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Dystopian Literature

Dark potential is the hallmark of dystopian literature...a new world order, a dark and twisted utopia.  Explore the depths with this selection of classic and modern tales of repressive and strange societies that have gone terribly wrong.

Written in 1984, predating the internet, Gibson foresaw many technological possibilities that are now our reality!
Nineteen Eighty-Four
War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.
Brave New World
A world full of twins bred in tubes, trained to their station in life, and kept docile by drugs, Huxley's view of the future shocked the world when it was published in 1931.
Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451 (Ballantine Books, 1953) by Ray Bradbury is a dystopian novel that presents a future American society in which the masses are hedonistic and critical thought through reading is outlawed. Written in the early years of the
The Handmaid's Tale
Offred is a Handmaid in the new Republic of Gilead. She can recall her life before, but now is a child-bearing slave to the new upper class. Dark, serious, and yet not entirely without hope...
V For Vendetta
Now a famous film, "V for Vendetta" takes place in a totalitarian England following a world war that devastated society. A mysterious masked figure appears as an unlikely savior.
Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?
Loved as the film "Bladerunner," Philip K. Dick's was a Nebula Award Nominee (1969).
The Long Walk
Originally published under his pen name, Richard Bachman, The Long Walk is a very rough tale about young boys in a grueling competition. You get three warnings if you break the rules, and then YOU get broken.
Hunger Games - Audio
This wildly popular young adult series is being made into a movie as we speak (Dec 2011).