Top 10 Dystopian Books You Must Read

top 10 dystopian books
There will come a time when it isn’t ‘They’re spying on me through my phone’ anymore. Eventually, it will be ‘My phone is spying on me’.
— Philip K. Dick

It's getting closer to Halloween and I wanted to keep the spirits going by listing 10 dystopian books that you should think about reading during the holiday! Dystopian books are just as scary as horror novels in my opinion. I think that is because some of them are actually plausible! I have a mixture of classic dystopian and more modern ones for recommendations. This was hard for me just to pick 10 because there are so many good ones out there. Besides Historical Fiction, Dystopian is probably my most second favorite genre. 

You might be asking what is a qualification for a good dystopian? Personally, I like some mystery. The mystery of how the world got a little f*uc**!! up? Right? I also like when the technology is more realistic than too much fantasy.

Alright, so let's get onto this list! Here are my top 10 recommendations!: 

1. 1984 By George Orwell 

Winston Smith is a member of the Outer Party. He works in the Records Department in the Ministry of Truth, rewriting and distorting history. To escape Big Brother's tyranny, at least inside his own mind, Winston begins a diary — an act punishable by death.

This is my favorite book that I read during High School. This is the classic dystopian book. It was interesting to read what people really thought 1984 was going to be like in the 50s. One of the most politically controversial books of it's time, and still is today! 

2. Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury 

A  story about a future society that has banned all reading material and the job of the firemen is to keep the fires at 451 degrees: the temperature that paper burns. A fireman begins to re-think his job when he meets a book-loving girl.

This was also a required read during High School and one that I enjoyed reading. This is probably one book that book lovers will be furious with. How can a society ban certain books? 

3. The Giver By By Lois Lowry 

Jonas lives in a seemingly idyllic world of conformity and contentment. When he begins to spend time with The Giver, an old man who is the sole keeper of the community's memories, Jonas discovers the dangerous truths of his community's secret past. Armed with the power of knowledge, Jonas realizes that he must escape from their world to protect himself and those he loves.

I read Giver during my childhood and it's always been one of my favorites! I always thought the world of The Giver was interesting and well put together. I recommend that you read it if you haven't had the chance yet! It's short and easy to read. 

4. Animal Farm By George Orwell 

Animal Farm is a short political fable by George Orwell based on Joseph Stalin's betrayal of the Russian Revolution. 

Like 1984 Animal Farm is a short novel that is politically controversial. A lot of symbolism as well. 

5. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep By Philip Dick 

Bounty hunter Rick Deckard wakes up to a world devastated by nuclear war, where humans care for animals to prevent the mass extinction of several species, where androids are colonial slaves who kill their masters and flee to hide on Earth.

This book inspired Ridley Scott to Create Blade Runner. The book is innovative and profound. The Author was far ahead of his time and there is quite the symbolism behind it as well. 

6. The Legend Trilogy By Marie Lu

Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal.

Legend is a dystopian trilogy. I think it's one of the more underrated dystopian series. I liked this one because the story actually seemed somewhat plausible. Overpopulation is one of the causes for this dystopian world. Which is a huge concern right now for our planet. 

7. Snow Crash By Neal Stephenson 

Within the Metaverse, Hiro is offered a datafile named Snow Crash by a man named Raven who hints that it is a form of narcotic. Hiro's friend and fellow hacker Da5id views a bitmap image contained in the file which causes his computer to crash and Da5id to suffer brain damage in the real world.

I personally haven't read this one but it's my husband's favorite book. So I thought I would include it here just for him! 

8. The Book of Ivy By Amy Engel 

After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost.

This book is kind of eerie because any story with a nuclear war is scary right now, especially the news with North Korea. Another underrated dystopian duology that I highly recommend! 

9. The 5th Wave By Rick Yancey 

The human race stands on the brink of extinction as a series of alien attacks decimate the planet, causing earthquakes, tsunamis, and disease. Separated from her family, Ohio teenager Cassie Sullivan will do whatever it takes to reunite with her brother Sam. Fate leads her to form an alliance with Evan Walker, a mysterious young man who may be her last hope. Forced to trust each other, Cassie and Evan fight for survival during the fifth assault from the invaders.

Alien encounters or attacks are not often written so this was an interesting book to read. I haven't read the other books in the series particularly because I haven't heard too many good things about them. But I did enjoy this one. 

10. American War By Omar El Akkad 

Set in the closing decades of the 21st century and the opening ones of the 22nd, El Akkad’s novel recounts what happened during the Second American Civil War between the North and South and its catastrophic aftermath.

What really scared me about this novel is the amount of research Omar did to understand what could really happen if we continue to damage our planet the way we do. Let's just say that most of the coastal US are gone because of water rising.....


Whew, you made it through! I hope you enjoyed my top 10 dystopian books to read! 

Comment below what dystopian books are your favorite. :) 

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