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Dystopian and Apocalyptic Literature

Description: This is an all-inclusive list of dystopian literature, which includes apocalyptic literature, for the purposes of this list. Feel free to vote up your recommendations and thumbs down books that are not worth reading. Add anything that's missing, but please do not remove books from the list.

Note: I have mostly kept children's/YA dystopia OFF this list. Check here for a separate list: http://www.librarything.com/list/9602/all/Childrens-and-YA-Dystopias#

Members: 42 participating members (show all)

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35,276 members, 682 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

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sturlington (16): Futuristic philosophical dystopia. Loss of freedom of speech, mass consumerism, totalitarianism and extreme censorship. Required reading. Completed.

2
25,716 members, 662 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

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sturlington (35): Classic feminist dystopia. Totalitarianism, infertility, theocracy. Required reading.

3
56,662 members, 891 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

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sturlington (12): Classic political dystopia. Mass surveillance, propaganda, historical deletion, mind control, and extreme totalitarianism. Required reading.

4
40,501 members, 593 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

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sturlington (1): Political/satirical allegory with animal characters. Propaganda and totalitarianism. Required reading.

5
37,931 members, 504 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

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sturlington (11): Classic dystopia and counterpoint to 1984. Genetic engineering, mass consumerism, mind control, totalitarianism. Required reading.

6
34,279 members, 536 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

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sturlington (2): Allegorical dystopia. Castaway boys on an uninhabited island regress to savagery.

7
25,286 members, 1,211 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

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sturlington (66): Post-apocalyptic. A man and his son wander through a desolated landscape of ashes, eking out their survival from the little that's left remaining, while trying to get... well, nowhere in particular, really.… (more)

8
30,230 members, 846 reviews
4.34 stars (4.34 stars)

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Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): Homophobic and misogynistic.

sturlington (126): Futuristic military SF with dystopian themes. Child soldiers versus aliens. First in a series.

9
25,770 members, 1,265 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

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sturlington (49): Classic example of a children's dystopia, one of the few on this list.

10
12,585 members, 394 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

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sturlington (62): Futuristic biopunk dystopia leading to an apocalypse. First of a trilogy.

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12,439 members, 325 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

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sturlington (28): Philosophical futuristic dystopia. Environmental degradation, androids, existentialism.

12
8,163 members, 227 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

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Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): I've tried to read this several times and just can't get past the monk wandering around in the desert digging holes. *yawn*

sturlington (21): Post-apocalyptic theological novel. Six hundred years after the Simplification -- total nuclear annihilation -- a cloister of monks in Utah preserve the little that remains of the world's knowledge, and wonder whether mankind is perpetually doomed to destroy itself.… (more)

13
4,416 members, 84 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

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sturlington (33): Biblical apocalypse, epidemic of human-engineered virus, showdown between good and evil.

14
5,156 members, 153 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

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sturlington (15): Apocalyptic "cozy catastrophe". Blindness epidemic and man-eating plants.

15
18,755 members, 273 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

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sturlington (22): Classic futuristic dystopia written in fictional dialect. Mind control, extreme violence. Required reading.

16
16,888 members, 266 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

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sturlington (138): Classic cyberpunk. Required reading.

17
11,773 members, 240 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

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sturlington (5): Classic time travel novel. Far future dystopia in which humanity has de-evolved; also dying Earth. Required reading.

18
3,556 members, 127 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

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sturlington (19): Classic "pre-apocalyptic" novel. Nuclear devastation.

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31,144 members, 1,556 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

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sturlington (120): Sequel to The Hunger Games.

20
11,403 members, 214 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

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sturlington (4): Human colonization of Mars, during which there is a nuclear war on Earth.

21
6,498 members, 140 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

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sturlington (125): False utopia/anarchism.

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3,659 members, 258 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

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sturlington (93): Future subterranean totalitarian society. Post-apocalyptic--environmental destruction.

23
3,267 members, 91 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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sturlington (18): Post-apocalyptic dystopia. Evolution of humanity, development of telepathic powers, theological themes. YA audience.

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5,056 members, 294 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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sturlington (79): Sequel to Oryx and Crake.

25
4,246 members, 168 reviews
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)

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sturlington (46): Futuristic dystopia/apocalyptic novel. Male infertility, human extinction, dictatorship. Christian allegory.

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4,158 members, 382 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

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sturlington (144): Flu pandemic wipes out most of the population.

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42,002 members, 3,016 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 stars)

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Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): "We're in a battle for our lives so why don't we go in this cave and make out for awhile?" *eyeroll*

sturlington (74): Televised survival contests. Post-apocalyptic future America. Probably the best of the recent YA dystopias.

