Top 10 Best Dystopian Novels

A dystopia is the polar opposite of a utopia; in other words, the worst society imaginable. Most dystopian novels serve as cautionary tales, warning humanity of the consequences of certain political or social actions.
The Top Ten
1 1984 (George Orwell) 1984 (George Orwell) Product Image

This book is a masterpiece and most definitely presents a chilling image of what the world could become, and is unfortunately on a path towards. Just look around. The indoctrination of our youth, the redefining of our language, and the presentation of contradictory ideas presented as one. All to confuse the citizens and make them subservient. Pair the alarmingly relevant message with great characters and a compelling plot, 1984 is undoubtedly one of the greatest classics of all time.

This book honestly predicted the future, in a way. Many of the things in this classic novel were predicted, and the messed-up world is really messed-up.

This book is so relevant, even today, that it never fails to scare me. If it were not for all the metaphors, which fit in their own far fetched and amazing way, this could be considered a non fiction book, an it deserves more than number one here... this book is just plain awesome.

I haven't read it yet, but I know enough about it to know that this book is a masterpiece of the dystopian genre. George Orwell was an absolute genius!

2 The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) Product Image

It definitely deserves first place. One of the greatest book series of all time. 1984 is a classic, but this beats it in practically every category (at least in my opinion)

Have not read a whole lot of dystopian, but this is my favorite so far, even my favorite book! I also love the giver. I haven't read maze runner or divergent but I want to read them next.

I also am going to read 1984 because it seems to be a favorite. But The Hunger Games, I will love forever.

Should be #1. Best book ever! So much tension and excitement. Katniss is an amazing character! Page turning and has unexpected twists. 5/5 stars.

Why do people hate young adult books so much? I'll admit some are bad but most are really good. Hunger games beats brave new world in every category.

3 Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) Product Image

This book is one of the greatest I've ever read. A well designed plot and so relevant in so many ways. I find it frightening how much this book mirrors the present, from the over-sexualization of society, to the superiority of one class just because they were born that way, to even everyone taking drugs(soma in the book). I think Brave New World is ingeniously written and definitely deserves to be read more.

How are The Hunger Games and Divergent ahead of this masterpeace? Brave New World is a novel where everyone is treated like a machine. Divergent is sort of like The Hunger Games and Brave New World in a way, so for older fans of Divergent, I think you should try checking out Brave New World.

I just finished reading it, and it is excellent. Very unsettling how a book written in the 30's can somewhat depict today's society.

Seriously the best dystopian novel ever. These preteen dystopias are all about love. The classics such as Brave New World, 1984, Fahrenheit 451 and We actually mean something. they have a message. I STRONGLY recommend anyone who thinks The Hunger Games and Divergent are true dystopian to give these a try.

4 Divergent (Veronica Roth) Divergent (Veronica Roth) Product Image

I feel like not enough people know this book. Its amazing with great views on the human race! I wanted to be the factions fo halloween with my friends, and they asked, Whats that?…. Excuse me *screams into pillow

What? Just because the Hunger Games is more popular doesn't mean it's better! I LOVED Divergent. I needed to lie on my bed to recover after reading book three. A word of advice, Veronica. Don't kill off characters. Oh. And Battle Royale was so alike the hunger games that I'm surprised its not above HG.

Divergent is far more interesting than the hunger games and it has one of the most realistic and well-built love stories. Very inspirational, and there is so much to take away from this wonderful book.

The book is a great read. Awesome characters, a promising concept, a unique setting and a general air of mystery to it. Too bad the sequel was one of the worst books I have ever read in my life.

5 Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury) Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury) Product Image

To me, since I only read Fahrenheit 451 and 1984, it was a toss up between the two books. I like how 1984 conveys fear about totalitarianism but I think I have to give my award to Fahrenheit 45. Fahrenheit 451 has an interesting and creative setting where books are illegal and firefighters only burn down books. I love every event of the story: the beginning, the middle, and even the end. I love how analytical Ray Bradbury is about how people behave if they only rely on technology and never on books. The dystopian future is what inspired me to read this book. I wouldn't imagine a world without books until Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. 1984 is a more scary concept in my opinion, but I think I would prefer reading a book about books and why they are important to society.

Are you kidding me? This novel deals with the concept of censorship. This novel is probably one of the best I've ever read.

Love this book. The story is great and the writing keeps you in focus.

6 The Giver (Lois Lowry) The Giver (Lois Lowry) Product Image

So beautifully written. I love all the places, so different almost like other worlds. I read the first book when I was really young (like 7 or 8) and I didn't know about the other books. They are strung together so well, and each place has its own traditions. 10/10 recommend.

The Giver is so awesome. It talks about pain, seeing the world differently, memories, and is so good. A little boring at parts, but it's totally worth it overall. The sequels are amazing too.

I read this when I was in middle school for a report and was very, very pleasantly surprised. The storyline and premises are very intersting and original. It is written for children but still sparks interest. An amazing book overall, its simplicity and shortness make it even more haunting.

Every student should read this book in class. It really makes you wonder how if the world was different you wouldn't realize it, and would instead be likely to embrace that worldview instead. Basically, makes you question authority and "truth".

7 The Maze Runner (Wes Ball) The Maze Runner (Wes Ball) Product Image

One of the comments under "A Handmaid's Tale" says that there are some decent new dystopian novels. Well, this is one of them, and I think it's even listed. Worth your time much more than Divergent, and at least it has a believable concept. Read it!

