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List of famous dystopia books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular dystopia books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best dystopia novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

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1985 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
1985 Anthony Burgess 1985 is a novel by English writer Anthony Burgess. Originally published in 1978, it was inspired by, and was intended as a tribute to, George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.

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1985 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
1985 1985 is a sequel to George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. Written by Hungarian author György Dalos, originally published in 1983, this novel begins with the death of Big Brother and ...more

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334 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
334 Thomas M. Disch 334 is a science fiction novel by American author Thomas M. Disch, written in 1972. It is a dystopian look at everyday life in New York City around the year 2025.

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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange is a dystopian novella by Anthony Burgess published in 1962. Set in a near future English society that has a subculture of extreme youth violence, the novella has a teenage ...more

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A Friend of the Earth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
A Friend of the Earth T. Coraghessan Boyle Ein Freund der Erde is a German translation of A Friend of the Earth written by T.C. Boyle.

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A Planet for the President is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
A Planet for the President Alistair Beaton A Planet for the President is a novel by Alistair Beaton. Set in the not-too-distant future, it satirically ponders the question of what action the President of the United States might take if ...more

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A Scanner Darkly is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
A Scanner Darkly Philip K. Dick A Scanner Darkly is a BSFA Award-winning 1977 science fiction novel by American writer Philip K. Dick. The semi-autobiographical story is set in a dystopian Orange County, California, in the ...more

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A Sojourn in the City of Amalg... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
A Sojourn in the City of Amalgamation, in the Year of Our Lord, 19-- A Sojourn in the City of Amalgamation, in the Year of Our Lord, 19-- is a dystopian novel published in New York during February 1835. It was written by Jerome B. Holgate, by the pseudonym Oliver ...more

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A Spectre Is Haunting Texas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
A Spectre Is Haunting Texas Fritz Leiber A Spectre is Haunting Texas is a science fiction novel by Fritz Leiber, first published as a novel in 1969. It was originally published as a three-part serial in the magazine Galaxy Science ...more

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A Strange Manuscript Found in ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder James De Mille A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder is the most popular book by James De Mille. It was serialized posthumously and anonymously in Harper's Weekly, and published in book form by ...more

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Acidity is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Acidity Nadeem F. Paracha Acidity is a dystopian cyber novelette written by eccentric Pakistani journalist and writer, Nadeem F. Paracha. Written exclusively for the website Chowk.com in 2003, it has gone on to become a ...more

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All Tomorrow's Parties is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
All Tomorrow's Parties William Gibson All Tomorrow's Parties is the final novel in William Gibson's Bridge trilogy. Like its predecessors, All Tomorrow's Parties is a speculative fiction novel set in a postmodern, dystopian, ...more

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Alongside Night is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Alongside Night J. Neil Schulman Alongside Night is a dystopian novel by science fiction writer J. Neil Schulman intended to articulate the principles of Agorism, a political philosophy created by Samuel Edward Konkin III, to ...more

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Among the Brave is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Among the Brave Margaret Peterson Haddix Among the Brave is a 2004 book by Margaret Peterson Haddix, about a time in which drastic measures have been taken to quell overpopulation. It is the fifth of seven novels in the Shadow Children ...more

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Among the Enemy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Among the Enemy Margaret Peterson Haddix Among the Enemy is a 2005 novel by Margaret Peterson Haddix, about a time in which drastic measures have been taken to quell overpopulation. It is the sixth of seven novels in the Shadow ...more

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Among the Free is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Among the Free Margaret Peterson Haddix Among the Free is a 2006 book by Margaret Peterson Haddix, about a time in which drastic measures have been taken to quell overpopulation. It is the seventh and final book in the Shadow Children ...more

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Among the Hidden is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Among the Hidden Margaret Peterson Haddix Among the Hidden is a 1998 young adult novel by Margaret Peterson Haddix concerning a fictional future in which overly drastic measures have been taken to quell overpopulation. It is the first ...more

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And Chaos Died is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
And Chaos Died Joanna Russ And Chaos Died is a science fiction novel by Joanna Russ, perhaps the genre's best-known feminist author. Its setting is a dystopian projection of modern society, in which Earth's population has ...more

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Anthem is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Anthem Ayn Rand Anthem is a dystopian fiction novella by Ayn Rand, written in 1937 and first published in 1938 in England. It takes place at some unspecified future date when mankind has entered another dark ...more

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Ape and Essence is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Ape and Essence Aldous Huxley Ape and Essence is a novel by Aldous Huxley, published by Chatto & Windus in the UK and Harper & Brothers in the US. It is set in a dystopia, similar to that in Brave New World, Huxley's ...more

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Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged is a 1957 novel by Ayn Rand. Rand's fourth and last novel, it was also her longest, and the one she considered to be her magnum opus in the realm of fiction writing. Atlas ...more

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Bad Faith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Bad Faith Bad Faith is a 2008 novel by Gillian Phillip. This dystopian murder mystery explores the role of religion in life and government. This is Gillian Phillip's first full-length novel.

