The Best Dystopian Novels of 2023

Cover images of the best dystopian novels of 2023

For the eighth year running, it’s time for the annual update to my list of The 110 Best Dystopian Novels. I started with over sixty contenders for the best dystopian novels of 2023 and eventually selected the top five* titles of the year. The final rankings are based on curated lists from Amazon, The Guardian, The New York Times, Publishers … Read more

The Best Dystopian Books of 2022

Cover images of the best dystopian books of 2022

Welcome to the seventh year of annual updates to my list of The 110 Best Dystopian Novels. Starting from dozens of contenders, I narrowed the field to these four best dystopian books of 2022. Rankings are based on curated lists from The Guardian, The New York Times, Publishers Weekly and more, suggestions from readers on Goodreads, and ratings on Goodreads … Read more

The Best Dystopian Novels of 2021

Cover images of the best dystopian novels of 2021

For the sixth year running, here is the annual update to my list of The 110 Best Dystopian Novels. These four best dystopian novels of 2021 were selected from dozens of contenders based on curated lists from The Guardian, The New York Times, Publishers Weekly and more, suggestions from readers on Goodreads, and ratings on Goodreads and Amazon. To complement … Read more

The Best Dystopian Fiction of 2020

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After an especially dystopian year, it’s time for the annual update to my list of The 110 Best Dystopian Novels. Here is the best dystopian fiction of 2020* based on curated lists from Book Riot, The New York Times, Publishers Weekly and more, suggestions from readers on Goodreads, and ratings on Goodreads and Amazon. To complement these rankings, I have … Read more

The Best Dystopian Books of 2019

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It’s time for my annual addendum to my roundup list of The 110 Best Dystopian Novels. Here are the best dystopian books of 2019 based on curated lists from Book Riot, The New York Times, Publishers Weekly and more, suggestions from readers on Goodreads, and ratings on Goodreads and Amazon. To complement these rankings, I have created two pieces of … Read more

Margaret Atwood And The Rise Of The Feminist Dystopia

The feminist dystopia novel The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

An article I wrote for The Curious Reader to celebrate the release of Margaret Atwood’s new novel The Testaments. Margaret Atwood did not launch the feminist dystopia genre. But by writing its most visible work, she helped bring the genre into the popular consciousness. From the post-World War II dystopian boom to the American feminist movement, Atwood drew on a … Read more

What If There Were No Diseases?

A world with no diseases: cause for celebration or concern?

In my dystopian fiction novel Our Dried Voices, I imagine a future world in which humans have cured all diseases and live in a utopian society free from worries about cancer, infection and other ailments. It seems like the makings of an ideal world, but things are not as perfect as they seem. In this article published on the website … Read more

How Dystopian Novels Are Written

Our Dried Voices and 1984, two dystopian novels

An article I wrote for The Curious Reader about the key elements in my dystopian novel Our Dried Voices and other classics in the genre. Thanks to a young adult boom and television and film adaptations, the dystopian genre is riding a comeback. Authors who write dystopian novels have a new audience eager for stories that play on modern anxieties and … Read more

Orwell Designer Daniel Marx on the Dark Side of Dystopia

Screenshot from the video game Orwell: Ignorance Is Strength

George Orwell’s prophetic novel 1984 remains relevant even today, seventy years after its publication. We still use terms like “Big Brother” and “Thought Police” to refer to the threat of invasive government surveillance. But video game developer Osmotic Studios has turned these anxieties upside down with two installments of the game Orwell. In the first, you play a government agent … Read more

The Best Dystopian Novels of 2018

Cover images of the best dystopian novels of 2018

In 2016, I published a roundup list of The 110 Best Dystopian Novels. Of course, many new dystopian novels came out during the remainder of 2016 and in the two years since. In order to keep my list updated over time, I am releasing annual rankings of the best dystopian novels published each year. Here are the best dystopian novels … Read more