Certain writers excel at imagining the post-apocalyptic, dystopian world. Life is miserable – basic human rights have been torn away from those existing in the bleak landscape. Conditions are harsh. Life is definitely not fun.
But deep within these communities, there are those who want to change the conditions in which they live, and they’re plotting rebellion.
We science fiction fans love dystopias, but you’ve probably read some yourself; some of the best-known novels fall into this genre, such as:
- 1984 (George Orwell)
- The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
- Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
- Farenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
- Never Let Me Go (Kazuro Ishiguro)
The library has a selection of books about dystopias (and utopias) in literature. Thumb through some of them and maybe even think about writing some of your own.
Do you crave a book so incredible that you must stay up all night reading because you can’t bear to stop? This Perfect Day is waiting for you at the library. It was written by Ira Levin, who also wrote Rosemary’s Baby.
What’s your favorite dystopia/anti-utopia/post-apocalyptic fiction? Share them with us in the comments!