What are the best Dystopian fiction of all time?

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    #1The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games is set in a dystopic future where the Capitol rules the land and forces people to fight to the death for a supply of food. The trilogy depicts Katniss' experience and how the districts try to fight back against the Capitol. 


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    Denise Moore
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Awesome books, if you are fan of the hunger games you will enjoy them. Not that expensive, lots of good reviews and not that expensive. Good product. "
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    1984 is a dystopian novel by George Orwell that tells the story of Winston Smith, who lives under the rule of the tyrannical government ruled by the omnipresent Big Brother. It is a bleak portrayal of how society might become in the future.

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    Arjun Chattopadhyay
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Orwell is a classic writer and has written some of the best dystopian style books in existence. I was looking for a gateway to this genre and this delivered. There is nothing to be said that hasn't been said already about Orwell's works. A true masterpiece. "
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    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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    Janice Stevens
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I had just finished reading the Hunger Games series and was looking for a new series to pick up. I am glad I found this one. Divergent is a hard one to put down! The characters pull you in from the first chapter, and the story line has so many twists and turns you will want to read the book twice to see if you missed anything. I can't wait to move on to the next one. "
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    #4Brave New World

    Brave New World

    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is a utopian and dystopian fiction novel published in 1932. This book follows Bernard Marx living a perfect life in a scientifically engineered society until he visited one of the remaining old reservoirs.


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    Carolyn Mason
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Brave New World by Aldous Huxley as a suggestion has an interesting cover and seem to match my search criteria for the best Dystopian fiction of all time. I thas over 2000 reviews with a 4-star rating and several purchase options. I would be interested in purchasing this book."
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    #5Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel wherein a totalitarian regime has ordered the burning of books in order to suppress the spread of subversive ideas. It preaches about the power and role of knowledge to see beyond the surface.


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    Raymond Cole
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I read this book years ago because I was a fan of the show Ray Bradbury Theater, and this one was recommended to me by a friend. I thought the premise was interesting enough, so I gave it a go. As it turned out, I really was not a fan of Mr. Bradbury's writing style. I actually found this kind of boring, and I found the dialogue to be drab, and unrealistic. Not something I would recommend. "
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    #6Animal 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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    Mary Du
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I find this book to be a classic in the dystopian genre. I remember reading it in school and decided to get it again so I could give it another read. It still rings true today as it did when I was a kid. "
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    #7Insurgent (Divergent)

    Insurgent (Divergent)

    Insurgent is the second book in Veronica Roth's hit young adult series Divergent. It is about a girl named Tris and her journey to uncover the history of her world. 


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    Melissa Guzman
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "If you have watched the movies and enjoyed them then you'll want to read the books. Insurgent is the second book in the Divergent series. It does not disappoint. So much better than the movie and so much more detail. All ages will enjoy the book. You'll probably want read the whole series so buy the set from the beginning. "
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    #8The Giver

    The Giver

    The Giver is a book by Lois Lowry that tells the story of Jonas, a boy who lives in a very structured society where everyone has a role. He will soon discover what his role is meant to be, and it will change his life.


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    Gregory Ford
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This is a must read. I read it in school and thought it was really well done. If you like dystopian fiction you need to check this out. "
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    #9Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)

    Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
    Ender's Game is the first book in The Ender Quintet series by Orson Scott Card which has won the Hugo and Nebula awards. This science fiction novel centers on Ender being trained in military and combat to prepare against an alien attack. 

