Fiction The Greatest Dystopian Novels  

Walter Graves
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List Rules Novels set in a fictional society that is (in some important way) frightening

Dystopias have become a fascinating genre over the last century as disillusioned writers witnessed and reacted against imperialism, two world wars, including the Nazi and Stalin regime and the treacherous Holocaust. These writers played with the darkest sides of humanity, unearthed by war and technology and used satiric irony to present a destructive vision of the future. Dystopian novels are characterized by a lack of individual freedom, heroes that know something is wrong and contain many WTF moments that make you rethink the current status quo and become aware of the constructed nature of our values and standards.This dystopian novel list is nowhere near a complete list of all dystopian books, but on it are some of the greatest dystopian works of literature of all time (though most is from the 20th and 21st centuries). If you’re a fan of H.G. Wells or George Orwell but are looking for more recent content, the best dystopian books list is the place to be. If your favorite dystopian novel isn’t on the list, make sure to add it so others can find their favorite new read.

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821 119
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
carlybobarly added George Orwell

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557 129
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Aldous Huxley

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647 134
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
George Orwell

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674 119
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Ray Bradbury

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457 175
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Lois Lowry

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435 144
The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Margaret Atwood

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418 134
A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Anthony Burgess

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579 178
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
William Golding

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642 264
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Suzanne Collins

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308 105
V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
midnightq2 added Alan Moore

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281 88
Do Androids Dream of Electric ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels

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298 105
The Road is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
UrsulaScrimgeour added Cormac McCarthy

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273 111
Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
PeteBoyle added

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145 75
The Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
JustinShim added P. D. James

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192 92
Logan's Run is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
George Clayton Johnson, William F. Nolan

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174 122
Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Robert A. Heinlein

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430 211
Catching Fire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Suzanne Collins

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436 225
Mockingjay is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Suzanne Collins

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208 219
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Bootsdad added Ayn Rand

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120 89
Never Let Me Go is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Kazuo Ishiguro

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118 59
A Scanner Darkly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Joseph Stanley added Philip K. Dick

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153 93
Ready Player One is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
exoticmatter83 added Ernest Cline

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316 212
Divergent is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Veronica Roth

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229 143
The Maze Runner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
James Dashner

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105 64
Utopia is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Knight_2k1 added Thomas More

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145 86
The City of Ember is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Jeanne DuPrau

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239 182
Insurgent is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Veronica Roth

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114 91
Battle Royale is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
PeteBoyle added Koushun Takami

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97 87
We is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
William Roberts added Yevgeny Zamyatin

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112 114
Anthem is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
josie-maxwell added Ayn Rand

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107 76
Oryx and Crake is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Kscura added Margaret Atwood

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70 74
Snow Crash is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
JustinShim added Neal Stephenson

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58 74
Earth Abides is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
gsbookseller added George R. Stewart

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69 62
The Year of the Flood is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Kscura added Margaret Atwood

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69 62
Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
gygughjhg added William S. Burroughs

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63 70
The Passage is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
UrsulaScrimgeour added Justin Cronin

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87 29
The Running Man is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Ben Weiss added Stephen King

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71 103
Matched is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Ally Condie

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26 67
Erewhon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Knight_2k1 added Samuel Butler

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58 73
Station Eleven is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
krizabrulow added Emily St. John Mandel - Emily St. John Mandel

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50 63
Red Rising is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Armomor added Pierce Brown

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31 60
The Man Who Was Thursday is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Knight_2k1 added G. K. Chesterton

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67 28
The Long Walk is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Ben Weiss added Stephen King

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32 57
Metro 2033 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Amber UberAlles added Dmitry Glukhovsky

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28 55
Stand on Zanzibar is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Christopher Godawski added John Brunner

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27 57
The Forest of Hands and Teeth is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
YvonneBardsley added Carrie Ryan

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29 64
Keep the Aspidistra Flying is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
smooth added George Orwell

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15 57
Kallocain is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Krukkrukkruk added Karin Boye

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17 67
Only Lovers Left Alive is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
muncie added

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14 58
Hold Back This Day is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Krukkrukkruk added Ward Kendall