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Offline Passiko

Dystopian style books
« on: January 15, 2012, 08:52:29 PM »
I seem to be reading a bunch of dystopian style books lately. Hunger Games etc etc etc. Anyways, I'm looking to see what other books are out there like this. If y'all have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

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Re: Dystopian style books
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2012, 08:57:04 PM »
Ray Bradbury - Fahrenheit 451 and George Orwell -1984 are easily two of the best books I've read (well, top 50 somewhere :P)and top best Dystopian book lists for a reason. And Brave New World is highly rated, but I haven't got round to reading that one.
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Re: Dystopian style books
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2012, 10:09:49 PM »
Steven Boyett's Ariel, which is about a world where technology stopped working, but magic started to work. In a similar vein S.M Stirling's Emberverse series, where all technology stops and the people of the world have to deal with that loss. The first book of the Emberverse series is Dies The Fire.
You could also try Mira Grant's Feed, which is set in a world that survived the zombie apocalypse. It's the first book in the Newsflesh trilogy. I tend to call it the zombie book for people that don't generally like zombie books.  :)
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Re: Dystopian style books
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2012, 12:19:01 AM »
Ray Bradbury - Fahrenheit 451 and George Orwell -1984 are easily two of the best books I've read (well, top 50 somewhere :P)and top best Dystopian book lists for a reason. And Brave New World is highly rated, but I haven't got round to reading that one.

I you are going with classic Sci Fi, then Brave New World by Aldous Huxley should be added to the list.

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Re: Dystopian style books
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2012, 09:02:59 AM »
Plus George Stewart's Earth Abides, which is a classic that is post-apocalyptic, if not dystopian.  Also one of the first of its kind.
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Re: Dystopian style books
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2012, 10:34:49 AM »
Teen dystopia seems to have kicked off recently, I read Wither by Lauren Destefano and enjoyed it although I'm not quite sure what I liked about it. Delirium by Lauren Oliver had really creepy Dystopia but too much romance for me. A series I really enjoyed is Hex by Rhiannon Lassiter, sadly out of print now.

In terms of non-YA, Margaret Atwood's the Handmaid's Tale might be worth looking at, but I've never read it so can't reccommend! 

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Re: Dystopian style books
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2012, 06:02:17 PM »
Hi,

New to the forum so hope you don't mind me jumping in.

Nineteen Eighty-Four is probably the best dystopian novel, and easily my favourite book. It's worth checking We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, which influenced Orwell's book, and also Swastika Night (Katharine Burdekin).

At the moment I am reading The Iron Heel by Jack London, only a few pages in but seems good so far.

There's a big list on Wiki. Hope I am not breaking any rules by posting this so...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Dystopian_novels (there's 2 pages)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dystopian_literature




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Re: Dystopian style books
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2012, 06:06:15 PM »
This one freaked me out as a young lad:

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Re: Dystopian style books
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2012, 10:57:41 AM »
The 'Gone' series by Michael Grant.  The basic plot is that everyone over the age of fifteen disappears leaving the kids to fend for themselves.  A modern lord of the flies, if you will.  It's got some of the most tragic, gruesome, brilliant writing I've ever seen.  Seriously: several scenes have left me in tears cos they were so tragic, yet also repulsed by the sickening nature.

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Re: Dystopian style books
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2012, 02:55:39 PM »
The Iron Dragon's Daughter and quasi-sequel The Dragons of Babel by Michael Swanwick
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
China MiƩville's Bas-Lag novels
Pretty much anything by Philip K Dick


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Re: Dystopian style books
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2012, 06:52:37 PM »
The 'Gone' series by Michael Grant.  The basic plot is that everyone over the age of fifteen disappears leaving the kids to fend for themselves.  A modern lord of the flies, if you will.  It's got some of the most tragic, gruesome, brilliant writing I've ever seen.  Seriously: several scenes have left me in tears cos they were so tragic, yet also repulsed by the sickening nature.

Sounds a lot like the show Jeremiah, where all the adults are dead due to some strange plague.
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Re: Dystopian style books
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2012, 10:42:46 PM »
Although it's technically a children's book, The Giver by Lois Lowry is a great story. Quick read too :)
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