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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852 123
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
carlybobarly added George Orwell

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579 134
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Aldous Huxley

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668 138
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
George Orwell

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696 122
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Ray Bradbury

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476 179
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Lois Lowry

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456 151
The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Margaret Atwood

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430 143
A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Anthony Burgess

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599 186
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
William Golding

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669 274
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Suzanne Collins

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318 109
V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
midnightq2 added Alan Moore

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287 91
Do Androids Dream of Electric ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels

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309 109
The Road is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
UrsulaScrimgeour added Cormac McCarthy

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278 115
Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
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151 78
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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195 96
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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178 127
Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Robert A. Heinlein

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450 219
Catching Fire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Suzanne Collins

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457 232
Mockingjay is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Suzanne Collins

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215 226
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Bootsdad added Ayn Rand

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123 61
A Scanner Darkly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Joseph Stanley added Philip K. Dick

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124 93
Never Let Me Go is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Kazuo Ishiguro

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166 98
Ready Player One is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
exoticmatter83 added Ernest Cline

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330 219
Divergent is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Veronica Roth

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242 146
The Maze Runner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
James Dashner

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111 66
Utopia is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Knight_2k1 added Thomas More

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151 89
The City of Ember is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Jeanne DuPrau

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247 187
Insurgent is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Veronica Roth

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117 95
Battle Royale is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
PeteBoyle added Koushun Takami

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99 91
We is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
William Roberts added Yevgeny Zamyatin

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117 118
Anthem is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
josie-maxwell added Ayn Rand

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109 80
Oryx and Crake is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Kscura added Margaret Atwood

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74 78
Snow Crash is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
JustinShim added Neal Stephenson

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63 76
Earth Abides is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
gsbookseller added George R. Stewart

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72 65
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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71 66
Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
gygughjhg added William S. Burroughs

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95 33
The Running Man is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Ben Weiss added Stephen King

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68 73
The Passage is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
UrsulaScrimgeour added Justin Cronin

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76 106
Matched is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Ally Condie

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60 76
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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27 71
Erewhon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Knight_2k1 added Samuel Butler

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52 67
Red Rising is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Armomor added Pierce Brown

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73 31
The Long Walk is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Ben Weiss added Stephen King

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35 62
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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34 59
Metro 2033 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Amber UberAlles added Dmitry Glukhovsky

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29 57
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 60
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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30 67
Keep the Aspidistra Flying is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
smooth added George Orwell

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0 2
Super Sad True Love Story is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
sdc224 added Gary Shteyngart

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15 60
Kallocain is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
Krukkrukkruk added Karin Boye

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17 70
Only Lovers Left Alive is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Dystopian Novels
muncie added