Dystopian and Apocalyptic Literature

Description
This is my preset list of dystopian/utopian 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, utopia, apocalypse, postapocalyptic
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53,878 members
996 reviews
4
2
81,910 members
1,270 reviews
4.2
30 Members
ShelfMonkey, ShellyS, aulsmith, PDE, merrystar, sturlington, greydoll, BLBera, alex68, Bluewolf0411, rretzler, Jarandel, Aug3Zimm, SonoranDreamer, gypsysmom, nagasravika.bodapati, ahef1963, nicoleop, SENSpence, pan0ramix, JoyKP, dianeham, zfak102, EvolvedMan, Vit.Z, ManWithAnAgenda, allyrod113, Charon07, skid0612, midget84
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sturlington: Classic political dystopia. Mass surveillance, propaganda, historical deletion, mind control, and extreme totalitarianism. Required reading.
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53,877 members
772 reviews
3.9
30 Members
ShelfMonkey, amz310783, ShellyS, PDE, merrystar, sturlington, thecoroner, BLBera, alex68, rretzler, Jarandel, Aug3Zimm, SonoranDreamer, cej1027, gypsysmom, nagasravika.bodapati, ahef1963, kara.shamy, Dreesie, nicoleop, pan0ramix, JoyKP, zfak102, EvolvedMan, klcallahan13, ManWithAnAgenda, allyrod113, Charon07, skid0612, midget84
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sturlington: Classic dystopia and counterpoint to 1984. Genetic engineering, mass consumerism, mind control, totalitarianism. Required reading.
4
42,248 members
1,138 reviews
4.1
5
59,980 members
882 reviews
4
27 Members
BookWallah, amz310783, ShellyS, aulsmith, PDE, merrystar, sturlington, thecoroner, greydoll, BLBera, rretzler, Jarandel, Aug3Zimm, SonoranDreamer, gypsysmom, nagasravika.bodapati, ahef1963, kara.shamy, nicoleop, pan0ramix, JoyKP, zfak102, EvolvedMan, ManWithAnAgenda, allyrod113, Charon07, skid0612
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sturlington: Political/satirical allegory with animal characters. Propaganda and totalitarianism. Required reading.
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49,567 members
745 reviews
½ 3.7
22 Members
BookWallah, ShellyS, PDE, sturlington, Fiamme, greydoll, BLBera, alex68, rretzler, SonoranDreamer, gypsysmom, nagasravika.bodapati, ahef1963, kara.shamy, Dreesie, nicoleop, pan0ramix, JoyKP, zfak102, allyrod113, Charon07, midget84
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sturlington: Allegorical dystopia. Castaway boys on an uninhabited island regress to savagery.
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17,013 members
536 reviews
3.9
8
4,581 members
99 reviews
4.2
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40,034 members
1,584 reviews
4.2
10
34,404 members
1,406 reviews
4.1
19 Members
KimarieBee, amz310783, PDE, sturlington, Fiamme, BLBera, rretzler, Jarandel, Her_Royal_Orangeness, gypsysmom, nagasravika.bodapati, kara.shamy, Verkruissen, megschristina, JoyKP, DavidCady, EvolvedMan, Rosenort, allyrod113
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sturlington: 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.
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19,266 members
473 reviews
4
18 Members
hipdeep, ShelfMonkey, PDE, sturlington, thecoroner, Fiamme, alex68, rretzler, Jarandel, gypsysmom, nagasravika.bodapati, JoyKP, dianeham, zfak102, EvolvedMan, ManWithAnAgenda, flemertown, izzy45
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sturlington: Philosophical futuristic dystopia. Environmental degradation, androids, existentialism.
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17,678 members
338 reviews
½ 3.7
17 Members
ShelfMonkey, KimarieBee, sturlington, thecoroner, alex68, rretzler, SonoranDreamer, cej1027, gypsysmom, nagasravika.bodapati, ahef1963, Dreesie, JoyKP, ManWithAnAgenda, TheRealLouise, Charon07, izzy45
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sturlington: Classic time travel novel. Far future dystopia in which humanity has de-evolved; also dying Earth. Required reading.
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25,873 members
387 reviews
4
16 Members
ShelfMonkey, ShellyS, sturlington, thecoroner, Fiamme, BLBera, alex68, rretzler, SonoranDreamer, gypsysmom, nagasravika.bodapati, ahef1963, Dreesie, megschristina, JoyKP, izzy45
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sturlington: Classic futuristic dystopia written in fictional dialect. Mind control, extreme violence. Required reading.
