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If You Liked “The Hunger Games”…

Still hungry for more books like The Hunger Games? Check out our updated flowchart.

The Hunger Games has been on the Lawrence Public Library’s top 10 list for months. Now that you’ve fallen in love with the trilogy, you may be wondering what to read next. The staff of the Teen Zone has compiled a list to help you find your next favorite book, whether you loved The Hunger Games for the action and adventure, the love triangle, or the dystopian elements.

If you’re interested in learning about the history of the dystopian genre, check out this infographic from Goodreads which charts the popularity and major milestones of dystopian fiction. Not sure what makes a book “dystopian”? Check out this helpful chart from E M Bowman that isolates that traits of dystopian fiction. Feel free to share or print a copy for your library or classroom use. You can download the hunger games read alikes pdf here. -Molly, YA Staff

114 Comments

  1. Michelle Eklund says:

    This is absolutely fabulous! Thank you for creating such a useful tool finding a great book to read!

  2. Laura P says:

    This is awesome! Would it be okay to print and display this (giving you credit, of course)?

    • kallen says:

      Hi Laura,

      It’s fine to print a copy for your classroom or library. I added the pdf or you can take the jpeg images.

  3. [...] another log on the what-do-I-read-now fire..but this one is neat, and cool, and different! It’s a flow chart, oooh, ahhh. Thanks to our friends at the Lawrence Public Library, in Lawrence, Kansas, you can [...]

  4. Lisa Newton says:

    Wow, this is fantastic! Kudos for creating this.

  5. Mrs. Blevins says:

    This is awesome! I am so having this printed to poster size and hanging it in my classroom!

  6. Kirsten says:

    This is wonderful! Great job!

  7. Justin says:

    Amazing job. Thank you for your work and for posting it for us.

    • amy cheney says:

      love it! this is awesome chart.

      missing: glow by amy kathleen ryan and second book spark. (reproduction/futuristic/space ) also… ready player one (futuristic/gaming/computers) and the lockdown series (present day)!

  8. Meghan says:

    This is awesome! What an excellent, thorough, helpful flowchart! Thanks for sharing it and for all the hard work that went into it!

  9. Bianca says:

    This has got to be the most awesome list I have ever seen. Whoever brought this into existence, thank you.

    *stares in wonder and then starts writing down titles*

  10. [...] you loved reading The Hunger Games, then the Lawrence Public Library in Kansas has compiled a massive flowchart to help you find the next book you should [...]

  11. [...] flow charts and in fact have assembled many in my days as an editor at Lumpen. Here’s a good one for fans of The Hunger Games, put together by the Teen Zone staff at the Lawrence Public Library. [...]

    • Miky says:

      I have to admit that I’ve never heard of her before and she just doesn’t look like Katniss to me… Elizabeth Olsen (Mary-Kate and Ashley’s ygeuonr sister)is a new commer and her face looks to me what Katniss would look like more… Any news on who Peta will be?

  12. This is wonderful! Thank you!

  13. [...] you loved reading The Hunger Games, then the Lawrence Public Library in Kansas has compiled a massive flowchart to help you find the next book you should [...]

  14. Michelle says:

    While the intentions were good, it’s utter crap to separate boys and girls in that top flowchart. Seriously? A girl can’t enjoy the Chaos Walking trilogy, one of the best YA series to ever be published? Come on.

    • kallen says:

      Hi, Michelle. It wasn’t our intention that you have to be a boy or girl to read these books. The books that follow the boy and girl designations have protagonists that ARE either a boy or girl. Sorry for the confusion.

    • Heather says:

      I don’t understand how people can misinterpret the “What kind of narrator do you want?” part of the Boy and Girl specification in the flowchart. Can anyone read a flowchart anymore? Jeez!

    • Andrea says:

      The chart made sense to me. It’s so the reader can choose who they want to follow. Some girls are getting sick of reading in the female POV. It says “What kind of narrator do you want” not “are you a boy or girl”

  15. Lois says:

    Great list. I also recommend books by Hugh Howey…. The Molly Fyde series (4 books) and Wool Omnibus (1-5) + First Shift Legacy.

  16. [...] If you’re already hip-deep in The Hunger Games and wondering where to turn next, here’s a magnificent answer from the Lawrence (Kansas) Public Library. [...]

  17. Melanie says:

    GRACELING! I definitely recommend that one. Also, Divergent was ten times better than the Hunger Games. I was surprised to see The House of the Scorpion on the list, but if you have the opportunity, you should definitely read it. I read it back when I was 12 and I still remember it to this day. So good!

  18. thank you! Great resource!

