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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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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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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?