4. Atherton Series by Patrick Carman

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Atherton is a trilogy that doesn't come off as a dystopian novel at first.

It's about two boys, Edgar and Samuel, who live on different ends of the wealth spectrum on a planet called Atherton.

Atherton is strange in itself – built in three tiers with very few species of animals or plants, but every bit is used.

As you progress into the series, you'll see why this one falls on this list.

Carman created a captivating universe in Atherton and you can even follow along in the mysteries on their website, using secret codes.

This series is geared more toward a younger crowd with younger main characters and no romance, but it's still a great read.

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