  19. [...] But the chart doesn’t end here!  There’s actually more books on their larger list which goes from environmental disaster to futuristic to paranormal to genetics, and even back to the classics.  You can check out the larger chart at their website here. [...]

  20. Jschneier says:

    This is such a fantastic list! Great job!

  21. Kristen says:

    Logan’s Run … ?

  22. Therese says:

    This is great programming and outreach by the library. Thanks for inspiring young minds and getting them reading!

  23. [...] that you’ve read about horrible things. (Eck) Turn your attention to Lawrence Public Library’s chart on what to read after the Hunger Games.  Very clever. I feel so old because I’ve read [...]

  24. Karen says:

    Love this! Very clever to put this stuff in a flow chart format. One critique from a design standpoint is that when you look at the first bit, it looks like if you’re a guy, you should read The Maze Runner and if you’re a girl you should read Divergent when that’s not what you actually mean. Both myself and my co-worker had to do a double-take. Love all the suggestions presented in such a fun way. I have a better idea of what these books are about and printed it out to show my teen council. We may be inspired to do our own!

  25. Joanne Fritz says:

    This is great! Very well done. But, um, where’s THE GIVER? Surely that’s more of a classic than GATHERING BLUE (although I loved them both).

  26. Grace Lo says:

    Love dystopia and the rest of the books so, so much!!!

  27. [...] you loved reading The Hunger Games, then the Lawrence Public Library in Kansas has compiled a massive flowchart to help you find the next book you should read. This is an outstanding flowchart to help you find [...]

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  29. Isabella says:

    Read ALL of the Maze Runner series (didn’t like the ending (of the last book), and the last book was a bit deflated…althought the ending had a certain relief to it).

    I’ve read a BIT of the Knife of Never Letting Go, sooo wanna pick it up again, need to if I’m gonna read 50 or more books this year…(Goodreads 2012 Comp). Also read both Matched books out :D Wanna read all of these :D :D :D

  30. Love this chart – leave it to wonderful librarians to come up with such a fun and fantastic reading guide. :)

  31. Marcia says:

    Very nice! You have inspired me.

  32. [...] Lawrence Public library posted a massive flow chart for readers of The Hunger Games series. Their thinking seems to be that if you [...]

    • Lidia says:

      The book that made me think the most is Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher is a really cool. The Catcher In The Rye by JD Saligner, one of my foriuvates. There are also some books by Jacqueline Wilson like Kiss and My Sister Jodie that are really good. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton, this one is probably the best. I hope this helps you.

  33. Sara says:

    Thank you for this great chart. This is just what my son needs. After reading Hunger Games he read Starters by Lissa Price (another wonderful book I would include here) and he hasn’t been happy with anything since. This will give him a great place to start.

  34. Kathryn says:

    I’m honestly really surprised that GONE isn’t on here! That series definitely has a dystopian vibe!

    • Gabby says:

      YES! The Gone series is also fantastic. Although I would warn people that it is even more gruesome than the Hunger Games.

  35. [...] Lawrence, Kansas public library created this amazing infographic and flow chart. If you loved The Hunger Games, now read this. [...]

  36. [...] Lawrence Public Library in Kansas has compiled a massive flowchart to help you find the next book you should read if you loved The Hunger [...]

  37. Rachel says:

    Another good classic like the hunger games is Lord of Flies.

  38. [...] Lawrence Public Library has made this awesome chart showing you other books you might enjoy if you liked The Hunger [...]

  39. [...] staff at the Lawrence Public Library in Lawrence, Kan. have created a nifty infographic to help you figure out what to read in your [...]

  40. [...] Click here to view the original post with all the charts and recommendations.  [...]

  41. [...] Hunger Games trilogy, you wondered what you could possibly read next to fill the void. Well, the Lawrence Public Library‘s Teen Zone staff has developed a YA fiction flow chart. A variety of books with some sort of [...]

  42. These stories get me excited about what is possible. thanks =)

  43. [...] read after you are done with ‘The Hunger Games’? Well, we love the flow charts that the Lawrence County PUblic Library have come up [...]

  44. Gabby says:

    I have read most of these books and they are fantastic! Some personal favorites are Divergent, The Maze Runner, Eve, Legend, Matched, and Delirium. If you liked The Hunger Games, I pretty much guarantee that you will love these as well.

  45. marissa says:

    This chart is absolutely AMAZING. I’ve actually read a whole lot of these and totally agree with the placement. But my favorites are Graceling, Ender’s Game (and then ALL the Ender’s Shadow books) and Divergent. It’s fun to see so many great books hanging out together!

    marissa
    rae gun ramblings

  46. Kassie says:

    If you like dystopian novels and want to read the grandfather of the genre, you should read “We” by the Russian author Zamyatin. It’s relatively short, and better than (I think) 1984. Wonderfully written and scarily predictive of some of the things that were to come in the USSR.

