What are the best dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction books?

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    #1V for Vendetta

    V for Vendetta
    V for Vendetta is a dystopian political movie directed by James McTeigue starring Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving and Stephen Rhea in 2005. It was based on the graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. 
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    Carmen Mercado
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "Decent movie to watch once. Ending kind of sucks. not really worth watching again."
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    #2The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games is the first novel of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins which centers on Katniss Everdeen who volunteers as tribute to replace her younger sister in a game televised and ruled by a dictatorial government.

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    Timothy Bennett
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I fought the Hunger Games for a long time. From what I had heard, it was a teen read, and it was pop culture, so I refused to think much of it. However I finally gave it a try. I really did enjoy it, and the dystopian world created is pretty unique. There are some interesting twists to the future world in this book, and I was surprised that it was so intriguing to me. It's not just a story for teenagers."
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    #3The City of Ember (Book of Ember)

    The City of Ember (Book of Ember)
    The city of Ember is an interesting book written by Jeanne DuPrau that tells the story about a city and a mysterious message. It is a fascinating tale full of amazing characters and impressive descriptions.




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    Cheryl Pena
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "scientific fiction book always deals great thing with us because its apart from present things."
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    #4Watchmen

    Watchmen
    Zack Snyder directs this raw and disenchanting film based on acclaimed Alan Moore's graphic novel. It tells us the story about a group of superheroes that are part of everyday life in an alternate 1985 America. 
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    Justin Morris
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "The Watchmen is a really intense book. Not for the feint of heart!"
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    #5Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    Ready Player One is a science fiction and dystopian novel by Ernest Cline published in 2011. It is about Wade Watts' search for an Easter egg hidden inside a virtual reality game world. It has a film adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg.

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    John Santos
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Ready Player One is an amazing story. I saw the movie first which interested me in the book. The novel paints a dark picture for the future and a thrilling story. I highly recommend it."
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    #6Legend

    Legend

    Legend is a dramatic biography drama motion picture that stars Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, and Taron Egerton. It was directed and written by Brian Helgeland and was based on a book by John Pearson.

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    #7Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy)

    Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy)

    Oryx and Crake is a speculative fiction novel by Margaret Atwood, the award-winning author of The Handmaid's Tale. Oryx and Crake follows the life of Snowman, his friend Crake, and Oryx, the woman they both love.

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    Douglas Hansen
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Its a great novel, story of 2 men and a woman. "
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    #8Never Let Me Go

    Never Let Me Go

    Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro is a dystopian science fiction novel published in 2005. This book tells the story of three children who are studying in an exclusive boarding school and their 'special gift'.

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    Russell Garrett
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "If you can get through the dragging pace of the book, you get to a conclusion that is pretty clumsy and not worth the wait. They could probably cut this book down into a short story and had a more readable book. "
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    #9Slaughterhouse-Five

    Slaughterhouse-Five
    Slaughterhouse-Five is a science fiction novel by Kurt Vonnegut that tells the story of the time-traveling American soldier Billy Pilgrim, who became devoutly anti-war after witnessing the bombing of Dresden.
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    Peter Flores
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Are you a fan of reading? Do you like post-apocalyptic fiction books? If so, you should pick up Slaughterhouse fire by Kurt Vonnegut. Iy is a great antiwar novel. While I’m not really a huge fan of Sci-Fi, I do like books that have so focus on aliens (Rama!), and I really enjoyed the whole time travel/existing at all times aspect to be very neat. Weave in some real life war stories, and it turns out to be a weird, but awesome mix."
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    #10Matched

    Matched
    Matched is the first book in the dystopian series Matched written by Ally Condie which centers on Cassia who is living in a society where the officials decide everything such as your lover, work and the date of your death. 
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    Bobby Kim
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Matched is the best dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction book I've read. The way they talk about the world makes it easy to visualize. "
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    #11Uglies (Uglies)

    Uglies (Uglies)

    Uglies is the first book in the young adult dystopian series Uglies written by Scott Westerfeld which centers on Tally who can't wait anymore to turn sixteen as she will have an operation to turn into a pretty girl.

