The 25 Must Read Dystopian Novels of All Time

There are tons of great dystopian books to read. But choosing the right ones is not always easy. That is why we created this list of the 25 must read dystopian novels of all time. Keep reading to find out which books made our list!    

The dystopian genre has something for everyone. There are darker and grittier stories as well as lighthearted adventures. Some books will have many books in the series while others may only have one book. With so many variables, it is impossible to be bored.  

While this list includes only the 25 must read dystopian novels, that doesn’t mean you should after reading them. There are hundreds, if not thousands of great dystopian novels out there. Hopefully, this list encourages you to give more books in the genre a read. You can see the full list below!          

The 25 Must Read Dystopian Novels of All Time

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. 

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The Handmaid’s Tale book review

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.  

Some of my favorite books in this genre are books that haven’t gotten the love they deserve. Station Eleven is a modern classic and a novel that more people should read. The Iron Heel by Jack London is another great novel that was published over a century ago. It is credited as one of the first dystopian novels ever written.

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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 wraps up this list of the 205best 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!

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7 thoughts on “The 25 Must Read Dystopian Novels of All Time

  1. howard says:

    I would delete The Hunger Games. Suzanne Collins is a terrible writer. Plot and character development is poor, as is world building. The reader is expected to accept an implausible premise, a MarySue lead character, and overall this is a book that will NOT stand the test of time.

  2. LaLectrice says:

    “The Power”? Are you kidding? Great premise, but completely unrealized as a novel. It does not belong on any “Best…” lists.

  3. Travis says:

    Where is Logan’s Run trilogy here? The movie didn’t hold up to the books but still at the time was good in itself. The books however are great visuals of a future dystopian society.

  4. WESLEY B BAKER says:

    What about the very first one – “We” by Yevgeny Zamyatin?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Atlas Shrugged by far is good and a way to see Corporate/Government overall crush of society vs individual leaders.


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