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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Running Man is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Ben Weiss added The Running Man Stephen King

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The Passage is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
UrsulaScrimgeour added The Passage Justin Cronin

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

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

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

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

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The Long Walk is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Ben Weiss added The Long Walk Stephen King

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The Man Who Was Thursday is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Knight_2k1 added The Man Who Was Thursday G. K. Chesterton

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Stand on Zanzibar is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Christopher Godawski added Stand on Zanzibar John Brunner

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Metro 2033 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Amber UberAlles added Metro 2033 Dmitry Glukhovsky

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

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

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

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

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Vurt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Amber UberAlles added Vurt Jeff Noon