Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should know that we finally have a trailer for Divergent! We’re so excited to see Veronica Roth’s dystopian come to life on the big screen. In the book, citizens of futuristic Chicago are split into different factions to preserve social order. Unsurprisingly, this doesn’t work out super well. There’s something much, much darker hidden beneath the surface.
There are tons of great YA dystopians out there, and they all have one thing in common: they all feature societies that would be absolutely terrifying to live in. Inspired by Divergent, we’re counting down the most frightening fictional worlds. Which of these would you be most scared to find yourself in? Check out our picks, vote below, and then let us know which ones we missed in the comments.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Really, we can’t think of a single redeeming quality for a society that enjoys watching children fight to the death. C’mon, guys, who thought that was a good idea? Growing up knowing that there’s a good chance you’ll die in a terrifying, televised arena battle against trained child assassins probably makes for the worst childhood ever.
Matched by Ally Condie
In Cassia’s world, you’re forced to get married at 18 to a partner the government picks for you. This seems scary enough, but when a glitch in the system occurs during Cassia’s matchmaking? Yeah, something tells us this “perfect” world isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Like Matched, Delirium features a world where the government decides everything for you, from your partner to your job to how many kids you’ll have. To make matters worse, they’ve identified a deadly disease called deliria: When you turn 18, you get an operation that makes it impossible to love. No way that could go wrong.
Legend by Marie Lu
Oh, man, where do we even start with the Republic? First off, it’s a violent state constantly at war with its neighbors. Second, it trains its teenagers to be military assassins. And to top it all off, the government’s intentions aren’t quite as pure as they want everyone to believe.
In Scott Westerfeld’s futuristic world, everyone is forced to undergo an operation that guarantees physical beauty. Unfortunately, the operation has some side effects . . . like permanent brain damage. Living in a world where everyone’s the same and the oppressive government has absolute control? Do not want.
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
In another version of the future U.S., a genetic experiment gone wrong has made it impossible for people to live past the age of 25. That’s pretty depressing on its own, but everyone’s also forced to spend their short lives in arranged marriages, trying to replenish the dying population. No thank you.
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
A horrible disease has wiped the entire female population. Seriously, even without the tyrannical government plotting destruction and the world-ending wars going on, that’s enough to make us beyond terrified of setting foot in this society.
Which of these worlds would you be most scared to live in? Vote now! Which terrifying dystopian societies did we leave out? Let us know in the comments!