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Books like 1984

Enjoyed 1984? We’ve scoured the web for book blogs and looked at all of their recommendations for books that are similar to 1984. Here are 12 books that you may like if you liked 1984.

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Brave New World
Aldous Huxley - 1998-01-01 (first published in 1932)
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This dystopian novel explores a futuristic World State where citizens are genetically modified and society is based on intelligence. The plot anticipates major scientific advancements in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation, and classical conditioning, which create a dystopian society where the protagonist challenges the norm.
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Yevgeny Zamyatin - 1993-01-01 (first published in 1924)
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A powerful dystopian novel set in a totalitarian society where citizens live without creativity and passion. One man's discovery of an individual soul brings forth a cry for individual freedom in a glass-enclosed city ruled by the all-powerful 'Benefactor.' This classic work of science fiction inspired George Orwell's 1984 and remains a vivid portrayal of a future world. Clarence Brown's translation is based on the corrected text of the novel that was suppressed for many years in Russia.
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Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury - 2011-12-06 (first published in 1953)
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In a dystopian future where the printed book is illegal, Guy Montag is a fireman whose job is to burn them along with any houses hiding them. But when he meets an eccentric young woman, he begins to question everything he knows. Ray Bradbury's classic explores a world where television dominates and books are considered dangerous. This edition includes personal essays by the author, critical essays by acclaimed writers, and rare manuscript pages and sketches from Bradbury's archive.
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The Giver
25th Anniversary Edition (Giver Quartet)
The Giver Series
Lois Lowry - 2006-01-24 (first published in 1993)
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Exploring a seemingly perfect society, this novel follows twelve-year-old Jonas as he uncovers the disturbing truths that lie beneath the surface. Only with his new position as the Receiver is he able to grasp the complex and dark realities of his utopian world.
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It Can't Happen Here
Sinclair Lewis - 2005-10-04 (first published in 1935)
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This cautionary novel explores the frightening possibility of fascism taking hold in America, told through the rise of a president turned dictator. Written at the height of the Great Depression, the story combines sharp political satire with a chillingly realistic portrayal of a democracy on the brink. It remains a shockingly prescient tale, with themes that feel eerily contemporary even today.
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Parable of the Talents
Octavia E. Butler - 2001-11-01 (first published in 1998)
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A sequel to a Nebula Award-winning book, Parable of the Talents follows Lauren Olamina in a socially and economically depressed California, where she strives for her community to colonize the stars. When fanaticism and societal collapse lead to her followers being enslaved and her daughter stolen, Lauren must fight to save the newly formed world order.
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Super Sad True Love Story
A Novel
Gary Shteyngart - 2010-07-27
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In a near future where America is struggling with a financial crisis, Lenny Abramov, a book-loving son of a Russian immigrant janitor, falls in love with Eunice Park, a Korean American with a major in Images and a minor in Assertiveness. But can their love save a failing world? A critically acclaimed and award-winning novel named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times and other publications.
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The Circle
Dave Eggers - 2013-10-08
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Experience the exhilarating new novel from a bestselling author that explores themes of ambition, idealism, and the limits of human knowledge. When Mae Holland joins the world's most powerful internet company, she feels like she's hit the jackpot. The Circle links every aspect of users' lives into one online identity, creating a new age of civility and transparency. Mae is thrilled with the company's modernity and can't believe her luck to work for the most influential company in the world. But as she becomes increasingly public in her role, her life beyond the campus grows distant, and a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken. This heart-racing novel raises questions about memory, privacy, democracy, and the history of our personal lives.
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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
The inspiration for the films Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049
Philip K. Dick - 2008-02-26 (first published in 1968)
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In a dystopian future, a bounty hunter named Rick Deckard is tasked with finding and killing rogue androids who look exactly like humans. But as he delves deeper into his assignment, he begins to question his own humanity and the morality of his actions. Will he be able to carry out his task, or will he side with the very beings he was sent to destroy? "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" poses thought-provoking questions about what it means to be alive and explores the thin line between man and machine.
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Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner