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Your favourite Dystopian novels

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jerriblank Tue 02-Feb-21 13:19:38

Hi, I love dystopian fiction and would love to read some new books.

Can I ask for any of your recommendations?

Thanks in advance!

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Kobanidaughters Tue 02-Feb-21 14:13:37

Oooh just came on to ask the same as I just finished Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler and totally devoured it - highly recommended

littlepeas Tue 02-Feb-21 14:18:42

That’s spooky. I just clicked on this minutes after helping my ds with his RE - about the parable of the sower!

littlepeas Tue 02-Feb-21 14:20:30

I’ve only read the very well known books - handmaids tale, 1984, (the hunger games blush). Interested in recommendations as I also enjoy this genre.

Kobanidaughters Tue 02-Feb-21 14:22:29

That is a little spooky @littlepeas

Have you read Atwood’s other books? Oryx and Crake in particular, The Road but Cormac McCarthy is another good one, I enjoyed Station Eleven. I’m def going seek out more Octavia Butler, I’m new to her work and she’s extraordinary

MojoJojo71 Tue 02-Feb-21 14:24:13

I really enjoyed The Last Day by Andrew Hunter Murray. The premise is that Earth has stopped rotating and so some areas are capable of sustaining life and others aren’t because they are either too hot or too cold and dark.

AnneLovesGilbert Tue 02-Feb-21 14:24:40

Handmaid’s tale
Earth abides
World war z
Brave new world
Fahrenheit 451
Never let me go
The girl with all the gifts

I haven’t read 1984 but have two copies knocking around and really must!

Frazzled2207 Tue 02-Feb-21 14:24:45

wouldn't say I enjoyed it but Never let me go (Kazuo Ichigiro sp?) is a must-read.

HattieMid2 Tue 02-Feb-21 14:25:56

I really enjoyed The Circle by Dave Eggars - will keep an eye on this thread for other recommendations 😄

MojoJojo71 Tue 02-Feb-21 14:28:25

Definitely agree with Never let me go, that’s a really great book, stayed with me for ages after I read it.

Another Atwood that I enjoyed was The Heart goes Last

JesusInTheCabbageVan Tue 02-Feb-21 14:28:28

It may not quite fit the bill, but I've nearly finished The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis and I'm completely gripped by it. It's about a historian who travels back in time to the Black Death during a flu epidemic, so quite apt.

Whenwillow Tue 02-Feb-21 14:29:53

I think Children of Men would count as dystopian. They turned it into a film too.

MaisyMary77 Tue 02-Feb-21 14:31:07

The MaddAddam trilogy by Margaret Atwood. Absolutely brilliant.
The Stand by Stephen King.

ThreeFeetTall Tue 02-Feb-21 14:36:51

The Wall by John Lanchester
As already mentioned Station Eleven
The first half of The Mandibles by Lionel shriver

AnneLovesGilbert Tue 02-Feb-21 14:38:57

The film of Children of men was stunning. Haven’t read the book as I didn’t know there was one.

SpeakFriendAndEnter Tue 02-Feb-21 14:46:18

Vox was great and made me really angry, but in a good way. I'm now reading her second book Q which is about academic ability which as a teacher I'm loving!

GeidiPrimes Tue 02-Feb-21 14:52:50

Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
Book of Dave - Will Self

jerriblank Tue 02-Feb-21 15:10:02

Some great recommendations here, thanks all!

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hidingmystatus Tue 02-Feb-21 15:16:16

Sheri Tepper.

Bells3032 Tue 02-Feb-21 15:25:37

the unwind series by neal schusterman
The Delirium series by Lauren Oliver
The maze runner by James Dashner (do not bother with the films they are dreadful).

they're all classed as teen fiction but are absolutely engrossing.

Theredjellybean Tue 02-Feb-21 15:30:19

ooh my fave genre

The Ship
The Wall
Dust/Shift/wool trilogy
The Last day
Red Clocks
The Farm
The followers
all Margaret Atwood stuff already mentioned but also The Heart goes first
Vox and her next novel Q
The Memory Chamber
Leave the World behind

Standrewsschool Tue 02-Feb-21 15:50:39

Margaret’s Ark -Daniel Keohane

The Wall - John Lanchaster

ThursdayLastWeek Tue 02-Feb-21 15:55:46

Checking in as I was trying to find stuff like this last night!

I too love the Maddaddam Trilogy (in fact might re-read)
The Power
Red Clocks

Can add
Station Eleven
The psychology of time travel

If you don’t mind YA fiction
The ask and the answer (?) I can’t remember if that’s what it’s called actually.

ThursdayLastWeek Tue 02-Feb-21 15:57:50

The History of Bees is readable too.

One2Three4Five6 Tue 02-Feb-21 20:18:41

I absolutely loved "The Girl with all the Gifts" by M.R Carey
It was my favourite book that I read that year.

To promote reading for pleasure as part of our literacy drive at a secondary school some of us teachers are going to be doing a short video recommending books we enjoyed and this is my first choice to recommend my students.

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