28 comments on “Let’s Recommend | Dystopian Fiction

  1. This is such a good post, I am so tired of seeing dystopia lists that are just like… 1984 and The Handmaid’s Tale. Though I do love 1984. And I’d also add Never Let Me Go (shocking I know). Every time you talk about The Beauty I think ‘I need to read that’ but then I always forget to add it to my TBR – done!

    • Thank you! Oh, yes, Never Let Me Go is an excellent choice, and a very clever one too, as it’s the kind of story that you don’t realise is dystopian until you see the bigger picture of what’s really going on.

      I think you could really enjoy what The Beauty has to say thematically. It has certainly stuck with me, so I hope you enjoy it!

  2. I’m itching to read Bird Box when summer starts – my favourite others include ‘We’ by Yvgeny Zamyatin ( the inspiration for 1984!) and Bradbury’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’ 🙂

  3. You and I have talked about how we both like Bird Box. I also enjoyed The Girl with All the Gifts. I did notice that the “human” characters are all tropes–the military guy, the science/doctor person who has to save the world, the nervous soldier, etc–but I think they’re all used in interesting ways, ways. Also, because the POV switches between chapters, each character has clearer motivations, and thus are more fully developed. I would add to the list:

    The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez (lesbian vampires)

    House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski (a house that bigger inside than outside)

    Beautiful Ape Girl Baby by Heather Fowler (a girl born part ape into a wealthy family)

    Fugue State by Brian Evenson (short stories in same vein as Bird Box)

    Santa’s Little Helper by H.D. Gordon (murderous Elf on the Shelf)

    Bald New World by Peter Tieryas (no one can grow hair, so it becomes a black market)

    The Last Final Girl by Stephen Graham Jones (written like a slasher screenplay)

      • You’re welcome! The first Brian Evenson book I read is called Altmann’s Tongue. It’s not speculative, but it is MEGA creepy. It was the book that got him in trouble when he was a professor at Brigham Young University (a Mormon college; Evenson was heavily involved in his faith, too). But since then, he moved on to Brown’s MFA program and then CalArts. He was nicknamed “the violent Morman,” but I met him when I was in my MFA program (he was a guest speaker), and he was sweet.

  4. I particularly enjoyed Cinder, by Marissa Meyer, the Maze Runner by James Dashner and The Host by Stephanie Meyer. That said, it’s clear I haven’t read nearly enough dystopian – I need to fix that!

  5. These all sound really good! The Trees and The Girl with all the Gifts were already on my list but I’ve added the other two 🙂 one of my favourite dystopian reads is Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel; it’s so beautifully handled!

  6. I loved the Girl with all the Gifts. I’m glad you didn’t say much about it as the thing I liked most was that it was not at ALL what I was expecting going in to it!! I’ll have to check out these other ones!

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  8. Love this!!! I always have a hard time finding a good dystopian book that isn’t Hunger Games or Divergent lol.

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