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message 1: by Manday (last edited Apr 20, 2009 08:04AM) (new)

Manday | 212 comments So, I have a thing for Utopia/Distopia books, and I want to compile a list of them. My definition is broad enough that their are probably a lot of them.

I am looking for books that either describe what a perfect human society would look like/how it would operate, or suggest a society that seems perfect in some ways but actually is horrible.

Examples/Ones I have already read
- Utopia
- Walden 2
- The Giver
- Brave New World
- 1984 (I am actually not sure this fits, but people always include it with Brave New World)
- Uglies

Add to my list, please!!


message 2: by Bird (new)

Bird (thebird) I will add two more. Both happen to be by the same author, Margaret Atwood.

Oryx and Crake
The Handmaid's Tale


message 3: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
Island by Aldous Huxley


message 4: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) BTW, I'm also in Columbus. What part are you from?


message 5: by JSou (new)

JSou Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. It's one of my favorites! I also agree with Bird about Margaret Atwood.


message 6: by Manday (new)

Manday | 212 comments I am adding these to my "to read" queue as they come in!! Thanks!


message 7: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Blindness by José Saramago
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro


message 8: by El (new)

El For post-apocalyptic writing, I've found this link to be a nice list. I'm currently on a post-apocalyptic fiction kick myself and am just hitting the last quarter or so of A Canticle for Leibowitz which I'm highly enjoying. After this I will be reading The Road, both of which are on the list linked above. Stephen King's The Long Walk is a personal favorite.

As far as utopian literature, Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote Herland and Ursula Le Guin wrote The Left Hand of Darkness.


message 10: by Lisa (new)

Lisa | 437 comments Bellamy - Looking Backward. I am reading that right now on DailyLit.


message 11: by Kandice (new)

Kandice Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Phillip K. Dick


message 12: by Mosca (last edited Apr 20, 2009 04:11PM) (new)

Mosca | 828 comments There are many. But my favorite by far is:
The Dispossessed An Ambiguous Utopia by Ursula K. Le Guin.


message 13: by Lori, Super Mod (new)

Lori (tnbbc) | 10123 comments Mod
Death With Interruptions- Jose Saramago
Earth Abides- George Stewart



message 14: by Squiggles{Kelly} (new)

Squiggles{Kelly} (squiggles) | 61 comments The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I'm not sure if it's a Distopia book exactly, but it reminded me a lot of Uglies. :D Unwind by by Neal Shusterman, too. In fact, Unwind and Uglies are quite a bit alike.


message 15: by Liz M (new)

Liz M Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Neuromancer by William Gibson
The Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Stranger in a Strange Land?


message 16: by April (new)

April (booksandwine) | 954 comments The Republic by Plato
The Stand by Stephen King


message 17: by Paula (new)

Paula | 1098 comments Anthem - Ayn Rand


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