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    Andrew Chapman
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I read Ender's Game on the recommendation of a friend. I was really drawn into the world that Orson Scott Card authored. When you are fully able to grasp what is happening and the circumstances, you will fully comprehend just how dystopian the world that Ender lives in is. This is a seminal work in sci-fi, and a great read."
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    #10The 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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    Alan Grant
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The Maze Runner series is a continuing popular set following the exploits of the characters. They go through the maze until they find out they were put there and then have to overcome the reason they were. "
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    #11The 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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    Víctor Hugo Navarrete
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This is a decent book and is Dystopian. However, I think the Hunger Games is the best of all time. This is because Katniss is one of the best characters ever."
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    #12Never 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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    Angel Pillai
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Never Let Me Go is a strange book, it has dark themes. I didn't really love the writing style. I found the story plot to be really good and thats why I bought it. This book will make you want to read the whole thing from curiosity about the ending, but it won't keep you riveted to your seat"
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    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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    Arthur Knight
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The best Dystopian fiction of all time is Matched by Ally Condie. The story focuses on a regimented society where all important life decisions such as your lover, work and date of death are all decided for you. When Cassia is matched with her lover, for a brief moment another face is shown to her and that's all that is needed to cause her to doubt and question everything about her life and society."
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    Redshirts by John Scalzi is a comic science fiction novel published in 2012. This book follows the story of Andrew Dahl and his exciting and life-threatening Away Missions for the Universal Union Capital Ship, Intrepid. 


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    Mildred Graham
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "As I had read Old Man's War, I was especially looking forward to reading this book, as it is based on a theme that was deeply personal to me. Unfortunately, I found that the book was too easy to read and, at times, the story was rather difficult to follow. It reminded me of a very poorly written version of Star Trek John Scalzi has written many great books, but unfortunately, this book left very little to be desired. "
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    #15Angel 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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    Ralph Chapman
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "This is a highly rated and highly engaging dystopian fiction book, with well developed characters and plot. This series is highly recommended; however this is the 23rd book in a fiction series and would be extremely difficult to understand without first having read the earlier books. While the series itself is one of the best series, this book should not be recommended as a standalone book as it is extremely far into the series and requires an understanding of the first books in order to be fully appreciated."
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    #16Battle 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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    Nicole Dixon
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "This book will not disappoint! I was on the edge of my seat reading and wondering if goodness would prevail and that the Ultramarines would be defeated. If you like sci-fi then you will really like this book."
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    #17The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect

    The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect

    The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect is a standalone science fiction novel written by Roger Williams which centers on Lawrence who builds an artificial intelligence which passed as a god.


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    Aaradhya Mukopadhyay
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Unable to put it down!!! This book had me hooked so early on. I stayed up way past my bedtime several nights in a row just to keep reading! LOVED IT"
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    #18Survivors: 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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    Paul Kelly
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse is a thriller book that is very well written. It touches upon a familiar topic in the entertainment industry and really gets you thinking. The dystopian vibe and engaging story really pull you into the very end!"
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    #19The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth)

    The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth)
    The Fifth Season is the first book in the science fiction series The Broken Earth written by N.K. Jemisin which centers on Essun trying to save her daughter after her husband has kidnapped their daughter and brutally murdered their son. 

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    Teresa Turner
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I wanted the best dystopian fiction of all time. My search led to The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth), and the N.K. Jemisin series was a great find and a great series dealing with some suspense elements and a good backstory."
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    #20Age of Aztec (Pantheon)

    Age of Aztec (Pantheon)

    Age of Aztec is the fourth book in James Lovegrove's thrilling dystopic science fiction series for young adults, the Pantheon series. It was released in 2012.


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    Judith Harper
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This book has it all. There are uprisings. There are missions. There is personal growth of the characters that you want them to succeed. It is a book that takes the reader by the hand and draws them into this fantasy world where there is this impending doom and it must be fought against. The book is rich with imagery and word play. It is something that transports you to another time and place. You can't help but feel the characters are real and you are invested in the story. I was impressed with the way the author created this unique world and all its inhabitants. "
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    #21Forget Tomorrow

    Forget Tomorrow

    Forget Tomorrow is the first book in the science fiction series Forget Tomorrow written by Pintip Dunn which centers on Callie who sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister on a vision she saw in her 17th birthday. 


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    Billy Patterson
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Sorry, but this junk comes nowhere near classics in terms of dystopian fiction. Books such as the original Mad Max, Warhammer 40k novels and Dune all come off as far superior in nearly every single way. Even C tier garbage such as the walking dead is overall better. Avoid like the zombie plague."
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    #22Strength of Stones

    Strength of Stones
    Strength of Stones is a science fiction book written by Greg Bear published on October 1, 2002 by iBooks. The story is set in a theocratic world in the future. It follows the story of the only woman who is the only one allowed to live in a city.

