Here at Haunted by Reading, we aren’t just obsessed with paranormal and supernatural fiction. We’re also a little obsessed with the end of the world.
Ok, not the *actual* end of the world because hello, terrifying. But we really like to read dystopian and post-apoc novels. And in recent years, there’s been a surge in a special new subgenre of dystopian that tickles all my reading fancies: Dystopian Urban Fantasy.
It is what you think it is – worlds powered by magic or supernatural beings that are being slowly destroyed by the people – or creatures – in charge. And some plucky human (or otherwise supernatural being) steps up to kick ass and take names.
Do you like your must reads to venture into magical end of the world scenarios? Check out this awesome list of Dystopian UF and PNR, and while you’re here, scroll to the bottom and enter our giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift card!
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The oceans are poison and the land is dying, but the only two capable of saving the world aren’t really capable at all.
Undersea siren and undercover agent Rivka emerged from the waters seeking salt for her dying people, despite how deadly the mission and how little she knew of the surface world.
Failed mage Lesya just wanted to be left alone to survive in the wilds of Siberia after losing everyone she loved to the dying planet. Solitude, her puffins, and the inevitable approach of her own death were all she needed.
But a chance meeting between the two sets into motion events that will lead them into the mountains above the land and volcanoes below the sea on a quest that will either save the world or kill them all.
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It starts with an itch you just can’t shake. Then comes a fever and a tickle in your throat. A few days later, you’ll be blabbing your secrets and chatting with strangers like they’re old friends. Three more, and the paranoid hallucinations kick in.
And then you’re dead.
When sixteen-year-old Kaelyn lets her best friend leave for school without saying goodbye, she never dreams that she might not see him again. Then a strange virus begins to sweep through her small island community, infecting young and old alike. As the dead pile up, the government quarantines the island: no one can leave, and no one can come back.
Cut off from the world, the remaining islanders must fend for themselves. Supplies are dwindling, fatalities rising, and panic is turning into violence. With no cure in sight, Kaelyn knows their only hope of survival is to band together. Desperate to save her home, she joins forces with a former rival and opens her heart to a boy she once feared.
But as the virus robs her of friends and family, Kaelyn realizes her efforts may be in vain. How can she fight an enemy that’s too small to see?
Some people prepare for the end. Other people are thrust into it. No matter how you meet the end of days, you have two options. To be someone who is dying in it, or be someone who is surviving.
Cedric only wanted to get through the drudgery of school. Each day was another nap taken, another test failed. Cedric knew his life wasn’t easy, even though it wasn’t the worst. It wasn’t until he was a teenager that he finally found out the actual world could come crashing down around him.When chaos erupted, Cedric was given no choice but to adapt again.
On the other side of town, a struggling college student is learning the same lesson. Ross had one philosophy about life: Sink or Swim. He had always been a swimmer. Now it was his time to cross the ocean.
With illness sweeping the nation, people must find themselves, and each other, to survive.
Civilization will fall. Will humanity fall with it?
A world in tatters. A society where rebellion is not tolerated. A girl desperate to discover the truth.
Sixteen year old Quin lives in The Beck, a saviour society. Her community has risen from the ruins of a land shattered by Mother Nature. But Beck law is tough. Quin knows that the rules must be followed in order to sustain life in a place where floodwaters constantly threaten existence. A single violation could land her in Clearance.
But some laws are harder to follow than others. And as Quin discovers the horrifying truth, she knows she cannot stay silent forever.
Flow is the first in a series of books about a group of people struggling to survive after their world has been annihilated by devastating floods.
In Kremlin Circle, where demon queen Belias sits on a throne built of human blood, beauty can get you killed.
Gadreel was an angel who fell long before the envy curse came to Kremlin Circle. Belias and her demons brought hell to earth, destroying his happiness in the process. Now living in isolation, Gad broods on his wife and daughter’s premature deaths and waits for the world to end.
Then Raphael, right-hand to God, shows up on Gad’s doorstep with a declaration from the Big Man himself: Gad is the only man capable of ending Belias’ reign of terror. Armed with an arcane spell and little else, he must search out the strongest witch in the circle to help him defeat the demon queen.
His problem? The strongest witch in the circle is his wife’s uncle, Yulian, who isn’t happy about the way Gad abandoned him after his niece’s death. Even worse, in the fifty years since the two men last spoke, Yulian adopted a daughter.