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    Robert Myers
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Uglies was amazing. A edge of your seat thriller."
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    #12The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner)

    The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner)
    The Maze Runner is the first novel in The Maze Runner series written by James Dashner which centers on Thomas who wakes up in the lift and had an amnesia. 

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    Amy Munoz
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I seen the show Maze Runner and it was a pretty good show so it was based off of the movie written by James so the book has to be pretty good"
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    #13The Road

    The Road
    The Road is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Cormac McCarthy. It tells the story of a father and son walking through post-apocalyptic America to reach the coast. This is an ultimate story of survival in a desolate world.
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    Howard Holmes
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I think the Stand by Stephen King is way better but this might be able to hold up. It seems very basic though."
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    #14Animal Farm

    Animal Farm
    Animal Farm is a short novel by George Orwell that tells the story of a farm that's taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. They set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality, but a revolution starts to show. 
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    Robert Gordon
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Maybe it's a case of familiarity breeding contempt, or just that students don't remember this when they grow up, but if ever there were a timely period for Animal Farm, it is now. Just like 1984, Orwell writes beautifully and scarily here. Even though the live adaptations leave much to be desired, my copy of Animal Farm is dog-eared from the re-readings. All this dystopia needs is zombies to make it perfect."
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    #15Divergent

    Divergent

    Divergent is the first dystopian novel in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth which is set in a post-apocalyptic society divided into five factions where Beatrice Prior has to choose only one to devote her life to.

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    Ajay Rangan
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Can I suggest the first in best selling trilogy that became a movie? You bet! It's a whole new world, and not an easy one to live in."
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    #161984

    1984

    1984 is a utopian and dystopian fiction written by George Orwell. First published in 1949, it is included in the NPR Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books.

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    Harold Day
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I have heard about 1984 for years. I decided to finally read it because everyone keeps referring to it when talking about politics. GREAT book. I loved the characters and the whole dystopian nightmare aspect."
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    #17Allegiant (Divergent)

    Allegiant (Divergent)

    Allegiant, the last book in Veronica Roth's Divergent trilogy, is centered on Tris and Tobias, and how they try to understand human nature while choosing between courage and allegiance, and sacrifice and love. 

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    Patricia Wallace
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Very interesting book. It was based on such an interesting idea. I couldn't put it down. I ended up staying up all night to read it. "
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    #18V for Vendetta

    V for Vendetta

    V for Vendetta is set in a totalitarian world, without freedom and identity. A defining work by author Alan Moore and illustrator David Llyod, it remains one of the highest achievements of comics or graphic novel today.

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    Stephanie Barnett
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I love V for Vendetta. I suggest everyone read and re-read this novel, V for Vendetta. I second that V for Vendetta is the best dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction book."
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    #19The Fireman: A Novel

    The Fireman: A Novel

    The Fireman is a post-apocalyptic horror novel written by Joe Hill. First published in 2016 by William Morrow under ISBN 0062200631, it won the Locus Award for Best Horror Novel.

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    Danielle Chen
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This post-apocalyptic novel takes a different approach than most which is why it is so interesting. It tells the story of a self combustion epidemic. I love the twist and different approach to a story setting that has been used many times."
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    #20Warday

    Warday
    Warday is a post-apocalyptic suspense novel written by James Kunetka and Whitley Strieber. Set in 1988, five years after the first nuclear war, it tells the story of two survivors as they travel across America.
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    Maria Garrett
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "I read this book around 1991 and I have been trying to find it again for years. I couldn't remember the name or author but the story has always stayed with me. There aren't many books these days that can grip a person for long."
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    #21Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse

    Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse

    Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse is an apocalytic thriller written by James Wesley Rawles. First published in 2012, the book focuses on survival in the United States after the country suffers from an economic crash.