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    Richard Bates
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Really something different, with a unique spin on contemporary ideals and beliefs. Kept me interested for the most part and offered a somewhat unexpected ending. I mostly found it to be a good early morning distraction, when I find that I wake up a little earlier than usual. "
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    #23Shining in Crimson (Empire of Blood)

    Shining in Crimson (Empire of Blood)

    Shining in Crimson is a paranormal fantasy book written by Robert S. Wilson. Shining in Crimson was published on October 2, 2011. This is the first book in the Empire of Blood Series.

    Amy Hayes
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Shining in Crimson is an excellent new take on the old tired genre of vampire novels. It's not your "sparkly" teen vampires. It's intriguing and keeps you interested. "
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    #24City of Stairs (The Divine Cities)

    City of Stairs (The Divine Cities)

    City of Stairs is the first book in the dystopic science fiction, and fantasy series for young adults, the Divine Cities. It was written by Robert Jackson Bennett and was first released in October 2014.


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    Ashley Ellis
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Great book, it's very descriptive, and detailed which helps you feel like you apart of this dark, scary, dystopian world. Thy author even has Gods, and mythologies, and a deep history involved in this new world. My only issue is the fact that there's no love story in-twined in it all."
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    #25Release (Davlova)

    Release (Davlova)
    Release (Davlova)is a man to man science fiction book that is set in dystopic and dark future written by A. M. Sexton and was published on June 24, 2014 by Marie Sexton. The story is set in Davlova, a poor city-state.

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    Kenneth Ramos
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Again had to run to google to figure out what dystopian meant. This book seems to hit that exact topic pretty straight on. I wish it went deeper into the description then just the fact the story is set in a "poor city""
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    #26Luminary (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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    Jonathan Walker
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Pretty interesting story and the characters are enthralling and capture you into their world. Superb writing style if you like the genre."
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    #27A 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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    Sarah Armstrong
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "A Time to Rise was a beautiful conclusion to the Out of Time series. A very engaging and thrilling book for Christians and non Christians alike. Fantastic dystopian tale. "
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    #28Liquid City

    Liquid City

    Liquid City is a dystopic, adventurous, fantasy, science fiction novel for young adults written by A.C. Buchanan. It was released in May 2015. It is about a human who was left on a strange planet and had to survive its metropolis.


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    Wang Ren
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "A great dystopian book about a lone human surviving under a alien city. "
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    #29The 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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    Brandon Lawrence
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I have never heard of this book, and it looks boring. I would never read it. "
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    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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    Olivia Wright
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This book makes me so happy. Being a woman who likes superheroes can be tough. Female superheroes are sexualized, and they often play second fiddle to male superheroes. Renegades shows that female superheroes can be powerful, important, and interesting."
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    #31Insignia (Insignia)

    Insignia (Insignia)


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    Phillip Dunn
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Insignia is an amazing read. Kincaid did an amazing job with the characters an you really get to know them in the book. I love books like this that can appeal to people my age(15) without using profane language or other inappropriate things many young adult books contain. A very we'll developed story. Worth the cost."
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    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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    Scott Hunt
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Runebinder is just another book with nothing special about it. Pointing it out as the best representative of the Dystopian genre is absurd and blasphemy! What about some classics? Maybe "Fahrenheit 451" or maybe "Nineteen Eighty-Four" or some other classics... What is Runebinder compared to those giants? Truly nothing. "


Best What are the best Dystopian fiction of all time
1The Hunger GamesBooks 25 Paid
21984Books 23 Paid
3DivergentBooks 22 Paid
4Brave New WorldBooks 20 Paid
5Fahrenheit 451Books 19 Paid
6Animal FarmBooks 18 Paid
7Insurgent (Divergent)Books 17 Paid
8The GiverBooks 17 Paid
9Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)Books 15 Paid
10The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner)Books 14 Paid

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