is finding it difficult to keep the monitor on her wrist an acceptable blue.

The next harvest ceremony is approaching and Eve will do whatever it takes to avoid the same fate as her brother.
Gripping and intriguing, Eve of Eridu explores the lengths that humans will go to in their quest for survival.
  
 
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"Each time I think this night reaches its lowest point I'm mistaken. I stop and let the twisted truth sink in: it's only going to get worse."

The world is drowning. 

Tonight everyone in the disappearing Middlelands gathers in their homes to watch an announcement from the Upperlands. One member of each family will be taken to safety behind the impenetrable fence but, to prevent an uprising, everyone else must be dead before morning. The decision: sacrifice yourself or those you love. 

Kill or be killed. 

For fifteen year old Theia, giving up on her family is out of the question so she has twelve hours to stop the horror from descending on her house. But as the screams around the neighbourhood close in, and with nowhere left to run, she cannot escape the unthinkable fact: only one of them can survive the night. 
 
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The truth doesn’t always set you free. 

Orphaned as a child, Joanna has lived her entire life in the care of the New Terra Alliance. On the verge of turning eighteen, Joanna eagerly awaits her release into what remains of society. 

It was a beautiful lie. 

Joanna was never meant to leave. She is part of the August Harvest, slated to die before the month’s end. With a rogue soldier’s promise to find her a way out, Joanna dares to hope. But if the NTA finds out what she knows, it won’t only be her own life at stake, but the life of the handsome soldier who has vowed to set her free. 
 
 
 
 
Unblinking (The Shuttered Lands Trilogy, #1)

Fresh out of tower training, Zedd Fincher is settling into his dream job. When he gets assigned to edit Minka Stanis's Stream footage, he spins her every misstep into a string of hit clips. As Minka's fame grows, so do Zedd's feelings for her. But a crisis at home brings the darker side of his work into focus. And Zedd soon learns editing other people's lives has consequences. 

As Minka is thrust unwillingly into the spotlight and Zedd's life begins to unravel, only one thing is certain: 

The Eyes are always watching.  
 
 
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All citizens within the soaring black walls of Revinia have metal Singers grafted into their skulls at birth. The parasitic machines issue a form of auditory hypnosis called The Music, which keeps their minds malleable and emotions flat. All artistic expression—especially real music—is strictly prohibited.

On the edge of the city, nineteen year old Ronja struggles to support her cousins and disabled mother. A chance meeting leads to her kidnapping by an underground resistance striving to preserve the human spirit. Violently severed from her Singer by the brash young agent Roark, Ronja revels in her newfound freedom until the consequences of her disappearance begin to unfold.
 
 
 
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Neve Hall has always admired the good works of the civil servants who brought prosperity back to the Nation. She especially respects the Sufferers—empaths who, with the help of technology, anonymously bear others’ troubles for them. But when her assigned empath is abruptly retired, she uncovers certain secrets. Like the identity of her new Sufferer, Micah Ward... and the fact that behind his kind smile is a life filled with loneliness and pain.

The closer Neve grows to Micah, the more desperate she becomes to protect him from a cruel and gruesome fate. But in a world where only a few are allowed the luxury of love, saving Micah comes with a price: Neve must choose between her loyalty to the Nation or her heart—a decision that will take them both on a race for their freedom, and their lives.
  
 
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When a single drop of water is worth every drop of blood…



16-year-old Cassie is the best water thief in Los Angeles, but her luck is about to run dry.

Born as water finally ran out in the American West, Cassie doesn’t remember the brutal civil war that followed—only that her parents died in it. Now the tyrannical Judges rule, and their Dowser henchmen would execute Cassie if they caught her.

Just when Cassie’s about to leave that dangerous underworld behind forever, she fills in for an injured (boy)friend on one last job. It goes sideways. Cassie flees for her life.

She finds shelter with a band of nomadic revolutionaries who call themselves the Transcendents. They’re a ragtag bunch: squabbling twin boys, a kindly doctor, a brooding water raider, his bristling lover, and a host of other outcasts who have joined forces on a secret mission to reclaim their world.

As the Transcendent caravan winds across the desert, Cassie is torn between joining their cause and finding a way back home. But her disappearance had a ripple effect she could never have imagined, and larger plots are afoot that will change the country—and her own life—forever.
 
10. The Watchers (The Watchers, #1) by J.A. Glass
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The Colony. Perfect. Safe. Wholesome. 

Not a single violent crime since its creation. People are given jobs based on their skills, housed in Quarters to cultivate the success of like-minded individuals, protected from disorder and the radiation beyond the walls by The Watcher Initiative. 
The entry fee? A simple surgery. 
Implants behind your eyes ensure your safety, monitor those you come into contact with. 

Dr. Ellimeaux Edin is one of many who provides these implants. Fresh from compulsory schooling and ready to start her life, she is tasked with implanting a little girl, far too young for the procedure. 
Her choice will shatter her perception and change her life 
forever.

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