YA Series that Made Me Quit Dystopia Genre


No bad blood, just honesty,
I used to love these books, wholeheartedly.
After jaw dropping first books,
followed by ‘okay’ second books,
series finale always give me
a disappointed look.

Instead of ranting, let’s now reveal
the series with great beginnings,
and disappointing endings
that made me quit reading
YA dystopia genre.

Hunger Games Series by Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)

The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxset (The Hunger Games, #1-3)

I do love the first and second book but I don’t like the ending.

Divergent Series by Veronica RothDivergent (Divergent, #1)Insurgent (Divergent, #2)Allegiant (Divergent, #3)

Like Hunger Games, the first and second book are great. BUT the ending is just soooo heartbreaking. -_-

Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld : Uglies (Uglies, #1)Pretties (Uglies, #2)Specials (Uglies, #3)Extras (Uglies, #4)

I read the first book and the DNF-ed the second book. I quit the entire series because I don’t like the characters, especially Tally.

The Selection Series by Kiera CassThe Selection (The Selection, #1)The Elite (The Selection, #2)The One (The Selection, #3)The Heir (The Selection, #4) and The Crown (The Selection, #5).

I LOVE, still love, the first three books but not the fourth one, because of Eadlyn, but I will still read The Crown. 😀

Shatter Me Series by Tahereh MafiShatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)

The first book is awesome, then the second is okay then the third… -_-

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In response to The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today:

May 24:  Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed (less love, more love, complicated feelings, indifference, thought it was great in a genre until you became more well read in that genre etc.)

P.S. Do you agree or disagree with me? Either, please let me know. 🙂


53 thoughts on “YA Series that Made Me Quit Dystopia Genre”

      1. They might be fun little escapes, but I think they just didn’t know how to end them the right way. Authors writing a series should always think ahead and make sure they know what they’re doing.

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      2. You don’t necessarily need to know the end, I don’t know the end to my series yet, the key is to think things through. Know the direction you’re taking and consider how it will evolve from there. If you forsee a dead end, be sure you know that’s where you want to go. Part of the point of writing a series is to reveal things slowly over time. Break preconceived rules to advance the story. Trust me, there’s tons of brainstorming to do.

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      3. Points well said, Sarah. 🙂 For that I am quite sure your series is on the right track and won’t suffer the fate of the series I have read already. 🙂 Good luck on tons of brainstorming! I surely know you can do it. 🙂

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  1. I definitely agree with you about The Hunger Games and Divergent… part of me thinks that The Hunger Games should have just been one longer book instead of three. The last two books didn’t really add that much for me. Great list! 🙂

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  2. I actually have never read the Hunger Games, but I agree with your thoughts on Divergent. I felt the Partials series went this way as well. Good first book, decent second book, and then the third book… Must be a dystopian thing.

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  3. I read dystopian literature when a child (stories written for children), and some of that was really good. I remember one trilogy called The White Mountains by John Christopher (I’ve looked it up, and it goes by the name the Tripod Trilogy). I enjoyed reading The Maze Runner recently and am into the second story. I’ve seen the first two films, and the first film is tense and good. The second film has more subtleties and is also good though not as gripping. i haven’t read The Hunger Games because I didn’t like the premise of children fighting for food. I saw the films (one film at a time) and only enjoyed the first of them. So far the same with the Divergent series of movies. I don’t know if authors (or filmmakers) write (or film) the last part first, though maybe they should. Well, now I’m thinking of The Forest of Hands and Teeth. All the stories so far have grabbed my attention. I think the first novel will come out as a movie this year. So we’ll see. But maybe the genre is losing steam. Thanks for your discussion and insight!

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    1. I believe the authors have a ‘say’ with the movie’s screenplay. Mostly, I’ve seen little difference in the book and the movie.
      thank you for taking some of your precious time in sharing your thoughts, Christopher! 🙂


  4. I grew so tired of dystopian fiction. I really can’t recall one that I truly loved that I read in the last year or so. I never finished the Divergent series and then it was spoiled for me, so I never felt the need to finish. I tried Uglies and the Shatter Me series, but disliked both first books.

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  5. A common pattern I’m seeing is how the quality decreases as we progress through the series. Which is just sad sigh… 😦 I’ve personally never read any of these books because I’m not a big fan of dystopian YA. I’m familiar with almost all of these series though. These shall continue to stay off my to-read list lol

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    1. Hmmm. That depends on the length, on my mood, and the book’s beauty. Sometimes I can finish a book a night. I’ll start at around 10pm and remain awake until 4 in the morning. Some books can do that. While there are some that I read for more than a week. 😀


      1. I may have confused you–that’s not a title–I meant that I read at least a book a day, if not more. This was way before Internet and computer access…and I didn’t have cable TV 🙂 With all those newer distractions, and vision issues–I have trouble concentrating to read long books 🙂

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      2. HAHAHA! Sorry. My brain is already melted after a chaotic day. I surely misread that. hahaha!
        I am guilty with that, my sister. It took me months to finish books with more than 500 pages! 😀 😀 😀


  6. I agree about Divergence and Hunger Games. I read the first 2 books of Divergence (the 2nd should have been from 4’s perspective because the girl went from awesome to USELESS in book 2. She was dead weight by book’s end. I skipped the 3rd. My sis read reviews and told me fans hated it and were returning it, Also, I didn’t like the way 2 went. It started good but went downhill fast.

    Hunger Games – first book pissed me off. The whole “pretend you like him thing” for the cameras was really annoying. Book would have been better without it. I have book 2 but am not interested in reading it. I didn’t like book 1 enough to continue. I have The Selection but haven’t read it. I’ve read too many YAs that sucked and I can’t bring myself to try this one.

    I’ve never read the others you mention but since they bothered you, I’ll skip them too.

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      1. I agree. I occasionally read some YA too. Last one I read was Beautiful Creatures. My sis had recommended it when she was still alive. I found the audiobook on sale and gave it a try. I liked it. I haven’t read the sequels.

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  7. I personally liked THG. I admit the first “for-show” thing annoyed me, and it got progressively darker after that, but keeping it lighthearted was never Suzanne Colin’s intention. Among the others, Divergent series is the only other one I didn’t like. It felt too focused on Tris and Tobias’ relationship. I’ve heard both praise and “ugh” stories for the others, and might someday read the Shatter Me series, but the others, not so sure.
    BTW, were you Team Gale?

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  8. I happen to like dystopia. Not all but I see great truths in some of these books. There is deeper meaning sometimes, hidden behind a YA guise. Maybe I will check out some of these other series, I’ve read Katniss and Triss’ tales. Enjoyed the reading immensely. Books and movie wonderful with Katniss. Books better with Triss and Four and so was the love story, but the movies kind of did their own thing, which is okay since they are ‘based of Divergent’ not trying to follow exactly. Like Four to look at though. Excellent reason to see the movies.

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