And she may be the biggest danger to Gad yet.
Fans of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files and Hugh Howey’s Wool will travel breathlessly through this dystopian society where the demons in charge don’t have the best interests of the people in mind and only magic can save them.
A deadly virus. A brilliant, young researcher. And an infected survivor who threatens to steal her heart.
In a society ruled by sanctions and curfews, Dr. Meghan Forester emerges as the youngest and most promising scientist to join the fight against Makanza—the deadly virus that’s ravaged the world.
Inside Compound 26, a giant government-controlled research facility, Meghan’s new job involves studying the Kazzies, the rare survivors who carry the virus and now exhibit supernatural powers. But as her work unfolds, Meghan’s horrified at the brutal and unethical practices the Kazzies are subjected to.
And most surprisingly, she falls in love with one.
Faced with growing conflict over helping the Kazzies versus following the Compound’s strict policies, Meghan must choose: obey the government’s unethical practices or risk everything to save the only man she’s ever loved.
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Two societies. A London divided. A history lost.
Aleesha is an Outsider. If the government find her they’ll kill her. She’s learned to survive by being smart, manipulative, and trusting no one. She dreams of a life Inside, with the father she’s never known.
Trey is an Insider. On the run, he seeks sanctuary outside the Wall. But the world of the Outsiders is more desperate than he could have imagined. His only way out is to find out why he is being hunted.
Thrown together, Aleesha and Trey each make their own bargains to stay alive and discover the truth about their pasts. Tasked with an impossible mission, they must learn to work together if they hope to escape alive.
Described by readers as an unforgettable tale of survival and suspense with plot-twists that will keep you guessing until the final pages, fans of The Hunger Games, Legend and The Maze Runner will love this fast-paced dystopian thriller.
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Humanity with Purpose
In a world where emotions are forbidden, what happens when you start to feel?
The harvest separates the worthy from the unworthy. Those who pass are destined to continue the human race, and the unworthy are culled.
For years, Eve has been the poster girl for emotional control. But ever since her brother was culled, Eve is finding it difficult to keep the monitor on her wrist an acceptable blue.
The next harvest ceremony is approaching and Eve will do whatever it takes to avoid the same fate as her brother.
Gripping and intriguing, Eve of Eridu explores the lengths that humans will go to in their quest for survival.
This YA dystopian novel is written by award winning speculative writer, Alanah Andrews.
One by one, Senka Hollow residents are falling to the shadows.
Agent Maurelle Nez was hand-picked by the Reina to track down the worst of the shadow touched and bring them in – dead or alive – and she’s good at her job. So good the shadow touched call her “Reaper.” Relle isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty in the name of the Hollow and the sleeping princess she adores.
But all is not well in Senka Hollow – Senka’s power is fading. When someone close to Relle is murdered, an underground infection is exposed: the council is failing, and more than one person in charge has been shadow-touched.
Then Senka rises and death comes to the Hollow.
Seemingly unaffected by the darkness embodied in Senka, Relle must find a way to restore the princess before she destroys the entire population. Her journey will take her deep into her Navajo heritage and make her question everything she knows about being shadow touched.
Fans of Kim Harrison and Divergent won’t want to miss this harsh dystopian with faeries and magick that barrels into a breathless, beautiful conclusion.
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In the future, mankind has learned to manipulate their DNA, harnessing only the good genes, like intelligence, strength and height. They called this prime DNA and humans rushed to get these new pDNA injections, which gave them superhuman-like qualities. Centuries later, however, their DNA became so engineered that humans rarely lived past the age of thirty, thanks to a new deadly disease called The Kiss. The only cure is to receive an injection of oDNA, DNA from an Original human that hasn’t been genetically altered. Problem is there aren’t many Originals left.
When seventeen-year-old Sage wakes up in a hospital with no memories, her only clue are the words “Run Now” written on her hand. With a deadly disease threatening to wipe out mankind, Sage must find out who she is and why most people would kill to get their hands on her–before it’s too late.
From USA Today bestselling author who brought you The Devil Series, Rachel McClellan, comes a new Dystopian series that fans can’t stop talking about. Readers who love Hunger Games, Divergent and Maze Runner will thoroughly enjoy the non-stop action and original characters.
What if death forgot you?