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11,741 members
308 reviews
3.9
17 Members
ShelfMonkey, ShellyS, aulsmith, PDE, sturlington, Fiamme, Bluewolf0411, rretzler, Jarandel, gypsysmom, ahef1963, megschristina, pan0ramix, dianeham, EvolvedMan, ManWithAnAgenda, Charon07,Her_Royal_Orangeness
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sturlington: 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.
Her_Royal_Orangeness : I've tried to read this several times and just can't get past the monk wandering around in the desert digging holes. *yawn*
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11,689 members
779 reviews
4.1
16
22,311 members
300 reviews
4.1
17
64,434 members
3,483 reviews
½ 4.3
20 Members
KimarieBee, amz310783, ShellyS, sturlington, Fiamme, BLBera, eclecticdodo, rretzler, SonoranDreamer, gypsysmom, ahef1963, Dreesie, Verkruissen, megschristina, SENSpence, JoyKP, awarren1, ManWithAnAgenda, allyrod113, flemertown, ,Her_Royal_Orangeness ,cej1027 ,Lucy_Skywalker ,DavidCady ,
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sturlington: Televised survival contests. Post-apocalyptic future America. Probably the best of the recent YA dystopias.
Her_Royal_Orangeness : "We're in a battle for our lives so why don't we go in this cave and make out for awhile?" *eyeroll*
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49,089 members
1,792 reviews
4.2
19
10,697 members
268 reviews
4.1
20
41,104 members
1,046 reviews
½ 4.3
15 Members
BookWallah, aulsmith, merrystar, sturlington, Fiamme, rretzler, nagasravika.bodapati, ahef1963, Verkruissen, nicoleop, SENSpence, JoyKP, zfak102, EvolvedMan, awarren1,Her_Royal_Orangeness ,ManWithAnAgenda
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sturlington: Futuristic military SF with dystopian themes. Child soldiers versus aliens. First in a series.
Her_Royal_Orangeness : Homophobic and misogynistic.
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22,812 members
938 reviews
3.8
22
13,823 members
357 reviews
½ 3.7
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8,104 members
239 reviews
4.1
13 Members
ShellyS, sturlington, Fiamme, BLBera, Dilara86, Her_Royal_Orangeness, SonoranDreamer, gypsysmom, Verkruissen, pan0ramix, ManWithAnAgenda, allyrod113, TheRealLouise
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sturlington: 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.
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4,883 members
177 reviews
3.9
13 Members
SylviaC, sturlington, cataloga, Fiamme, greydoll, alex68, Bluewolf0411, rretzler, ahef1963, DavidCady, EvolvedMan, Rosenort, Charon07
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sturlington: Classic "pre-apocalyptic" novel. Nuclear devastation.
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16,621 members
323 reviews
4.1
12 Members
ShelfMonkey, ShellyS, PDE, merrystar, SylviaC, sturlington, alex68, rretzler, SonoranDreamer, gypsysmom, ahef1963, EvolvedMan
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sturlington: Human colonization of Mars, during which there is a nuclear war on Earth.
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8,460 members
214 reviews
3.8
13 Members
ShellyS, merrystar, sturlington, thecoroner, BLBera, alex68, rretzler, SonoranDreamer, pan0ramix, EvolvedMan, ManWithAnAgenda, izzy45, skid0612,Verkruissen
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sturlington: Classic precursor to 1984. Required reading for serious fans of dystopian lit.
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7,451 members
207 reviews
4
12 Members
ShelfMonkey, KimarieBee, PDE, SylviaC, sturlington, Fiamme, greydoll, Bluewolf0411, Jarandel, gypsysmom, ahef1963, Dreesie
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sturlington: Apocalyptic "cozy catastrophe". Blindness epidemic and man-eating plants.
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6,571 members
379 reviews
4.1
12 Members
merrystar, SylviaC, sturlington, eclecticdodo, rretzler, NateK, kara.shamy, Verkruissen, JoyKP, zfak102, awarren1, allyrod113
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sturlington: Future subterranean totalitarian society. Post-apocalyptic--environmental destruction.
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45,146 members
1,741 reviews
3.9
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23,056 members
379 reviews
3.9
11 Members
hipdeep, ShelfMonkey, ShellyS, PDE, sturlington, alex68, rretzler, gypsysmom, nagasravika.bodapati, ahef1963, EvolvedMan
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sturlington: Classic cyberpunk. Required reading.
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14,025 members
658 reviews
3.9
11 Members
ShelfMonkey, KimarieBee, sturlington, Dilara86, rretzler, cej1027, nagasravika.bodapati, ahef1963, Dreesie, awarren1, ManWithAnAgenda
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sturlington: YA dystopia. Conformity, personal appearance. First of a series.
