Summary A post global-warming dystopian novel from the pen of Margaret Atwood, it focuses on Jimmy (aka Snowman), who believes himself to be the only human survivor of a deliberate viral destruction of the human race. This is the first part of the MaddAddam trilogy, so essentially is setting the scene for the next novels … Continue reading Oryx & Crake – Margaret Atwood
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
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
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
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
A world where everyone has a job, no-one is hungry or homeless, and every need is catered for – all they want in return is your freedom.
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
Doing the right thing sometimes has the wrong result.
Dystopian post-apocalyptic world. First in a trilogy.
"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