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“Orwellian” Dystopian Fiction

Since you’ve heard the word “Orwellian” recently, we’ve curated a list of Dystopian fiction that helps explore the themes and lessons that Orwell and others put forth. How did we know you heard that term recently? Big Brother is always listening.

Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwell’s nightmarish vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff’s attempt to find individuality. Required reading for students since it was published, it ranks among the most terrifying novels ever written.

What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

Huxley imagines a genetically-engineered future where life is pain-free but at the same time also meaningless.

Never Let Me Go is a gripping mystery, a beautiful love story, and also a scathing critique of human arrogance and a moral examination of how we treat the vulnerable and different in our society.

Set in the days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

A gripping dystopian novel about a woman fleeing Los Angeles as America spirals into chaos.

Mark Dunn takes us on a journey against time through the eyes of Ella Minnow Pea and her family as they race to find another phrase containing all the letters of the alphabet to save them from being unable to communicate.

In a glass-enclosed city of absolute straight lines, ruled over by the all-powerful ‘Benefactor’, the citizens of the totalitarian society of OneState live out lives devoid of passion and creativity – until D-503, a mathematician who dreams in numbers, makes a discovery: he has an individual soul.

Wildly funny, rich, and humane, Super Sad True Love Story is a knockout novel by a young master, a book in which falling in love just may redeem a planet falling apart.

Margaret Atwood projects us into a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagining.

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