  47. mtX says:

    It’s a nice chart, but I can’t believe nobody mentioned “The Mortal Instruments” saga… That’s a must read.

    Regards

  48. Lauren says:

    This is just awesome! I’ve seen things like this but yours was really great. Thanks for putting it up(:

  49. Candi says:

    okay so i live all the way in australia and this is such an awesome idea and so cool its just what readers like myself need some inspiration.
    well done!

  50. [...] which might have been a little too intense for her. (Sorry, Mom.) I should have directed her to the Lawrence Public Library’s flowchart for what to read after The Hunger Games. A [...]

  51. Meryl says:

    I teach Reading to struggling high school students. I also teach THE HUNGER GAMES, although now most have read it. This site is awesome and will definitely help me send my students in the right direction. Is there anyway I can print this chart

  52. [...] Teen staff at the Lawrence Public Library, in Lawrence, Kansas have designed this creative flow-chart to help you find your next great [...]

  53. [...] "The staff of the Teen Zone has compiled a list to help you find your next favorite book, whether you loved The Hunger Games for the action and adventure, the love triangle, or the dystopian elements."Excellent use of RA concepts to produce a flow chart of well chosen reading suggestions.  [...]

  54. [...] US: The Lawrence Public Library Teen Zone staff have constructed a flow chart to help readers decide what to read after The Hunger Games. [...]

  55. [...] The Hunger Games has been on the Lawrence Public Library's top 10 list for months.  [...]

  56. Renata says:

    This is a great resource! I’m definitely sharing it with my library’s teeens!

  57. [...] town. What to Read After The Hunger Games Reading The Hunger Games? Find your next book with this flowchart from Lawrence Public Library in [...]

  58. Rebekah says:

    Thank you for this! I’ve shared it at my library.

  59. Lauren says:

    Thank you so much for this! I’ve shared it with my library as well – putting on display with many of the books. The teens have been going crazy over it. You guys are awesome!

  60. [...] will be the lucky grand prize winner of the Sony WiFi eReader.  In the meantime, take a look at this amazing five page Hunger Games flow chart created by the library staff of Lawrence, Kansas.  With almost a month left of summer, there is [...]

  61. Katherine says:

    This is fantastic! I will be slowly hacking away at the entire list. Love all of the suggestions.

  62. [...] "The staff of the Teen Zone has compiled a list to help you find your next favorite book, whether you loved The Hunger Games for the action and adventure, the love triangle, or the dystopian elements."Excellent use of RA concepts to produce a flow chart of well chosen reading suggestions. You can a also download it as a pdf: http://www.lawrence.lib.ks.us/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/DYSTOPIANFLOWCHART.pdf  [...]

    • Ronaldo says:

      I just read “The Hunger Games” and loved it. I will read the last 2 installments Catching Fire and Mockingjay soon. I like the look but was not extnipceg them to turn her into a brunette. I guess they wanted to downplay her sexuality as she is freaking hot in real life. Could be the next Twilight series.

  63. [...] If you liked The Hunger Games, here’s what to do about it. [...]

  64. [...] "The staff of the Teen Zone has compiled a list to help you find your next favorite book, whether you loved The Hunger Games for the action and adventure, the love triangle, or the dystopian elements."Excellent use of RA concepts to produce a flow chart of well chosen reading suggestions. You can a also download it as a pdf: http://www.lawrence.lib.ks.us/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/DYSTOPIANFLOWCHART.pdf  [...]

  65. [...] "The staff of the Teen Zone has compiled a list to help you find your next favorite book, whether you loved The Hunger Games for the action and adventure, the love triangle, or the dystopian elements."Excellent use of RA concepts to produce a flow chart of well chosen reading suggestions. You can a also download it as a pdf: http://www.lawrence.lib.ks.us/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/DYSTOPIANFLOWCHART.pdf  [...]

  66. You’ve done a great job on this! It’s wonderful to see this type of interaction between library staff and patrons.

  67. [...] love this ‘If You Liked The Hunger Games‘ flowchart which helps you to choose your next [...]

  68. [...] you seen the AMAZING chart the Lawrence Public Library made, recommending titles similar to The Hunger Games? I printed a few [...]

  69. [...] You really liked The Hunger Games, but you don’t know what to read next? Check out this great graphic from the Teen Zone at the Lawrence Public Library to get some ideas. We own many of these in our library already. Check out the rest of their suggestions (for classics, disease, environmental disasters, and lots more) on this page. [...]

