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Best Dystopian Books You Should Enjoy

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Dystopian books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. Animal Farm (Modern Classics) (1951)

Best Dystopian Books You Should EnjoyA stunning hardback edition of the classic novel. is one of the most famous warnings ever written. Orwell’s immortal satire — ‘against Stalin’ as he wrote to his French translator — can be read on many levels. With its piercing clarity and deceptively simple style it is no surprise that this novel is required reading for schoolchildren and politicians alike. This fable of the steadfast horses Boxer and Clover, the opportunistic pigs Snowball and Napoleon, and the deafening choir of sheep remains an unparalleled masterpiece.One reviewer wrote “In a hundred years’ time…
Author(s): George Orwell

2. Oryx and Crake (2004)

Best Dystopian Books You Should EnjoyPigs might not fly but they are strangely altered. So, for that matter, are wolves and racoons. A man, once named Jimmy, lives in a tree, wrapped in old bedsheets, now calls himself Snowman. The voice of Oryx, the woman he loved, teasingly haunts him. And the green-eyed Children of Crake are, for some reason, his responsibility. ‘In Jimmy, Atwood has created a great character: a tragic-comic artist of the future, part buffoon, part Orpheus. An adman who’s a sad man; a jealous lover who’s in perpetual mourning; a fantasist who can only remember the past’ -…
Author(s): Margaret Atwood

3. Zombie Diaries Homecoming Junior Year: The Mavis Saga (2017)

Best Dystopian Books You Should EnjoyWhile most high school juniors are worried about acne, grades, and dating, Mavis Harvey has a host of issues to deal with, like her appetite for human flesh. Don’t worry, the bullies won’t get far. Crunch!Revel in a new phase of RWK Clark’s writing career that is yielding his most imaginative, and bestselling work yet, a must-read epic saga.Reading order of the Zombie Diaries series:Zombie Diaries – Homecoming Junior Year – ZD1Zombie Diaries – Winter Formal Junior Year – ZD2Zombie Diaries – Prom Junior Year – ZD3Zombie Diaries – Summer Break Junior Year – ZD4Zombie Diaries – Fall Semester Senior Year -…
Author(s): R W K Clark

4. Ready Player One (2011)

Best Dystopian Books You Should EnjoyIt’s the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We’re out of oil. We’ve wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of…
Author(s): Ernest Cline

5. Black Virus: An Apocalyptic Thriller (Black Rust) (Volume 1) (2016)

Best Dystopian Books You Should EnjoyAlienated in a world where he didn’t fit, young Christian Black survived because he was “different.” Then the virus came and made the world turn different, too—with new rules, new players, and new realities. Now people are dying by the million. Food supplies are short. Riots are blazing through the streets, and Christian’s only goal is to keep his family alive. But safety lies far from the city, and just getting out will be more difficult than anyone thinks. #485,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #3102 in Dystopian Fiction #7296…
Author(s): BobAdair

6. The Amplified (Volume 1) (2016)

Best Dystopian Books You Should Enjoy15-year-old Mari Quillen is about to become invincible. Just like everyone else. For years, Mari has been anxiously awaiting the day when she will receive her Amplifier; a small device implanted behind the ear that gives someone limitless capabilities through verbal commands. But once she finally becomes Amplified and begins mandatory Training with the rest of her peers, she begins to see that her natural ability to resist and act for herself brings dangerous consequences, as well as unwanted scrutiny from Governor Plenaris, the Community’s most revered official. She grows increasingly…
Author(s): Lauren M. Flauding

7. Configured: Book #1 in The Configured Trilogy (Volume 1) (2016)

Best Dystopian Books You Should EnjoyThere will come a day… when love will mark you as a traitor. In a society where emotions are nothing and function is everything, Avlyn Lark is just trying to blend in. She’s lucky to be alive, unlike her twin brother Ben who died when they were four. And she’s lucky to have been taken from her biological parents and assigned to a Level Two family. But mastering her emotions? That’s a problem, especially when a rebel bomb blows up a building right in front of her. Then on Configuration Day, Avlyn’s official transition to adulthood, she starts seeing strange visions. And instead of being…
Author(s): Jenetta L Penner

