Books To Read After “The Hunger Games”

Since its debut, ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy by Suzanne Collins has captivated millions of readers around the world with its gripping narrative, compelling characters, and chilling depiction of a dystopian society. For many fans, finding their next literary obsession after finishing the series can be a challenge.

If you’re seeking books that offer similar themes, characters, and settings, look no further. We’ve compiled a list of 10 must-read books to dive into after your journey through the treacherous arenas of Panem.

These novels will transport you to thrilling worlds of survival, resistance, and adventure, while also exploring complex themes and emotions that resonate with ‘The Hunger Games’ fans.

Dystopian Worlds & Totalitarian Regimes

‘Divergent’ series by Veronica Roth

In the dystopian world of Veronica Roth’s ‘Divergent’ series, society is divided into five factions, each representing a distinct virtue. The story follows Beatrice “Tris” Prior, a 16-year-old who must choose her faction and navigate her new life. As she uncovers sinister secrets about her world and herself, she confronts issues of identity, bravery, and societal control, echoing the experiences of ‘The Hunger Games’ heroine, Katniss Everdeen.

‘The Maze Runner’ series by James Dashner

‘The Maze Runner’ series introduces readers to a group of teenage boys who wake up in a mysterious place called the Glade, with no memories of their pasts. The Glade is surrounded by a dangerous and ever-changing maze, which the boys must navigate in order to survive. As the story unfolds, Thomas and his fellow Gladers must grapple with themes of memory, trust, and the power of friendship, all while battling for their lives in a world that mirrors the dark and oppressive nature of Panem.

Strong Female Protagonists & Challenging the System

‘Legend’ series by Marie Lu

The ‘Legend’ series by Marie Lu offers another dystopian universe, this time set in a future Los Angeles. This series presents two central characters – June, an elite military prodigy, and Day, the country’s most wanted criminal. Their paths cross under tumultuous circumstances, setting the stage for a thrilling adventure. As they confront a corrupt system, they grapple with themes of loyalty, rebellion, and love, much like Katniss Everdeen in her struggle against the Capitol.

‘Red Queen’ series by Victoria Aveyard

In ‘Red Queen’, Victoria Aveyard introduces us to a world divided by blood – Reds, the common people with no special abilities, and Silvers, the elite with superhuman abilities. When Mare, a Red, discovers she has powers of her own, she becomes a symbol of hope and revolution for her people. This series delves into themes of power, betrayal, and revolution, echoing the class struggles and resistance against a cruel regime seen in ‘The Hunger Games’.

Survival, Strategy, and Competition

‘Battle Royale’ by Koushun Takami

‘Battle Royale’, a novel by Koushun Takami, presents an eerily similar premise to ‘The Hunger Games’ with a class of junior high school students forced to fight to the death on a deserted island. As the body count rises, the characters wrestle with the horrific violence and the implications of government control, questioning the very value of life itself.

‘The Selection’ series by Kiera Cass

In a stark contrast to the brutal world of ‘Battle Royale’, Kiera Cass’ ‘The Selection’ series presents a competition of a different sort. Protagonist America Singer is one of 35 girls chosen to compete for the heart of the prince and the chance to become the future queen. But as America navigates the challenges of the competition and her own emotions, she must grapple with issues of social class, love, and the power of choice, offering a parallel to Katniss’ own romantic and societal struggles.

Unraveling Secrets & Hidden Agendas

‘Uglies’ series by Scott Westerfeld

The ‘Uglies’ series by Scott Westerfeld presents a world where conformity is enforced through surgery. Once citizens reach the age of 16, they undergo an operation to become ‘Pretties’. The protagonist, Tally, can’t wait for her transformation, but as she uncovers the dark truth behind the society’s beauty standards, she must decide where her loyalty lies. The series touches upon themes of beauty, identity, and resistance, reminiscent of Katniss’s defiance against the Capitol’s expectations.

‘Matched’ trilogy by Ally Condie

In Ally Condie’s ‘Matched’ trilogy, society is tightly controlled by the Officials, who dictate everything from what people eat to who they marry. When protagonist Cassia is matched with her best friend but sees the face of another boy on her matching screen, she begins to question everything she knows. Exploring themes of free will, rebellion, and the power of love, ‘Matched’ mirrors the societal control and personal defiance found in ‘The Hunger Games’.

Post-Apocalyptic Adventures & Hope

‘The 5th Wave’ series by Rick Yancey

‘The 5th Wave’ series by Rick Yancey explores an earth ravaged by alien invasion. The protagonist, Cassie, must fight for survival while searching for her brother, navigating a world of distrust and danger. Just like Katniss in ‘The Hunger Games’, Cassie embodies resilience and strength as she confronts the harsh realities of her world. This series underscores themes of trust, resilience, and the human spirit amidst devastating circumstances.

‘The Road’ by Cormac McCarthy

‘The Road’ by Cormac McCarthy portrays the journey of a father and his young son through a world destroyed by an unspecified disaster. As they push through the desolate landscape towards the coast, hoping for something better, the duo grapple with hope and despair in equal measure. The poignant exploration of love, hope, and the depths of human connection in this novel will appeal to fans of ‘The Hunger Games’ for its equally deep and emotive portrayal of human resilience in the face of adversity.


In conclusion, if ‘The Hunger Games’ series left you craving more gripping narratives, complex characters, and dystopian worlds, these ten books are sure to satisfy your reading appetite. They each offer unique, thought-provoking journeys that echo the themes and characters that made ‘The Hunger Games’ such a compelling read. Whether you’re drawn to the resilience of Tris in ‘Divergent’, the rebellious spirit of Mare in ‘Red Queen’, or the quiet strength of the father and son duo in ‘The Road’, these novels will take you on unforgettable adventures.

But the world of literature is vast and ever-expanding. Don’t hesitate to venture beyond this list and explore other novels that speak to your interests. You never know – your next favorite book could be just a page-turn away. And, of course, we would love to hear about your personal recommendations and thoughts in the comments section below.

Happy reading!

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