My Top 5 Favorite Dystopian Fiction Novels (2022)
Dystopian Fiction has been a favorite genre of mine for years now. When it comes to books, movies, and television shows I am all for a great adventure that is far beyond our reality. AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead played a great role in my search for new dystopian stories. I had dabbled in the genre before, but after watching the show and reading the comics I wanted more. Here are 5 of my favorite dystopian fiction books:
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Back in high school, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to take a Dystopian Fiction class. The first novel we dug into in that class was Ray Bradbury’s popular work, Fahrenheit 451. The story is largely centered on the topics of censorship, knowledge, and control. It is a fast paced read that keeps you on your toes and flipping to the next page. Bradbury created a world terrifyingly believable to a possible future. It is a relatively short read with 256 pages that I plan on reading again soon.
- 1984 by George Orwell
I read 1984 earlier this year and loved it. My only complaint was that I did not pick it up sooner. The book focuses on themes of power and control. If you are looking for a book that utilizes symbolism well, look no further. The technology in this book is well constructed and helps readers better fall into the fictional world. The idea of a political party monitoring your every move, every word, and every thought sends shivers down my spine. 1984 is a 328 page book that is full of twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat.
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
While The Walking Dead made me search for more dystopian fiction stories, The Hunger Games series was my first dip into the dystopian pool. This series was also made into movies that are equally as enjoyable. The Hunger Games is about rebellions and standing up to the government for the greater good of the country, Panem. The story centers around a nationwide event, The Hunger Games, where one boy and one girl, between the ages of 12 and 18, from each of the 12 districts of Panem must enter an arena and fight to the death. There is a wide variety of characters with extravagant personalities that add humor and depth to the story. This is a series that I cannot recommend enough and end up reading again nearly every year.
- Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
I read Shatter Me earlier this year and have actually posted a book talk on it. This story follows a teenage girl who can kill people with a simple touch. With such a unique concept, it was bound to be a page turner. The book deals with themes like self identity and morality. Though I have not read the entire series, I can vouch for the first book.
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Brave New World is another book I read in my Dystopian Fiction class. While I found some parts and concepts of the story to be disturbing, it is a fascinating novel. The society in the story focus primarily on efficiency, not quality of life / happiness. Everything in their world works like a machine and every individual is treated like a gear. Like many other dystopian stories, the book deals with themes like control and technology.
Are you a fan of dystopian stories? Comment your favorite dystopian fiction novel.