Smart Apocalyptic and Dystopian Fiction

Thinking of those books in these genres that are thoughtful, avoidant of cliche, speak to our humanity and examine who we become when the world is wrong. (Please no more books with rating inflated review schemes. If you bought or bartered for positive reviews for your book then I'm talking about you.)
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message 1: by Jay (new)


message 2: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Mala Hey there,

Like your list. I have been building a similar list (Dark Days Dystopian for the Not So Young Adult) with the same concept that there is some great and smart literature in this genre that is filled with a lot of not so hot YA stories. Thanks, you've alread added to my to read list.

Dan...


message 3: by Billur (new)

Billur Okay,who the heck put The Book Thief?


message 4: by Karen M (last edited Sep 30, 2015 03:38PM) (new)

Karen M Pride & Prejudice, A Tale of Two Cities, etc. I understand war would be apocalyptic but I'm not sure that was what the creator of this list was looking for. Then again maybe I'm wrong.


message 5: by Booklovinglady (last edited Dec 15, 2016 11:00AM) (new)

Booklovinglady I noticed Catch-22 (#27) on this list. Now I know it's been quite a while since I've read it, but I would never have put it on this list... But like Karen M said: 'Then again maybe I'm wrong.' I would never have put Pride and Prejudice or A Tale of Two Cities on this list either, by the way.


message 6: by William (new)

William Stephens Great list. I just discovered lists and am always looking for smart books. I added a couple by an unknown writer, Soul Source and Right of Passage, that I really liked.


message 7: by Mark (new)

Mark Kloss How is Harry Potter dystopian or apocalyptic??

Love the list otherwise though!


message 8: by Scott (new)

Scott Fisher Mark wrote: "How is Harry Potter dystopian or apocalyptic??

Love the list otherwise though!"


Ha ha. I had the same thought.


message 9: by Scott (new)

Scott Fisher I think Steven Amsterdam's "Things we didn't see coming" should be on this list https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6...


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