What dystopian novels are you reading now?

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What dystopian novels are you reading now?

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1nohrt4me2
Jun 15, 2014, 1:31pm

I finished Boomsday, a not-very-good novel in which those over 70 were encouraged to reduce the stresses on Social Security and Medicare by committing suicide. Hard to play that books for the intended laughs.

Also completed Company by Max Barry, which is a not-so-far-fetched look at a company that studies company dynamics. It's funny but grim.

Finally heard about an interesting YA dystopian, Pills and Starships that I have in my TBR pile.

Tried to get through Stand on Zanzibar, but it takes some commitment to follow the various plot lines and style, and I hope to get back to that soon.

2avaland
Mar 30, 2016, 5:44pm

I've finished 4 dystopian novels since February. I haven't done any reviews on them yet, but they were all very good in their own way.

They are:

Veracity by Laura Bynum (US, 2012) A near future where many words have been removed from usage...

The Unit by Ninna Holmqvist (Swedish, 2006, T 2008) A near future where the 50-year olds (and older) "unnecessary" people in society sacrifice for the necessary.

The Carhullan Army by Sarah Hall (UK, 2007) one woman escapes the repressive regime and joins an all-female militia.

Alanya to Alanya by L. Timmel Duchamp (US, 2005) In a repressive and horribly misogynist near future, aliens come to "help" but will only talk to and through the women...

3avaland
Mar 30, 2016, 5:46pm

I should add that, considering the current political climate here in the states, it might be time for yet another reread of The Handmaid's Tale.

4nohrt4me2
Mar 30, 2016, 8:36pm

>2 avaland: Did you like Veracity? I've seen some really interesting dystopian premises viz a viz language repression.

5avaland
Apr 3, 2016, 4:51pm

>4 nohrt4me2: I did like it. The first person voice of the protagonist really draws you in. It's a bit more genre than the Holmqvist and the Hall. There was a love interest I thought the story could do without.