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Best Dystopian Books

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Best Dystopian Books
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The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins - 2010-07-03 (first published in 2008)
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WINNING MEANS FAME AND FORTUNE.LOSING MEANS CERTAIN DEATH.THE HUNGER GAMES HAVE BEGUN. . . .In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and once girl between ...
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The Giver
25th Anniversary Edition (Giver Quartet)
Lois Lowry - 2018-10-02 (first published in 1993)
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Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community....
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The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood - 2017-04-25 (first published in 1985)
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Before The Testaments, there was The Handmaids Tale: an instant classic and eerily prescient cultural phenomenon, from the patron saint of feminist dystopian fiction (New York Times).The Handmaids Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was...
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Station Eleven
Emily St. John Mandel - 2015-06-02 (first published in 2014)
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A National Book Award FinalistA PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end. Twenty...
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The Children of Men
P. D. James - 2006-05-16 (first published in 1992)
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Librarian note: This is a later printing of ISBN 0-307-27543-4 with a slightly different cover than the one used on the first printing. As Goodreads does not allow for more that one record per ISBN a record for the first printing was added without the ISBN.Told with P. D. James’s trademark suspense, insightful characterization, and riveting storyte...
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1984
George Orwell - 2017-04-04 (first published in 1949)
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Among the seminal texts of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real. Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwell's nightmarish vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff's attempt to find individuality. The brilliance of ...
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Parable of the Sower
A Novel
Octavia E. Butler - 2017-02-28 (first published in 1993)
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In 2025, with the world descending into madness and anarchy, one woman begins a fateful journey toward a better future.Lauren Olamina and her family live in one of the only safe neighborhoods remaining on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Behind the walls of their defended enclave, Lauren’s father, a preacher, and a handful of other citizens try to sal...
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Legend
Marie Lu - 2013-04-16 (first published in 2011)
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What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the countr...
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Ready Player One
A Novel
Ernest Cline - 2012-06-05 (first published in 2011)
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In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that...
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The Stand
Stephen King - 2011-01-01 (first published in 1978)
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First come the days of the plague. Then come the dreams.Dreams that warn of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of the charnel house and Prince of Evil.His time is at hand. His empire grows in the west and the Apocalypse looms....
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We
Yevgeny Zamyatin - 1993-08-01
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
The Drowned World by J. G. Ballard
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Severance by Ling Ma
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. le Guin
The Selection by Kiera Cass
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
Blindness by Jose Saramago
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Year One by Nora Roberts
The Passage by Justin Cronin
Borne by Jeff Vandermeer
Followers by Megan Angelo
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Wool by Hugh Howey
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
One Second After by William R. Forstchen
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
The Lathe Of Heaven by Ursula K. le Guin
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
This Perfect Day by Ira Levin
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban
Secondborn by Amy A. Bartol
On The Beach by Nevil Shute
Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
The Postman by David Brin
City of Bohane by Kevin Barry
Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
Gun, with Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem
Want by Cindy Pon
Jennifer Government by Max Barry
The Wall by John Lanchester
The List by Patricia Forde
Divergent / Insurgent / Allegiant / Four 4 Volumes by Veronica Roth
Watchmen by Alan Moore
The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
The Girl Who Dared to Think by Bella Forrest
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Angelfall by Susan Ee
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Y by Brian K. Vaughan
Recruitment by K. A. Riley
The Reckoners Series by Brandon Sanderson
The 5th Wave Collection by Rick Yancey
The V Girl by Mya Robarts
Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven
Brilliance by Marcus Sakey
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young
Random Acts of Senseless Violence by Jack Womack
Tender Is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica
Configured by Jenetta L Penner
The Sheep Look Up by John Brunner
Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa
Freakling by Lana Krumwiede
The Slynx by Tatyana Tolstaya
#MurderTrending by Gretchen McNeil
We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
The Iron Heel by Jack London
Diverse Energies by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Lightest Object in the Universe by Kimi Eisele
The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson
The Passion of New Eve by Angela Carter