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9,389 members
633 reviews
3.9
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3,538 members
153 reviews
3.9
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20,156 members
398 reviews
4.1
10 Members
hipdeep, ShelfMonkey, KimarieBee, ShellyS, sturlington, Fiamme, rretzler, gypsysmom, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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sturlington: Cyberpunk (or post-cyberpunk).
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10,196 members
230 reviews
3.9
11 Members
ShellyS, PDE, sturlington, Bluewolf0411, rretzler, gypsysmom, nagasravika.bodapati, ahef1963, pan0ramix, EvolvedMan, ManWithAnAgenda,aulsmith
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aulsmith : Clarke didn't mean this to be dystopian, just a sad evolutionary farewell.
sturlington: False utopia. Alien invasion, transhumanism.
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3,560 members
167 reviews
3.8
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7,280 members
362 reviews
3.9
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5,791 members
200 reviews
½ 3.6
9 Members
sturlington, Fiamme, BLBera, rretzler, ahef1963, JoyKP, DavidCady, zfak102, ManWithAnAgenda
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sturlington: Futuristic dystopia/apocalyptic novel. Male infertility, human extinction, dictatorship. Christian allegory.
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3,064 members
91 reviews
½ 3.6
9 Members
sturlington, thecoroner, alex68, rretzler, ahef1963, Dreesie, JoyKP, ManWithAnAgenda, flemertown
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sturlington: Feminist dystopia in which suburban housewives are replaced with robot versions of themselves by their husbands.
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25,365 members
1,435 reviews
4
10 Members
KimarieBee, Fiamme, BLBera, rretzler, ahef1963, Dreesie, SENSpence, JoyKP, awarren1, allyrod113,sturlington ,DavidCady
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sturlington : YA dystopia. Conformity, totalitarianism. First of a trilogy.
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13,036 members
390 reviews
4.1
8 Members
sturlington, thecoroner, BLBera, alex68, nagasravika.bodapati, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda, Charon07
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sturlington: Apocalyptic allegory. Blindness epidemic, extreme regression of civilization.
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4,744 members
254 reviews
½ 3.7
8 Members
sturlington, BLBera, rretzler, SonoranDreamer, gypsysmom, kara.shamy, pan0ramix, pieperp
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sturlington: Feminist dystopia in which women gain the power to kill with electrical shocks. Reverse gender roles.
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4,739 members
122 reviews
3.9
8 Members
ShelfMonkey, ShellyS, PDE, SylviaC, sturlington, greydoll, gypsysmom, ahef1963
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sturlington: Post-apocalyptic dystopia. Evolution of humanity, development of telepathic powers, theological themes. YA audience.
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3,549 members
96 reviews
4.1
8 Members
ShellyS, sturlington, BLBera, Dilara86, Her_Royal_Orangeness, gypsysmom, ManWithAnAgenda, allyrod113
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sturlington: Sequel to Parable of the Sower.
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1,032 members
106 reviews
½ 3.7
8 Members
sturlington, BLBera, rretzler, Her_Royal_Orangeness, Dreesie, dianeham, ManWithAnAgenda, pieperp
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sturlington: Futuristic dystopia. Organ harvesting, euthanasia of the aged and non-productive members of society.
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34,761 members
788 reviews
½ 4.3
7 Members
hipdeep, sturlington, rretzler, gypsysmom, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda, allyrod113
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sturlington: Comic apocalyptic novel that takes the biblical rapture as its premise.
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19,145 members
493 reviews
½ 4.3
8 Members
hipdeep, sturlington, Fiamme, rretzler, ahef1963, NateK, Dreesie, ManWithAnAgenda,cej1027
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sturlington: Alternate history with superheroes. Dystopian and apocalyptic themes.
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18,442 members
1,275 reviews
4.1
8 Members
hipdeep, sturlington, rretzler, Dreesie, Verkruissen, dianeham, awarren1, ManWithAnAgenda,Rosenort
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sturlington: Futuristic dystopia: overcrowding and escape to virtual reality. Video game-like narrative.
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17,668 members
682 reviews
4.1
8 Members
PDE, sturlington, BLBera, gypsysmom, kara.shamy, Dreesie, allyrod113, midget84,
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sturlington: 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.
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15,467 members
713 reviews
4
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13,557 members
761 reviews
4.2
8 Members
sturlington, Bluewolf0411, nagasravika.bodapati, ahef1963, kara.shamy, JoyKP, allyrod113, flemertown,ManWithAnAgenda
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sturlington: Time travel and alternate history. Dystopia is only at the very end, as a result of changes to the timestream.
