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10 Works of Dystopian Fiction

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When I was in 5th grade I was placed in a reading group assigned to read The Giver. I loved it. I didn’t know then that it was called dystopian fiction, but I haven’t run across one yet that I didn’t like. My junior year of English I had the most amazing teacher. We read banned books all year long. I have read so many wonderful books because of Ms. Batterton. Really read them. Not like “read the sparks notes” read them. Fahrenheit 451, 1984 and Brave New World were books I read for her class. Weirdly, she was my husband’s Freshman English teacher (at a different school, in a different state) 5 years before I was in her class. She was his favorite English teacher.

It seems like dystopian fiction is the current favorite genre, so some of the books on this list are very popular.

House of the Scorpion

When your younger brother who isn’t a huge book nerd tells you to read something because it’s “epic” you just do.

Drugs and clones.

It has three medals. Why haven’t you read it yet?

Uglies

How great would it be if everyone had surgery to make them beautiful?

Well, it’s dystopian, so you know it can’t be that great can it?

The book though. It’s awesome. And the next two, Pretties Specials are great as well. I haven’t quite gotten around to reading Extras  because I’ve heard it’s not about Tally, and I do get so attached to characters.

Divergent

It’s sometimes a good thing to show up late to read a popular book series.

Because then you can read them all without having to wait! And I read DivergentInsurgent, and Allegiant  as fast as was humanly possible, and it still wasn’t fast enough.

I still haven’t seen the movie. But I suppose I will eventually. I think I’d be in Amity, what about you?

Among the Hidden

It’s been a really long time since I read this one. It’s about a boy who never should have been born. The government has restrictions on how many children people can have, and he is a third child. I should obviously pick this one up again, because apparently the story continues with Among the Impostors Among the BetrayedAmong the Barons ,Among the Brave Among the Enemy, and Among the Free … and I’ve only read the first four!

Never Let Me Go

Every time I recommend this one to friends they say, “Oh! It’s like the movie The Island, right?” I’ve never seen the movie, so they could be sort of similar, I guess. It’s about clones who are trying to prove they are more than just bodies waiting to have their organs harvested. They have souls.

I should mention, this one is not for younger kids. I read it in high school.

Brave New World

This one is definitely not for kids. I simply cannot express, how much I. Love. This. Book. Oh, it’s been too long. I wrote an 8 page paper on this one. Quoted scripture. The themes in this book are so deep and hit home so well! Without knowing what it’s like to be unhappy, can we truly be happy?

And then I used it in another paper the next year, comparing ideas in this book to similar ones in Jane Eyre. Got an A on the paper, and 6 years later still haven’t read Jane Eyre.

Don’t tell me I should read Jane Eyre. I have a special sort of relationship with that book.

The Hunger Games

I’d like to say thank you to my cousin Morgan for telling me I’d like this one. Because I did. I imagined Peeta to look like my boyfriend (now husband) and wanted Katniss to end up with him the whole time. But… Spoilers.

Also… November’s CraftingCon theme!

Matched

I picked this one out because I liked the cover. It’s pretty.

I like the story too. I haven’t read the third book in the series yet though, so don’t spoil it for me!

1984 

2+2=5
Similar to Brave New World, this one was written about a future time where people aren’t allowed freedom. 1984 was 30 years ago now, and thankfully we don’t have big brother around watching our every move.

Fahrenheit 451
A banned book about burning books. Puts me in mind of a Harry Potter moment. “Oh Harry, don’t you see?” Hermione breathed. “If she could have done one thing to make absolutely sure that every single person in this school will read your interview, it was banning it!”

How you enjoyed the list! Now go read!

 

2 Responses to “10 Works of Dystopian Fiction”

  1. Jessica Berry says:

    I didn’t know these were called Dystopian fiction. I loved the giver, 1984, Fahrenheit 451, and brave New world. So excited to get these on my to read list! Thanks!

  2. Jonie Brooks says:

    I love Dystopian Fiction, it is probably my favorite genre. I have read some of these, I am putting the rest on my to-read list. I am checking my library right now.
    I would have to add Syrohen King’s “The Stand”, “Running Man” and “The Long Walk”

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