Reddit’s r/books thread recently had a conversation about best dystopian novels. There were a lot on the list I hadn’t heard of, and I have a particular love for dystopias (I’ve written two and a half, so far!).
So, for my benefit and yours, here’s a compilation of the crowd-sourced dystopian titles (plus some that I didn’t find on reddit), in no particular order, you should read:
- Earth Abides, George R Stewart
- The Passage, Justin Cronin
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
- Doctor Bloodmoney, Philip K. Dick
- Foundation, Isaac Asimov
- Oryx & Crake; The Year of the Flood; MaddAddam – trilogy by Margaret Atwood
- A Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
- Positron, Margaret Atwood
- Never Let me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
- A Brave New World, Aldus Huxley
- 1984, George Orwell
- A Canticle for Leibowitz
- Wool, Hugh Howey
- Swan Song, Robert R. McCammon
- Wastelands anthology, John Joseph Adams
- Y The Last Man, Brian K. Vaughan (comics)
- The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman (comics)
- Lucifer’s Hammer, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
- The Road, Cormac McCarthy
- I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
- Ashes, Ashes, Jo Treggiari
- Alas, Babylon, Pat Frank
- The Giver, Lois Lawry
- Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
- The Postman, David Brin
- This Perfect Day, Ira Levin
- Day of the Triffids, John Wyndam
- World War Z, Max Brooks
- The Stand, Stephen King
- Plague Year, Jeff Carlson
- The Genesis of Shannara, Terry Brooks
- The Deluge, Mark Morris
- Robopocalpyse, Daniel Wilson
- Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi
- We, Yevgeny Zamyatin
- Emberverse series, R.M.Stirling
- Shades of Grey, Jasper Fforde
- Noughts and Crosses, Malorie Blackman
- The Tripods, John Christopher
- Mortal Engines, Phillip Reeve
- The Children of Men, P.D. James
- The Hunger Games trilogy,
- Dog Stars, Peter Helle
- The Last Policeman, Ben H Winters
- Idlewild; Edenborn; and Everfree, Nick Sagan
- The Maze Runner, James Dashner
- The Time Machine, H.G. Wells
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4 responses to “World Destruction Reading List”
I don’t know if one could call Asimov’s Foundation dystopian. It’s just really good futuristic hard SF, but not really the oppressive society aspect that is typical of dystopias.
Another one you can add to the list is Piper Bayard’s Firelands. It came out only last year but it’s a really good read.
Good point about Foundation– it’s been ages since I read it. Thanks for the other suggestion!
The Ira Levin novel is actually called “This Perfect Day”. One of my favorites.
Thanks, I’ll correct that.