9 Dystopian Novels You Should Read At Least Once

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We often hear the word dystopia when it comes to books, but what does it mean? Dystopia is simply the opposite of Utopia, where instead of imagining the perfect city writers imagine a futuristic society facing serious ordeals. Although these novels aren’t particularly happy per se, dystopian literature remains one of the most popular genres until today. If you’re curious about the world of dystopia, these nine novels are a great place to start!

1. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Written by one of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century, Brave New World talks about a dark futuristic world where science is used to control and suppress humanity.

2. 1984 by George Orwell

Perhaps the most famous novel written by Orwell, 1984 sheds light on the dark ways dictatorship can control societies. It was inspired by World War II and published in 1950.

3. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

This dystopian tale discusses how mistreating and enslaving women may lead to a very dark turn in civilization. Published in 1988, it was adapted into a TV series last year.

4. The Giver by Lois Lowry

Who are we or what are we without our memories? The Giver might hold the answer to this thought provoking question. Set in the very distant future, the book was published in 1993 and won the 1994 Newbery Medal.

5. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

In this book the author describes a world without literature. As scary as it sounds, the novel is considered one of the most important works in the dystopian genre. Published in 1953, it remains popular until today.

6. Utopia by Ahmed Khaled Tawfik

Considered the most well-known dystopian novel written in Arabic, Utopia describes the Egyptian society in the distant future and how classism has torn it apart.

7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

An international bestseller that has been adapted to the big screen, the novel tells the story of deadly competition done in 12 districts to remind citizens of their failed revolution.

8. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Set in the near future, this book narrates the classic battle between good and evil with a focus on youth violence.

9. That Hideous Strength by C.S Lewis

Written by the same mastermind behind The Chronicles of Narnia, the novel is part of a trilogy that sheds light on science as an ideology and the unfolding of a terrifying conspiracy against all of humanity.

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