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Dystopian and Apocalyptic Literature

Description: This is my preset 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. Keywords: dystopia, apocalypse

Members: 56 participating members (show all)

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41,860 members, 823 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

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sturlington (49): Futuristic philosophical dystopia. Loss of freedom of speech, mass consumerism, totalitarianism and extreme censorship. Required reading.

2
32,600 members, 936 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

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sturlington (50): Classic feminist dystopia. Totalitarianism, infertility, theocracy. Required reading.

3
43,816 members, 594 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

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sturlington (40): Classic dystopia and counterpoint to 1984. Genetic engineering, mass consumerism, mind control, totalitarianism. Required reading.

4
65,507 members, 1,052 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

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sturlington (37): Classic political dystopia. Mass surveillance, propaganda, historical deletion, mind control, and extreme totalitarianism. Required reading.

5
46,678 members, 696 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

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sturlington (39): Political/satirical allegory with animal characters. Propaganda and totalitarianism. Required reading.

6
39,762 members, 621 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

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sturlington (22): Allegorical dystopia. Castaway boys on an uninhabited island regress to savagery.

7
30,895 members, 1,407 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

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sturlington (116): Classic example of a children's dystopia, one of the few on this list.

8
28,599 members, 1,292 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

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sturlington (60): 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)

9
14,382 members, 458 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

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sturlington (57): Futuristic biopunk dystopia leading to an apocalypse. First of a trilogy.

10
21,436 members, 326 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

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sturlington (45): Classic futuristic dystopia written in fictional dialect. Mind control, extreme violence. Required reading.

11
9,455 members, 262 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 (41): 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)

12
6,892 members, 557 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

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sturlington (62): Flu pandemic wipes out most of the population.

13
37,299 members, 1,649 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

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sturlington (119): Sequel to The Hunger Games.

14
34,311 members, 937 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

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Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): Homophobic and misogynistic.

sturlington (117): Futuristic military SF with dystopian themes. Child soldiers versus aliens. First in a series.

15
15,415 members, 399 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

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sturlington (47): Philosophical futuristic dystopia. Environmental degradation, androids, existentialism.

16
6,013 members, 174 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

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sturlington (11): Apocalyptic "cozy catastrophe". Blindness epidemic and man-eating plants.

17
3,252 members, 68 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

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sturlington (61): Biblical apocalypse, epidemic of human-engineered virus, showdown between good and evil.

18
14,252 members, 283 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

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sturlington (33): Classic time travel novel. Far future dystopia in which humanity has de-evolved; also dying Earth. Required reading.

19
49,827 members, 3,223 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 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 (118): Televised survival contests. Post-apocalyptic future America. Probably the best of the recent YA dystopias.

20
33,659 members, 1,601 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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sturlington (120): Sequel to Catching Fire.

21
8,052 members, 192 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

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sturlington (46): False utopia/anarchism.

22
4,530 members, 134 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

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sturlington (55): 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)

23
4,058 members, 149 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

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sturlington (102): Classic "pre-apocalyptic" novel. Nuclear devastation.

24
2,589 members, 140 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

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sturlington (59): Sequel to The Year of the Flood.

25
19,099 members, 305 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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sturlington (25): Classic cyberpunk. Required reading.

26
18,846 members, 241 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

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sturlington (42): Satirical apocalyptic novel.

27
13,308 members, 246 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

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sturlington (24): Human colonization of Mars, during which there is a nuclear war on Earth.

28
10,684 members, 285 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

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sturlington (23): WWII alternate history dystopia. Fascist US.

29
6,041 members, 329 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

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sturlington (58): Sequel to Oryx and Crake.

30
4,808 members, 298 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

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sturlington (121): Future subterranean totalitarian society. Post-apocalyptic--environmental destruction.

31
16,891 members, 317 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

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sturlington (31): Cyberpunk (or post-cyberpunk).

32
11,708 members, 612 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

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sturlington (122): YA dystopia. Conformity, personal appearance. First of a series.

