5 Books Like 'The Hunger Games' for Diehard Fans

05.24.2023 // By Tome Tailor

If you’re a diehard Hunger Games fan looking for more thrilling action, explosive plotlines, and powerful themes, you’re in the right place. We’ve compiled a list of five books that come close to Suzanne Collins’ masterpiece in terms of gripping storytelling, unforgettable characters, and thought-provoking societal commentary. Be sure to check out these books if you can’t get enough of the world of Panem and Katniss Everdeen’s unforgettable journey.

1. ‘The Maze Runner’ by James Dashner

The Maze Runner (View on Amazon) tells the story of Thomas, who wakes up in an elevator surrounded by strangers with his memory erased. His new home is a glade surrounded by massive stone walls, and the only way out is through a deadly maze that changes every night. If you loved The Hunger Games for its fast-paced action and strong character development, this book is a must-read.

Buy or listen to ‘The Maze Runner’ here.

2. ‘Divergent’ by Veronica Roth

Set in post-apocalyptic Chicago, Divergent (View on Amazon) follows Tris, a young girl who discovers that she doesn’t fit into any of the society’s factions, making her a “Divergent.” She must fight to survive in a brutal world that wants her dead. With a brave heroine, political intrigue, and nerve-wracking challenges, fans of The Hunger Games will find much to love in this thrilling novel.

Buy or listen to ‘Divergent’ here.

3. ‘Red Rising’ by Pierce Brown

Red Rising (View on Amazon) tells the story of Darrow, a miner-turned-rebel on the planet Mars, as he infiltrates the ranks of the ruling Gold class to destroy their oppressive regime from within. This book takes the fight for survival and justice to a whole new level as it delves deep into Darrow’s struggle to balance morality with vengeance. The Hunger Games fans will find themselves captivated by this similarly intense, high-stakes plot.

Buy or listen to ‘Red Rising’ here.

4. ‘The Giver’ by Lois Lowry

If you enjoyed the aspect of The Hunger Games that challenged society’s status quo, then The Giver (View on Amazon) is a perfect fit. It tells the story of Jonas, a twelve-year-old boy living in a seemingly perfect world devoid of war, pain, and choice. After being chosen to inherit the position of the “Receiver of Memory,” Jonas learns the secret behind his society’s façade and must decide whether to accept his fate or challenge the strict order of his world.

Buy or listen to ‘The Giver’ here.

5. ‘Legend’ by Marie Lu

In a dark and dystopian future United States, Legend (View on Amazon) follows the lives of two unlikely allies, June, a prodigy of the elite Republic military, and Day, the country’s most-wanted criminal. When June’s brother is murdered, and Day becomes the prime suspect, the two must uncover the truth behind the Republic’s corruption and ultimately decide the fate of their nation. The intricate politics, gripping storyline, and attention to detail make Legend a natural choice for any Hunger Games enthusiast.

Buy or listen to ‘Legend’ here.

Each of these five books captures the spirit and intensity of The Hunger Games in their unique ways, making them perfect picks for fans of Suzanne Collins’ series. Whether it’s a more traditional dystopian setting like ‘Divergent’ or a unique sci-fi twist such as ‘Red Rising,’ you’re bound to find a story that will excite and challenge you. So don’t wait any longer and dive into one (or all) of these fantastic reads!

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