Our Dystopian World

a reading list

by Heidi
books, dystopia, recommendations, literature, fiction
southern gothic literature
Southern Gothic Literature
Southern Gothic Literature
Southern Gothic Literature
Southern Gothic Literature
Southern Gothic Literature
Southern Gothic Literature

A dystopia is a fictional world where people live under a highly controlled, totalitarian system. If utopia describes a society that's designed to be perfect, then dystopia is the other side of the coin - it is what happens when utopia fails. And if literature tells us anything, it's that utopias will fail...

Below are a few recommendations from Sandman Book Co. to get you hooked on the genre:

  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Running Man by Richard Bachman
  • The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Armageddon's Children by Terry Brooks
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Matched by Ally Condie
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick
  • The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  • One Second After by William R. Forstchen
  • Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
  • Neuromancer by William Gibson
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Children of Men by P D James
  • The Trial by Franz Kafka
  • Running Man by Stephen King
  • It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
  • The Iron Heel by Jack London
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • Canticle For Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
  • Utopia by Sir Thomas More
  • Logan's Run by William F. Nolan & George Clayton Johnson
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • The Book of Dave by Will Self
  • Unwind by Neal Shusterman
  • The Time Machine by H G Wells
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  • We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
  • Discover these as well as thousands of other titles at Sandman Book Company, southwest Florida's largest independent bookshop.

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