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11,636 members
452 reviews
3.8
8 Members
sturlington, cataloga, Her_Royal_Orangeness, SonoranDreamer, kara.shamy, JoyKP, awarren1, allyrod113,ManWithAnAgenda
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sturlington: A mysterious dome encloses a small town and civilization regresses quickly. Strong apocalyptic themes.
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6,219 members
304 reviews
½ 3.7
8 Members
aulsmith, sturlington, rretzler, Jarandel, gypsysmom, Lucy_Skywalker, kara.shamy, ManWithAnAgenda,Her_Royal_Orangeness
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sturlington: Futuristic biopunk dystopia. Climate change and genetic engineering.
Her_Royal_Orangeness : RapeX1000. *shudder*
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4,160 members
90 reviews
½ 3.7
8 Members
ShelfMonkey, ShellyS, merrystar, sturlington, greydoll, rretzler, megschristina, TheRealLouise,DavidCady
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sturlington: 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.
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3,412 members
127 reviews
4
7 Members
ShellyS, aulsmith, sturlington, Dilara86, Her_Royal_Orangeness, pan0ramix, allyrod113
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sturlington: Far future following an apocalypse; first contact with advanced alien species. First in a trilogy.
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2,602 members
70 reviews
½ 3.5
7 Members
sturlington, rretzler, SonoranDreamer, Dreesie, ManWithAnAgenda, TheRealLouise, midget84
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sturlington: A utopian all-female society.
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1,786 members
66 reviews
3.8
7 Members
ShellyS, sturlington, rretzler, gypsysmom, dianeham, EvolvedMan, pieperp
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sturlington: Post-apocalyptic novel. Cloning, loss of individuality.
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1,535 members
49 reviews
3.9
7 Members
sallypursell, sturlington, Her_Royal_Orangeness, SonoranDreamer, dianeham, allyrod113, TheRealLouise
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sturlington: Feminist post-apocalyptic fiction. Regression of civilization, return to the wilderness.
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18,383 members
309 reviews
3.8
6 Members
ShelfMonkey, sturlington, alex68, gypsysmom, nagasravika.bodapati, ahef1963
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sturlington: Martian invasion with a strong apocalyptic tone.
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5,592 members
397 reviews
4
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5,197 members
119 reviews
4
6 Members
youthfulzombie, ShelfMonkey, sallypursell, sturlington, BlueHeaven1969, allyrod113
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sturlington: Futuristic dystopia. Survival contests. One of The Bachman Books.
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4,936 members
144 reviews
4
6 Members
sallypursell, sturlington, Bluewolf0411, EvolvedMan, Rosenort, allyrod113
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sturlington: 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.
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3,940 members
259 reviews
3.9
6 Members
SylviaC, sturlington, rretzler, cej1027, ahef1963, Charon07
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sturlington: One by one, use of different letters of the alphabet is outlawed in a fictional island country.
64
2,588 members
150 reviews
½ 3.4
6 Members
sturlington, BLBera, SonoranDreamer, gypsysmom, Dreesie, TheRealLouise
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sturlington: 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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2,183 members
57 reviews
½ 3.5
6 Members
sallypursell, sturlington, gypsysmom, EvolvedMan, TheRealLouise, Charon07
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sturlington: Feminist spec fiction set in 4 alternate universes, two of which could be considered dystopias.
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2,158 members
56 reviews
4
6 Members
ShellyS, sturlington, Fiamme, Her_Royal_Orangeness, SonoranDreamer, gypsysmom
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sturlington: Feminist false utopia. Post-apocalyptic matriarchal society.
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1,806 members
94 reviews
3.8
6 Members
hipdeep, sturlington, BLBera, gypsysmom, awarren1, pieperp
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sturlington: Climate change leads to drought, collapse, and violent clashes over water in the Southwest.
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1,536 members
117 reviews
½ 3.5
69
6 Members
sallypursell, sturlington, gypsysmom, kara.shamy, ManWithAnAgenda, pieperp
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sturlington: 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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9,451 members
281 reviews
3.8
6 Members
Dilara86, cej1027, ahef1963, Dreesie, awarren1, ManWithAnAgenda,sturlington
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sturlington : Sequel to Uglies.
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9,418 members
252 reviews
4
5 Members
ShellyS, sturlington, rretzler, gypsysmom, EvolvedMan
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sturlington: Futuristic dystopia; perpetual war.
72
7,993 members
364 reviews
4.2
73
7,293 members
55 reviews
3.8
5 Members
ShelfMonkey, ShellyS, sturlington, gypsysmom, EvolvedMan
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sturlington: Sequel to Count Zero.
