This 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!