27 New Dystopian Novels for Your Post-Apocalyptic Reading List

Posted by Cybil on December 11, 2020
"Oh, we are living a dystopian reality!" You've heard it, you may have even said it. But despite what's happening in the world—or maybe because of it—readers continue to flock to tales of breakdowns in society, surviving in post-apocalyptic landscapes, and other, ahem..., light reading!

Here we rounded up some of the top dystopian novels from the past few years. You'll notice that dystopia leeches into genres from literary fiction, to sci-fi, to young adult, to horror. Be sure to add your favorites to your Want to Read shelf.

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Do you have a dystopian novel to recommend to your fellow readers? Share it with us in the comments below!

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message 1: by Manasa (new)

Manasa Vox by Christina Dalcher


message 2: by Inna (new)

Inna I The Doomsday Book of Fairy Tales


message 3: by Katherine (new)

Katherine John Scalzi's Lock In series


message 4: by Rick (new)

Rick Tippins We need one of these for book series in the Post Apoc genre. There are some very good series out there. Although I'm not usually a fan of zombie stuff, there are a few really entertaining book series out.


message 5: by Rachel (new)

Rachel the Monument 14 series!


message 6: by Millie (new)

Millie Stevinson The gender games - Bella Forrest


message 7: by Peter (new)

Peter Himmelman The End of the World Running Club by Adrian J. Walker.


message 8: by Kate (new)

Kate Parable of the Sower


message 9: by Michelle (new)

Michelle The Mother Fault - Kate Mildenhall


message 10: by Shay (new)

Shay Michelle where can I find The Mother Fault? Is there an audio version? All of my typical sources don’t have it. Thanks!


message 12: by Josh (new)

Josh Do you like your dystopia long or short? Pick based on book length with this data graphic of the dystopia list I made. INTERACT

dystopia fiction


message 13: by Marie (new)

Marie Into the forest by Jean Hegland
After the flood by Kassandra Montag
In a perfect world by Laura Kasischke
Machines like me by Ian McEwan
Uglies by Scott Westferfield
The dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
Everyone we've been by Sarah Everett
Remade by Alex Scarrow
Blindness by José Saramago
Sphere by Michael Crichton (my fave!)


message 14: by Julie (new)

Julie The Passage by Justin Cronin


message 15: by Cybil, Goodreads employee (new)

Cybil Josh wrote: "Do you like your dystopia long or short? Pick based on book length with this data graphic of the dystopia list I made. INTERACT

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This is so cool! Thank you for sharing it!


message 16: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Matchett Margaret Atwood's earlier MaddAddam triology - Oryx and Crake ; The Year of the Flood ; MaddAddam
Superb, especially the first book. Certain resonances with the current covid situation this year!


message 17: by Paul (new)

Paul  Woodhouse The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R.Carey


message 18: by Vigdis (new)

Vigdis The End (Slutet) by Mats Strandberg.


message 19: by Yvonne (new)

Yvonne Wool by Hugh Howie
And Wake by Elizabeth Knox also has a dystopian feel. (Can't disclose more or it wrecks the story)


message 20: by Amy (new)

Amy Carpenter One of my fave recent reads is Blood Numbers.


message 21: by Josh (new)

Josh Great list. These need to make it onto the curated dystopia list. I took a deep dive into that list and came up with what I think is an interesting view of the books. Check it out.




message 22: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Marie wrote: "Into the forest by Jean Hegland
After the flood by Kassandra Montag
In a perfect world by Laura Kasischke
Machines like me by Ian McEwan
Uglies by Scott Westferfield
The dreamers by Karen Thompson ..."

Into the Forest - I have read it several times - excellent


message 23: by Cinda (new)

Cinda One Second After by William R Forsythe. Great book he did a 3 book series but the first book is just a great book


message 24: by Cinda (new)

Cinda Sorry Forstchen


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