These suggestions of other dystopian fiction. Each book offers a different post-apocalyptic style world where survival isn’t always an option. You can also check out the Dystopian suggestions on Goodreads. If you liked is a series I hope to uses as a way to recommend books based on your reading.
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, book 1 in the Chaos Walking series.
Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.
But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?
Ender’s Game By Orson Scott Card, book one in the Ender Quintet.
Andrew “Ender” Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. The result of genetic experimentation, Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an alien enemy seeking to destroy all human life. The only way to find out is to throw Ender into ever harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when it begins. He will grow up fast.
Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill
Girl, known as ‘eves’, are genetically created in The School and trained from the ages 4-16 on how to fulfil one of three roles. The first being a companion, up to three eves are made for every boy born in the same year, they will then choose their preferred eve to become their wife. Secondly, a concubine, which to the best of my knowledge is a renaming of prostitution – almost all eves who aren’t selected as companions become a concubine unless they show an aptitude for the third possibility. Chastities teach the young eves all they need to know about the first two options. Eves physical appearances are under the strictest of scrutiny and they are constantly being fed SleepSound and kcal blockers.
Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
Koushun Takami’s notorious high-octane thriller is based on an irresistible premise: a class of junior high school students is taken to a deserted island where, as part of a ruthless authoritarian program, they are provided arms and forced to kill one another until only one survivor is left standing. Criticized as violent exploitation when first published in Japan – where it then proceeded to become a runaway bestseller – Battle Royale is a Lord of the Flies for the 21st century, a potent allegory of what it means to be young and (barely) alive in a dog-eat-dog world. Made into a controversial hit movie of the same name, Battle Royale is already a contemporary Japanese pulp classic.
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Tally Youngblood is about to turn sixteen, and with that, she’s about to become “pretty”. Doctors will perform an operation ridding her of any childhood scars and changing her physical appearance almost completely. Tally can’t wait to turn pretty and join her friend Peris and her parents. She wants to party like a New Pretty. But she has a couple of months yet to wait. And in waiting, she becomes friends with Shay, who isn’t sure if she wants to become pretty and questions the ethics and morals of the pretty world. Tally is distraught when Shay runs away and she is told that if she doesn’t find her and come back then she will never be pretty.
1984 by George Orwell
The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell’s prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of “negative utopia” -a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny the novel’s hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions -a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd
A frightening and powerful tale of the loss of freedom and identity in a chillingly believable totalitarian world, V for Vendetta stands as one of the highest achievements of the comics medium and a defining work for creators Alan Moore and David Lloyd.