dystopian-novels

Since the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States, George Orwell’s 1984 has shot up the bestseller charts. While I can understand some of the allure of 1984 due to modern events, it is also a book about a particular kind of dystopian state: an authoritarian Stalinist future-Britain, based on the fears Orwell felt most pressing in 1948. Maybe it’s time to find better dystopias? If reality isn’t scary enough for you, dive into one of these books for a more modern twist on the dystopian genre.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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Summary (from Goodreads): Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…

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Not only is this a great book, but it was made into a movie by the same name in 1990 and it is returning as a television show on April 26, 2017 on Hulu.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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Summary (from Goodreads): Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress…

Huxley’s ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most enduring masterpiece.

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“We were keeping our eye on 1984. But it’s Brave New World we should have feared instead.” The Guardian

Virtual Light by William Gibson (Bridge, #1)

virtual-lightSummary (from Goodreads): The Bridge trilogy is a series of novels by William Gibson, his second after the successful Sprawl trilogy. The trilogy comprises the novels Virtual Light (1993), Idoru, (1996) and All Tomorrow’s Parties (1999). A short story, “Skinner’s Room”, was originally composed for Visionary San Francisco, a 1990 museum exhibition exploring the future of San Francisco.

Berry Rydell, an ex-cop, signs on with IntenSecure Armed Response in Los Angeles. He finds himself on a collision course that results in a desperate romance, and a journey into the ecstasy and dread that mirror each other at the heart of the postmodern experience.

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The Private Eye by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin

private-eyeSummary (from Goodreads): The year is 2076 and the nation that celebrates it’s tri-centennial is very different from the one we know today. In this future, the most cherished thing is privacy. Everyone has a secret identity, an inner self, that they hid with anything from simple masks to high-tech body suits and holograms.

Enter a man who is known to his customers as Patrick Immelmann, an illegal private detective by trade. He can dig into the personal lives of anyone and find their most hidden secrets, if you can pay his price, of course. His newest customer is a young lady that wants him to dig into her own life. She’s attempting to stay one step ahead of a new, potential, employer that might be able to discover something less than desirable about her past.

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The Children of Men by P.D. James

children-of-menSummary (from Goodreads): Told with P. D. James’s trademark suspense, insightful characterization, and riveting storytelling, The Children of Men is a story of a world with no children and no future. The human race has become infertile, and the last generation to be born is now adult. Civilization itself is crumbling as suicide and despair become commonplace. Oxford historian Theodore Faron, apathetic toward a future without a future, spends most of his time reminiscing. Then he is approached by Julian, a bright, attractive woman who wants him to help get her an audience with his cousin, the powerful Warden of England. She and her band of unlikely revolutionaries may just awaken his desire to live . . . and they may also hold the key to survival for the human race.

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This book was also made into a movie in 2006, starring Clive Owen and directed by Alfonso Cuarón.

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

snow-crashSummary (from Goodreads): In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he’s a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that’s striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse. Snow Crash is a mind-altering romp through a future America so bizarre, so outrageous…you’ll recognize it immediately.

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This book was assigned to me in a class in college – Fictional Anthropology. The class was a hybrid between an English Literature/Science Fiction class and an anthropology course; it was the greatest class I ever took.

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