The Carhullan Army – Sarah Hall

Summary: This is a dystopian near-future. Britain is essentially a wasteland, ruled by the Authority (a totalitarian type government), and everything is grey and bleak. Everything in people’s lives is controlled, right down to women being forced to fit contraceptive devices. The hometown of our narrator, Penrith, is over-crowded, filled with despairing people doing meaningless … Continue reading The Carhullan Army – Sarah Hall

The City Below The Cloud – T S Galindo

Summary: Set in a near-future climate change affected world, we follow the grim lives of Kalen and Sett, and their struggle to survive. There is law and order of a sort, mainly enforced by robots, but the teeming millions live right on the starvation line, life is less than cheap, and dead bodies can be … Continue reading The City Below The Cloud – T S Galindo

Blackfish City – Sam Miller

Summary: Qaanaaq is a floating city, based in the Arctic, a complex highly-engineered environment that somehow survives in this dystopian world. It is built along Arms, and social castes gravitate towards their own. The city has its social problems, and is riven by class, power and wealth. The city is run by mysterious shareholders (they … Continue reading Blackfish City – Sam Miller

The WindUp Girl – Paolo Bacigalupi

Summary: Future dystopian novel set in the Kingdom of Thailand, in a world where calories are king, fast travel is mainly by kink-spring propelled vehicles, and factories are powered by genetically-modified elephants/yaks known as megodonts. Main Characters: Anderson Lake: Calorie-man extraordinaire, ostensibly he is in the Kingdom to run a factory. In reality, he is … Continue reading The WindUp Girl – Paolo Bacigalupi

The Never Dawn – R E Palmer

The Never Dawn – R E Palmer Summary: This is the first in a YA dystopia trilogy. There are very strong echoes of 1984 here,  as we follow the life of Noah (all character names are biblical, by the way). Genders are kept separated, and all are under the control of “Mother”. Main Characters: Noah: … Continue reading The Never Dawn – R E Palmer

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

"O brave new world, that has such people in't!" – proclaims Miranda, in Shakespeare's The Tempest, as she sees the shipwrecked courtiers. For me, this book is a savage twist on that play.   Brave New World. I was reading a lot of the classics at this time (all of Orwell – Road to Wigan … Continue reading Brave New World – Aldous Huxley