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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: 68 participating members (show all)

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1
46,669 members, 906 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
71,652 members, 1,163 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

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

3
48,200 members, 688 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
36,771 members, 1,055 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

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

5
51,619 members, 779 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
43,875 members, 691 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

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

7
34,394 members, 1,491 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

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sturlington (115): Classic example of a children's dystopia, one of the few on this list.

8
30,867 members, 1,345 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 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
15,632 members, 503 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

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

10
3,593 members, 69 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.

11
17,195 members, 443 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

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

12
16,124 members, 317 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 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.

13
23,456 members, 359 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

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

14
10,508 members, 287 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)

15
8,964 members, 681 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

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

16
41,439 members, 1,718 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

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sturlington (118): Sequel to The Hunger Games.

17
20,356 members, 265 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

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sturlington (42): Satirical apocalyptic novel.

18
12,119 members, 316 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

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

19
9,310 members, 232 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

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skid0612 (0): Wonderful book, not a dystopia

sturlington (46): False utopia/anarchism.

20
6,150 members, 181 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 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)

21
4,438 members, 163 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

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sturlington (101): Classic "pre-apocalyptic" novel. Nuclear devastation.

22
55,071 members, 3,346 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 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 (117): Televised survival contests. Post-apocalyptic future America. Probably the best of the recent YA dystopias.

23
37,162 members, 998 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

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Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): Homophobic and misogynistic.

sturlington (116): Futuristic military SF with dystopian themes. Child soldiers versus aliens. First in a series.

24
20,351 members, 886 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

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

25
7,401 members, 198 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.

26
6,667 members, 188 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

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

27
37,648 members, 1,663 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

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sturlington (119): Sequel to Catching Fire.

28
20,912 members, 337 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

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sturlington (25): Classic cyberpunk. Required reading.

29
14,785 members, 288 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
3,031 members, 148 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

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

31
12,697 members, 624 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

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sturlington (121): YA dystopia. Conformity, personal appearance. First of a series.

32
9,121 members, 208 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 (122): False utopia. Alien invasion, transhumanism.

33
8,514 members, 598 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

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

34
5,515 members, 325 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

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sturlington (120): Future subterranean totalitarian society. Post-apocalyptic--environmental destruction.

35
18,414 members, 358 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

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

36
5,264 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.

37
3,092 members, 151 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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sturlington (28): Sequel to The Passage.

38
20,565 members, 1,371 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

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

39
11,744 members, 365 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

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sturlington (130): Apocalyptic allegory. Blindness epidemic, extreme regression of civilization.

40
6,637 members, 347 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

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sturlington (58): Sequel to Oryx and Crake.

41
4,143 members, 108 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.

42
2,773 members, 80 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

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

43
2,689 members, 76 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

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sturlington (123): Feminist dystopia in which suburban housewives are replaced with robot versions of themselves by their husbands.

44
17,487 members, 471 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

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sturlington (124): Alternate history with superheroes. Dystopian and apocalyptic themes.

45
16,027 members, 644 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 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)

46
13,879 members, 674 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

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sturlington (114): Zombie apocalypse.

47
10,237 members, 425 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

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

48
5,596 members, 276 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

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Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): RapeX1000. *shudder*

sturlington (112): Futuristic biopunk dystopia. Climate change and genetic engineering.

49
3,553 members, 214 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

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sturlington (102): Feminist dystopia in which women gain the power to kill with electrical shocks. Reverse gender roles.

50
2,792 members, 100 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

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

51
2,330 members, 64 reviews
3.45 stars (3.45 stars)

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sturlington (98): A utopian all-female society.

52
1,639 members, 61 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

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sturlington (127): Post-apocalyptic novel. Cloning, loss of individuality.

53
1,416 members, 46 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

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sturlington (99): Feminist post-apocalyptic fiction. Regression of civilization, return to the wilderness.

54
967 members, 105 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

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sturlington (137): Futuristic dystopia. Organ harvesting, euthanasia of the aged and non-productive members of society.

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30,504 members, 720 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

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

56
15,833 members, 283 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

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

57
14,901 members, 1,129 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

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sturlington (131): Futuristic dystopia: overcrowding and escape to virtual reality. Video game-like narrative.

58
11,398 members, 698 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.

59
4,587 members, 106 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

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sturlington (128): Futuristic dystopia. Survival contests. One of The Bachman Books.

60
4,439 members, 138 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 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)

61
3,820 members, 81 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

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sturlington (126): 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)

62
2,177 members, 135 reviews
3.39 stars (3.39 stars)

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sturlington (97): Satirical dystopia in which people volunteer to live in a closed community where they must spend every other month in prison.

63
1,982 members, 51 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

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sturlington (94): Feminist false utopia. Post-apocalyptic matriarchal society.

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1,926 members, 48 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.

65
1,513 members, 88 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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sturlington (109): Climate change leads to drought, collapse, and violent clashes over water in the Southwest.

66
1,262 members, 21 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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9,565 members, 184 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)
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8,494 members, 227 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

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sturlington (18): Futuristic dystopia; perpetual war.

69
8,457 members, 275 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

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sturlington (0): Sequel to Uglies.

70
7,266 members, 82 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)
71
6,686 members, 50 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

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sturlington (182): Sequel to Count Zero.

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5,728 members, 103 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

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sturlington (125): Alien civilization that experiences cyclical apocalypses.

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5,017 members, 386 reviews
3.37 stars (3.37 stars)

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sturlington (87): Technological dystopia. Social networks, loss of privacy, corporate culture.

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3,935 members, 62 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

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sturlington (129): 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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2,319 members, 46 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

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sturlington (113): A future anarchist utopia presented in contrast with present-day and (briefly) an alternate future dystopia.

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393 members, 16 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

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sturlington (95): 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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20,211 members, 442 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 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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12,833 members, 725 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

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sturlington (0): YA dystopia series

79
7,975 members, 127 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.

80
7,884 members, 93 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)
81
7,208 members, 215 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

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sturlington (0): Sequel to Pretties.

82
6,203 members, 72 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)
83
5,650 members, 290 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

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sturlington (0): DNF

84
5,224 members, 382 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

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sturlington (0): YA dystopia inspired by 1984.

85
4,784 members, 424 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

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sturlington (140): YA dystopia. Technology implants.

87
4,321 members, 167 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

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sturlington (20): Vampire/zombie apocalypse.

88
4,299 members, 271 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

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sturlington (81): The last section takes place in a dystopian post-climate change world.

89
3,931 members, 63 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

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sturlington (107): Futuristic dystopia. Environmental degradation of Earth. Miserable Martian colonies.

91
3,421 members, 240 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

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sturlington (132): One by one, use of different letters of the alphabet is outlawed in a fictional island country.

92
3,336 members, 61 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

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sturlington (141): Televised survival contests in futuristic dystopia. One of The Bachman books.

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3,279 members, 110 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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2,500 members, 228 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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sturlington (80): People start seeing something that causes them to go violently insane.

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2,492 members, 202 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

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sturlington (0): Post-apocalyptic. DNF

96
2,429 members, 69 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

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sturlington (133): Satirical dystopia. Evolved apes, de-evolved people.

97
1,849 members, 174 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

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

98
1,629 members, 77 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

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

99
1,488 members, 108 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

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sturlington (134): WWII alternate history in which England goes fascist. First in a trilogy.

100
1,484 members, 82 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

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sturlington (79): Dystopian future in which outlawing of fossil fuels has sparked a second American Civil War.

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