With Christmas just around the corner, I have been YouTubing lists of dystopian reads to keep me busy over the upcoming holiday period and welcome break from my day job – aside from writing of course.
Getting slowly into the Christmas spirit, I am sharing this comprehensive list of the 10 best dystopian novels.
What I like best about this list is that – unlike others – it doesn’t solely zoom in on dystopian science fiction and recent YA hits but includes a range of dystopian novels that are also considered classic literature and thrillers.
After all, dystopian fiction has more depth than the mainstream fiction market will have us believe.
For Reference: Definition of Utopian and Dystopian Fiction
The utopia and its derivative, the dystopia, are genres of literature that explore social and political structures. Utopian fiction portrays a setting that agrees with the author’s ethos, having various attributes of another reality intended to appeal to readers. Dystopian (or dystopic) fiction (sometimes combined with, but distinct from apocalyptic literature) is the opposite: the portrayal of a setting that completely disagrees with the author’s ethos. Many novels combine both, often as a metaphor for the different directions humanity can take, depending on its choices, ending up with one of two possible futures. Both utopias and dystopias are commonly found in science fiction and other speculative fiction genres, and arguably are by definition a type of speculative fiction.
— Wikipedia the free encyclopedia 21/12/2016 (UK)
What is your all time favourite dystopian novel? Let me know in the comments. Oh and happy reading over the holidays! (if you get round to it).