What are the best utopian and dystopian fiction books?

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    #1Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)

    Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)
    There is civil unrest in the districts, and the Capitol is getting tired of quelling these disturbances. In Catching Fire, the Capitol sends a chilling message to the districts to remind them of who is really in charge.
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    Steven Wheeler
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Catching Fire is a great book almost anyone can relate to. I got it as a gift after seeing The Hunger Games movie. Very strong characters anyone can relate to. A fun read. "
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    #2The Outcast Dead (Horus Heresy)

    The Outcast Dead (Horus Heresy)

    The Outcast Dead is the 17th book in the famous dystopic science fiction series, Horus Heresy. This young adult book was written by Graham McNeill and was published in November 2011. It is about Kai Zulane and his battle for survival.

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    Ronald Butler
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "The Horus Heresy series is one of the most popular science fiction series available. There's also other many other books to support this one so it has a high recommendation for anyone that loves this genre. It follows what happened on Holy Terra during the Heresy."
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    #3Battle 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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    Ankita Sengupta
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "The story wasn't that good. I was expecting better. I think the other is running out of ideas, because I enjoyed the previous books much more. "
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    #4Pandemonium (Delirium)

    Pandemonium (Delirium)

    Pandemonium, the second book in Lauren Oliver's Delirium trilogy, is centered on Lena and her adventures in the Wilds, or the area outside the walls where she was raised in. Alone in the strange lands, Lena learned something she never thought she would know.

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    #5The 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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    Raymond Willis
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "If you like utopian and dystopian books but haven't read this you should stop what you are doing and read this. It isn't the best of the genre but it is really close to being the best."
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    #6The 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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    Johnny Foster
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I am familiar with this book and I am surptise it was only four of 5 but i think that was because of dark subject,. I would give it a top rating"
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    #7Uglies (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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    Christina Lane
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Well written book concerning conspiracies that accompany children aging towards adult"
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    #8Graceling (Graceling Realm)

    Graceling (Graceling Realm)
    Graceling is a book by Kristin Cashore that tells a story about Katsa. She is smart and beautiful who lives in the Seven Kingdoms where people are born with Grace. She was blessed with killing grace but thing changed when she met Po.
     
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    Justin Johnson
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I love to read utopian and dystopian fiction books. I just find them so fascinating. I found out about Graceling (Graceling Realm) from a friend. It's a book by Kristin Cashore that is about a girl named Katsa. She lives int he Seven Kingdoms, which is where people are born with Grace. I love the characters and the story is amazing. It's my favorite book right now. Check it out!"
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    #9The Time Machine

    The Time Machine
    One classic novel and one of the first books of taking time travel and Victorian technology as a thematic instalment. H.G. Wells tells the story of a man that creates a time machine and travels to the future where the world is divided into two different races, the Eloi and the Morlocks.
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    Jordan Elliott
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "Want to read some Science FIction? Why not start at the beginning with this H.G. Wells classic. You get some social commentary as well as your "timey-winey" stuff as well. This book has held up well over all these years since 1895."
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    #10The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid's Tale is an original Hulu series based on the novel by Margaret Atwood. The story is set in the near future where America is under a theocratic rule that forces fertile women to be impregnated by men from wealthy families. 

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    Harold Olson
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The Handaid's tale is one of the best books in the dystopian fiction genre. It's a classic, and when you read it, it has echos of things that could happen even today. It throws you right into the world leaving you to figure out what's going on piece by piece."
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    #11Brave 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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    Raquel Andrade
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "If you love dystopian books this one is a must read! It's a classic for a reason. I really enjoyed it and I would recommend it to everyone who hasn't read it yet. It really makes you think about the world we live in. "
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    #121984

    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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    Omar Granados
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "1984 is a book that I have enjoyed very much over the years. It gives you a different perspective on life and really makes you wonder."
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    #13Mockingjay (The Hunger Games)

    Mockingjay (The Hunger Games)

    Mockingjay is the third installment in The Hunger Games Trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. It is the final chapter of Katniss Everdeen in her revolution against the capitol as she serves to be the rebels' Mockingjay.

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    Stephanie Hopkins
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Mockingjay is the third book in Th Hunger Game series and in a market that is flooded with YA dystopian series this the best of all them to me. I like the strength of the female lead and the world Suzanne Collins created with it's strict hierarchical classes. I highly recommend this book. "
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    #14Divergent

    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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    Russell Davis
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Divergent is a great book from the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. It's story line revolves around Beatrice Prior who has reached an age where she must choose one of five factions to devote her life"
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    #15Allegiant (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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    Guillermina Solís
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "I was so excited to get this book to read. The other two of the trilogy were so great that I read them twice waiting for this one to come out. I was disappointed with the ending of this one but I was glad that I read it. It definitely should be rated the best utopian and dystopian fiction book."
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    #16Runebinder

    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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    Zhao Tang
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Runebinder by Alex R. Kahler is a great book if you are into reading fiction books involving magic. Each chapter leaves you wanting to read more. It definitely keeps you hooked on the storyline. "
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    #17Angel 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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    Stephanie Hopkins
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "Based upon the the summary and reviews given for Angel Exterminatus, this is a great solution for the topic of best utopian and dystopian fiction books."
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    #18Soft Apocalypse

    Soft Apocalypse

    Soft Apocalypse is an apocalytic thriller written by Will McIntosh. First published in 2011, the book focuses on social structures and heirerchay after the world order crumbles.

