Top Ten Tuesday: Teaching YA Dystopian 101

August 25, 2015 Top Ten Tuesday 11

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

I love YA Dystopian and I would have loved it if we could have read Dystopian in school. If I was teaching Dystopian 101 I would be sharing some of my favourite dystopian worlds, books and series of all time…

I really love the dystopian world of The Winners Trilogy. There is so much history and every little detail has been included. This is by far one of my favourite dystopian’s of all time.

The Winners Curse Review . The Winners Crime Review


This one was one of the big hype books of this year, and the hype was so right because the world of An Ember in the Ashes was just WOW.

An Ember in the Ashes Review


Marie Lu is a genius and her Legend series is incredible. It’s hard not to immerse yourself in this incredible world with its totally loveable characters.


I loved reading this series and discovering Reverie and The Death Shop and the characters who live in it. I would have loved to have read this for class.

Under the Never Sky Review . Through the Ever Night Review . Into the Still Blue Review


This was a different kind of dystopian world because it was set on a spaceship, which I loved and which is what made it so unique.

Across the Universe Review . A Million Suns & Shades of Earth Review


I can’t believe it took me so long to read James Dashner’s Maze Runner trilogy because it is amazing. I loved the Gladers and the fact that each book is based in a different part of this excellently described dystopian world.

The Maze Runner Review


I love this trilogy. I love the uniqueness of the districts and the capital and the whole history of the world. It is so incredibly built and I have also loved watching it on the big screen.


Veronica Roth took human traits at the most basic and used them to create such a incredibly unique world that will always make it one of my favourites.

Divergent Review . Insurgent Review . Allegiant Review


I’m sorry to say that I haven’t finished this series yet, I’m only a few books in. But the world that Grant created with just kids in it is super cool and one that I love reading about.


I’m literally like 10 pages into this one. But I am loving it already and have also heard such incredible things that I know for a fact that this book would make my syllabus. Plus, it’s Marie Lu, who wouldn’t want her on their list!


What do you think of my choices? Have you read any of these?

Who did you choose this week?

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11 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Teaching YA Dystopian 101”

  1. chucklesthescot

    I’m a massive fan of The Hunger Games…I’m intrigued by The Winner’s Curse and An ember in the ashes as they sound different from my usual dystopian reads! I also might go back and try The Maze Runner again-I stopped halfway through but I’m still thinking about the book so I might try a reread. I liked Divergent so I might need to look at the rest of the trilogy when time allows. Nice list!

    • Brocs Bookcase

      Big recommendations for The Winners Curse and An Ember in the Ashes coming from me! Kestral (from Winners Curse) is so smart and one of the most interesting characters I have ever read the POV of. It’s so fascinating to see how things unfold in her head!
      The Maze Runner took me a couple of attempts, but once I got into it I couldn’t put it down!

  2. Elizabeth

    Great choices! I’ve read The Hunger Games and Divergent from your list.

    This week I choose to teach YA Horror 101 for this TTT!

    • Brocs Bookcase

      You doooo! So good! 🙂 That sounds like a unique topic, I’ll have to pop over and check it out. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Brocs Bookcase

      You need to get reading then because all of these are great! 🙂

  3. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies

    Interesting topic! I’ve only read The Hunger Games from your list, but I see so many hear that I keep hearing people rave about. I should probably pick a few to add to my TBR list!

  4. Tanya

    Wow, seeing your list reminds me that several of these are on my TBR and have been for a while. It just takes a long time for me to get to them because I read dystopian so infrequently. I love contemporaries and that’s mainly what I read so I only pick up dystopian (or fantasy or paranormal, etc) once in a while. I’ve read The Hunger Games trilogy and the Divergent trilogy. I read Across the Universe but didn’t care to continue the series. But Legend, Under the Never Sky, and The Winner’s Curse are all on my TBR. 🙂