This collection has collected dystopian booksthat will be of interest to connoisseurs of this topic. Novels of this genre began to appear quite a long time ago, so the list includes cult works known to many, as well as more recent ones published several years ago.
1984 (George Orwell)
1984 - a novel that was the last work of the great writer George Orwell. The book was published in 1949 - a year before the death of the author. Orwell's work was popular in America and in Europe, but for a long time the USSR simply did not let even information about this writer into their territory, not to mention his work. It is understandable, because the book described a way of life that was very similar to the way of life in the USSR.
This novel is in its idea the complete opposite of the work Aldous Huxley "Brave New World" Orwell believed that “Big Brother” was watching everyone, which thereby deprived people of their freedom. According to Orwell, nothing worse than total lack of freedom can be imagined.
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
This novel almost always falls into the top books in the dystopian genre. It stands out from the rest due to its internal non-standard. Written by a great writer Ray Bradbury, author of Dandelion Wine and The Martian Chronicles.
This dystopian sci-fi novel is set in a world where firefighters don't put out fires but do the exact opposite of burning books because they're banned. The protagonist of the story is Guy Montag, a fireman who, in the course of presenting the plot, becomes disappointed in the actions and ideas of his colleagues and realizes the need Books.
The novel has become a must-read classic. Thanks to Bradbury's style of presentation, the reader, along with the main character, realizes how much a person needs a book.
We (Evgeny Zamyatin)
Another representative of the genre is a fantastic dystopian novel written by a Soviet writer Evgeny Zamyatin. “We” is a bold dystopia that takes the reader to the 29th century, where people have rationalized absolutely everything: feelings, emotions and happiness. Everything is calculable, controlled (even intimate life). There can be no talk of any freedom, true feelings and happiness in such a society. People have no names, only a serial number, which indicates the abolition of human individuality. Everyone has the same schedule, no different from any other day. How long can you live in such a society and not think about something "illegal"?
The novel was written in 1920, but for a long time the Soviet authorities did not want to print the work, and only 68 years later, in 1988, the first printed edition of We was published.
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
"Brave New World" - a satirical dystopian novel, the work of Aldous Huxley, which is the antipode of Orwell's "1984". This work tells about the "consumer society", which is grown in a test tube and divided into classes, castes. The system works, it is unchanged, but there are people who deviate from the established norm - savages. The novel tells about one of these savages, simultaneously revealing and showing the reader the world in which the Savage lives.
The Hunger Games (Susan Collins)
The trilogy by American writer Susan Collins became a bestseller and sold like fried pies. Lionsgate made a film adaptation of Collins' books, starring Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence.
The story tells of a post-apocalyptic world where, after an unknown global catastrophe, the utopian state of Panem was created. Instead of cities, 12 districts have been built and are working (originally 13). The population was divided into residents of these cities (poor people) and residents of the capital - the Capitol (rich people). The feature of history is that every year the capital arranges an entertaining tournament - the Hunger Games. This competition can help participants become recognizable throughout Panem and break out of poverty, but, unfortunately, only one can win. The game is about killing. The last one to survive becomes the winner of the tournament.
The book has gained particular popularity among teenagers, it reveals such fundamental themes as love, humanity and personal freedom.
The Maze Runner (James Dashner)
Youth dystopia, which tells about the guy Thomas (the main character), who woke up in a place surrounded by insurmountable walls, over which it is impossible to climb. Not remembering even his name initially, Thomas tries to understand what is happening and what to do next. As the story progresses, it turns out that the Glade (the place where the protagonist woke up) is surrounded by a labyrinth. How to get out and what is happening in this world? These questions are answered by the first book in a trilogy.
Based on the novel, films were also made, which were partially successful. The story is very interesting, especially liked by young fans of science fiction and, of course, dystopias.
Divergent (Veronica Roth)
The dystopian novel became the author's debut Veronica Roth. Like the previous two titles on our list, this novel was the inspiration for the film. At the moment, 3 parts have been released, but the film history has not yet been completed and will probably be continued.
"Divergent" tells about a world with different rules, a world in which people are divided into factions depending on their desires and abilities. Divergents are people who do not belong to any faction, which is why the ruling elite consider them extremely dangerous, as a result of which they are subject to extermination. But the main character is not as simple as it seems. The novel itself reveals the world in which the characters of the novel live, reveals the essence of each character, their goals and motives.
The novel will be most interesting to children of adolescence, since the problems of this age are revealed in this book.
A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
The story revealed in this dystopian novel was, is and will be relevant for everyone, because sooner or later everyone is faced with the issue that he considered in his novel. Anthony Burgess.
The protagonist is the head of a street gang, Alex, who considers violence an art. However, due to a certain set of circumstances, the main anti-hero ends up in a special institution where he undergoes a re-education program. The main question of the novel is whether it is possible to save the world from evil by depriving a person of the will to do things and turning him into “a clockwork orange“? As in previous novels, the issue of disclosure of personality and individual freedom is raised.
The Martian Chronicles (Ray Bradbury)
The novel, which brought the writer worldwide fame, can be called rather a collection of short stories. Each story has its own main character and its own problems. Each short story reveals the problems that troubled America in the 50s and 60s: racism, nuclear war with the USSR, the desire for an ordinary life, attitudes towards censorship and freedom of speech, and other topics. Mars became just a decoration, and the real problems of a real society were the basis.
Metro 2033 (Dmitry Glukhovsky)
Post-apocalyptic novel by a Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky, which was recognized not only in Russia, but also in other European countries and even in America. Based on Glukhovsky's story, 3 computer games have already been made, a series is planned.
What is so special about this novel? The place where all the events take place is the subway. The author beautifully painted the life of people in the subway, how people are divided into castes, classes, how people live, work side by side in the subway. The world that the author and those who live in it invented, all this helped the novel to acquire the status of "cult".