I’m a real sucker for dystopian novels and judging by the popularity of the genre, I’m not the only one! Don’t get me wrong, I love a good romance novel (I’ve even read, and enjoyed Twilight) or fun wizard fantasy (obviously I’m talking about Harry Potter) but there’s something about a romance that prevails despite a corrupt futuristic government that really makes my heart skip a beat (see Jeff, I am a hopeless romantic)! I’ve been ravenously devouring every dystopian romance novel I can get my hands on, I think it’s because I’m anxiously anticipating the Catching Fire premier in just a little over a week (I seriously can’t believe it is so soon,I’m hyperventilating). I also think it’s because reading is much more fun than working on projects and writing papers, yet feels more productive than binging on Netflix. I let myself get away with procrastinating when I’m reading (same with blogging…oops).
Seven Dystopian Novels you should be Reading Right Now:
1. 1984 by George Orwell- If you somehow escaped high school without reading this one run to the bookstore (not library, you need to own it) and pick up your copy right now. It’s a classic and it will completely change the way you view the world. I think it is safe to declare 1984 the Dystopian Bible.
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins- Yes it’s super trendy and yes it is about children fighting to the death but guess what it’s great! And there is even a little love story amongst all the gore and sadness for all the romantics out there. Plus after you read it you can watch the movie (BECAUSE YOU SHOULD NEVER WATCH THE MOVIE BEFORE READING THE BOOK) and fall in love with Gale or Peeta (it’s like team Edward or team Jacob but not as annoying and stupid).
3. Divergent by Veronica Roth- I was up late into the night finishing this one last week and while it’s nowhere near as influential as some of my other favorites, it’s still quite a page turner. I’m on the second book (Insurgent) now and I keep looking for excuses to just cuddle up and read instead of dealing with real life. Sorry I’m not sorry.
4. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley- This is another one you may have been forced to read in your high school english class but I’d say it’s a good kind of forced because it’s AMAZING! It’s not as easy or quick of a read as Divergent/Hunger Games but it is absolutely necessary for every dystopian fanatic out there.
5. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau- I honestly haven’t read this one since…sixth grade I think but it blew my little twelve year old mind. I keep meaning to reread this little gem and I suggest you do the same. It’s the book that completely turned me on to the world of dystopia.
6. Lord of the Flies by William Golding- This one is particularly close to my heart as I hold the deep rooted belief that children are absolutely evil to the core, I love them but they’re evil.
7. Uglies by Scott Westerfield- Imagine a world where everyone was supermodel gorgeous and thus perfect and equal? Like The Hunger Games, and Divergent this series centers around turning 16 and undergoing a major life transformation. It’s a quick read perfect for a flight if you’re traveling for the Holidays, or a lazy weekend indoors if you hate venturing out into the cold like me!
Do you have any suggestions for Dystopian novels I should checkout? I feel like by reading them I am somehow mentally preparing myself for when the NSA takes complete control over the government and transforms society as we know it…so therefore reading all day isn’t really procrastination…right?