New year, new book list. Who else has a reading goal for the New Year? If you need more books to read, check out these dystopian books that everyone can enjoy.
Hello, lovely readers! I love the New Year. It’s a time for new beginnings, new adventures, and new book lists that I probably won’t actually finish. But hey, making the list is half the challenge, right? Every year my family and I always set a reading goal for the year, and the last few years I have been very, very far from reaching my goal because of school, but this year I am determined to do better! I created a list of fantastic dystopian novels that are a mix of classics, newer books, and some you might not have heard of. So, with the spirit of book list making in mind, let’s check out some of the best dystopian novels and see what you can add to your personal reading list!
The Giver by Lois Lowry: This was one of my favorite books as a kid, and honestly I never tire of reading it. After all, book lists aren’t just about reading new books, but reading books in general. So, classic books like this one by Lois Lowry are fantastic to add to your reading list for the year. This was one of the first books I had to read for class and actually loved, and I try to read it as often as possible. Fun fact: there’s a movie on Netflix based on this book, and it’s not half bad. I would definitely read the book first, then watch the movie. It’s fun to see books come to life when they are done well!
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A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess: This is a book that has been on my reading list for years. It’s supposed to be a fantastic tale, full of strange happenings and pretty much total chaos, and I definitely want to read a book like that. However, I have never gotten that far down my list. This year, I’m putting Anthony Burgess’ classic near the top!
The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner: This was never a book I read in high school. I actually read the first one when I noticed there was a movie out. And then I bought the entire series (and the prequels) and read them all in the span of a few days. These books are fast-paced, and are such an easy read that you’ll be finished with them before you know it. And then you can watch the movies. But only after reading the books first!
Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness: Funnily enough, these books were recommended to me on Quora, but only the third one was mentioned. Until looking it up, I had no idea it was a trilogy! I haven’t read them yet, but man do they look good. It’s your typical war-torn dystopian society, but they are supposed to have been written beautifully and I am definitely recommending reading them!
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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: There will never be a day when I don’t recommend this book. It’s a classic, it’s a great dystopian novel, and it’s one of my favorites of all time. It was the book I loved in class, and I don’t even know how many times I have read it now. It’s one of those books that will always be relevant, and the fact the book was banned for talking about banning books is pretty fantastic to me. Always have this book on your reading list!
1984 by George Orwell: It shouldn’t surprise anyone that I have added this book to yet another reading list. It’s another good one, and it’s dystopian! It’s also on the best seller list again. If you haven’t read it, add it to your reading list and get on it. If you want a book about creepy governments using what people hate to control them, then you’re going to love it. It’s one of my favorites, and I try to read it every few years. Plus, you don’t get much more dystopian than a government forcing people to live exactly how the government tells them to.
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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood: This one is another classic that I have mentioned a few times. The Handmaid’s Tale is also a TV series now, but I don’t really know if it is good or not. If you’ve seen it, let me know! I love this book because again it’s one of those classic dystopian novels that kind of freak me out, but this one is more creepy when it comes to how women are treated. Another one of those “ïf you haven’t read it yet, do the thing” books. I highly recommend it.
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau: I read this book forever ago, and almost forgot that it existed. It was a super awesome dystopian fiction novel and I kind of loved it. It’s a fast read, and if you’re looking for a quick one to get your dystopian fix, this is one you should read! Oh, and it’s also a trilogy (well, quartet technically with the prequel).
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan: Zombie lovers, this one is for you. This is the first book in a trilogy, and I can honestly say I bought the first book on a whim, then went back to the bookstore to buy the second two the next day because I had to finish the series. Easy read, and beautifully written characters. This series was different to me for two reasons. First, they never mention zombies by name. You know they’re zombies, but that’s not what the people in the books call them. Second, each novel has a different main character that was mentioned or shows up in one of the other books. I love that!
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon: This is another series I haven’t read yet but was recommended to me. It sounds fantastic, and I’m also one of those people who doesn’t judge a book by its cover, but it also looks fantastic! It’s supposed to be a gorgeous tale, and of course has that dystopian kick to it. Has anyone read this series? Let me know!
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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick: Blade Runner fans, anyone? This is the book that inspired it all. You can actually find this book under the title Blade Runner as well, since it sold many, many copies under that name. It’s hard to sometimes find a copy under the original name, but either version works because it’s literally the same book. This one will mess with your head.
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The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood: Another Margaret Atwood novel! Her novels are so great. I have read many of them, though not this one. I’m definitely adding this one to my reading list because I hear it is absolutely fantastic, and I love Margaret Atwood so why not read more of her books? Plus, this one also has a pretty cool cover. I know, don’t judge a book by its cover, but it’s so pretty!
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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell: I saw the movie before I read the book, and man I was sooo lost. I read the book, and I will say this is not a quick read, but it’s a good read. It’s sometimes hard to follow because there are time jumps all over the place, but it’s still great! Plus, even though the movie blew my mind, I enjoyed it!
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley: You can’t have a dystopian list without Brave New World. If you love 1984, this is worse (or better depending on how you think about it). Society isn’t doomed here by what they hate or fear; it’s what they love. Things like vice, technology, excessive information. Yeah. It’s going to frighten you with its striking parallels to today’s society. Have fun reading!
And that’s a wrap! What do you think of these awesome dystopian books? It’s certainly a collection spanning the decades. Which ones have you already read? Hopefully you can add some to your list! Let me know if you have any other suggestions in the comments below, and share this post with book lovers everywhere. Stay nerdy, my friends!!