In a future that could be ours, Lizzie, a suicidal teen-age girl, barely navigates her own life. Then everything falls apart. In an apocalyptic land nearly deserted by disease, she lacks reasons to live until a shocking turn of events reveals a phone number. Her call pulls her dangerously cross-country to meet a stranger she thought was dead.
In a world where there is plenty of food, plenty of gas, plenty of space… fear, anger and a lust for power still control the patterns of human life. As the apocalypse heads into dystopian territory, Lizzie must decide who are her friends, her family and who is a danger to them.
This realistic coming of age, young adult novel is the debut of a former alternative high school teacher.
As the smallest dragon in the Heartstriker clan, Julius survives by a simple code: keep quiet, don’t cause trouble, and stay out of the way of bigger dragons. But this meek behavior doesn’t fly in a family of ambitious magical predators, and his mother, Bethesda the Heartstriker, has finally reached the end of her patience.
Now, sealed in human form and banished to the DFZ–a vertical metropolis built on the ruins of Old Detroit–Julius has one month to prove he can be a ruthless dragon or kiss his true shape goodbye forever. But in a city of modern mages and vengeful spirits where dragons are considered monsters to be exterminated, he’s going to need some serious help to survive this test.
He only hopes humans are more trustworthy than dragons…
Atlas Fallen is being hailed by readers as “Cinderella meets Divergent” told within a dangerously seductive world. Fans of YA science fiction will love this stunning debut series about two people who must sacrifice everything to save the crown… and each other.
One space station. One throne. And the girl who holds the key.
Tesla Petrov, daughter of an infamous traitor, no longer lives a life of promise in the Atlas space station’s elite flight training program. Stripped of her military rank and banished to the slums, she now scrapes out a brutal existence competing in illegal robot fights for Minko, ruthless leader of the Red Ashes crime syndicate. But when a wrong move costs her a fight—and a fortune—for the crime lord, Tesla knows her days aboard the Atlas are numbered.
Daxton Larose isn’t just visiting the station to celebrate the Centennial of the Crown—he’s hunting a terrorist threatening to end a century of peace on Earth. To do so, he’ll need someone who knows the station. Someone willing to strike a deal at any cost.
Someone like Tesla.
But as the hunt for the terrorist uncovers secrets from both their pasts, Tesla and Daxton realize that nothing, and no one, is what it seems.
What if color held the secrets to powerful magic?
Forced to move into the palace, Jessa begins training as a Color Alchemist under the direction of the kingdom’s most eligible bachelor, Prince Lucas. As an alchemist, Jessa must capture and harness the color of living things. Every color has a unique purpose, except red. Red is the untapped magic no one can access—until Jessa.
Prince Lucas is running out of time. His mother is nearing death and the healing magic isn’t working. When Lucas suspects someone is using alchemy to control her, he sets out to discover the truth, even if it means uncovering Jessa’s secrets in the process.
PRISM is the first full-length installment of this unique young adult romantic fantasy series where a dystopian world with a Victorian flair meets the dynamic magic of color.
Life is harsh. It makes no exceptions. Not even for the innocent.
Outpost Three: a huddle of crumbling buildings choked by a concrete wall. Cracked pavement, rusted metal, splintering boards. Huge robotic Sentries police the streets, but the Ten Laws are broken every time one turns its back.
Eden is determined, smart, and a born survivor. Stripped of her memories and dumped on the streets of the Outpost, slavers and starvation are only the beginning of her problems. A devastating conflict is coming that threatens to consume her world and tear her newfound family apart.
I just wanted to graduate high school. Fighting monsters to save the world was not part of my five-year plan.
I had it all figured out. Graduate high school and head to college. It was just icing that my college of choice also happened to be where my lifelong crush and the gorgeous boy next door, Cohen, was already attending. I had already been accepted.
Everything was working out perfectly.
The only problem was that ‘perfect’ didn’t involve a freakin’ invasion. So, when everything went dark and monsters, literal monsters, fell from the sky, I had no idea what to do.
Hey, I’m not your perfect dystopian heroine. Hell, I’m not even your everyday human.
It took some time, and a bit of work, but now instead of graduating and following Cohen to college I am now hunting massive winged demon… things.
Worse yet, any chance of a happily-ever-after goes to pot when my demon hunting turns into boyfriend rescuing, and I have to risk it all and go into the Dark.
Boys, am I right?
One minute everything is on track, and the next… well, it’s the end of the world.
My name is Lex, and I guess I hunt monsters now.
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