The Best Dystopian Novels of 2016 and 2017

The Best Dystopian Novels of 2016 and 2017

In early 2016, I published a roundup of The 110 Best Dystopian Novels. Of course, many new dystopian novels came out during the remainder of 2016 and throughout 2017. And more will continue to do so with each passing year. So to keep my list updated over time, here are the best dystopian novels of 2016 and 2017. The final rankings are … Read more

March Madness is Contagious!

Cover of Contagious by Jacqueline Druga

Druga’s Dark Horse Dethrones Dystopian Deities With a convincing victory over 1 seed Brave New World (Aldous Huxley), 24 seed Contagious (Jacqueline Druga) captured the Dystopia March Madness title on the strength of reader voting. “I credit my fan base and readers, they are by far the greatest in the world and most faithful,” Druga said of the secret to her novel’s triumph. … Read more

Dystopia March Madness

Final Four of Dystopia March Madness

Last year, I published my list of The 110 Best Dystopian Novels, based on curated lists from publications like the Huffington Post, ShortList and Wired, suggestions from readers on Goodreads and Reddit, and picks from dystopian fiction authors like Neal Shusterman, Joelle Charbonneau, David Brin and Lois Lowry. As with any list of this nature, everyone has a book they think was unfairly … Read more

Driving Forward

Driving Forward

The first time I got behind the wheel of a car, my father bravely sat in the passenger seat. I was fifteen with a learner’s permit, and I was nervous and hesitant. In one of our first driving lessons, my father directed me to Forestway Drive, a two-lane road with no traffic signals and no passing that wound through a … Read more

How to Survive a Modern Dystopia

How to Survive a Modern Dystopia

“Dystopia” has become a popular buzzword these days. Perhaps it’s because real-world technology is finally catching up with the fictional inventions of books like Neuromancer and 1984. Perhaps it’s due to the literary and cinematic popularity of franchises like The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner and Divergent. Or perhaps we are really living in a modern dystopia on the brink of … Read more

The 110 Best Dystopian Novels

Cover of 1984 by George Orwell, one of the 110 best dystopian novels

Based on curated lists from the Huffington Post, ShortList, Wired and more, suggestions from readers on Goodreads and Reddit, and picks from dystopian fiction authors like Neal Shusterman, Joelle Charbonneau, David Brin and Lois Lowry, here is a roundup of the 110 best dystopian novels ever written. To compile the final rankings, I assigned a weighted score to each novel that … Read more

The Popularity of Dystopian Film and Its Effect on Dystopian Literature

The Popularity of Dystopian Film and Its Effect on Dystopian Literature

A previous version of this article was published in August 2015 on Bookworm Blues and Downright Dystopian. The past few years have seen a huge growth in the dystopian film genre, from The Hunger Games franchise to an adaptation of Lois Lowry’s The Giver. In a 2015 article for The Guardian, Joe Queenan went so far as to call it “a golden age,” … Read more