12 Best Dystopian Novels

Dystopian novels emerge due to the dangers of modern times. These kinds of novels are written to want the society of the unhappy future. Dystopia is actually the opposite of utopia which means the true paradise or the place that we can only dream of. Therefore, Dystopia is a kind of warning that things may go wrong in the future. Even though utopia and Dystopia are a truly opposite of certain society condition; both genres has the similarity which is both share the characteristic of the fantasy and science fiction. Usually, the story set in the future which technology has been employed to create the condition of perfect living. However, the main focus of the Utopian and Dystopian novel is not on the sophisticated technology but focus more on the characters’ emotions and psychology that live under the conditions. The following is the example of 12 best Dystopian novels.

The 12 Best Dystopian Novels

12. Across the Universe by Beth Revis 


This is the sequel to A Million Suns and Shades of Earth. It  is a story of a colonize new planet mission.

11. Article 5 by Kristen Simmons 


Article 5 is Simmons’ debut novel which told the United States condition under the Ultra Conservative Bureau for reformation. The lead character is Ember who was born outside the wedlock sixteen years ago. She and her mother are arrested due to illegal existence. The story tells about Ember escape with the help of ex-boyfriend and she also manages to help her mother out.

10. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld 


This novel is set for 300 years from now when the world has entered the after condition of scarcity economy. After the first book, Uglies; the series will continue with the three more series.

9. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley


This novel is a classic piece written by Aldous Huxley which published in 1931. Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers.

8. We by Yevgeny Zamyatin 


This novel is originally published in the Soviet Union in 1921. Even though this novel was banned by the Soviet censorship before publishing, this is actual as a great Russian literature.

7. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury 


Fahrenheit 451 is a story of a seventeen-year-old girl named Clarisse who question the world and thus challenges the Guy Montag’s ideas. This novel may contain dangerous censorship; however, it was originally critics to the society.


6. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood


The story is told from the first person point of view, Offred. She is a maid in the time fertile women are obliged to be the breeding machine when most women are infertile due to post-nuclear. The Handmaid’s Tale is deeply disturbing and frightening since the logic of the society is very believable.

5. The Giver by Lois Lowry 


Still in the classic, The Giver is also the sequel to three more books which serve as the companion rather than sequels. This haunting story centers on Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment.

4. 1984 by George Orwell 


Another classic novel, 1984 was written by George Orwell. It is written about the events of World War II and the aftermath of the war.


3. V for Vendetta by Alan Moore 


This novel has adapted to the movie version in 2006, but the novel was originally published in 1982.


2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline 


Story is about oil which has run out and the world is poisoned which lead to massive food shortages all over the world. This novel is written by Ernest Cline.


1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


This is a young adult novel and released on the sequel novel. The novel trilogy is not only famous for publishing the world but also in Hollywood as it has adopted into the movie version. Dystopian novels have never been light and this also no exception as it involves death and killing which may not appropriate for teenagers.


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