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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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Battle Royale is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
PeteBoyle added Koushun Takami
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We is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
William Roberts added Yevgeny Zamyatin
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The Running Man is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Ben Weiss added Stephen King
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Anthem is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
josie-maxwell added Ayn Rand
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The City of Ember is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Jeanne DuPrau
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Insurgent is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Veronica Roth
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Oryx and Crake is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Kscura added Margaret Atwood
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Snow Crash is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
JustinShim added Neal Stephenson
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Earth Abides is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
gsbookseller added George R. Stewart
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The Long Walk is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Ben Weiss added Stephen King
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Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
gygughjhg added William S. Burroughs
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The Year of the Flood is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Kscura added Margaret Atwood
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The Passage is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
UrsulaScrimgeour added Justin Cronin
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Station Eleven is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
krizabrulow added Emily St. John Mandel
Emily St. John Mandel
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Erewhon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Knight_2k1 added Samuel Butler
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Red Rising is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Armomor added Pierce Brown
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Uglies series is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Inanna_Mosley added Scott Westerfeld
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The Man Who Was Thursday is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Knight_2k1 added G. K. Chesterton
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Metro 2033 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Amber UberAlles added Dmitry Glukhovsky
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Stand on Zanzibar is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Christopher Godawski added John Brunner
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Matched is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Ally Condie
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The Forest of Hands and Teeth is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
YvonneBardsley added Carrie Ryan
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That Hideous Strength is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Brenton Dickieson added C. S. Lewis
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Wool Omnibus Edition is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
ShellyWenger added Hugh Howey
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Keep the Aspidistra Flying is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
smooth added George Orwell