[YA book filter] I would like to find some YA or easy-to-read adult sci-fi, speculative fiction, or dystopian fiction. Preferably, about the United States or other earthly country, not deep-space intergalactic stuff.
thread has a lot of really great suggestions, many of which I have read and loved. However, I'm looking even more specifically for books that focus on a dystopian future (near future or far).
The Hunger games is a good example of what I'm looking for-- it's intense, a very fast read, believable and scary. I can identify with the characters.
I really love to read, but as I'm in college, my free time is seriously limited, so I don't have the time to get into really dense, hard to unravel / understand books. I can try, but I end up re-reading the same passages over and over in order to remember the plot, since there's often a long gap between readings.
**Please, nothing vampire/werewolf/mutant driven unless there's a plausible reason for it. The Twilight series makes me want to vomit, for too many reasons to go into.