Reading dystopian novels is one of my favorite things to do. But there are a lot of dystopian novels out there. That is why we made this list of the ten must read dystopian novels of all time. Keep reading to find out which books made the list!
The dystopian genre is filled with amazing novels. By choosing only ten novels, we are going to leave some amazing novels. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. Dystopian novels have gone through a lot of change and have come to define the younger generation.
But before there was The Hunger Games, the genre was in good hands with authors such as Lois Lowry and Ray Bradbury. And even today, the genre is going through changes. That is the beauty of new authors using old books as inspiration and giving it their own spin. You can see the full list below!
The Ten Must Read Dystopian Novels of All Time
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
Must Read Dystopian Novels
One of the most popular dystopian novels must be The Handmaid’s Tale. Some people may have read it in school while others read it for fun but either way, it is an impactful novel. Another classic dystopian novel that is up there is 1984. They both tackle serious issues and make us imagine the worst-case scenarios.
The dystopian genre wasn’t always aimed towards younger readers. It tackled series issues like the world ending after World War II as people began to imagine the worst possible outcome. After seeing the nuclear bomb, you can’t really blame them.
Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver was a dystopian novel that was written for a younger audience. And that opened the floodgates and led to novels like The Hunger Games. It is hard to ignore the impact of The Hunger Games as that novel led to many dystopian novels releasing soon after. And while they didn’t capture the magic that Suzanne Collins had, they still made a name for themselves.
That ends this list of the 10 best dystopian novels of all time. What did you think of the list? What novels should we have included? Let us know in the comments below!