30 most popular dystopian novels (30 items)
George Orwell's dystopian classic "1984" was published in June of 1949 — that's 65 years ago this month — and has served as a cautionary tale to people and their governments ever since.
The landmark novel even introded new words — including "Big Brother," "Orwellian" and "doublespeak" — into the English lexicon.
It has also inspired, directly or indirectly, numerous other novels which describe dystopian futures. Here we've compiled a list made up of 30 books ranked by Goodreads users, ordered according to popularity among voters.
Because the list is based on popularity, it is subjective. Some books may not seem to meet the dystopian prerequisites — "Lord of the Flies," for example, is not typically viewed as dystopian — but they have still been included here to reflect the views of the Goodreads voters.
1 of 30. The Children of Men - P.D. James
2 of 30. Anthem - Ayn Rand
3 of 30. Battle Royale - Koushun Takami
If you think "Battle Royale" and "The Hunger Games" have similar plot lines, you're not alone. "The Hunger Games" has been accused by some of imitating Takami's book, which was published eight years before "The Hunger Games," according to ABC News. “I think every novel has something to offer,” Takami told ABC News of the controversy. “If readers find value in either book, that’s all an author can ask for.”