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    José Antonio Áviles
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is a post apocalyptic thriller. It is not particularly well known but it has a few good reviews. Some users would be satisfied by this."
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    #22Angel Exterminatus (Horus Heresy)

    Angel Exterminatus (Horus Heresy)
    Angel Exterminatus is the 23rd book in the famous dystopian science fiction series, Horus Heresy. It was written by Graham McNeill and was published in November 2012. It is about Perturabo and his attempt to outshine his primarch brothers.
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    Jason Guzman
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Iron warriors and heresy are two of my favorite things. Now they were smashed together in this book which took me on an unexpected journey. I loved the visual imaging and Grahm Mcneil is one of my favorite authors so this one definitely was appreciated. I look forward to reading more from him in the future all about warriors and siege missions! "
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    #23The Water Knife

    The Water Knife

    The Water Knife is a science fiction novel written by Paolo Bacigalupi which follows the adventure of Angel, Lucy, and Maria as their time runs out to survive with each other's help. 

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    Timothy Obrien
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The Water Knife is a great novel that details an adventure with several cooperating protagonists. A must for anyone into post apocalyptic fiction."
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    #24The Penultimate Truth

    The Penultimate Truth
    Published in 1964, this book is set in a post-war scenario, where humanity is forced to live in underground shelters where the opposing superpowers fight each other on the surface. This is all a lie, as the war had ended many years ago and humanity was being used to make the Yance-men even richer. 




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    Wayne Jones
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "GOOD"
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    #25Life Within Parole (Vol. 1)

    Life Within Parole (Vol. 1)
    Life Within Parole is the first volume of the collection of short dystopic science fiction written by RoAnna Sylver. It was released in November 11, 2016. It has 11 short stories set in the fictional universe Chameleon Moon.
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    Joan Pierce
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "The cover artwork drew me in, and thankfully the stories themselves lives up to that. The writing really give you a sense of what it's like to live there. Overall a very fun, engaging read. "
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    #26Redeemer (Enslaved #3)

    Redeemer (Enslaved #3)

    Redeemer is a dystopian novel written by Katie Clark. First published in 2014 by Pelican Book Group under ISBN: 1611164168, it is the third book in the Enslaved book series.

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    Ashley Fields
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Redeemer does a great job of creating a dark atmosphere. While reading the book can be a bit soul-crushing, I think it raises important questions about society. The author includes a lot of plot and character details that make you reflect on dystopian elements of our society that already exist."
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    #27The Vanishings: Four Kids Face Earth's Last Days Together

    The Vanishings: Four Kids Face Earth's Last Days Together

    The Vanishings: Four Kids Face Earth's Last Days Together is a dystopian novel written by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye. First published in 1998 Tyndale House Publishers, it is the first book in the Left Behind: The Kids Series.

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    Roger Elliott
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The Vanishings: Four Kids Face Earth's Last Days Together is the first book in the Left Behind: The Kids Series. This book tells the story of the rapture as seen by four kids who have been left on earth to face the consequences."
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    #28Revolutionary (Anomaly Book 3)

    Revolutionary (Anomaly Book 3)

    Revolutionary is a dystopian novel written by Krista McGee. First published in 2014 by Thomas Nelson under ISBN: 1401688764, it is the third book in the Anomaly book series.

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    #29Luminary (Anomaly Book 2)

    Luminary (Anomaly Book 2)

    Luminary is a dystopian novel written by Krista McGee. First published in 2014 by Thomas Nelson under ISBN: 1401688748, it is the second book in the Anomaly book series.

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    Harry Chapman
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is an amazing story! Recommened to YA lovers! Very compelling!"
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    #30Origamy

    Origamy

    Origamy is a science fiction novel written by Rachel Armstrong. Origamy was first published in 2018 by NewCon Press under ISBN 1910935786. It centers on Mobius, a human with the ability to travel through spacetime.

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    #31A Time to Rise (Out of Time Book 3)

    A Time to Rise (Out of Time Book 3)

    A Time to Rise is a dystopian novel written by Nadine Brandes. First published in 2016 by Enclave Publishing under ISBN: 1683700465, it is the third book in the Out of Time book series.

