This week, I’m sharing with you what books would be on my syllabus if I taught Dystopia 101. In reality this is going to be the top 10 dystopia books that I’ve read, some might stretch the definition of dystopia beyond just ‘evil oppressive overlords’, but these are certainly a collection of places you wouldn’t want to live (at least not until there’s been a successful uprising that is).
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown
- The Obernewtyn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody
- The Hunger Games by Susanne Collins
- Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness – perhaps not strictly dystopia, but still damn good books
- The Maze Runner by James Dashner – perhaps the second and third books are more examples of where things go wrong
- Nineteen-Eighty Four by George Orwell
- Animal Farm by George Orwell – these three are just perfect classic dystopia
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- Life as We Knew it and it’s sequel by Susan Beth Pfeffer (but only the first two, not the last one – that would just show when authors need to move on)
- Tomorrow when the War Began by John Marsden
What would you put on a syllabus?