Five Dystopian Novels to Read

These five novels based in an imaginary society are worth reading.

1984 by George Orwell

Orwell’s terrifying vision of a totalitarian future in which everything and everyone is slave to a tyrannical regime.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Huxley’s ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most enduring masterpiece.

Find Me by Laura van den Berg

aura van den Berg brings us Find Me, her debut novel—a gripping, imaginative, darkly funny tale of a young woman struggling to find her place in the world.

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

We is both a rediscovered classic and a work of tremendous relevance to our own times.

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

The narrators hear their echoes in history and change their destinies in ways great and small, in a study of humanity’s dangerous will to power.

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22 thoughts on “Five Dystopian Novels to Read

  1. An honorable mention should be Kayti Nika Raet’s Niko, book I in The Outsider Chronicles, for its originality, diversity, and just the all-around badassery of its heroine, Niko.

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  2. I have a few that should be notable mentions as well.
    ‘The Running Man’ by Richard Bachman (aka Stephen King).
    ‘Ready Player One’ by Ernest Cline.
    ‘The Time Machine’ by HG Wells.
    Of course each reader is different & have their own personal favourites.

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  3. I’m planning on reading 1984 at the end of this month. I absolutely love Animal Farm so I’m hoping to feel the same way about this novel.
    I had to read Brave New World in high school and I was really creeped out by it but I guess that’s the point.
    I really want to pick up Cloud Atlas at some point as well.

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    1. Everyone has their own views on 1984. At some point it is astonishing and you will realise how closer it is to the reality in which we currently reside. There are some books that make us feel if the reality could have been like that. This book is like the reality is somewhat already as is it.
      I hope you enjoy your reading time with it 🙂

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  4. Thanks for the follow! Look forward to checking out some of the books on the list. Some of my favorite dystopian books masquerade as kidlit – the Giver and Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry! 🙂

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  5. Have you ever read any Frank Schätzing book? You can categorise them as sci-fi , but they are different from this categorie’s other books. The story is totally possible, so these books are dystopian too. Worth a try :).

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