If you look around the web, you’ll find dystopian freebies galore! Here are some ideas of what’s out there:
First chapter of Julia Karr’s XVI. It can be found on her website JuliaKarr.com. (I have not read this book, but I got this tip off of Veronica Roth’s blog. Thanks to Veronica for the tip.)
The Kobo “Hungry For Dystopia” teen sampler pack. This can be downloaded for free off of the Kobo website. It’s easy to find, just type in” teen dystopia” or some other related title in the search engine, then limit the search to “free only.” The samples are all quite large in size, so it’s easy to decide whether or not you like something before you commit to reading a whole novel.
Foundlings short story by Diana Peterfreund.
was originally part of the anthology, Brave New Love It’s an intersting, fast-moving story, although the end is a little abrupt for my taste. Read it for yourself by searching for it on the Kobo website.
Read the first 100 pages of Divergent for free at browseinside.harpercollins.ca.. It’s in PDF format, so it’s quick to read, and provides roughly a third of the book.
ebook sites like Kobo, Smashwords, and epub often have free samples, or even whole books. These may be written by established, new, or self-published authors. You might have to sift through a lot of sand to get to the gems, but they are out there, and you get the chance to enjoy a great read for free, or at a very low cost (plus if one of the authors become big some day, you can smugly say that you’ve been reading their books for years).