  70. April Love Luallen says:

    This is chart is amazing! I will share this information with some of my teen readers! Thanks!!

  71. Debbie Svec says:

    Thank you for sharing ~ great resource!

  72. [...] can check out the full chart here. Thank you, Lawrence Public [...]

  73. Lisa W says:

    This terrific! Well organized, eye-catching, and full of great reading ideas. I re-blogged with a link back to you: http://wp.me/p2B4Be-58.
    Thanks!

  74. ingrid98684 says:

    Sorry, but The Maze Runner is a total dud. Just save yourself hours of wasted time and skip right to the next one.

  75. [...] This flowchart made the rounds this summer.  And by “made the rounds,” I mean that it was picked up by everyone from School Library Journal and Nancy Pearl to GalleyCat and the Hollywood Reporter.  My colleague in our Teen Zone - the fabulous Molly Wetta – created it and she is still a little amazed at all the attention it has gotten in the past few weeks.  She’s mentioned to me a couple of times that it’s really “pretty simple.” [...]

  76. [...] was over reading Not Martha (which is an awesome blog btw) and she linked to a great chart listing book suggestions for people who LOVED the Hunger Games and are craving something similar. [...]

  77. Els says:

    Bravo! This is a fantastic flowchart! A terrific resource and also pretty entertaining ;-)

    I’d like to nominate William Sleator’s brilliant and chilling HOUSE OF STAIRS in the “Futuristic, with highly disturbing social experiments on teenagers” category.

  78. [...] drop this year. For readers who enjoyed the series, the Lawrence Public Library in Kansas has compiled a flowchart to help find new books to [...]

  79. [...] drop this year. For readers who enjoyed the series, the Lawrence Public Library in Kansas has compiled a flowchart to help find new books to read. This entry was posted on Sunday, August 19th, 2012 at 4:18 am [...]

  80. I would add something else, of course, but in fact almost everything is mentioned!….

  81. [...] For Hunger Games fans- http://www.lawrence.lib.ks.us/2012/07/if-you-liked-the-hunger-games-3/ [...]

  82. This book is great. Well written and just great.

  83. These books totally hooked me! Watched the movie and i loved it! Totally suspenseful and awesome! Can’t wait for the next movies, better than Twilight hands down! ; )

  84. [...] them using any graphics program – a librarian at the Lawrence Public Library in Kansas did this one on The Hunger Games readalikes using PowerPoint – but like anything when you’re [...]

  85. [...] The Hunger Games has been on the Lawrence Public Library's top 10 list for months.  [...]

  86. [...] "The staff of the Teen Zone has compiled a list to help you find your next favorite book, whether you loved The Hunger Games for the action and adventure, the love triangle, or the dystopian elements."Excellent use of RA concepts to produce a flow chart of well chosen reading suggestions. You can a also download it as a pdf: http://www.lawrence.lib.ks.us/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/DYSTOPIANFLOWCHART.pdf  [...]

  87. [...] one. (They did – I used the easy to read Lawrence, KS Public Library’s guide at http://www.lawrence.lib.ks.us/2012/07/if-you-liked-the-hunger-games-3/.) My patron and I looked through the selections, searched for them (fruitlessly) in our catalog, [...]

  88. [...] Public Library to help you find your next great dystopian, apocalyptic or postapocalyptic read: So You Loved The Hunger Games, What Next? and The Bigger Brighter More Up-To-Date version of the previous [...]

  89. [...] check out this chart from Lawrence Public Library to pick the best Hunger Games readalike match for [...]

  90. Dave says:

    Good you added Legend, The Maze Runner, and Divergent. Those are my 3 favorite books

  91. Olivia says:

    This is such an amazing chart! So easy to follow with great recommendations. I’d like to add After the Fear in there too!

  92. [...] start off really quick, I want to thank the Lawrence Public Library for creating a fantastic flow chart of popular, dystopian Young Adult literature to consider, one of [...]

  93. Thelaughingstalk says:

    Thank you for this great list. I now have many books to look for at the library the next time I go.

  94. Randsta says:

    Thank you for this graphic book map! I was just wondering, which ones are the most recommended for “older” teens/adults?

    I mean, there are a few books in here more adult sci-fi than teen dystopian books, which is what The Hunger Games is technically (I don’t like this kind of labeling because it implies that teen books are not as good, which isn’t true, but at the same time works as a great filter of books with romantic subplot taking over the history and perfect guys in love of the clumsy girl protagonist).

    So, what should I do to read more like Ender’s Game or Unwind instead of books like Matched or Shatter Me?

  95. Please send Hunger Games .pdf to referenced E-mail ASAP! We need this!

  96. Keli says:

    This is great. I would love to use it for my library display.

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