8. Surviving The Evacuation Book 2: Wasteland (Volume 2) (2014)

Best Dystopian Books You Should EnjoyBillions died during the global civil war that followed the outbreak. Anarchy took grip. Chaos ruled. The world collapsed. In Britain, the evacuation failed. Nowhere is safe from the undead. Three months after the outbreak, Bill Wright has found safety in a ruined Abbey in southern England, but he is still alone. All he has for company are the files sent to him before the outbreak by the shadowy Washington fixer he only knows as Sholto. On those, he believes he has found the origins of the undead, and the vast conspiracy in which he discovers he played an unwitting part. He needs answers, and knows…
Author(s): Frank Tayell

9. The Wretched: Book 1 of The Wretched Series (2019)

Best Dystopian Books You Should EnjoyEarly fall. A top-secret research project goes terribly wrong. A new species, the Reapers, are unleashed onto the unsuspecting citizens of Philadelphia and soon the rest of the country. The Reapers are stronger, faster, and have no mercy for any humans who have the misfortune of crossing their paths.Philadelphia Cop Malcolm Foster quickly discovers a routine disturbance call is anything but ordinary. Foster soon finds himself scrambling to survive, gather together a rag-tag group of survivors, and get them out of the city. As Foster and his group fight to…
Author(s): E.G. Michaels

10. The Gender Game (Volume 1) (2016)

Best Dystopian Books You Should EnjoyFor fans of The Hunger Games and Divergentcomes a story like no other…A toxic river divides nineteen-year-old Violet Bates's world by gender.Women rule the East. Men rule the West. Ever since the disappearance of her beloved younger brother, Violet's life has been consumed by an anger she struggles to control. Already a prisoner to her own nation, now she has been sentenced to death for her crimes.But one decision could save her life. Everything about the patriarchy is dangerous for a rebellious girl like Violet. She cannot break the rules if she wishes to stay…
Author(s): Bella Forrest

11. The Watchers of Eden (The Watchers of Eden Trilogy, Book 1) (Volume 1) (2015)

Best Dystopian Books You Should EnjoyHer gift is her curse. Her world is her prison. Her fate is bigger than she knows. In the hot and harsh farming region of Agricola, Cyra Drayton prepares to be tested. Along with all 16 year olds, she’s about to discover what duty she’ll hold for life. For most, their paths are set – they’ll follow in their parents’ footsteps. For Cyra, however, the little world she knows is about to become a whole lot bigger. Because Cyra isn’t just a normal girl. She’s got a special gift, a powerful ability, locked deep down inside. She doesn’t know it yet, but she’s to be sent to Eden, the…
Author(s): T C Edge

12. Turbulent: A Post Apocalyptic EMP Survival Thriller (Days of Want Series Book 1) (2019)

Best Dystopian Books You Should EnjoyHow would you get home?When coordinated EMP and Cyber attacks wipe out the nation’s power grid, communications and transportation systems, ultra marathon runner, Maddie Langston is forced to run for her life. Stranded in a Chicago airport when the lights go out, Maddie is in a race against time. According to her father, she doesn’t have long before the city descends into chaos. She must leave the airport before it is too late. Although she knows she must flee the Windy City, Maddie’s first battle is to overcome fear of the violence she knows is coming. She’s a fighter; she just doesn’t know it yet. The perilous…
Author(s): T. L. Payne

