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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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Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
carlybobarly added George Orwell
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Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Aldous Huxley
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Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
George Orwell
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Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Ray Bradbury
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The Giver is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Lois Lowry
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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Margaret Atwood
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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Anthony Burgess
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Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
William Golding
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The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Suzanne Collins
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V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
midnightq2 added 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 Cormac McCarthy
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Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
PeteBoyle added
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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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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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Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Robert A. Heinlein
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Catching Fire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Suzanne Collins
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Mockingjay is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Suzanne Collins
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Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Bootsdad added Ayn Rand
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Ready Player One is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
exoticmatter83 added Ernest Cline
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Never Let Me Go is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Kazuo Ishiguro
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A Scanner Darkly is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Joseph Stanley added Philip K. Dick
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Divergent is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Veronica Roth
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The Maze Runner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
James Dashner
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Utopia is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Knight_2k1 added Thomas More