It is hard to imagine what the world will be like in the years to come, and if it will be so much different than the world we live in now. Thankfully we have authors who can describe in startling detail what the future could possibly hold, even if that future is absolutely horrifying.
For this week’s Top 5 Tuesday, a weekly meme by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, we are asked to list our top dystopian novels. It wasn’t that hard for me to come up with a list because the idea that our world could be anything like the world these authors have created has lasted with me.
(All book covers are linked to Goodreads).
I am sure that the Handmaid’s Tale will end up on many lists, but I also think it is because it hits close to home. Atwood wrote this in the 80s for a different political climate and yet we are drawing so many parallels from it that are still relevant today. It’s kind of scary. While I read this a few years ago, I still think about it. It doesn’t help that there is now a show that is putting it in a visual context for us. You can read my thoughts in my review.
I happened across this book while browsing the library shelves a few years ago. The summary on the dust jacket intrigued me but I had no idea how this story would affect me. Basically, we live in a world where the skin of criminals is altered to the color of their crimes. When Hannah wakes up, she finds that she is red and that she is being charged with murder. Through the rest of the story, the reader follows Hannah on her journey of why she did what she did and her quest to find herself. I was blown away when I read this book and I recommend it to everyone I can.
I only read this book last year and I loved it. Given the progress we have made in technology, it isn’t really hard to imagine a world where people are immersed in an alternate reality game day in and day out to escape the hardships of the real world. The book focuses on a race to uncover an Easter egg hidden within the game, which makes the story that more enjoyable. It is definitely an adventure as we follow Wade Watson leading the pack in this quest. You can read my thoughts on the book and the movie here.
A dystopian list would not be complete without the Hunger Games. It is hard to imagine a North America so altered as the one that is described in this book. It is truly a story of survival as each year, one person from each district in the nation of Panem must compete in the Hunger Games, the fight to the death aired on live TV. When I first read this, I thought Katniss an inspiration, not only for her will to survive but her strength and resilience.
Can you imagine a world where books are the enemy and the firemen are tasked with burning those books along with the houses where they were hidden? I know, either could I. Prepared to get uncomfortable because that is the world you are dropped into when you read this book. All you can do is ask WHY?! as you follow Montag, a fireman as he goes about his job. But then as things start to happen, Montag begins to question things and the world as he knows it falls apart.
What are your top 5 dystopian novels? Have you read any on this list? What did you think?