33
6,510 members, 170 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

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sturlington (63): Classic precursor to 1984. Required reading for serious fans of dystopian lit.

34
4,845 members, 181 reviews
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)

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sturlington (43): Futuristic dystopia/apocalyptic novel. Male infertility, human extinction, dictatorship. Christian allegory.

35
3,776 members, 97 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

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sturlington (44): Post-apocalyptic dystopia. Evolution of humanity, development of telepathic powers, theological themes. YA audience.

36
18,430 members, 824 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

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sturlington (26): Alternate history dystopia. Cloning and organ harvesting.

37
17,710 members, 1,292 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

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

38
8,197 members, 183 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 (123): False utopia. Alien invasion, transhumanism.

39
7,593 members, 553 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

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sturlington (27): Vampire apocalypse. First in a trilogy.

40
2,755 members, 135 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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sturlington (28): Sequel to The Passage.

41
2,538 members, 162 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

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sturlington (103): Feminist dystopia in which women gain the power to kill with electrical shocks. Reverse gender roles.

42
16,035 members, 436 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

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sturlington (125): Alternate history with superheroes. Dystopian and apocalyptic themes.

43
9,134 members, 402 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

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sturlington (34): A mysterious dome encloses a small town and civilization regresses quickly. Strong apocalyptic themes.

44
5,038 members, 248 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

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Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): RapeX1000. *shudder*

sturlington (113): Futuristic biopunk dystopia. Climate change and genetic engineering.

45
2,428 members, 70 reviews
3.59 stars (3.59 stars)

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sturlington (124): Feminist dystopia in which suburban housewives are replaced with robot versions of themselves by their husbands.

46
2,263 members, 68 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

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sturlington (8): Far future following an apocalypse; first contact with advanced alien species. First in a trilogy.

47
2,188 members, 55 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

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

48
1,864 members, 47 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

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sturlington (95): Feminist false utopia. Post-apocalyptic matriarchal society.

49
1,469 members, 57 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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sturlington (128): Post-apocalyptic novel. Cloning, loss of individuality.

50
1,286 members, 74 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

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sturlington (110): Climate change leads to drought, collapse, and violent clashes over water in the Southwest.

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14,642 members, 602 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

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sturlington (7): 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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12,341 members, 629 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

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sturlington (115): Zombie apocalypse.

53
7,588 members, 203 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

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sturlington (18): Futuristic dystopia; perpetual war.

54
5,278 members, 90 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

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sturlington (126): Alien civilization that experiences cyclical apocalypses.

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3,554 members, 76 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

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sturlington (127): 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)

56
2,166 members, 60 reviews
3.42 stars (3.42 stars)

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sturlington (99): A utopian all-female society.

57
1,816 members, 122 reviews
3.37 stars (3.37 stars)

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sturlington (98): Satirical dystopia in which people volunteer to live in a closed community where they must spend every other month in prison.

58
900 members, 100 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

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sturlington (138): Futuristic dystopia. Organ harvesting, euthanasia of the aged and non-productive members of society.

59
372 members, 16 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

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sturlington (96): 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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27,509 members, 662 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

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sturlington (19): Comic apocalyptic novel that takes the biblical rapture as its premise.

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18,236 members, 403 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

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sturlington (14): Post-apocalyptic alternate universe. Mix of western, horror and science fiction. First in a series.

62
13,933 members, 256 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

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sturlington (35): Martian invasion with a strong apocalyptic tone.

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11,958 members, 988 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

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sturlington (132): Futuristic dystopia: overcrowding and escape to virtual reality. Video game-like narrative.

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10,639 members, 343 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

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sturlington (131): Apocalyptic allegory. Blindness epidemic, extreme regression of civilization.

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9,590 members, 632 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

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sturlington (1): Time travel and alternate history. Dystopia is only at the very end, as a result of changes to the timestream.

66
7,874 members, 270 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

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sturlington (0): Sequel to Uglies.

