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The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In

Updated December 14, 2019 6.1k votes 653 voters 7.6k views57 items

List RulesVote up the nightmarish imaginary societies that you actually wouldn't mind living in.

If science fiction tells us anything, it’s that a perfect society ruled by one person, or a shadow government made up of robots or whatever is a bad thing. But just because you live in a world controlled by the NWO or cyber gangsters who keep everyone plugged onto the Internet doesn’t mean that you can’t have a nice time. Since the 18th century, writers have been employing fictional dystopian worlds to get their point across about government oversight, political correctness, or whatever world issue is stuck in their craw. But, let’s be real, some of the fictional dystopias just aren’t that bad. Sure, no one wants to have to fight to the death on TV, but what if you just got to watch people fight to the death while you got wear wacky hair and eat all the food you want? All of a sudden the world of The Hunger Games doesn’t sound so bad! Take a look at these dystopian societies and think about which one you’d rather live in.

Choosing the best dystopian society isn’t easy. For every promise of free soma and evening of meaningless sex, there’s a Kafka-esque bureaucratic nightmare waiting around the corner. The examples of dystopia on this list range from young adult fiction like The Giver, to definitely for adults only works like A Clockwork Orange. All of the worlds collected here are different, so it’s up to you to figure out which work of fiction contains your favorite dystopian society.

Remember to vote up the nightmarish imaginary societies that you actually wouldn't mind living in, because Big Brother is always watching!
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  • Republic of Greater East Asia26
    28
    47

    Republic of Greater East Asia

    Battle Royale
  • The Road27
    30
    50
  • The Stand28
    4
    1
  • City of Ember29
    39
    66
  • The Circle30
    24
    41

    The Circle

  • Dark City31
    35
    62

    Dark City

  • The Sprawl32
    21
    40

    The Sprawl

    Neuromancer
  • The Omega Man33
    24
    47
  • Panem34
    68
    119

    Panem

    The Hunger Games
  • Equilibrium35
    29
    55
  • Into the Badlands36
    17
    38
  • The World of Logan's Run37
    33
    65

    The World of Logan's Run

  • The Axiom38
    39
    75

    The Axiom

    From Wall-E
  • Ad Hoc39
    20
    43

    Ad Hoc

    Virtual Light
  • OASIS40
    20
    44

    OASIS

    Ready Player One
  • Elysium41
    34
    68

    Elysium

  • Rollerball42
    22
    49
  • 43
    14
    36

    Uglies

  • Brazil44
    40
    84

    Brazil

  • Republic of Gilead45
    21
    57

    Republic of Gilead

    The Handmaid's Tale
  • The World State46
    17
    55

    The World State

    Brave New World
  • Pollen47
    11
    38

    Pollen

    Jeff Noon
  • The Vortex48
    12
    44

    The Vortex

    Zardoz
  • Union Grove, New York49
    8
    36

    Union Grove, New York

    Word Made by Hand
  • West-Dem and Pac-Peop50
    9
    42

    West-Dem and Pac-Peop

    The Penultimate Truth