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Dystopian and Apocalyptic Literature

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40,521 members, 790 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
31,253 members, 884 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

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

3
42,520 members, 574 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

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

4
63,624 members, 1,023 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
45,304 members, 671 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
38,553 members, 600 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

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

7
30,014 members, 1,382 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
27,841 members, 1,270 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
13,988 members, 444 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
20,802 members, 316 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.

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9,187 members, 252 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)

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6,300 members, 511 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

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

13
36,163 members, 1,632 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

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sturlington (119): Sequel to The Hunger Games.

14
33,525 members, 923 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 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
14,815 members, 389 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

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

16
5,832 members, 167 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

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

17
3,175 members, 67 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
13,842 members, 273 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.

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48,353 members, 3,196 reviews
4.34 stars (4.34 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
32,484 members, 1,580 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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sturlington (120): Sequel to Catching Fire.

21
7,653 members, 174 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

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sturlington (46): False utopia/anarchism.

22
4,184 members, 119 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)

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3,963 members, 143 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

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

24
2,453 members, 137 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

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

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18,619 members, 298 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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sturlington (25): Classic cyberpunk. Required reading.

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18,361 members, 230 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

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sturlington (42): Satirical apocalyptic novel.

27
12,980 members, 245 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.

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10,235 members, 279 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

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

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5,847 members, 322 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

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sturlington (58): Sequel to Oryx and Crake.

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4,486 members, 285 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

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

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16,459 members, 305 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

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

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11,312 members, 601 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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

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6,240 members, 161 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

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

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4,685 members, 176 reviews
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)

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

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3,639 members, 94 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.

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17,943 members, 806 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

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

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16,843 members, 1,259 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

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

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7,907 members, 174 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 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.

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7,414 members, 540 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

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

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2,634 members, 128 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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sturlington (28): Sequel to The Passage.

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2,201 members, 145 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.

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15,635 members, 425 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

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

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8,862 members, 396 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.

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4,877 members, 240 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

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Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): RapeX1000. *shudder*

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

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2,352 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.

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2,160 members, 62 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.

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2,057 members, 47 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

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

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1,821 members, 46 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

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

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1,437 members, 56 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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

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1,180 members, 66 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 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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14,172 members, 588 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 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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11,940 members, 614 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

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sturlington (115): Zombie apocalypse.

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7,327 members, 193 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

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sturlington (18): Futuristic dystopia; perpetual war.

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5,142 members, 88 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

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

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3,452 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)

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2,099 members, 61 reviews
3.42 stars (3.42 stars)

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

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1,722 members, 116 reviews
3.38 stars (3.38 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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862 members, 99 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.

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357 members, 17 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 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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26,711 members, 632 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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17,748 members, 384 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.

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13,445 members, 249 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

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

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11,096 members, 937 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

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

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10,344 members, 334 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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9,131 members, 616 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 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.

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7,672 members, 261 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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sturlington (0): Sequel to Uglies.

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6,857 members, 109 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 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.

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3,954 members, 120 reviews
4 stars (4 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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3,919 members, 101 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

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

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3,588 members, 55 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 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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1,508 members, 152 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

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

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1,108 members, 29 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

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sturlington (9): Sequel to Dawn.

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1,045 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.

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659 members, 84 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

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sturlington (52): Sequel to The Last Policeman.

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12,584 members, 185 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

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sturlington (15): Sequel to The Gunslinger.

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11,267 members, 152 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

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

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6,511 members, 194 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

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sturlington (0): Sequel to Pretties.

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6,321 members, 72 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)
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6,093 members, 40 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

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sturlington (0): Sequel to Count Zero.

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4,719 members, 129 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

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

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

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4,313 members, 412 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

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sturlington (141): YA dystopia. Technology implants.

82
3,892 members, 156 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

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sturlington (20): Vampire/zombie apocalypse.

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3,691 members, 77 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

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

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3,488 members, 232 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.

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3,443 members, 226 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

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

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3,397 members, 243 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

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sturlington (0): First of a series.

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3,008 members, 217 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 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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2,916 members, 94 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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2,582 members, 89 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

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

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2,107 members, 55 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

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

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2,088 members, 43 reviews
3.44 stars (3.44 stars)

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sturlington (146): Post-apocalyptic flooded London.

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2,067 members, 41 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.

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1,750 members, 39 reviews
3.44 stars (3.44 stars)

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

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1,659 members, 40 reviews
3.55 stars (3.55 stars)

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

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1,573 members, 102 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

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

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1,378 members, 153 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

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

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1,365 members, 101 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.

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1,277 members, 43 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

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

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1,202 members, 42 reviews
3.44 stars (3.44 stars)

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

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1,100 members, 18 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

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sturlington (150): Corporate-run domed cities, climate change.

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