Dystopian Books to Read During A Pandemic

Hello everyone! Happy Friday! I hope everyone is staying safe, healthy, and staying HOME!

Today’s post we are going to talk about some dystopian books that may distract you from the current dystopia we are currently living through. If you feel like coping with this whole situation by reading books where the settings are far worse than what is happening currently, then these books are for you. Personally, I am actually reading the hunger games now and wow… it sure is taking my mind off of a lot of situations right now.

Let’s just jump right into the list and talk about some of these dystopian books that will just really take your mind off of the current situation we are all in right now… or just make you worry even more lol.

(1) Dry – Neal & Jarrod Shusterman


Honestly, this book is pretty close to the most realistic thing that can happen out of all of these situations. It takes place in California and when we start the book, we immediately are made aware that due to a low raining season, the state and surrounding states are actually running low on water. Eventually most of California completely drys out, which leaves people with no water. Our main characters are led to do some pretty crazy stuff just to get a single drop of water. It’s intense, but it makes you think with global warming going on in this world, could this actually become a reality? Also, this book has led me to be a little more mindful of just how much water I use.

(2) The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

Although I have not read the series (I’m currently in the process of doing so though), I have watched the movies and good lord… I would hate to have to live in a world like this one. I can’t even imagine having to stand in a large group with other young adults/kids and have to be picked to go be put in some game, where I have to kill other kids, just so a bunch of old people can have fun with the entertainment part of it. Like what in the hell. I will give Collins mad props to coming up with this idea, but man is it dark.

(3) The Handmaids Tale – Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale (The Handmaid's Tale, #1)

Again… another series where I have to say to myself what the hell was this author thinking when writing it. I have not read this, but I basically know all of the storyline and what the whole concept is just from the countless of spoilers alone (thanks Twitter 🙂 ) But in all seriousness, this book is SCARY. I mean yes it is a dystopian, but I think it could be classified as horror for the general female population. Basically in this book to sum it all up, women are slaves to families who can’t make babies. We follow Offred who is basically forced to have sex with a man so him and his wife can have a family since the wife can’t produce children. I honestly cannot wait to read this because I am just dying to experience the amount of anger that comes with this book. It sounds like a horrible setting, but a wonderful dystopian read.

(4) The Divergent series – Veronica Roth

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

I don’t find this dystopian to be quite as scary as the previous three I have mentioned, but it’s still not a place I would enjoy living. Our story takes place in Chicago and we follow a girl named Beatrice who basically has to choose which of the five factions she would like to dedicate her life to. She wants to stay with her family, but also wants to be who she really is,but unfortunately can’t do both. I’ve heard okay-ish things about this series, but the first movie was pretty big when it came out a few years ago. The rest I heard nothing about, but hey you might like it. Ya never know unless you try it.

(5) The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)

I have actually read this one, and this one is pretty unsettling as well, but to be honest I would love to have some of these powers. Obviously Ruby, our main character, has the best power of them all but the others are pretty cool too. I did enjoy the first book, and I don’t really know why I haven’t continued but I am sure I will eventually. It was a really good story, and left us with a really big cliffhanger, so I don’t know. Maybe I’ll get to it sometime this year. Haven’t watched the movie yet either which I am hoping to get to soon as well.

Well I hope you guys enjoyed my list and maybe find some comfort in these books while reading during your quarantine time. Let me know if you guys have read any of these and what you thought as well! Happy reading!

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