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    David Holland
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Decent offering, but this is a book geared for Christians and teenagers, of which i am neither. The book itself isn't the strongest in the series but it is passable. The characters are likeable and the plot is ok, but i was looking for something geared towards adults without the religion. "
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    #32Fiskadoro

    Fiskadoro

    Fiskadoro is classic science fiction novel written by Denis Johnson which is about the post-nuclear story set in Key West about people trying to live in their new world.

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    Albert Bishop
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I like this solution a lot. In one sentence you are given the full story line of the book as well as the fact that this book is a classic. A+"
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    #33The Primarchs (Horus Heresy)

    The Primarchs (Horus Heresy)

    The Primarchs is the 20th book in the famous dystopian science fiction series, Horus Heresy. It was written by Christian Dunn and published in May 2012. It is about four warriors and their impact on the civil war in Imperium.

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    Harry Lin
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "This book is great for children and adults of all ages. I originally purchased it for myself but through time my son has decided to read it and loves it."
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    #34Battle for the Abyss (The Horus Heresy)

    Battle for the Abyss (The Horus Heresy)
    Battle for the Abyss is the 8th book in the famous dystopian science fiction series, Horus Heresy. It was written by Ben Counter and was published in August 2008. It is about Horus' plans to wipe out his enemies, the Ultramarines.
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    Russell Porter
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Not the best, and this book is a spitting image of the first few. Not really recommended. "
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    #35The Late Great Human Road Show

    The Late Great Human Road Show

    The Late Great Human Road Show is a mature and dystopic novel for young adults and adults written by Paulette Jiles. It was first released in 1986. It is set in a post-nuclear-explosion Toronto.

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    Andrew Walters
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This book is set in a future dystopic Toronto. I like the author but this is one of the worst books I have ever read. Only the title name is interesting."
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    #36The Judas Syndrome

    The Judas Syndrome
    The Judas Syndrome is a post-apocalyptic novel by Michael Poeltl. It is the first book in the series of the same name, and it tells the story of Joel and his friends as they try to rely on each other for survival.
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    Martha Reid
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "If you like dystopian fiction you have to read The Judas Syndrome if you have not already. This is the first book in a series by Michael Poelti and it is a great friendship and struggle for survival tale. "
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    #37Renegades

    Renegades

    Renegades is a dystopian romantic thriller novel for young adults written by famous author Marissa Meyer. It was released in November 2017 and has become a New York Times Bestseller and one of the Winter Kids' Indie List selection.

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    Jerry Richards
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Renegade is a dark, fast paced tale that left me on the edge of my seat. The ending was the best part and it sucks that I have to wait an entire year to read the next installment :("
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    #38The V Girl

    The V Girl
    Set in a post-apocalyptic America, this book narrates the story of Lila Velez, a young girl desperate to lose her virginity to whoever she wishes. She is afraid the enemy troops will visit her village and take her with no consequences, as sexual slavery is not forbidden. Despite not quite trusting him, she falls for Aleksey Fürst, a foreign man who turns to be very possessive and jealous.


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    #39Runebinder

    Runebinder

    Runebinder is the first book in Alex R. Kahler's dystopic fantasy two-book series for young adults, Runebinder Chronicles. It was originally released in November 2017. It is about a teenager trying to save the world from further destruction using magic.

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    Daisy Wu
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Runebinder is a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining book. It is meant for young adults, but any adult who enjoys this genre will enjoy this book and want to read the sequel. I enjoyed seeing the teenager as the main character being pro-active to save the world. I admit I sometimes see young people as lazy, but this teenage character showed me that young people can step up and take action."

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Best What are the best dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1V for VendettaMovies 32 Paid
2The Hunger GamesBooks 29 Paid
3The City of Ember (Book of Ember)Books 26 Paid
4WatchmenMovies 24 Paid
5Ready Player OneBooks 23 Paid
6LegendMovies 21 Paid
7Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy)Books 19 Paid
8Never Let Me GoBooks 18 Paid
9Slaughterhouse-FiveBooks 15 Paid
10MatchedBooks 13 Paid
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