Dystopian future novels

(61 Posts)
alltouchedout Sun 23-Oct-16 19:27:35

Anything in that vein that you'd recommend? Books I've enjoyed include The Stand, Atwood's Handmaid's Tale and Oryx & Crake trilogy, Justin Cronin's trilogy which starts with The Twelve... I'll give absolutely anything a go tbh. I loved Auster's In The Country of Last Things too, if that counts.

Also, alternate history novels- any you think are great? And maybe sci fi too- I love Mary Doria Russell's The Sparrow and Children of God and the first book in The Forever War series, for example.

All suggestions will be tried outo. I live to read and I don't consider reading even a book I hate to be wasted time smile

alltouchedout Sun 23-Oct-16 19:27:52

*out, love

QueenLizIII Sun 23-Oct-16 19:28:27

John Wyndham

The Chrysalids

CosmicOwl Sun 23-Oct-16 19:29:47

This is a good thread to take a look at:

www.mumsnet.com/Talk/what_were_reading/2569155-Sci-fi-dystopian-fiction-recommendations

DamnCommandments Sun 23-Oct-16 19:32:14

I just read Station Eleven. Bit teen fiction, but engaging. Bet it'll be a movie pretty shortly!

Enidblyton1 Sun 23-Oct-16 19:32:16

I enjoyed Land by Alex Campbell
Dystopian/future

Coffeethrowtrampbitch Sun 23-Oct-16 19:35:11

Dan Wells Partials series is great, although primarily aimed at young adults. I've read N.K. Jemasin's Broken Earth series, and it is brilliant so far, but very grim and dark.

The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon is a great 'alternative history' story, which proves that changing history is harder than you would imagine.

And if you want to read the absolutely best dystopian novel ever, you have to read a book called 'Miasma' by Pete Alex Harris. Not only is it a great book, but he is my brother in law in real life wink

To complete my shameless plug, here is a link to it on Kobo: store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/miasma-4

Whatever you choose to read, enjoy!

alltouchedout Sun 23-Oct-16 19:42:32

Thank you smile I'll look for all of those and definitely have a look at that thread.

PushingElephantsUpStairs Sun 23-Oct-16 19:44:38

You have to read the Wool trilogy by Hugh Howey, it's amazing smile

atticusclaw2 Sun 23-Oct-16 19:47:39

I really enjoyed station eleven.

About to start the Outlander series although annoyingly my library don't have it on ebook.

CoteDAzur Sun 23-Oct-16 19:49:31

1984
Red Rising (trilogy)
The Children Of Men
Brave New World
Seveneves
Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep (Blade Runner)
The Time Machine
Ready Player One
Flood

Station Eleven is stupid not worthy.

bumpetybumpbumpbump Sun 23-Oct-16 19:50:09

I loved station 11 smile can't wait for the film!

EsmesBees Sun 23-Oct-16 19:51:02

On the beach by Nevil Shute has stayed with me. Maybe considered a bit old fashioned now, but quieter and less dramatic than other novels in the genre. It's basically about people going about their normal lives while waiting for the end of the world.

dontpokethebear Sun 23-Oct-16 19:52:31

pushingelephants just came on to say 'Wool' trilogy. Very, very good!

DustOffYourHighestHopes Sun 23-Oct-16 19:55:00

STATION ELEVEN. Don't expect some action-actiony thriller. More contemplative. But so is Handmaid's Tale, and you liked that. I didn't find it teen-y at all. It's a cross between apocalyptic, and literature.

Wool is very dense but fun (as fun as post apocalyptic stuff gets, which is sort of depressing fun)

PushingElephantsUpStairs Sun 23-Oct-16 20:09:59

Dontpoke I am only half way through the second book - I'm hooked it's even better than the first

Kennington Sun 23-Oct-16 20:14:32

On the beach
JG Ballards super Cannes and high rise and the rest of them

dontpokethebear Sun 23-Oct-16 20:16:40

pushing I have to admit I found the second quite hard going, but worth persevering. I couldn't put any of them down!

Scorbus Sun 23-Oct-16 20:19:57

It's YA but the Unwind series is very good.

ClashCityRocker Sun 23-Oct-16 20:19:58

I wasn't keen on wool. Thought it a bit dull.

Red rising trilogy is good.

Reading 'the passage' at the moment which I'm enjoying.

ClashCityRocker Sun 23-Oct-16 20:20:41

Oh hang on, the passage is the Justin Cronin one, isn't it?

efeslight Sun 23-Oct-16 20:20:50

The Road by Cormac McCarty, extremely bleak and disturbing...if you like that kind of thingwink
I think the Stand is one of my least favourite King novels, I cant quite put my finger on why.
Also 1983 and Brave New World as recommended by pp

cdtaylornats Sun 23-Oct-16 20:21:04

The Postman by David Brin

atticusclaw2 Sun 23-Oct-16 20:21:08

I struggled with the Strain. It was too obviously written to be made into TV/Film (which it then has been of course so it that respect it worked). Thatstyle of writing does seem to be a trend with a lot of books atm though.

lakeswimmer Sun 23-Oct-16 20:29:26

I enjoyed The Carhullan Army by Sarah Hall but partly because it's set in Cumbria (where I live) so I liked working out where the places she mentions are.

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