CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Already read "The Hunger Games" and looking for something new? Try one of these series set in the not-so-pleasant future.
Ally Condie's "Matched" trilogy: In Cassia's society, every aspect of your life -- including who you marry -- is dictated by officials who have statistically determined what's best for you. Cassia is matched with one boy, but a computer error shows her another. She begins to question whether the government really knows what's best for her.
Current books are "Matched" and "Crossed." "Reached" is due in November.
James Dashner's "Maze Runner" trilogy: Thomas wakes up in The Glade with no memory. Other boys are already there, and each day, they search for a way out of the giant, dangerous maze that surrounds them. Thomas may be the key to their escape.
Books are "The Maze Runner," "The Scorch Trials" and "The Death Cure." A prequel, "The Kill Order," comes out in August.
Lauren DeStefano's "The Chemical Garden" trilogy: In the near future, a botched attempt to create a disease-free world has produced a virus that kills females at age 20 and males at 25. Rhine Ellery is one of many young girls kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear children. As she deals with her new life, she plots to escape to her twin brother.
"Wither" is the first book; read a review at wvflipside.com. The second, "Fever," was released in late February; find a review in the April issue of FlipSide magazine.
Lauren Oliver's "Delirium" trilogy: In the future, love is a disease, and a surgical cure is required at age 18. Shortly before Lena is to undergo the procedure, she falls in love with a boy named Alex, and they plan an escape to The Wilds, a lawless territory outside the country's remaining city centers.
"Delirium" is the first book; the second, "Pandemonium," was released in February.
Veronica Rossi's "Under the Never Sky" trilogy: After an ecological apocalypse, cities are enclosed in domes to protect their residents. When Aria is exiled from her home, she must face the wasteland beyond, a place so dangerous it's called the Death Shop. There she meets Perry. They need each other, and together they just might survive.
The first book, "Under the Never Sky," was released in January. The second, "Through the Ever Night," is not expected until next year.
Veronica Roth's "Divergent" trilogy: In Beatrice's world, society is divided into five factions, each representing a different virtue. When it comes time to choose her faction, Beatrice leaves her family and undertakes life in a new faction, where she undergoes a brutal initiation and discovers her society may not be as perfect as it seems.
The first book is "Divergent," to be followed by "Insurgent" in May.