What to read after of instead of: The Hunger Games

You read and loved The Hunger Games. You already finished both sequels. You need something else to read. Whatever your reasons for liking the series, this list should have you covered:

If you want another book about the little people sticking it to “the man”:

  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson: Caught up in the intricacies of noble life, secretly married to a man she barely knows, Elisa soon finds herself at the center of a revolution that will change her world forever.
  • Little Brother by Cory Doctorow: Set in post-9/11 San Francisco, Marcus is on a quest to hack his city from the sinister clutches of Homeland Security.
  • The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley: The origins of Robin Hood explained with a girl-in-disguise among the Merry Men, longbows, and an insane fight to the death with Guy of Gisbourne.
  • The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner: Eugenides who, at the beginning of the novel, finds himself locked in the king’s prison of a foreign land. Quietly biding his time, Gen occupies himself by marking days and practicing cat-like movements around his cell. The achingly monotonous routine is broken when the king’s scholar, the magus, recruits Gen for a hunt of sorts.
  • The Bride’s Farewell by Meg Rosoff: Strong-willed and more knowledgeable than most everyone when it comes to horses, Pell Ridley cannot reconcile herself to the stifling life of a married woman–not after seeing the endless monotony of poverty, child birth, and death played out in her own parents’ household. Desperate for something more, Pell does the only thing she can. She leaves.

If you could care less about Peeta/Gale (but, seriously, Team Peeta!) and want more heroines as awesomely tough as Katniss:

  • Plain Kate by Erin Bow: Kate’s shadow is long and her talents with a knife are great. Taught by her father, Plain Kate can draw the truth out of any piece of wood with skill and her knife, not with magic. But in a town looking for someone to blame for the bad times, a little skill can start to look a lot like magic. And in a town where witches are feared and burned, working magic with a knife–even if that magic isn’t really magic–can be a very dangerous thing.
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore: Katsa lives her life apart from the rest of the court in her uncle’s castle, avoided both because of her fearsome Grace and her startling eyes–one blue and one green–that mark her as a Graceling. Skilled in the art of combat, Po is the first worthy opponent Katsa has encountered. Together, the two embark on an adventure the likes of which neither can imagine in search of a truth almost too diabolical to believe.
  • Seraphina by Rachel Hartman: Seraphina Dombegh has been surrounded by lies for most of her life. Everything from her patron saint to her own parentage has been altered and hidden beneath layers of half-truths and deceptions. With a new position at court and her musical gifts gaining more notice than is strictly wise, Seraphina’s time for hiding may well be over.
  • The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski: Darcy always wanted to be part of something, to belong somewhere. But she may have more than she bargained for with a mysterious boy named Conn who might be an enemy and her efforts to infiltrate a strange organization called the Shades.
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfeld: In a world where everyone is movie-star-gorgeous, normal people are so not pretty. In short, they’re ugly.

If you like action, action, and action with more action thrown in:

  • Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: When Brynn was four-years-old her life changed forever when a rogue werewolf killed her parents. Rescued by the Stone River Pack and Marked by the pack’s alpha, Callum, Brynn’s safety is a matter of pack law.The only problem is Brynn is human.
  • The Culling by Steven dos Santos: In a futuristic world ruled by a totalitarian government called the Establishment, Lucian “Lucky” Spark and four other teenagers are recruited for the Trials. They must compete not only for survival but to save the lives of their Incentives, family members whose lives depend on how well they play the game.
  • False Memory by Dan Krokos: Miranda wakes up in a mall with no memory and the uncanny ability to scare people out of their minds. Does the boy who claims to know her really want to help? Can she trust anything when her own memories are gone?
  • Legend by Marie Lu: From different worlds, pitted against each other, June and Day are obvious enemies. When sinister secrets about the Republic come to light, Day and June are also their own best allies in their search for the truth.
  • Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber: Perry knows taking his family’s dowdy exchange student, Gobi, to her first dance is going to be a drag. He doesn’t realize that will largely be due to all of the people Gobi plans to assassinate before the night is over.

If you like stories about ruthless characters learning how to be “real” humans and engage with the world:

  • Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi: Nailer ekes out a living tearing down ships for scavenge. When he finds a clipper ship–and its owner–Nailer has to decide if he wants to claim the scavenge of a lifetime. Or do the right thing.
  • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken: Ruby has been a prisoner for most of her life–one of the dangerous ones. After a daring escape, she falls in with a group of similar misfits who might be able to help her. If she doesn’t end up hurting all of them first.
  • Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst: Pearl is quite happy as a vampire. Until a unicorn stabs her through the heart and gives her a pesky conscience.
  • Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers: Ismae could have died when her mother tried to abort her pregnancy. Instead she was marked by Mortmain and now she serves him as an assassin nun in 1485 Brittany.
  • The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan: Nick and Alan have always been on the run from magicians. Nick has never liked anyone. A final confrontation with one of the fiercest magicians in England might explain why both of those things are true.

If you want more crazy competitions:

  • The Selection by Kiera Cass: Sixteen-year-old America Singer is living in the caste-divided nation of Illea, which formed after the war that destroyed the United States. America is chosen to compete in the Selection–a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illea’s prince.
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: After a year of hard labor, assassin Celaena Sardothien has a chance to reclaim her freedom. All she has to do is win a competition against other cutthroats and killers to become the champion of the king who first arrested her.
  • A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix: Khemri is a Prince–faster, stronger, smarter. But is he fast, strong and smart enough to survive against the thousands of other Princes all intent on becoming Emperor of the galaxy?
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth: Being marked as divergent means Tris can choose to join any faction. Choosing Dauntless means embarking on a grueling, harrowing initiation process that she might not survive.
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: Sean is a boy with everything to lose in this year’s Scorpio Race while Puck is a girl with everything to gain. But in a deadly race with lethal water horses there can only be one winner.

If you’re in it for the dystopian or post-apocalyptic vibe:

  • The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch: Two-thirds of the population are dead from a vicious influenza strain. People called it the eleventh plague.
  • Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry:  In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother’s footsteps and become a bounty hunter.
  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: She has been locked up for 264 days with nothing but a small notebook, a broken pen and the numbers in her head to keep her company. It has been 6,336 hours since she touched another human being. The last time she did, it was an accident murder.
  • This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers: Zombies are here and, frankly, Sloane is ready to let them eat her. Unfortunately the students trapped with her in the local high school want to live.
  • The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey: What if every alien invasion scenario in every movie and book was wrong? What if there is no rallying point? What if the People in Charge never figure it out?What if you’re left alone with no one to trust?