Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Top Ten Favourite Books with a Dystopic Setting

dc44c-toptentuesdayThis week on Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and The Bookish) it's Top Ten Books set in X setting. I have this thing for dystopic literature. I choose it as my specialist subject for my advanced English exam in my last year of high school, which meant for six months it was pretty much all I read. There's still A LOT I need to get to though! By dystopia I mean "A dystopia is a community or society, usually fictional, that is in some important way undesirable or frightening" (wikipedia). Not "it's set in the future and all.' Anyways, here's my top ten of what I have read, in no particular order.

Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

They burn books and hate knowledge. For me that's pretty much the ultimate dystopia.

The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood

This one creeps me out a lot, just because I can see how Western society could end up in that place.

Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell

Because this is where Big Brother came from folks

Never let me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro

This is my most recent truly dystopic finish and it's an amazing book. The use of language is really quite stunning

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

I can't exclude this one really. Because no matter how over-hyped it is right now, it's going to stand the test of time in the genre. When it comes down to it, it's just good.

The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer

Cloning in a futuristic Mexico? Count me in!

V for Vendetta, by Alan Moore

Ok, slight admission. . . I may not have read this one yet. . . even though it's been on my to-read list for more than 5 years. But I bet it's good enough to warrant a place on this list, I just know it.

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

I sometimes give Brave New World a bit of flack simply because it's my least favourite of 'the big three' (Brave New World, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Fahrenheit 451), but really it's still at least a four star read.

Noughts & Crosses, by Malorie Blackman

Before The Hunger Games, my personal favourite in YA dystopia was Noughts and Crosses. It's a hard-hitting series that imagines what the world would look like if Blacks were the historically dominant race. This in itself doesn't make it dystopic, but the virulent racial hatred culminating in ongoing acts of tremendous violence do.

The Tripods, by John Christopher

Our teacher read this series out loud to us when I was eleven and I've adored it ever since, thought it's no longer in print and quite hard to come by. A 13 year old boy attempts to overthrow the alien society that have been using mind-control to submit humanity to their will. Classic sci-fi dystopia.

What are your favourite fictions dystopias? What setting are you writing your Top Ten about this week? Let me know!


  1. Great list! I have yet to read many of these but I loved THG and The House of the Scorpion.

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  2. I picked Dystopian settings too! It wasn't on my list, but Never Let Me Go broke my heart. Great list!

  3. Yay for a Dystopian list :). I liked V for Vendetta a lot. I thought it was better than the movie. It was much more raw and real if that makes any sense. I bought Nineteen Eighty-Four about two weeks ago and I do want to read Brave New World. Fahrenheit 451 is another book that's on my list. I think all of them are becoming so relevant right now with what's going on in the world. Great List! thanks for stopping by my blog :).

  4. Awesome list, worthy of reading. Thanks for sharing these.

  5. Have you ever read Yevgeniy Ivanovich Zamyatin's We? It came out during the 1920s, in early Soviet days, and is a classic, criminally underrated dystopia. It's also interesting to note that it's quite possibly the most un-Russian Russian novel of all time. Only a very few, vague hints as to where it takes place.

  6. 1984 is such a beautifully terrifying book. Great list!

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  7. YES YES YES... Great list, except I haven't read the last two. Man, Never Let Me Go was so amazing.

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  8. If you loved those two Noughts and Crosses is definitely worth a try!

  9. I really loved the movie, but isn't the book always better?! I really need to get around to reading it.

  10. I've heard it mentioned a few times recently lately actually, I'll have to look it up! Thanks for the recommendation :)

  11. I don't think a lot of people would have read Tripods, I know it hasn't been in print for years. Noughts and Crosses is totally worth picking up