74
6,338 members
108 reviews
3.9
5 Members
KimarieBee, sturlington, gypsysmom, AlWheeler, EvolvedMan
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sturlington: Alien civilization that experiences cyclical apocalypses.
75
5,880 members
420 reviews
½ 3.4
5 Members
sallypursell, sturlington, BLBera, allyrod113, skid0612
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sturlington: Technological dystopia. Social networks, loss of privacy, corporate culture.
76
5,318 members
401 reviews
4
77
5,155 members
433 reviews
3.8
5 Members
sturlington, rretzler, kara.shamy, awarren1, ManWithAnAgenda
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sturlington: YA dystopia. Technology implants.
78
4,832 members
190 reviews
4
79
4,311 members
70 reviews
3.9
5 Members
sallypursell, sturlington, Bluewolf0411, gypsysmom, EvolvedMan
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sturlington: 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.
80
3,251 members
254 reviews
3.8
5 Members
INTPLibrarian, sallypursell, sturlington, nagasravika.bodapati, Verkruissen
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sturlington: People start seeing something that causes them to go violently insane.
81
2,880 members
221 reviews
3.9
82
2,580 members
52 reviews
3.9
5 Members
sturlington, greydoll, BLBera, allyrod113, Charon07
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sturlington: A future anarchist utopia presented in contrast with present-day and (briefly) an alternate future dystopia.
83
2,118 members
185 reviews
3.8
5 Members
ShelfMonkey, sturlington, BLBera, rretzler, gypsysmom
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sturlington: Pre-apocalyptic. Imminent meteor impact causes social collapse. First in a trilogy.
84
1,583 members
114 reviews
3.9
5 Members
aulsmith, sallypursell, sturlington, rretzler, gypsysmom
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sturlington: WWII alternate history in which England goes fascist. First in a trilogy.
85
1,128 members
61 reviews
½ 3.7
5 Members
sallypursell, sturlington, BLBera, kara.shamy, Verkruissen
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sturlington: Near-future feminist dystopia in which abortion has been outlawed.
86
432 members
17 reviews
3.8
5 Members
sturlington, Her_Royal_Orangeness, gypsysmom, EvolvedMan, pieperp
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sturlington: 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.
87
22,750 members
493 reviews
3.8
4 Members
ShelfMonkey, sturlington, SonoranDreamer, ManWithAnAgenda
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sturlington: Post-apocalyptic alternate universe. Mix of western, horror and science fiction. First in a series.
88
16,369 members
778 reviews
3.8
89
10,506 members
190 reviews
4.2
5 Members
ShelfMonkey, eclecticdodo, rretzler, ManWithAnAgenda, TheRealLouise,sturlington
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sturlington : Probably not going to read this since I saw the movie.
90
8,908 members
143 reviews
4
5 Members
ShellyS, PDE, sturlington, NateK, JoyKP,ShelfMonkey
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sturlington: Short stories, several of which have apocalyptic and dystopian themes.
91
8,277 members
88 reviews
3.8
92
8,124 members
222 reviews
3.8
5 Members
Dilara86, cej1027, ahef1963, awarren1, ManWithAnAgenda,sturlington
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sturlington : Sequel to Pretties.
93
6,824 members
81 reviews
½ 3.7
94
6,514 members
195 reviews
4
6 Members
PDE, sturlington, rretzler, kara.shamy, EvolvedMan, ManWithAnAgenda,Lucy_Skywalker ,skid0612
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sturlington: Alternate realities include dystopian and apocalyptic possibilities.
Lucy_Skywalker : a great book, indeed, but it's not really a dystopia
95
6,131 members
225 reviews
4.1
4 Members
sturlington, rretzler, kara.shamy, Verkruissen
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sturlington: Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale
96
4,984 members
290 reviews
3.8
4 Members
PDE, sturlington, kara.shamy, allyrod113
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sturlington: The last section takes place in a dystopian post-climate change world.
97
4,651 members
100 reviews
3.9
4 Members
sturlington, rretzler, gypsysmom, EvolvedMan
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sturlington: Futuristic dystopia. Overcrowding, scarcity of natural resources.
98
4,341 members
73 reviews
3.9
4 Members
PDE, sallypursell, sturlington, nagasravika.bodapati
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sturlington: Futuristic dystopia. Environmental degradation of Earth. Miserable Martian colonies.
99
4,073 members
266 reviews
4.1
100
3,835 members
76 reviews
½ 3.6
4 Members
ShelfMonkey, sallypursell, sturlington, nagasravika.bodapati
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sturlington: Televised survival contests in futuristic dystopia. One of The Bachman books.