A Future Dystopia

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Future dystopian fiction is a subgenre of science fiction, in which the setting is a future society under some sort of oppressive, authoritarian regime.  This subgenre has been around for decades and has always had a loyal fan base, but ever since the mega-hit Hunger Games trilogy several years ago, the future dystopian subgenre has soared in popularity.  After the Hunger Games trilogy came the equally popular Divergent series (all of which we have here at the McAllen Public Library).  The popularity of future dystopian fiction spans from the teen audience to the mainstream adult audience, and from popular fiction to classic literature.  Last week, it was reported in multiple news outlets that many classic future dystopian novels, including George Orwell’s 1984, have once again soared to the top of bestseller lists.

This week, we present to you a list of popular and classic future dystopian novels which you might enjoy:

Ann Aguirre, Enclavebigbrother

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, MaddAddam

Richard Bachman (Stephen King), The Running Man

Paolo Bacigalupi, The Windup Girl

J. G. Ballard, The Drowned World

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Don Bredes, Polly and the One and Only World

Max Brooks, World War Z

Pierce Brown, Red Rising

Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange

Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game

Kiera Cass, The Selection series

Ernest Cline, Ready Player One 

Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Game trilogy

Allyson Braithwaite Condie, Matched trilogy

James Dashner, The Maze Runner trilogy

Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?sci-fi-dystopia

Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle

William Gibson, Neuromancer

Hugh Howey, Wool & Sand

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

Howard Jabobson, J: a novel

Chang-Rae Lee, On Such a Full Sea

Sinclair Lewis, It Can’t Happen Here

Jack London, The Iron Heel

Lois Lowry, The Giver

Marie Lu, Legend trilogy

Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Marissa Meyer, The Lunar Chronicles

William F. Nolan, Logan’s Run

Lauren Oliver, Delirium trilogy

George Orwell, 1984

George Orwell, Animal Farm

Dexter Palmer, Version Control

Veronica Roth, Divergent trilogy

Gary Schteyngart, Super Sad True Love Story 2697168_104ce232

John Shirley, A Song Called Youth

Johanna Sinisalo, The Core of the Sun

Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven

Jeff VanderMeer, Southern Reach Trilogy

Kurt Vonnegut, Player Piano

H. G. Wells, The Time Machine

Scott Westerfeld, Uglies series

Richard Yancey, The 5th Wave

Yevgeny Zamyatin, We


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