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    Sara Harvey
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Very interesting read. This is so far pretty good. I haven't finished reading it yet but when i do i'll update my review. I mean it's not a show stopper. I'm able to put it down but eh, it's interesting enough to read while i sit in line to pick my kid up from school."
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    #19The 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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    Thomas Elliott
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "The influence of the late Philip K. Dick on science fiction writing cannot be understated. His writing paint bleak, increasingly intricate portraits of a world gone awry. The Penultimate Truth is a devastating look into a post-nuclear war Earth, with startling relevance to our mass and social media dominated climate. "
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    #20The 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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    Ananya Kapur
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The Vanishings: Four Kids Face Earth's Last Days Together is one of those books that just stays with you. I read this book from the groundbreaking dystopian series by borrowing it from a friend while attending middle school. The series actually started me on an interest in the genre that is still strong with me today."
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    #21Artemis Awakening

    Artemis Awakening

    Artemis Awakening is the first book in New York Times bestseller Jane Lindskold's futuristic utopian series for young adults, the Artemis Awakening. It was released in June 2014. It is about a planet created by humans.

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    Danielle Stanley
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is diffidently a good book for utopian and dystopian fiction. Artemis Awakening is an enjoyable easy read. The plot is well put together but somewhat predictable. "
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    #22Revolutionary (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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    Rakesh Sarin
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This is a quick read for tweens who need to fulfill their need for the series. It is an OK story, but like many tween books, the dystopian society is the function of a more common story, unlike traditional sci-fi where the setting is the analogy. Here it is a set piece."
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    #23The 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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    Edgar Guillén
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This is a great book. It's very entertaining, although it has a somewhat pessimistic and even cynical outlook on the future of the human race. The characters are all very well-rounded and interested, and the plot is easy to follow, if not a bit slow-paced in some instances. I really enjoyed the time I spent reading it."
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    #24Origamy

    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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    Ai Yu
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I love dystopian stories like Brave New World and 1984. I was so happy to stumble onto Origamy, finally a new science fiction I can get deep into."
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    #25A 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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    Larry Payne
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This book is a strong finish to an excellent trilogy. Highly recommend."
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    #26A Better World (The Brilliance Trilogy)

    A Better World (The Brilliance Trilogy)

    A Better World is the second novel from Marcus Sakey's The Brilliance Trilogy. It is about Nick Cooper, a father, an advisor to the President and a brilliant, who will do anything to make the world a better place for his children. 

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    Rosa María Villalobos
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "In the way to study or go to work, run to a bookstore familiar, the boss pulled out a book to set aside for himself, the feeling should be extremely interested. Obviously the book trade, sometimes not only the price, but also the behavior of the buyer, the seller of the book. Buying books in the form of individual choice of each person, I still go to bookstores and still book online for more convenient, and preferential mode is sometimes higher. But do not rush to buy books online is "dry khan", in fact there are sites that sell books with humor. Read foreign language books to be sure strange with Better World Books - a site specializing in selling old books at affordable prices, I am a regular customer of this site. One day I noticed that most of the books here were donated by large libraries, which were not only sold for profit, but also for raising money (both books and money) for poor children. Previously, inadvertently the book I was looking for was a book that was part of the website's fondness for scholarship program, immediately after payment, a confirmation letter was sent to my email, not only with the content. money order, shipping address or a simple thank you note. Better World Books left a self-made book, I quote a paragraph here:"
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    #27Floodland

    Floodland

    Floodland is a standalone young adult dystopian novel written by Marcus Sedgwick which follows 10-year-old Zoe Black who was accidentally left behind on Norwich when her parents escaped the rising sea level in the city. 

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    Sharon Johnson
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "This is a great novel. It was one of those books that you don't want to put down because you want to see what happens next. I actually finished it in 2 days."
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    #28Lost in Arcadia

    Lost in Arcadia

    Lost in Arcadia by Sean Gandert is a dystopian literary fiction novel originally published in July 2017. This book follows the story of American fast forward to the year 2037 where people are obsessed to Arcadia.

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    Gerald Perry
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I love reading utopian books. I also love the dystopian novels that are out there too. Lost in Arcadia was a great novel. Recently written, it remains relevant to the time frames of today while still taking place in 2037. Very informative and makes alot of sense from the perspectives it has."
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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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Best What are the best utopian and dystopian fiction books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)Books 44 Paid
2The Outcast Dead (Horus Heresy)Books 34 Paid
3Battle for the Abyss (The Horus Heresy)Books 30 Paid
4Pandemonium (Delirium)Books 27 Paid
5The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner)Books 26 Paid
6The RoadBooks 24 Paid
7Uglies (Uglies)Books 21 Paid
8Graceling (Graceling Realm) Books 17 Paid
9The Time MachineBooks 15 Paid
10The Handmaid's TaleTV Shows 13 Paid
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