Dystopian recommendations?

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Dystopian recommendations?

Post by designerchick » Thu Jun 02, 2016 8:32 pm

Anyone read anything outstanding lately? I'm looking for something new. Series and young adult are fine.

I've read:
Hunger Games (series)
The Giver (series)
1984
Fahrenheit 451
Divergent (series)
The Maze Runner (series)
Wool (only made it through part of the first one - was very slow for me)
The City of Ember (#1 only)
The Host
Planet of the Apes (#1 only)
Logan's Run (#1 only)
Brilliant Darkness (series)
The Handmaid's Tale
Slaughterhouse-Five

I know there are a few classics that I've missed, but I'm more of a "modern writing" kind of gal. :lol: I prefer more "pure" dystopian subject matter over science fiction and zombies (please don't kick me out) but I'll read either if it's well-written. :)

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Re: Dystopian recommendations?

Post by majorhavoc » Thu Jun 02, 2016 8:44 pm

Get thee to a bookstore and buy a copy of The Passage by Justin Cronin. If you're feeling particularly literate, there's The Road by Cormac McCarthy but be prepared to have a part of your soul permanently blackened with that one.

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Re: Dystopian recommendations?

Post by designerchick » Thu Jun 02, 2016 8:56 pm

majorhavoc wrote:Get thee to a bookstore and buy a copy of The Passage by Justin Cronin. If you're feeling particularly literate, there's The Road by Cormac McCarthy but be prepared to have a part of your soul permanently blackened with that one.
Thank you! I'll look at both of them.

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Re: Dystopian recommendations?

Post by ineffableone » Thu Jun 02, 2016 9:05 pm

You might look into the Emberverse series, were something stops the ability of explosive reactions from happening and the world reverts back to a sword and bow PAW.

If I think of others I will post them.
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Re: Dystopian recommendations?

Post by The Twizzler » Thu Jun 02, 2016 9:26 pm

Cormac Mcarthy is pretty dark and if you like The Road then Blood Meridian is the darkest of his books, really a great read but I hope you aren't squeamish. One of my favorite short stories is Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron if you liked 1984 this is similar but more depressing. The only short story that actually made me shed a tear. A real gem if you can find it is Walter Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz think about a society 150 years after the Apocalypse it's both funny and melancholy. If you know the history of Russia then Master and Margarita is a great find, the Devil shows up in 1920's Russia I don't want to spoil it but the author died in the Gulags for writing it, the last bit was finished by his wife in secret. The books listed are a great starting point. I could list others but I believe that these make a great foundation to build on.
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Re: Dystopian recommendations?

Post by absinthe beginner » Thu Jun 02, 2016 9:41 pm

Cormac McCarthy is the greatest living American writer, IMHO. "The Road" is desolate beyond measure, but sets the standard for post-apocalypse fiction. Other Cormac McCarty books like "All the Prettty Horses" are great literature at its most sublime.
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Re: Dystopian recommendations?

Post by designerchick » Thu Jun 02, 2016 10:25 pm

Fantastic! Thanks so much!

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Re: Dystopian recommendations?

Post by yossarian » Fri Jun 03, 2016 1:11 am

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is conspicuously absent from your list and certainly fits the criteria for "pure dystopian". Twizzler mentioned another one of my favorites, Harrison Bergeron.

In line with Twizzler's reccomendations, if you want to check out some dystopian non-fiction, there's always Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago.
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Re: Dystopian recommendations?

Post by JackBauer » Fri Jun 03, 2016 8:52 am

Although it's titled Sci-fi apocalypse list, there are tons of great dystopian recommendations in this thread. viewtopic.php?f=11&t=92879
Several contributors have developed lists off the recommendations posts.
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Re: Dystopian recommendations?

Post by Ericjay9 » Fri Jun 03, 2016 3:13 pm

I really liked Wool, and the rest of the silo series. Kept me guessing all the way to the end. I've just started reading 1984. Sorry I don't have too many suggestions except for that Silo series. The road, though, that'll make you question a lot of things. Makes grown men cry.


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Re: Dystopian recommendations?

Post by LaughingVulcan » Fri Jun 03, 2016 6:59 pm

I'm not that much of a dystopian fan, but I would second the recommendation from another thread for Alas, Babylon, if you can find it. (I might be biased though because it was a favorite of mine as a teenager.) The Running Man was also interesting - don't expect Schwarzenegger. And, while I didn't consider it such, Wikipedia's list gives the Heinlein novella "If this Goes On-" as a dystopian example. It's available through used bookstores in either The Past Through Tomorrow or Revolt in 2100.

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Re: Dystopian recommendations?