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27,619 members, 1,486 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

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sturlington (137): Sequel to Catching Fire.

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16,722 members, 205 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

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sturlington (24): Satirical apocalyptic novel.

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15,150 members, 267 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

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sturlington (153): Cyberpunk dystopia (or post-cyberpunk).

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8,627 members, 226 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

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sturlington (3): WWII alternate history dystopia. Fascist US.

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6,962 members, 150 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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aulsmith (0): Clarke didn't mean this to be dystopian, just a sad evolutionary farewell.

sturlington (121): False utopia. Alien invasion, transhumanism.

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5,386 members, 141 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

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sturlington (10): Classic precursor to 1984. Required reading for serious fans of dystopian lit.

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3,176 members, 88 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

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sturlington (47): Feminist dystopia. Society has completely collapsed, and a young woman is driven from her home after her neighborhood is burned and her family murdered. Despite the violence and hopelessness that surrounds her, she is determined to spread her spiritual message.… (more)

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3,168 members, 65 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

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sturlington (36): Post-apocalyptic. When the end of America comes, what is the one thing that can bring us back from the brink of complete anarchy? That's right: the U.S. Postal Service.… (more)

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2,051 members, 62 reviews
3.59 stars (3.59 stars)

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sturlington (154): Feminist dystopia in which suburban housewives are replaced with robot versions of themselves by their husbands.

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1,855 members, 110 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

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sturlington (96): Sequel to The Year of the Flood.

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1,757 members, 50 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

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sturlington (150): Far future following an apocalypse; first contact with advanced alien species. First in a trilogy.

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14,170 members, 387 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

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sturlington (141): Alternate history with superheroes. Dystopian and apocalyptic themes.

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7,709 members, 374 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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sturlington (81): A mysterious dome encloses a small town and civilization regresses quickly. Strong apocalyptic themes.

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7,280 members, 521 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

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sturlington (115): Time travel and alternate history. Dystopia is only at the very end, as a result of changes to the timestream.

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6,005 members, 102 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: NateK, sturlington, PDE, JoyKP, ShellyS

Thumbs down: ShelfMonkey

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sturlington (14): Short stories, several of which have apocalyptic and dystopian themes.

43
5,643 members, 32 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

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sturlington (155): Sequel to Count Zero.

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4,712 members, 72 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

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sturlington (30): Alien civilization that experiences cyclical apocalypses.

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3,402 members, 137 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

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sturlington (17): Vampire/zombie apocalypse.

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3,377 members, 93 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

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sturlington (136): Futuristic dystopia. Survival contests. One of The Bachman Books.

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2,093 members, 107 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

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sturlington (90): Sequel to The Passage.

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1,662 members, 39 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

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sturlington (130): Feminist false utopia. Post-apocalyptic matriarchal society.

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1,640 members, 40 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

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sturlington (56): Sequel to Parable of the Sower.

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1,249 members, 48 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

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sturlington (31): Post-apocalyptic novel. Cloning, loss of individuality.

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940 members, 24 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

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sturlington (116): Sequel to Dawn.

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15,768 members, 723 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

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sturlington (65): Alternate history dystopia. Cloning and organ harvesting.

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10,406 members, 564 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

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sturlington (68): Zombie apocalypse.

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10,134 members, 573 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

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sturlington (0): YA dystopia. Conformity, personal appearance. First of a series.

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9,278 members, 297 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

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sturlington (55): Apocalyptic allegory. Blindness epidemic, extreme regression of civilization.

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7,053 members, 686 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

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sturlington (139): Futuristic dystopia: overcrowding and escape to virtual reality. Video game-like narrative.

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6,482 members, 165 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

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sturlington (129): Futuristic dystopia; perpetual war.

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6,329 members, 494 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

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sturlington (82): Vampire apocalypse. First in a trilogy.

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5,558 members, 65 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)
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4,201 members, 222 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

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Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): RapeX1000. *shudder*

sturlington (143): Futuristic biopunk dystopia. Climate change and genetic engineering.

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3,968 members, 98 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

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Lucy_Skywalker (0): a great book, indeed, but it's not really a dystopia

sturlington (135): Alternate realities include dystopian and apocalyptic possibilities.

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3,500 members, 115 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

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sturlington (20): Classic post-nuclear war apocalyptic fiction. The residents of a small Florida town, having been alerted just prior to an all-out nuclear war, must struggle with the vagaries of small-town politics after the apocalypse.… (more)

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3,324 members, 47 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

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sturlington (32): A comet has slammed into the Earth, destroying all governing structures, and within weeks all of the survivors have reverted to feudalism, cannibalism and worse. Fun times.… (more)

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2,703 members, 200 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

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sturlington (151): One by one, use of different letters of the alphabet is outlawed in a fictional island country.