67
7,119 members, 115 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: NateK, PDE, sturlington, JoyKP, ShellyS

Thumbs down: ShelfMonkey

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sturlington (21): Short stories, several of which have apocalyptic and dystopian themes.

68
4,099 members, 103 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

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sturlington (129): Futuristic dystopia. Survival contests. One of The Bachman Books.

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4,069 members, 129 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

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sturlington (38): 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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3,642 members, 57 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

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sturlington (130): 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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1,587 members, 159 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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sturlington (51): Pre-apocalyptic. Imminent meteor impact causes social collapse. First in a trilogy.

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1,160 members, 31 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

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sturlington (9): Sequel to Dawn.

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1,080 members, 18 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

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sturlington (36): Collection of three novels. Two are set on alien planets. One is far-future post-apocalyptic Earth following an alien invasion.

74
691 members, 88 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

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sturlington (52): Sequel to The Last Policeman.

75
12,963 members, 194 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

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sturlington (15): Sequel to The Gunslinger.

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11,535 members, 159 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

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sturlington (16): Sequel to The Drawing of the Three.

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6,684 members, 203 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

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sturlington (0): Sequel to Pretties.

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6,526 members, 74 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)
79
6,202 members, 43 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

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sturlington (0): Sequel to Count Zero.

80
4,904 members, 140 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

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

sturlington (54): Alternate realities include dystopian and apocalyptic possibilities.

81
4,406 members, 412 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

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sturlington (141): YA dystopia. Technology implants.

82
4,004 members, 158 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

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sturlington (20): Vampire/zombie apocalypse.

83
3,862 members, 261 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

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sturlington (3): First in a trilogy. Mysteriously transformed Area X threatens to spread beyond its border.

84
3,801 members, 80 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

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sturlington (12): Futuristic dystopia. Overcrowding, scarcity of natural resources.

85
3,716 members, 242 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

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sturlington (82): The last section takes place in a dystopian post-climate change world.

86
3,577 members, 249 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

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sturlington (0): First of a series.

87
3,107 members, 221 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

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sturlington (133): One by one, use of different letters of the alphabet is outlawed in a fictional island country.

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3,025 members, 99 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

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sturlington (48): Classic post-apocalyptic novel. One of the few survivors of a plague attempts to rebuild society but instead must watch it erode to a primitive state.… (more)

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2,632 members, 97 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

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sturlington (107): Nuclear war post-apocalypse. Supernatural showdown between good and evil.

90
2,197 members, 48 reviews
3.45 stars (3.45 stars)

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sturlington (146): Post-apocalyptic flooded London.

91
2,170 members, 60 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

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sturlington (134): Satirical dystopia. Evolved apes, de-evolved people.

92
2,119 members, 43 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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sturlington (114): A future anarchist utopia presented in contrast with present-day and (briefly) an alternate future dystopia.

93
1,773 members, 39 reviews
3.43 stars (3.43 stars)

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sturlington (32): Set in three different times; the last is a futuristic dystopia.

94
1,733 members, 44 reviews
3.53 stars (3.53 stars)

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sturlington (17): Feminist spec fiction set in 4 alternate universes, two of which could be considered dystopias.

95
1,675 members, 109 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

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sturlington (84): Set on an alien planet while apocalyptic collapse is going on back on Earth.

96
1,461 members, 152 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

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sturlington (111): Feminist dystopia in which abortion is illegal.

97
1,406 members, 102 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

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sturlington (135): WWII alternate history in which England goes fascist. First in a trilogy.

98
1,305 members, 44 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

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sturlington (100): Feminist post-apocalyptic fiction. Regression of civilization, return to the wilderness.

99
1,234 members, 43 reviews
3.43 stars (3.43 stars)

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sturlington (137): First in a trilogy. Climate change apocalypse.

100
1,165 members, 57 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

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sturlington (67): Post-apocalyptic dystopian city dominated by a genetically engineered giant bear.

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