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