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2,641 members, 190 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

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sturlington (118): The last section takes place in a dystopian post-climate change world.

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2,213 members, 80 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

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sturlington (40): Nuclear war post-apocalypse. Supernatural showdown between good and evil.

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1,824 members, 47 reviews
3.44 stars (3.44 stars)

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sturlington (7): A utopian all-female society.

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1,779 members, 50 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

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sturlington (25): Satirical dystopia. Evolved apes, de-evolved people.

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1,669 members, 39 reviews
3.43 stars (3.43 stars)

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sturlington (64): Set in three different times; the last is a futuristic dystopia.

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885 members, 16 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

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sturlington (133): Sequel to Adulthood Rites.

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712 members, 20 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)
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318 members, 13 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

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sturlington (44): Post-nuclear war. Once the apocalypse is over with, two women survive on a farm on the Oregon coast while trying to preserve the remainder of mankind's knowledge and sparring with the ultra-Christian religious cult down the beach.… (more)

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23,461 members, 528 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

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sturlington (42): Comic apocalyptic novel that takes the biblical rapture as its premise.

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15,192 members, 335 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

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sturlington (132): Post-apocalyptic alternate universe. Mix of western, horror and science fiction. First in a series.

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13,312 members, 1,141 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

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sturlington (0): YA dystopia. Conformity, totalitarianism. First of a trilogy.

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12,566 members, 536 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: PDE, kara.shamy, sturlington

Thumbs down: jcirulli

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sturlington (124): This novel takes place in many different time periods, one of which is a mega-corporation dystopia with cloning, and another is a post-apocalyptic scenario featuring a fictional dialect.… (more)

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11,351 members, 215 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

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sturlington (6): Martian invasion with a strong apocalyptic tone.

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11,090 members, 170 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

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sturlington (38): Sequel to The Gunslinger.

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9,863 members, 130 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

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sturlington (140): Sequel to The Drawing of the Three.

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8,931 members, 145 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

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sturlington (156): Nanopunk/post-cyberpunk

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7,563 members, 149 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

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sturlington (0): Probably not going to read this since I saw the movie.

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6,924 members, 253 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: cej1027, Dilara86, ahef1963

Thumbs down: sturlington

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sturlington (0): Sequel to Uglies.

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5,969 members, 220 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

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sturlington (77): Alternate universe with apocalyptic themes.

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5,853 members, 188 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: Dilara86, cej1027, ahef1963

Thumbs down: sturlington

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sturlington (0): Sequel to Pretties.

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5,520 members, 41 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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sturlington (157): Sequel to Neuromancer.

86
3,726 members, 28 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

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sturlington (58): Sequel to Virtual Light.

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3,285 members, 70 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

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sturlington (131): Futuristic dystopia. Overcrowding, scarcity of natural resources.

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3,076 members, 46 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

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sturlington (26): Futuristic dystopia. Environmental degradation of Earth. Miserable Martian colonies.

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2,970 members, 229 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)
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2,476 members, 41 reviews
3.62 stars (3.62 stars)

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sturlington (34): Televised survival contests in futuristic dystopia. One of The Bachman books.

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2,418 members, 281 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

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sturlington (91): Environmental collapse from slowing of Earth's rotation.

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1,988 members, 35 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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sturlington (122): Far future false utopia. Dying Earth.

93
1,932 members, 38 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

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sturlington (43): Dystopian near-future. Climate change, misuse of technology.

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1,862 members, 48 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

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sturlington (50): Futuristic dystopia with a noir theme.

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1,819 members, 40 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

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sturlington (145): A future anarchist utopia presented in contrast with present-day and (briefly) an alternate future dystopia.

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1,771 members, 38 reviews
3.47 stars (3.47 stars)

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sturlington (23): Post-apocalyptic flooded London.

97
1,741 members, 130 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

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sturlington (108): First in a trilogy. Mysteriously transformed Area X threatens to spread beyond its border.

98
1,439 members, 17 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

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sturlington (37): Post-apocalyptic anarchist utopia. It is the far, far future, and the only remnants of the past are a network of computers. This book collects the stories, poetry and rituals of the Kesh, who have built a primitive utopia on the ashes of civilization.… (more)

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1,385 members, 33 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

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sturlington (128): Feminist spec fiction set in 4 alternate universes, two of which could be considered dystopias.

100
1,353 members, 45 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

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sturlington (123): Collection of short stories with dystopian themes.

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