Literature is a defining element of culture since the start of language. The dangers of modern times have led to the writing of dystopian novels, novels which warn of an unhappy future. Lots of people think of Dystopian novels as purely science fiction-while science fiction is an all natural fit for a dystopian story, not totally all dystopian books are believed science fiction. Without further delay, here will be the 12 best dystopian novels.
#12 Lord of the Flies by William Golding (1954)
This novel isn’t the 12th best on the list (it will be rated higher in my opinion) but it’s at number twelve due to the on going argument whether this is truly a dystopian novel or not 短篇小說. The definition of dystopia isn’t necessarily clear, although the general definition is that it is a society where misery and negative conditions prevail (or a seeming utopia gained at horrifying costs.)
In terms of a dysfunctional society, the island having its stranded little boys can it be, and after the conch shell is no further viewed as authority, everything breaks apart. If anyone wants to argue that an anarchy my work, this book will be a sudden argument against it. This really is an amazing psychological work, and I’d say their society is unquestionably dysfunctional enough to count as a dystopia.
#11 The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (1985)
This story arises from the very first person Offred. Offred is just a maid in a period when fertile women are forced to be breeding machines to help keep the human population going. This takes place because the planet is just a post-nuclear world where many women can’t have children. This is a very theocratic society, and this book tends to be very pro-feminist and anti-religious, which causes it to often be protested. This is a superb dystopian tale that is frightening since the logic of the way the society became the way in which it is is actually very believable.
#10 Neuromancer by William Gibson (1984)
Most of William Gibson’s novels revolve around a dystopian future society, but Neuromancer could be the best of them all. This novel won the sci-fi “triple crown” for writers by winning the Nebula, Hugo, and Philip K. Dick awards. In the seedy underground of a Japanese city, some type of computer hacker is hired to work with the best hack. In some sort of flushed with AI, virtual reality, genetic engineering, and corporations overpowering nations, the adventure follows. Gibson beat many modern sci-fi writers to the punch, and this dystopian novel is one of the very influential in modern times.
#9 Iron Heel by Jack London (1908)
Iron Heel is a superb dystopian novel concerning the rise of a tyrannical corporate oligarchy in the United States. This book doesn’t pay attention to technology the way in which most future dystopian science fiction novels do now. This work stressed changes in society and politics, with the oligarchy formed by robber barons whom bankrupt all of the middle class and seize power before enforcing a “caste system” of workers. This is a fantastic dystopian novel that has been far ahead of its time.
#8 The Running Man by Richard Bachman (1982)
Written by Stephen King under the penname of Richard Bachman, “The Running Man” is just a fantastic dystopian novel in regards to a frightening future where ratings and entertainment takes form in a man hunt, and where even the “winners” are losers. This novel is far superior to the movie, and i think is one of the finest novels published by Stephen King. “The Long Walk” can also be an honorable mention.
#7 Armageddon’s Children by Terry Brooks (2006)
I’ve probably read over 200 books the past two years, and among many good novels, “Armageddon’s Children” has been one of my favorites. This really is one of the finest novels published by Terry Brooks, and takes invest a post apocalyptic world around 2100, following (among others) a lone remaining knight trying desperately to fight off the demon onslaught and a small grouping of street gang kids who roam the remains of Seattle trying to survive. The fantasy world of Shannara was supposedly spawned from the post apocalyptic wastes of Earth, and this series bridges the gap involving the two.
#6 The Chrysalids by John Wyndham (1955)
This dystopian novel is another example of a post-nuclear world. This time around the dystopia arises from a “need” for purity. As humans are increasingly being born with increasing degrees of mutations and deformities, their state decides to execute anybody who isn’t “perfect,” meaning even one extra toe can be a death sentence. This attempt at forcing perfection in a post apocalyptic world is disturbing and effective, and has spawned many imitators.