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Bar Code Rebellion is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Bar Code Rebellion Suzanne Weyn

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Battle Royale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Battle Royale Koushun Takami Battle Royale is a novel by Japanese writer Koushun Takami. Originally completed in 1996, it was not published until 1999. The story tells of junior high school students who are forced to fight ...more

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Bend Sinister is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Bend Sinister Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov Bend Sinister is a dystopian novel written by Vladimir Nabokov during the years 1945 and 1946, and published by Henry Holt and Company in 1947. It was Nabokov's second English-language novel and ...more

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Blind Faith is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Blind Faith Ben Elton Blind Faith is an English dystopian novel by writer and comedian Ben Elton, published in 2007.

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Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Brave New World Aldous Huxley Brave New World is a novel written in 1931 by Aldous Huxley and published in 1932. Set in London of AD 2540, the novel anticipates developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, ...more

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Camp Concentration is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Camp Concentration Thomas M. Disch Camp Concentration is a 1968 science fiction novel by American author Thomas M. Disch. After being serialized in New Worlds in 1967, it was published by Hart-Davis in the UK in 1968 and by ...more

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Catching Fire is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Catching Fire Suzanne Collins Catching Fire is a 2009 science fiction young adult novel by American novelist Suzanne Collins, the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy. As the sequel to the 2008 bestseller The Hunger ...more

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Children of the Dust is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Children of the Dust Louise Lawrence Children of the Dust is a post-apocalyptic, dystopian novel, written by Louise Lawrence, published in 1985. The book details three generations of a family during the aftermath of a nuclear war. ...more

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Christie Malry's Own Double-En... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry B.S. Johnson Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry is the penultimate novel by the late British avant-garde novelist B. S. Johnson. It is the metafictional account of a disaffected young man, Christie Malry, who ...more

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Count Zero is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Count Zero William Gibson Count Zero is a science fiction novel written by William Gibson, originally published 1986. It is the second volume of the Sprawl trilogy, which begins with Neuromancer and concludes with Mona ...more

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Dayworld is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Dayworld Philip José Farmer Dayworld is the first in the Dayworld trilogy of science fiction novels by Philip José Farmer, inspired by his own acclaimed short story The Sliced-Crosswise Only-On-Tuesday World. The ...more

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Divergent is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Divergent Veronica Roth Divergent is the debut novel of American novelist Veronica Roth, published by HarperCollins Children's Books in 2011. The novel is the first of the Divergent trilogy, a series of young-adult ...more

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Do Androids Dream of Electric ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. Dick Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a science fiction novel by American writer Philip K. Dick. First published in 1968, the book served as the primary basis for the 1982 film Blade Runner. ...more

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Dr. Adder is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Dr. Adder K. W. Jeter Dr. Adder is a dark science fiction novel by K. W. Jeter set in a future where the United States has largely broken down into reluctantly cooperating enclaves run by a wide variety of strongmen ...more

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Dr. Identity is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Dr. Identity D. Harlan Wilson Dr. Identity is the fourth book and first novel by American author D. Harlan Wilson. Set in a dystopian, mediatized future where people surrogate themselves with android lookalikes, the novel ...more

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Drakas! is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Drakas! S. M. Stirling Drakas! is an anthology in S.M. Stirling's alternate history series, The Domination.

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Drakon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Drakon S. M. Stirling Drakon is a follow-up to S. M. Stirling's alternate history series, The Domination.

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Elvissey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Elvissey Jack Womack Elvissey is a Jack Womack science fiction novel, one of his Dryco series, set in a dystopian 2033 CE. This fictional universe is dominated by Dryco, a Machiavellian multinational corporation ...more

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Facial Justice is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Facial Justice L. P. Hartley Facial Justice is a dystopian novel by L. P. Hartley, published in 1960. The novel depicts a post-apocalyptic society that has sought to banish privilege and envy, to the extent that people will ...more

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Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury published in 1953. It is regarded as one of his best works. The novel presents a future American society where books are outlawed and ...more

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Fallen Angels is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Fallen Angels Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Michael F. Flynn Fallen Angels is a Prometheus Award-winning novel by science fiction authors Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Michael Flynn published by Jim Baen. The novel was written as a tribute to science ...more

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Fatherland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Fatherland Robert Harris Fatherland is a best-selling 1992 thriller by the English writer and journalist Robert Harris. It takes the form of a detective story in an alternative history in which Nazi Germany won World ...more

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Feed is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Feed Matthew Tobin Anderson Feed is a young adult science fiction novel written by M. T. Anderson. The novel focuses on issues such as corporate power, consumerism, information technology, data mining, and environmental ...more

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Flow My Tears, the Policeman S... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said Philip K. Dick Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said is a 1974 science fiction novel by Philip K. Dick. The story follows a genetically enhanced pop singer and television star who wakes up in a world where he has ...more

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Futureland is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Futureland Futureland is a series of nine loosely connected short pieces of science fiction by writer Walter Mosley. The novel is set in a postcyberpunk dystopian universe populated by humans living in a ...more

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Gathering Blue is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Gathering Blue Lois Lowry Gathering Blue is a children and young adult's, social science fiction, dystopian novel written by Lois Lowry and released in the year 2000. The book is a companion novel to The Giver being set ...more

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Giles Goat-Boy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Giles Goat-Boy John Barth Giles Goat-Boy is the fourth novel by American writer John Barth. It is metafictional comic novel in which the world is portrayed as a university campus in an elaborate allegory of the Cold War. ...more

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Gone is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Dystopia Books and Novels
Gone Michael Grant