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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: 58 participating members (show all)

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1
43,636 members, 860 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

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

2
34,159 members, 1,001 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

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

3
45,431 members, 632 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
67,825 members, 1,101 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
49,277 members, 734 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
41,235 members, 651 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
32,282 members, 1,445 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

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

8
29,512 members, 1,313 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
14,863 members, 479 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
9,872 members, 277 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 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)

11
22,108 members, 343 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

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

12
16,083 members, 417 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

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

13
7,634 members, 601 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

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

14
3,325 members, 67 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

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

15
38,735 members, 1,676 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

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sturlington (119): Sequel to The Hunger Games.

16
14,875 members, 299 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.

17
6,191 members, 179 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

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

18
51,687 members, 3,288 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.

19
35,382 members, 968 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 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.

20
8,481 members, 212 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

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sturlington (46): False utopia/anarchism.

21
4,996 members, 147 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 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)

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35,021 members, 1,626 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

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sturlington (120): Sequel to Catching Fire.

23
19,454 members, 251 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

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sturlington (42): Satirical apocalyptic novel.

24
11,205 members, 296 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

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

25
4,178 members, 157 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

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

26
2,762 members, 145 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

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

27
19,719 members, 320 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

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sturlington (25): Classic cyberpunk. Required reading.

28
17,478 members, 335 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

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

29
13,939 members, 266 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

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

30
11,973 members, 617 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

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

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6,804 members, 177 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

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

32
6,286 members, 340 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

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sturlington (58): Sequel to Oryx and Crake.

33
5,064 members, 314 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

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

34
5,045 members, 191 reviews
3.57 stars (3.57 stars)

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

35
19,093 members, 845 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

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

36
8,576 members, 197 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.

37
7,957 members, 580 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

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

38
3,901 members, 103 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.

39
2,841 members, 136 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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sturlington (28): Sequel to The Passage.

40
18,798 members, 1,332 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

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

41
16,690 members, 453 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

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

42
5,272 members, 264 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.

43
2,928 members, 191 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

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

44
2,527 members, 69 reviews
3.6 stars (3.6 stars)

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

45
2,484 members, 69 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

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

46
12,838 members, 647 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

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sturlington (115): Zombie apocalypse.

47
2,451 members, 80 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.

48
1,937 members, 49 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

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

49
1,534 members, 57 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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

50
1,417 members, 80 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.

51
1,140 members, 18 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 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.

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953 members, 102 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

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

53
28,581 members, 679 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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19,070 members, 424 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

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

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15,172 members, 630 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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13,033 members, 1,026 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

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

57
11,099 members, 351 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

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

58
9,599 members, 411 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.

59
9,052 members, 177 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

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sturlington (195): Probably not going to read this since I saw the movie.

60
8,094 members, 272 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

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sturlington (0): Sequel to Uglies.

61
7,947 members, 215 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

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sturlington (18): Futuristic dystopia; perpetual war.

62
6,392 members, 45 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

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sturlington (240): Sequel to Count Zero.

63
5,456 members, 95 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

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

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4,538 members, 250 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

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sturlington (196): DNF

65
4,239 members, 131 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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4,213 members, 104 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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3,766 members, 63 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)

68
3,658 members, 80 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)

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3,630 members, 249 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

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sturlington (182): First of a series.

70
2,222 members, 59 reviews
3.42 stars (3.42 stars)

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

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1,952 members, 129 reviews
3.39 stars (3.39 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.

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585 members, 20 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)
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375 members, 16 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 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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14,646 members, 264 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

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

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7,467 members, 117 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 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.

76
6,868 members, 208 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

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sturlington (0): Sequel to Pretties.

77
5,926 members, 70 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)
78
5,318 members, 322 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)
79
5,185 members, 150 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 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.

80
4,516 members, 416 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

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sturlington (141): YA dystopia. Technology implants.

81
3,331 members, 140 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)
82
3,030 members, 164 reviews
3.6 stars (3.6 stars)

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sturlington (217): DNF

83
2,806 members, 250 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

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youthfulzombie (4): Awesome post-apocalyptic zombies

sturlington (198): Zombie apocalypse. DNF

84
2,741 members, 42 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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sturlington (246): Overpopulation dystopia. DNF

85
2,299 members, 188 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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sturlington (245): Post-apocalyptic. DNF

86
2,116 members, 132 reviews
3.62 stars (3.62 stars)

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rretzler (0): Ugh - I think magic and sci-fi in the same book ruined it for me.

87
1,871 members, 143 reviews
3.62 stars (3.62 stars)
88
1,807 members, 45 reviews
3.49 stars (3.49 stars)

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

89
1,701 members, 167 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

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

90
1,430 members, 107 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

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

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1,363 members, 46 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

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

92
1,356 members, 65 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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

93
1,287 members, 71 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

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sturlington (80): Dystopian future in which outlawing of fossil fuels has sparked a second American Civil War.

94
1,279 members, 44 reviews
3.42 stars (3.42 stars)

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

95
1,244 members, 35 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

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sturlington (9): Sequel to Dawn.

96
1,039 members, 85 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)
97
987 members, 24 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)
98
832 members, 32 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)
100
779 members, 46 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

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sturlington (72): Near-future feminist dystopia in which abortion has been outlawed.

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