Guest Post - Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

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Hello fans of Claire Reads!

My name is Amber Skye, and I am the blogger behind Reading Addict. Since Claire is out of town, I agreed to fill in for her today!

As we near the release of The Hunger Games on the big screen, the topic of post-apocalyptic fiction is as hot as ever. It is for that reason that I decided to dedicate this post to the many brilliant novels that HG fans will absolutely adore.

Over the past four years, the nation-wide bestselling series The Hunger Games has left fans desperate for more action-packed, post-apocalyptic drama. Thankfully, the authors of the YA genre have risen to meet the challenge. Dozens of incredible dystopian novels have been released within the past few years. Some of them have received their due praise, while others have remained undiscovered. Here are my absolute favorite Hunger Games-like novels!

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
"Most of the time, writing a review for a book isn't a challenge for me. I've already gathered my thoughts and know just what I want to say. It's different with DeliriumThis book is so powerful and deep that I'm finding it difficult to describe. The ending left me speechless... I think I have contracted a very serious case of Amor Deliria Nervosa because of this novel. Delirium is a breathtakingly real and painful novel."

The Host by Stephenie Meyer
"No matter how many times I read this book, I am still blown away by the piercing emotions Meyer is able to evoke from the reader. I cannot not love this book. Everything about it draws me in and surrounds me in a world of pain, fear, love, and passion. There is not another book like it. I don't think I could ever choose one favorite novel, but The Host is definitely way up there on my list."

Wither by Lauren DeStefano
"This is one of those novels that keeps you up late at night. Thought-provoking concepts are thrust into the light, and topics of death and freedom are brought to the surface. Rhine's world has a depressing and claustrophobic feel to it. The execution of the plot and setting is brilliant. Wither is a powerful read. What would you do in Rhine's shoes? What do you truly believe in? And what are you willing to sacrifice?"

Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith
"Right off the bat, I knew this book was going to be insanely freaky. The cover and synopsis told me as much, but for some reason I didn't understand how dark this novel was going to be. If you're opposed to death and gore, as well as frightening scenes from your worst nightmares, then I would recommend keeping this book at arm's length. However, I found this original story captivating. The entire story played out like a movie in my mind, with vivid scenery and characters."

Pure by Julianna Baggot
"I have no idea how to put this book into words... There are so many heart-wrenching emotions, so much loss and desperation. Pure is the quintessential dystopian novel. Pure isn't a novel you can enjoy. It's a novel you'll fear, love, hate, and admire. If you decide to give this exceptional novel a shot, I promise you won't regret it. Young or old, boy or girl, every reader will take a part of Pure with them after reading it."

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
"After reading the first twenty-five pages, I already knew that Shatter Me was going to earn a place on my favorites shelf. It was just one of those books. You know, the ones that have you shunning friends and family in order to squeeze in more reading time? The ones that keep you up, devouring words until your eyes burn? I have no doubt that supernatural YA lovers will devour this pulse-racing novel."

Eden by Keary Taylor
"When I stumbled across this one and randomly began to read the first page, I was sucked in and forced to finish the entire novel. Everything about the book entranced me- the cover, the premise, and the characters. I would definitely recommend Eden to anyone who is searching for a futuristic tale full of drama, romance, action, and emotion. I can’t tell you how glad I am that I happened upon this incredible book. "
Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
"The word 'exciting' doesn't even cover this plot. Try, 'thrilling' or 'electrifying.' The action begins within the first few pages and doesn't let up. I was dragged along on insane twists and turns, and I loved every minute of it. This is one of the best YA dystopian novels I have ever read. End of story. This debut novel deserves attention from each and every teen reader. Books like this one are the reason I'm a reader and a reviewer. Absolutely amazing. "

All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
"Honestly, I procrastinated a lot on this one. I hadn't read very promising reviews, and the premise didn't thrill me. Then I finally started All These Things I've Done, and I was blown away. I cannot believe I waited this long! The fabulous, addictive story kept me locked up in my rooms for hours. The compelling tale of a family corrupted by crime and murder will captivate readers everywhere."
Angelfall by Susan Ee 
"I started this one on a complete whim. I was without a book, and this book was only $0.99 on my Kindle. So I bought it and decided to give it a shot. I am so, so glad that I did. Who would have guessed that avenging angels and a decimated, futuristic world would mesh so well? The plot is heart-pounding, the characters are lovable, and their world is unbelievable. You MUST give this one a shot if you're a Hunger Games fan."

I hope these recommendations will lead some of you to your next favorite YA novel! To check out the full versions of my reviews and more, feel free to visit Thanks everyone!


Claire Blennerhassett

Reader, Blogger

Twenty-something | book-blogger | tea-drinker | procrastinator | wannabe-writer | student

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