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Fans of "The Hunger Games" are patiently waiting for March 23, when the popular novel-turned-movie hits theaters. They are fervently rereading the series of books and watching the trailers, hoping that the movie can meet their expectations.

But while fans are biting their nails with anticipation, there are other books similar to "The Hunger Games" to enjoy just as much. The dystopian theme of "The Hunger Games" can be found in these 12 outstanding novels, which are definitely worth reading:

1. "Uglies" by Scott Westerfield; Simon Pulse, 432 pages ($9.99): Tally Youngblood is anticipating not "The Hunger Games" movie but her 16th birthday and the chance to become pretty. In this world that Tally lives in, the ugly people simply wait for a procedure to make them pretty and spend the rest of their lives partying and having fun. Sounds awesome, right? But then Tally meets Shay, who shows her just how wrong she is. ( 5/5 stars)

2. "Divergent" by Veronica Roth; Katherine Tegen Books, 576 pages ($17.99): Beatrice's world is broken into factions where everybody belongs. Beatrice, feeling out of place in her own faction, the selfless Abnegations, chooses to go into the brave and intimidating Dauntless faction at her Choosing Ceremony. Beatrice soon learns just how different this faction is and some secrets as she ventures deeper and deeper into the new faction. ( 5/5 stars)

3. "Graceling" by Kristen Cashore; Harcourt Children's Books, 480 pages ($17): Katsa is a Graceling, someone who is gifted with powerful skills and is forced to work for the kingdom. Katsa's own grace is killing. And her uncle, King Randa, uses her as his personal assassin. (Creepy, right?) But Katsa is disgusted with both herself and her uncle, so she takes matters into her own hands. ( 5/5 stars)

4. "Legend" by Marie Lu; Putnam Juvenile, 336 pages ($17.99): Day is the Republic's most wanted criminal, while June is the Republic's most gifted prodigy. Day seems like the prime suspect in the death of June's brother, but June, attempting to avenge her brother's death, learns that Day's actions may not be as evil as they seem. ( 5/5 stars)

5. "Matched" by Allie Condie; Speak, 400 pages ($9.99): The Society chooses everything for everyone, controlling every aspect of their lives including who they marry. So at her Match ceremony, Cassia isn't surprised when she gets Matched with her best friend Xander. But for a split second, another boy's face appears on the screen, Ky. Suddenly Cassia's world seems different and she begins to wonder about her life and why things may not be as well as the Society lets them believe. ( 4/5 stars)

6. "Incarceron" by Catherine Fisher; Firebird, 464 pages ($9.99): Finn is trapped in Incarceron, a prison that lives and breathes and from which only one person has escaped. But Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, wants to learn more and escape from an arranged marriage. Together, the two try to learn more about the horror that is Incarceron and escape from its depths. ( 4/5 stars)

7. "Bar Code Tattoo" by Suzanne Weyn; Scholastic, 256 pages ($7.99): Kayla Reed is turning 17, the age at which most people get tattooed on their arm a bar code that contains genetic and personal information. Kayla doesn't trust the tattoo, and soon is on the run from the U.S. government for what she knows. ( 4/5 stars)

8. "The Giver" by Lois Lowry; Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 208 pages ($19.99): Everything in Jonas' world is completely under control. There is no war or pain or choices. Jonas believes that he is living a perfect life. But then he is assigned to learn from the Giver, who holds all the memories of happiness and pain that are kept from the community. The memories that have been hidden from them for so long, makes Jonas question the world in which he lives. ( 4/5 stars)

9. "Gone" by Michael Grant; Katherine Tegen Books, 576 pages ($9.99): One day, everyone in Perdido Beach over the age of 15 simply disappears. They are completely gone, and Perdido seems to be contained in a bubble, in which the children are gaining superpowers and the fight to survive becomes deadly. (It's cheesy sounding, but quite good!) ( 4/5 stars)

10. "City of Ember" by Jeanne Duprau; Yearling, 288 pages ($6.99): Lina and Doon live in an underground world. They have never been to the surface, but as these two seemingly different people begin to question their world, the supplies are running out, along with time. And they decide to work together to escape. ( 4/5 stars)

11. "The Maze Runner" by James Dashner; Delacorte Press, 400 pages ($9.99): Thomas arrives in the Glade, his mind blank but surrounded by a group of boys, who, like him, have woken up with blank minds and they can't escape. Every 30 days a new person arrives and nobody knows where they come from. But the day after Thomas arrives, a girl shows up, which has never happened before. The girl delivers a chilling message that will change them all forever. ( 3/5 stars)

12. "Ship Breaker" by Paolo Bacigalupi; Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 352 pages ($9.99): Nailer is part of a crew that takes apart oil ships in hopes of finding raw materials that may help him survive for another day. But by luck, he comes across an amazing clipper ship that contains the materials to let him lead a comfortable life forever or a girl whom he could journey with to change his life forever. ( 3/5 stars)