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Why Dystopian Novels Are Becoming The BEST!

Updated on April 26, 2014

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The fact that dystopian novels possibly give an insight into the way our societies are heading in the future, makes them a must read for people who have a fascination for the way our world is heading. Because of their futuristic nature, people are inclined to believe that they are a new genre, but the truth is the likes of George Orwell and H.G. Wells have been providing this kind of literature since the late 1800's already. Of course the characters in these novels have changed over the decades, and instead of helpless citizens, the characters in the latest and best dystopian novels are fearless, aggressive and determined to face the enemy. The enemy is military people and politicians and the fascination of these books is that people recognize this group of people as the enemy today.

Teenagers Particularly Love Relating to Dystopian Teens

Even though dystopian novels are filled with inhumane activities, carnage and utter despair, people have a morbid fascination for them. One of the best dystopian novels is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, a 2008 science fiction novel which is written as if a teenager, Katniss Everdeen is telling her story from life in the post-apocalyptic nation of Panem. The Hunger Games is actually an event which takes place each year in which a girl and a boy between the ages of 12 and 18 are selected to compete in a televised battle to the death.
There are many teens who like books like this, because it depicts teenagers who go in total revolt against their parents and teachers, and they put themselves in the position of the teenagers in these books. They want to identify with teenagers who have the courage and conviction to take the law into their hands and do what it takes to win a particular cause.

Best Dystopian Novels Offer a Taste of Things to Come

Dystopian novels are always about a fictional world where things are far worse than what we are experiencing in our world at the moment, where under the illusion of 'all is well' there are undercurrents and oppression . Among the best dystopian novels is 1984 by George Orwell, which is ranked as one of the very top dystopian science-fiction novels. Dated in the 1940s, this book is such an ultimate in horror, terror and ugliness that heaps of film- and television producers have taken it and used parts of the contents for their productions.

People who love these novels should certainly put 1984 on their list of 'must read' dystopian novels. It is about a man living in a post-apocalyptic Britain. The three nations left on earth use different tactics and devices to oppress their populations; the aim of the book being to show the dangers of a totalitarian government. People are enthralled with this book simply because it comes so close to reality.

These days the comparison of 1984 and the America we know and love seem all too close. This genre is really hitting home with the feelings of many among us and how the world is growing closer to a big brother dystopian society from our books.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is another one of the best dystopian novels as well as Dream Caster by Najeev Raj Nadarajah, the story of a 16 year old haunted by memories of his massacred settlement. In the days that follow, the teen, Weaver, discovers that he can cast dreams into reality. There are terrible moments in the story and a race against time when one wonders if life can indeed get any worse.

Being able to Read Books is a Wonderful Gift

However you choose to read your books today, whether by paper-page or electronically, the fact is, that reading is a wonderful gift that can provide friendship and entertainment, and with the best dystopian novels some horror as well. Bookkus publishing is a trade publisher with a group of reviewers who choose books which readers find the most entertaining, albeit a bit horrific and who are interested in challenging and entertaining books of which the best dysponian novels are always a popular choice.


Some Great Dystopian Books

Dream Caster
Animal Farm
The Road
The Hunger Games
The Maze Runner
The Giver
Got other great dystopian books? Tell me and I'll add them to the table.


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      Leah Kennedy-Jangraw 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Interesting article- I like your theory on why teenages enjoy reading dystopia-themed books. It seems there are a lot of new options for them to read lately thanks to the success of the Hunger Games series.

      I enjoyed Aldous Huxley's 'A Brave New World' in addition to some of the ones you listed in your article. 'The Giver' is on my list to read, just haven't gotten to it yet.