Favorite book on a dystopian society?

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Re: Favorite book on a dystopian society?

Post by queeennnkatie » 05 May 2017, 14:12

enshafer2 wrote:I think The Giver is a great one. Its written by Lois Lowry. It centers around a young boy in dystopian society which makes it more meaningful. And if I am. Not mistaken they are making it into a film to be released soon.
The Giver was an amazing dystopian book! Also it did become a film, and it was just as good!

However, my favorite is the Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Amazing book. It's also a series on Hulu.
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Post by Redcraze » 19 May 2017, 20:09

mellysw wrote:Once again I find myself disappointed....no...OFFENDED at a favorite book thread. :)

I tease, I tease....

But I am surprised no one at least MENTIONED Alas, Babylon. "Alas, Babylon" by Pat Frank was my first foray into dystopian literature as a high schooler. I found it in my school library, and fell in love with the genre before I even knew it was a genre. It is somewhat dated, I admit this. It was written in the fifties, at the crux of the sixties. Nuclear war fear era.

Despite its being dated, though I have read and loved many a dystopian tale since, "Alas Babylon" is one I continue to turn back to and re-read. It is probably one of my top five favorite books of all time.

I do have to give Stephen King's "The Stand" a shout-out though. If "Alas, Babylon" had never been written, then "The Stand" would be my favorite bit of dystopian wonderful. :)
I'm delighted to see somebody who remembers Alas, Babylon !! I read it when I was a kid - in the early 1960s - and I really liked it. Now I can't remember much detail about it (let's blame senility). However I've never forgotten the title or the author's name.

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A fine dystopian novel, unjustly neglected, is The Wanting Seed by Anthony Burgess (a fine, unjustly neglected novelist).

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Post by Miriam Molina » 20 May 2017, 04:37

I don't think I have read anything under this subcategory though I am a crime/mystery/thriller/horror genre fan. Do The Running Man and The Long Walk written by Stephen King under the pseudonym Richard Bachman qualify?

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Post by Mjgarrison » 07 Dec 2017, 13:58

My favorite is the Divergent series.

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Post by NL Hartje » 29 Jan 2018, 19:54

What about Ender's Game? I think it counts as dystopian and I was really intrigued by the end of the first book.
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Post by sammiereads » 01 Feb 2018, 09:57

I like the story and the concept in the book, The Giver by Lois Lowry. It has been a while since i have read that but I still remember it was interesting.

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Post by pinefamily » 04 Feb 2018, 16:49

Hard to name a favourite, as I have read many in this genre. Obviously "1984" is right up there, as is "The Chrysalids" by John Wyndham. Recent enjoyable reads include "American War" by Omar El Akkad, and "Year of The Orphan" by Daniel Findlay. "Deus Irae" by Philip K Dick and Roger Zelazny is a post apocalyptic sci-fi tale. The book version of World War Z was very different to the movie, but very original and enjoyable.

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Post by Camille Turner » 16 Mar 2018, 11:59

I don't know of any new ones but my favorite is 1984. Brave New World is another really good one that I'd definitely reread!

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Post by Sakilunamermaid » 18 Mar 2018, 21:12

I really enjoyed The Uglies by Scott Westerfield, it has similar aspects to A Brave New World; some ones place and status in the society is based on appearance.

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Post by Jesscar6 » 10 Apr 2018, 02:35

Mines is The Atlantis Grail series by Vera Nazarian. Absolutely love it.
The Game is Life series by Terry Schott is good too.
I also like Susanne Valenti books too.

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Post by teacherjh » 16 Apr 2018, 15:52

I love dystopian stories. The way they take a possible future and add a twist is intriguing. I like Divergent, The Red Queen, Hunger Games, and The Maze Runner.
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Post by Dael Reader » 11 Jun 2018, 17:41

The classic 1984.

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Post by kjs237 » 22 Jun 2018, 12:09

I've read and really liked Brave New World and 1984 along with some of the newer ones like Hunger Games. My favorite is an older book, White Lotus, and I think the author is John Hershey but it's been a while since I read it so I'm not positive. It's a long story but well worth the time it takes to get through it.

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Post by Julie Green » 25 Jun 2018, 17:07

It is hard to beat George Orwell's 1984. Does Orwell's Animal Farm count? If so, it has to be up there too. But 1984 was so ahead of its time; we are now seeing some of its concepts play out in today's political reality as it has become harder to distinguish facts from so-called fake news.
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Post by bclayton13 » 25 Jun 2018, 18:38

I'm a huge fan of 1984; especially considering how society'so been developing. Still, for the emotional aspect, my favorite is The City of Ember.

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