13. American Exodus: A Post Apocalyptic Journey (Catalyst) (2018)

Best Dystopian Books You Should Enjoy. Steven Porter had a mostly charmed life, one that most people would envy,that is, until it all vanished. He was away from home on the day his world changed forever. How far does the devastation reach – the whole country, the world? Millions of people are fleeing the cities trying to find safety. Steve finds himself as one of those lost souls wandering the highways. Each step forward is fraught with peril. What will he find if he even makes it back home?To survive the dangerous journey he must battle hunger, thirst and the relentless attacks by others as well as a brutal response by…
Author(s): J K Franks

14. The Handmaid’s Tale (1998)

Best Dystopian Books You Should EnjoyIn Margaret Atwood’s dystopian future, environmental disasters and declining birthrates have led to a Second American Civil War. The result is the rise of the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian regime that enforces rigid social roles and enslaves the few remaining fertile women. Offred is one of these, a Handmaid bound to produce children for one of Gilead’s commanders. Deprived of her husband, her child, her freedom, and even her own name, Offred clings to her memories and her will to survive. At once a scathing satire, an ominous warning, and a tour de force of narrative suspense, The Handmaid’s Tale is a modern…
Author(s): Margaret Atwood

15. The Last Woman 2 (2018)

Best Dystopian Books You Should EnjoyWith no desire to live in a world void of all human life, Faye sets a goal of making it home to die. Then she encounters Dodge and two young boys, who ignite a spark long lost in her: the will to live. Following radio calls, they discover they are not alone and decide to join a growing camp of survivors. But another discovery threatens their new-found safety and the rules begin to change. As they desperately try to find a safe haven and figure out their place in this new world, Faye must weigh the decision of what she wants to do against what she should do. The…
Author(s): Jacqueline Druga

Dystopia genre: new releases and popular books, including The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, After the Flood by Kassandra Montag, The Future of Another T Our picks for the best dystopian books of all time range from contemporary Young Adult sagas to classics by Margaret Atwood and George Orwell. Dystopian fiction has been around since the 19th century. Mary Shelley, famous for her fictional monster Frankenstein , was one of the first writers to venture into the bleak world of dystopia with her 1826 novel, The Last Man , but the genre didn’t explode until after WWII and the introduction of nuclear weapons. Books shelved as dystopian: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Divergent by Veronica Roth, Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay by Suzanne Coll This is a list of notable works of dystopian literature. A dystopia is an unpleasant (typically repressive) society, often propagandized as being utopian. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction states that dystopian works depict a negative view of “the way the world is supposedly going in order to provide urgent propaganda for a change in direction.”

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some dystopian books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Desire and Empathy in Twentieth-Century Dystopian Fiction

Author(s): Thomas Horan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2203946

The Dystopian Imagination in Contemporary Spanish Literature and Film

Author(s): Diana Q. Palardy
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2252118

Music and the Environment in Dystopian Narrative: Sounding the Disaster

Author(s): Heidi Hart
Publisher: Springer International Publishing,Palgrave Pivot, Year: 2018, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2309827

Cold War Stories : British Dystopian Fiction, 1945–1990

Author(s): Andrew Hammond
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2017, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2134693

Climate Trauma: Foreseeing the Future in Dystopian Film and Fiction

Author(s): E. Ann Kaplan
Publisher: Rutgers University Press, Year: 2015, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2321372

Female Rebellion in Young Adult Dystopian Fiction

Author(s): Sara K. Day, Miranda A. Green-Barteet, Amy L. Montz (eds,)
Publisher: Ashgate, Year: 2014, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1403540

Transhumanist Dreams and Dystopian Nightmares: The Promise and Peril of Genetic Engineering

Author(s): Maxwell J Mehlman
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, Year: 2012, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1402536

Mothers and masters in twentieth century utopian and dystopian literature

Author(s): Theis, Mary Elizabeth
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc, Year: 2009, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1427888

Dystopian Fiction East and West: Universe of Terror and Trial

Author(s): Erika Gottlieb
Publisher: McGill-Queen’s University Press, Year: 2001, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1575724

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are truly hot items according to The New York Times, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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