Top Ten Tuesday #6: Top Ten Favorite Characters in Dystopian Fiction

Posted February 19, 2013 by Debby in Memes, Top Ten Tuesdays / 16 Comments


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Top Ten Favorite Characters in Dystopian Fiction

This week is an interesting topic because we get to choose the genre to focus on. I picked dystopian fiction, even though technically it’s a sub-genre, because it’s my favorite genre ever. However, while making this list, I realized that with most dystopian books I either love it or hate it. So I have a lot of characters from the same series. But I’m spreading the love here. These guys (and gals) are epic.

1. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I think this is self-explanatory. But anyway, Katniss was a beautifully created character. There was so much depth to her. Her point of view sucks you in. I felt like I related to her so much, and she’s just the best ever.
All those months of taking it for granted that Peeta thought I was wonderful are over. Finally, he can see me for who I really am. Violent. Distrustful. Manipulative. Deadly. And I hate him for it. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins

2. Penryn Young from Penryn & the End of Days by Susan Ee

I’m never going to stop talking about how much I love Angelfall by Susan Ee (review). Admittedly, a lot of it has to do with this epic main character. She’s so strong, but fragile in other ways. She shows her faults but fights desperately for survival and for the ones she loves. And she’s pretty damn feisty. I couldn’t ask for anything more.
You are nothing but a bird with an attitude. Okay, so you have a few muscles, I’ll grant you that. But you know, a bird is nothing but a barely evolved lizard. That’s what you are. Angelfall, Susan Ee

3. Buruu from The Lotus War by Jay Kristoff

Haha, maybe Stormdancer (review) and its series doesn’t qualify as a normal dystopia and it’s more like a high fantasy, but I thought the dystopia was better developed than others I’ve encountered in the genre. Anyway, BURUU. The best griffin ever. When he speaks, I have hearts for eyes.
“DO NOT UNDERSTAND YOU MONKEYS.”
“FEATHERS GROW BACK…. SISTERS DO NOT.” Stormdancer, Jay Kristoff

4. Finnick Odair from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I don’t think I can adequately describe the intense feels I have for Finnick. It’s just. He’s that handsome, arrogant character who’s always smiling. And then BAM, terrifying backstory and suddenly you understand him and he’s the most amazing guy in the world. And his love for Annie makes him so pure and perfect. Just. Ugh. All the feels.
“Did you love Annie right away, Finnick?” I ask.
“No.” A long time passes before he adds, “She crept up on me.” Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins

5. Yukiko from The Lotus War by Jay Kristoff

I love Yukiko so much. She’s unbelievably strong, inspirational, and witty. Perfect combination. 
Each of you must decide where you stand. All we ask is that you refuse to kneel. You are the people. You have the power. Open your eyes. Open your minds. Then close the fingers on your hand. Stormdancer, Jay Kristoff

6. Raffe from Penryn & the End of Days by Susan Ee

So I was looking up a quote for Raffe to put in here, and when I found it I knew I had nothing left to add. (Besides maybe mentioning his extreme hotness.)
“My friends call me Wrath,” says Raffe. “My enemies call me Please Have Mercy. What’s your name, soldier boy?” Angelfall, Susan Ee

7. Kenji Kishimoto from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

After Unravel Me (review) I was sold. Kenji is the best character in the series. Not only is he a comic genius, but he is a leader, and he gets people on track when they’re struggling. 
You are moody. It’s always “Shut up, Kenji.” “Go to sleep, Kenji.” “No one wants to see you naked, Kenji.” When I know for a fact that there are thousands of people who would love to see me naked— Unravel Me, Tahereh Mafi

8. Roar from Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Most fans of this series would probably fall for Perry, but I’d pick Roar any day of the week. In Under the Never Sky (review), Roar was the awesome secondary character that made me laugh and touched my heart.
Roar leaned across the table and smiled at her seductively, his dark hair falling into his eyes. “When you say everything happens in the Realms, do you mean everything?” Under the Never Sky, Veronica Rossi

9. Uriah from Divergent by Veronica Roth

I know! No other characters from Divergent made the list. Why? Insurgent (review) let me down and now I’m unsure about my love for the series. BUT. Uriah was always a joy to read about.
He pats his leg. “You can sit on my lap, if you want.” Divergent, Veronica Roth

10. Prince Maxon from The Selection by Kiera Cass

So The Selection (review) barely qualifies as a true dystopian, and it’s definitely what I would call a guilty pleasure read, but Prince Maxon was absolutely adorable.
If you don’t want me to be in love with you, you’re going to have to stop looking so lovely. First thing tomorrow I’m having your maids sew some potato sacks together for you. The Selection, Kiera Cass

Let’s Talk!

So… what are your favorite characters in dystopian fiction?
Let me know in comments!

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16 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday #6: Top Ten Favorite Characters in Dystopian Fiction

  1. Love both your picks from the Hunger Games, though Peeta is my favorite character from the series. You’re right–Katniss does have so much depth. I didn’t really notice at first because the Hunger Games were my first foray back into YA and sci-fi/fantasy/Dystopia after several years, but now that I’ve read so much in this genre Suzanne Collins can really create a subtle characterization for each character that blows most other books out of the water, and I think Katniss is the most evident of that talent.

    • Yeah, THG was one of my first books back in the YA genre as well, but when I read other books I just miss the kind of depth Suzanne gave Katniss. I loved that in every narration and paragraph you truly understood Katniss’s mind. She’ll probably always be my favorite character. 🙂

  2. I think Katniss is definitely topping the lists that have picked dystopian haha. She made mine too. I meant to put Finnick and then completely forgot! Great list 🙂

    • Haha, of course she is! She deserves it though. She’s so epic. And YEAH FINNICK. I could never forget about him, I love him so much. Thanks!

  3. Love that you didn’t pick main characters for all of them! Finnick, Kenji, Roar, Uriah— YES YES YES YES! Sometimes supporting characters get overlooked…….. way to give credit where credit is due!! 🙂

    • Of course! No matter what, if the main character is really awesome, but all the secondary characters are bland or almost not present I won’t like the book. It’s so important to me.

    • Ha, indeed, Insurgent was way different than Divergent, so there are varied opinions. Although in my circle I’m like the only one who didn’t like it… almost all my friends gave it 5 stars. So *shrug* I dunno. Hope you like it though!

  4. I still need to read Angelfall and Stormdancer! But I absolutely LOVE Finnick, Kenji, Roar, Uriah… <3 Katniss, too, obviously, but those are some amazing secondary characters!!

    • Hahaha, thank you! I love Finnick so much, I just spend so much time thinking about his character and so many feelings always.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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