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10 Books Like ‘The Hunger Games’

The Hunger Games is sometimes regarded as “Battle Royale With Cheese” but in reality, the books do well to sidestep some of that pigeonholing, adding in a whole bunch of political intrigue, romance, danger and a big revolution across its 3 books. These novels captivated audiences when they were first released there’s no denying that the franchise has seen great success in the past.

If you’re in the mood for more young adult drama or rebellions, fret not! We’ve gathered together 10 books to check out when you’ve finished reading The Hunger Games. Of course, if you feel we’ve missed any of your favourites, do comment below and let us know!


The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken

Similarities – Dystopian world

In a dystopian future, a mysterious illness kills most of the children and gives the survivors dangerous powers. Ruby, a 16-year-old with powerful abilities, escapes from a government facility and joins a group of other teens on the run.

Like Hunger Games, The Darkest Minds is set in a dystopian world where young people are hunted by the government. Both protagonists fight for survival and struggle with their own power and morality.


The Fifth Wave – Rick Yancey

Similarities – Fighting for survival

After four waves of deadly alien attacks, Cassie Sullivan is one of the few survivors trying to survive and find her brother. A she navigates a world of distrust and danger, she begins to question who the real enemy is.

Both The Fifth Wave and The Hunger Games feature a young female protagonist fighting for survival in a deadly world, with themes of trust, betrayal, and the struggle to determine who the real enemy is.


Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard

Similarities – Rebellion, Strong female protagonist

In a world where blood determines status, Mare Barrow is a lowly Red, and she discovers that she has special abilities that make her a threat to the ruling elite Silvers. With a rebellion brewing, Mare must navigate dangerous political waters to stay alive.

Red Queen’s strong female protagonist, dystopian world, and a ruling class oppressing the lower class, are incredibly similar to that of The Hunger Games, and the story is definitely worth a read too, especially when this one moves into the characters rebelling against their oppressors.


The Testing – Joelle Charbonneau

Similarities – Fighting for survival

Cia Vale is selected to attend the rigorous testing process to determine who will be accepted into the university. But as Cia discovers the true nature of the tests, she realizes the stakes are higher than she ever imagined.

The Testing and The Hunger Games involve a rigorous competition to achieve a higher status, with the protagonist in particular facing difficult moral dilemmas and conspiracies that put their lives in danger.


Divergent – Veronica Roth

Similarities – YA Drama, Factions

In a society divided into five factions based on personality traits, Tris Prior discovers she doesn’t fit into any one group and is labeled as a Divergent. Tris must hide her true nature while navigating a dangerous web of politics and deception.

While the movies are woeful inept (and incomplete), the book series does share a lot of similarities to The Hunger Games. Both are set in dystopian societies where the government controls every aspect of life. Like Katniss, Tris must navigate a dangerous world full of political intrigue, deception, and rebellion.


The Maze Runner – James Dashner

Similarities – YA Drama, Fighting For Survival

Thomas wakes up with no memory in a maze full of other teenage boys. Together, they’re forced to find a way out while avoiding the deadly creatures that lurk within.

Both The Maze Runner and The Hunger Games feature a group of young people fighting for survival against seemingly insurmountable odds, with a dystopian society and government testing their limits.


Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card

Similarities – Deadly Games

In a future where Earth is threatened by an alien race, gifted children are recruited to undergo rigorous training to become soldiers. Andrew “Ender” Wiggin shows extraordinary talent and is sent to Battle School, where he must prove himself in a deadly game of strategy.

Like The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game also features a gifted child forced to fight for survival in a deadly game, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.


The Selection – Kiera Cass

Similarities – Competition, Romance

The Selection depicts a world where society is divided into castes. America Singer is chosen to participate in a competition to win the heart of Prince Maxon and become the next queen. However, as America gets to know Maxon, she begins to question the cruel caste system and the true motives of the competition.

Both books involve a competition that determines the fate of the protagonist and their society, with themes of love, politics, and rebellion interwoven throughout.


Legend – Marie Lu

Similarities – Political Intrigue, Rebellion

Legend takes place in a dreary dystopian future and follows June, a prodigy of the government, who’s tasked with hunting down Day, a criminal who has been accused of murdering her brother. As June gets to know Day, she realizes there’s more to this story than she’s been told.

Both books are similar in the way they force you to question the nature of the reality around our protagonists, and specifically about how the government controls every aspect of life. The protagonists in both books are forced to navigate a dangerous world, and Legend’s political intrigue, deception, and rebellion should be enough to whet the appetite.


The 100 – Kass Morgan

Similarities – YA Drama, Fighting for survival

After a nuclear apocalypse, humanity has fled Earth and now lives in a space station. Resources are running low though, and in a desperate Hail Mary move, 100 juvenile delinquents are sent back to Earth to see if it’s habitable. They quickly discover they’re not alone and must fight to survive.

Both The 100 and The Hunger Games feature a group of young people fighting for survival in a harsh and dangerous environment, with the distrust and struggle to determine who’s being truthful and deceitful similar to that of Hunger Games.


So there we have it, our 10 book alternatives to read when you’re finished with ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy.

What do you think of our picks? Do you agree? Are there any notable omissions? Let us know in the comments below!


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