I don't know why it's so underrated. It's an amazing book! The story is planned and keeps the reader glued! One of the best books!

Feels like you are a journey with the characters. Amazing book. Must read.

Best dystopia ever!

8 A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess) A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess) Product Image

This is the greatest novel/movie in my opinion. Nothing can beat the classic and very well written "A Clockwork Orange."

9 Lord of the Flies (William Golding) Lord of the Flies (William Golding) Product Image

That one person who was going on a rant about how terrible this book is.
1. The writing style is old, because the book is old. It's a modern classic, so it's obviously going to be written that way.
2. Although the idea of boys being stranded on an island is fairly common, no former author had thought of their descent into savagery and the fact that they were fighting themselves, not pirates.
3. It's your opinion that the plot is boring, but it's original and the writing style is different.

Thank you and good night.

I love this book, but I have to give my vote to Battle Royale. Although this novel had excellent themes.

10 Gone (Michael Grant) Gone (Michael Grant) Product Image

Gripping SIX BOOKS. Would take people more than 3 months to finish but all worth it for this epic series with a plot twist around every corner of Perdido Beach.

The Contenders
11 V for Vendetta (Alan Moore) V for Vendetta (Alan Moore) Product Image
12 Among the Hidden (Margaret Peterson Haddix) Among the Hidden (Margaret Peterson Haddix) Product Image

Imagine a world where you can only have 2 kids. Some, though, break that rule and have more. These third children are hidden away, and will be taken from their families if they are discovered. Using this world, you either get a horrible, depressing novel or a work of art. This book is the latter. Go read it, it's really well written and it makes you think really hard.

13 Unwind (Neal Shusterman) Unwind (Neal Shusterman) Product Image

At first, I was uninterested, because I had better things to do with my life at the time. Or so I thought. That was back in sixth grade when my life was consumed by an iPad. When I decided to check it out again, last year, I liked it, to say the least. The characters are some of my favorites from any novels. Although there are some big jerks, but there are way more relatable characters. I actually was the guy who submitted Connor, Risa, and Lev to the "Best Book Characters" list, and several others. It's easily my favorite dystopian novel. I'm re-reading the series, and it's easily better than Divergent or even the Hunger Games.

This series deserves so much more love. I used to be a fan of The Hunger Games and I thought it was a good book. Oh boy, was I wrong. Unwind is a far better series. Sure not all the characters are likable *cough cough* I'm looking at you Starkey, but it honestly doesn't really matter.

These are the best books I've read so far. There are so many feels involved, and it also talks about a lot of topics which are discussed even today (abortion, organ trade...). I recommend.

I am not usually fan of YA books, bit this one is pretty interesting.

14 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Philip K. Dick) Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Philip K. Dick) Product Image
15 The Time Machine (H. G. Wells) The Time Machine (H. G. Wells) Product Image
16 Battle Royale (Koushun Takami) Battle Royale (Koushun Takami) Product Image

I am very ashamed to say that I once believed that the Hunger Games was a masterpiece. And then I read this. And then I read a plethora of other dystopian masterpieces, including The Running Man, Brave New World, 1984 (which were all incredible, by the way), and many, MANY more. The Hunger Games is preteen garbage! Believe me - I used to be a huge fan. But looking back, I feel stupid for ever liking it. It's just a bunch of crappy romance and poorly written characters. The environment was generic and the villain weak. Battle Royale on the other hand is incredibly written with VERY developed characters. In Hunger Games we don't learn anything about anyone except Katniss (who is a horrible character, by the way), so there's really no reason to feel bad for them when they meet their demises. Hell, some of them don't even get names. In Battle Royale, you feel bad when characters die because EVERYONE gets a detailed backstory (in case you aren't aware, THG and BR have pretty much the same ...more

It was hard between this and the hunger games. People always say they are so alike. I read both, and there really are so many differences. Both are great, both are 10/10 books, but this one beats it out a little more due to more action and thrill.

17 The Running Man (Stephen King) The Running Man (Stephen King) Product Image

Pretty much one of the best settings created by King.

18 The Testing (Joelle Charbonneau) The Testing (Joelle Charbonneau) Product Image

Major Hunger Games vibes, but it is an amazing book.

19 Gulliver's Travels (Jonathan Swift) Gulliver's Travels (Jonathan Swift) Product Image

This is a dystopia?

20 Incarceron (Catherine Fisher) Incarceron (Catherine Fisher) Product Image

Incarceron and Sapphique are kind of borderline for dystopian novels. Yes, they're dystopian, but they also have elements of fantasy. It's interesting, and Catherine Fisher is highly underrated, but can't beat Unwind. Nonetheless, it's very interesting and I would encourage you to read it.

21 We (Yevgeny Zamyatin) We (Yevgeny Zamyatin) Product Image

This is the grandfather of all dystopias.

22 Legend (Marie Lu) Legend (Marie Lu) Product Image

What the heck how is this number 21 this as good as the hunger games.
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23 Delirium (Lauren Oliver) Delirium (Lauren Oliver) Product Image

This is the best book for me. Divergent comes next, then Hunger games.

Best series I have read since The Hunger Games.

It's everything in one

24 The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood) The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood) Product Image

The amount of ridiculous dystopias on here is unreal. Matched, Divergent, Delirium? Really? There are some decent new dystopias, like The Hunger Games and Maze Runner, but still. Why is this list dominated by dystopian novels no one over the age of 13 would enjoy?

25 Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka) Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka) Product Image
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