Reading about oppressive government regimes—or even a giant brain telepathically controlling an entire planet—stokes the fire in our souls. And witnessing citizens rebel against the status quo offers hope for the future, even if that rebellion proves unsuccessful. With that in mind, books in a more post-apocalyptic or survivalist vein The Road have not been included. The 30 books below are standout entries in the genre, each promising a compelling read for years to come. Here are our picks for the best dystopian books of all time:.
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These novels are exciting! So yeah, they can be pretty scary but they are also an interesting and unique way to look at the world and what society could be. So go on, give it a shot! Originally a trilogy, the Shatter Me series is the dystopian genre at its best. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder.
11 Must-Read YA Dystopian Novels
At one point in every reader's life, they stumble upon a genre that changes their lives, not just their TBR pile. For many young readers, it happens around the time they read books like Brave New World in school, but for readers who haven't fallen in love with dystopian books, these YA dystopian novels are the perfect introduction to the essential genre. I was in middle school when I read The Giver , my first taste of the dystopian genre I have come to know, love, and constantly read. The alternate reality of the novel that was both so unlike and chillingly similar to my own really challenged me to think outside of the box and outside of the book. It forced me to examine what I was reading in the context of the story but also the world around me.
From The Hunger Games to Divergent to Starters , stories about life in the aftermath of earth-changing catastrophes have never been more popular. This Pulitzer Prize-winning peek into a post-apocalyptic world tells the story of a father and son walking alone through a burned and empty America with nothing but a gun and each other. Following a traveling Shakespeare company as it winds its way through what used to be North America, this story weaves together a disparate group of characters seeking redemption, love, and beauty in a fragile and often dangerous world.