Post by The Twizzler » Fri Jun 03, 2016 7:29 pm

Man, I hadn't even thought of Gulag Archipelago since college. I need to pick that one up for another go. I know everybody loves Brave New World but I could never get into it.
Honestly, Harison Bergeron is one of my favorite short stories tied with The Cripple by Guy Maupassant and Rikki Tikki Tavi by Rudyard Kipling.

yossarian wrote:Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is conspicuously absent from your list and certainly fits the criteria for "pure dystopian". Twizzler mentioned another one of my favorites, Harrison Bergeron.

In line with Twizzler's reccomendations, if you want to check out some dystopian non-fiction, there's always Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago.
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Re: Dystopian recommendations?

Post by DAVE KI » Fri Jun 03, 2016 8:52 pm

Like reading? Read "Dies The fire" and all sequels following. S.M. Stirling. Maybe you have.
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Re: Dystopian recommendations?

Post by designerchick » Sat Jun 04, 2016 10:12 pm

Oh.My.Word. I cannot stop reading this!!!

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Post by DAVE KI » Sun Jun 05, 2016 1:13 am

Been there done that. At least 9 times.Just finished it again a couple of months ago. :)
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Re: Dystopian recommendations?

Post by flybynight » Sun Jun 05, 2016 5:24 am

designerchick wrote:
Oh.My.Word. I cannot stop reading this!!!
Yea, just going to the first page to copy the link to post for you. I find my self starting another re-read
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Re: Dystopian recommendations?

Post by Beowolf » Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:07 pm

Resurrecting this thread for the latter part of 2018. Would love to see more suggestions added!
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Re: Dystopian recommendations?

Post by idahobob » Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:21 pm

"The Stormlight Archive", by Brandon Sanderson. There are currently 4 books in the series, out now. "The Way of Kings", "Words of Radiance", "Edgedancer", and "Oathbringer". There is supposed to be 10 volumes in all. So far, three of these are over 1000 pages. They kept me busy and enthralled.

I highly recommend anything by this author. :awesome:

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Re: Dystopian recommendations?

Post by JayceSlayn » Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:54 am

While it is not a book, I'd like to add the movie Equilibrium. Just after finishing the classical dystopian trilogy of Fahrenheit 451, A Brave New World, and 1984, one of my high school English teachers had us watch Equilibrium, which is basically a modern action mashup of all three. If you look at is as a purely action movie, it may be slightly above-average at best, but if you look at it from the aggregated dystopian standpoint, and try to pick apart the influences it takes from each book, it makes it much better.
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Post by Evan the Diplomat » Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:26 pm

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Re: Dystopian recommendations?

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A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter Miller Jr.

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Re: Dystopian recommendations?

Post by SCBrian » Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:33 pm

idahobob wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:21 pm
"The Stormlight Archive", by Brandon Sanderson. There are currently 4 books in the series, out now. "The Way of Kings", "Words of Radiance", "Edgedancer", and "Oathbringer". There is supposed to be 10 volumes in all. So far, three of these are over 1000 pages. They kept me busy and enthralled.

I highly recommend anything by this author. :awesome:

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Ugg. I'm tossing this into the same category as Robert Jordan. I'm not going to start reading until the author is dead or the series is wrapped and I like Sanderson...
I'm Partway though the Passage trilogy, but I cant say it's pulled me in like other reads. Ditto the recommendation for the "Emberverse" books. And if you want just post-apoc "One second After" by Forstchen.
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Re: Dystopian recommendations?

Post by 91Eunozs » Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:32 pm

SCBrian wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:33 pm
idahobob wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:21 pm
"The Stormlight Archive", by Brandon Sanderson. There are currently 4 books in the series, out now. "The Way of Kings", "Words of Radiance", "Edgedancer", and "Oathbringer". There is supposed to be 10 volumes in all. So far, three of these are over 1000 pages. They kept me busy and enthralled.

I highly recommend anything by this author. :awesome:

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Ugg. I'm tossing this into the same category as Robert Jordan. I'm not going to start reading until the author is dead or the series is wrapped and I like Sanderson...
I'm Partway though the Passage trilogy, but I cant say it's pulled me in like other reads. Ditto the recommendation for the "Emberverse" books. And if you want just post-apoc "One second After" by Forstchen.
Yeah...almost ordered the three that are out now for my kindle, but then thought to myself 10-book series, one every 3-4 years. Only three out so far... Yeah, no.

Maybe after the real book 4 (not the novella) is published! :lol:

Emberverse is definitely not what I expected... first book was great, then got weird, then I just rolled with it as a fantasy series, not post-apocolyptic fiction per-se. You can tell he’s getting bored with the series though...storyline started strong, but the last couple weren’t that great. Though the anthology with related stories from a bunch of authors a year or so ago was really good.


Kind of the same with Forstchen’s books for me. One second after was great...one year after...meh.
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