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UnarmedKoala Sun 26-Nov-17 20:38:34

I’ve recently discovered Margaret Atwood and now have a new genre of fiction to read, can anyone recommend some good authors or books? I’ve read and loved Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, and the Hunger Games trilogy. Nothing too sci-fi (I have read a couple of Clare North books but they didn’t quite hit the spot)

MightyOWL Sun 26-Nov-17 21:59:31

Go for the classics - I’ve read 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 recently, both brilliant.

BrandNewHouse Sun 26-Nov-17 22:01:11

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pieceofpurplesky Sun 26-Nov-17 22:13:24

Some of the dystopian novels I have read (or post apocalyptical)
The forest of hands and teeth Carrie Ryan
The Gender Games
Article 5
A clockwork Orange
Divergent series (don’t watch the terrible films)
How I Live Now (dystopian chick lit!)
The Girl With all the Gifts/The boy on the bridge
Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness (anything by him).
Lots of these are teen fiction but I am an English teacher!!

QuentinSummers Sun 26-Nov-17 22:15:22

Dark Eden by Chris Beckett
The Power (pretty much recommend that for everything)
Second girl with all the gifts

bathghter Sun 26-Nov-17 22:18:55

recently, the girl with all the gifts

Youfromthefuture Sun 26-Nov-17 22:22:06

My guilty pleasure is the Life as We Knew It series by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Definitely teen drama but I love it!

RedRosie Sun 26-Nov-17 22:22:08

Try Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I thought it was beautifully written.

Lucked Sun 26-Nov-17 22:32:37


meala Sun 26-Nov-17 22:57:44

The chrysalids by John Wyndham is fantastic.

meala Sun 26-Nov-17 22:58:46

I hated cormac McCartheys The Road!

CeeBeeBee Mon 27-Nov-17 00:02:12

Brave New World
Handmaid's tale
Only Ever Yours

TigerBreadAddict Mon 27-Nov-17 00:04:58

The Power - Naomi Alderman

Trailedanderror Mon 27-Nov-17 00:07:22

Another recommendation for girl with all the gifts.
And 'Book of Strange New Things' best read like thwatg, completely unseen, as much of the pleasure is in the unfolding of the narrative.

splatattack Mon 27-Nov-17 00:07:46


Candog Mon 27-Nov-17 00:12:00

John Wyndham is great. The Day of the Triffids was made into a TV series.

susurration Mon 27-Nov-17 00:21:57

I love this genre of books. It really fascinates me. The Handmaid's Tale is one of my all time favourite books.

animal farm
The last girl trilogy
the gender games
the hunger games
matched trilogy
farenheit 415
Divergent trilogy
brother in the land
brave new world

I've just read one called 2084 that was fairly short and had an interesting premise, although not the best written.

DeliveredByKiki Mon 27-Nov-17 00:27:49

Farenheight 451
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
The Sparrow
The Plot Against America

BabyOrSanta Mon 27-Nov-17 00:28:55

The Carhullen Army (also released as Daughters of the North?)

FixItUpChappie Mon 27-Nov-17 01:06:11

The I agree with the poster above that "The Forest of Hands and Teeth" is a very interesting read

UnarmedKoala Mon 27-Nov-17 12:16:51

Oh thanks loads of ideas here! I have station eleven from the library so that’s my next one to start

Newmanwannabe Mon 27-Nov-17 12:41:57

I really liked Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

And have just downloaded Red Tent by Anita Diamont. I think they fit the genre?

Murine Wed 29-Nov-17 18:37:18

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

yellowplumpreserves Wed 29-Nov-17 18:46:35

Another vote for "The Chrysalids" by John Wyndham. Wonderful book.

7Days Wed 29-Nov-17 18:46:39

Red Tent wouldn't really. It's set in biblical times, or even before really. At a push you could argue it's cataloguing the shift to a dystopian monotheistic male god worshipping society from an earlier more equal one, but it is a bit of a push.
That said it is a brilliant book

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