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Dystopian Fiction / Novels

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Introduction to Dystopian Fiction

The genre referred to as "dystopian" — which in terms of books is usually called dystopian literature, dystopian novels, or dystopian fiction — is becoming one of the most popular forms of entertainment. Dystopian novels have become especially popular with teenagers and young adults. The upsurge in popularity of this genre is a truly great thing since it's an interesting and enjoyable way to learn many of the principles of survival that will be useful in the years to come.

For many adults, who have lived their whole lives in the modern world, the thought of living in a post-crash world can be utterly terrifying. This is in a large part because they have no memories or "stories" about such a life, so when they think of it it's like looking into a huge blank void, with nothing to imagine other than all the familiar things that won't exist any more. A really good way to fill this void is with stories about life after the crash.

These books also make excellent presents that someone into survival can give to a relative or friend who isn't really into this type of stuff in real life. Also, unlike perhaps many of the things on this website, this is not just guys stuff — in the last few years, a lot of Dystopian Fiction has become extremely popular with the girls.

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The Divergent Trilogy
The Hunger Games Trilogy
Classic Dystopian Fiction / Novels
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One Second After (A John Matherson Novel), by William R. Forstchen. This is a fictional account of what may happen in a small town in the USA in the year following an EMP event. It's quite realistic in that almost everything (perhaps everything) not only could actually happen, but is one of the most likely scenarios.

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One Second After (A John Matherson Novel), by William R. Forstchen


Going Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series), by A. American. Another really good fictitional account of events following an EMP event. This is a much different focus to "Going Home", it's mostly about the journey of one man from where his car stops working to his home town.

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Going Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series), by A. American

The Divergent Trilogy


Divergent, the first book in the Divergent trilogy, Veronica Roth. Divergent, Veronica Roth. These are written mainly for young adults but can be enjoyed by people much older than that. I think its a truly awesome story, and I'm not a young adult. The main character is a girl, so it's written from a girl's perspective. And while its probably fair to say there are more girls are into Divergent than guys, the bias is nothing like some of the other popular series (e.g. about vampires and werewolves). Definitely guys can appreciate this story too.

It's set in Chicago, after the apocalypse. Their post-apocalypse society has been divided into five "factions" based on what virtues people value most: charity, bravery, honesty, knowledge, or friendship. This was done in order to stop any more war, with the idea that if people with different base value systems could live separately from each other, there would be harmony. An interesting idea, but could it really work? If you read the book series (or see the movie) you'll discover how it plays out in the story...

The story of Divergent begins with the main character, Beatrice a.k.a. Tris, having to choose one of the five factions at the "choosing ceremony" which all 16 year-olds participate in. Then she has to undergo initiation into the faction that she chooses...

I'm reading the Wikipedia page about Divergent as I write this, and interestingly there are some comments about the author Veronica Roth being a Christian, and that some people have labelled the book "Christian". To be honest, I didn't notice any of this in the book. Other than perhaps a lot of references to moral choices, more than in most stories — but it really did not seem like what I would call a "Christian book".

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Insurgent, the second book in the Divergent trilogy, Veronica Roth. Insurgent, Veronica Roth. This is the second book in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. As the sequel to the 2011 bestseller Divergent, it continues the story of Tris Prior and the dystopian post-apocalyptic version of Chicago. Following the events of the previous novel, a war now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. While trying to save the people that she loves, Tris faces the haunting questions of grief, forgiveness, identity, loyalty, politics, and love.

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Allegiant, the third book in the Divergent trilogy, Veronica Roth. Allegiant, Veronica Roth. This is the third book in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. I'm not up to it yet and I don't want to spoil the story for myself by reading anything too much about it. You can find out more from an internet search.

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The Hunger Games Trilogy

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The Hunger Games (Book 1) by Suzanne Collins.

Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins.

Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins.

The The Hunger Games Trilogy Box Set: Paperback Classic Collection by Suzanne Collins.

Classic Dystopian Fiction / Novels

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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. My Dad talked about this one a lot and I really should read it in honour of his memory. There's a movie of it made in 1980 that you can watch here for free.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding. I always wonder what would have happened if there were some girls on the island.

The Chrysalids by John Wyndham. I'm surprising myself how many of these classic books I read at school. There was a lot of religious extremism in The Chrysalids, which is definitely something that could happen in a dystopian post-nuclear-war future.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. This is a really nasty piece of work, I almost didn't include it.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Series) by Douglas Adams.

The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester. Set in the future where the cops are telepathic and murder is impossible..... almost. I read it when I was 14 and I was fascinated.

Animal Farm by George Orwell. I read this at age nine. It sounded like a kids book. I read a lot of books as a child, so many that one time my year four teacher made me swear on the Bible, in front of the class, that I had truly read all six of the books I brought in to claim my coloured stars for the classroom wall chart. I was a bit in love with her though we never got very far due to our large age difference (nine vs. 23). Around that time I also read all five of the Chronicles of Prydain books, which I recently re-purchaed and am looking forward to reading again.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. A classic book but in terms of dystopian survivalist fiction, I can't really give it a good review. The title seems quite fake. I read the whole book and I could not find even one hint about how to kill a mockingbird, or any kind of bird. In fact there was no mention of hunting or trapping at all. Don't be fooled.


1984, George Orwell. 1984, George Orwell. I studied this at school in the year 1984, and its probably my favourite book that I ever read at school that was an official classroom text. It's also one of the most famous books ever. The terms "Big Brother", "Big Brother is watching you", "newspeak", "doublethink", and "doublespeak" all originate from Orwell's masterpiece. If you don't know much about it, it's set in the future when the government controls basically everything. Many of its ideas come from events surrounding World War II, and also from other wars and political systems that Orwell had studied.

The concept of doublethink (along with almost everything else in the book) is an amazingly perceptive view of how much of political systems work. Next time you notice the government doing something that seems to make no sense, especially if it directly contradicts something else that they said (or did, or promised) before, have one more read of this quote from 1984:

Doublethink means

the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them... To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just as long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies – all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth.

A movie came out based on it in the year 1984, which I didn't like. It seemed really disjointed and incoherent. Though it's been a long time since I've seen it. There is also an older movie of it, made in 1956, which is meant to be better thought I haven't seen it yet. You can watch it for free here on YouTube.

Don't expect it to be a happy book. It's very dark.

However (and perhaps surprisingly) I'll end this review on a positive note: Sometimes learning more about the world, and how it works, and what's likely to happen in the future can actually make me feel more hopeful. I remember feeling really quite frightened the first time I read this book. I had a severely disturbing feeling of what if something like this could really be the future, as in the final state of humanity, from which there would be no escape, ever. Perhaps other people who read these kinds of stories also wonder about this. In one sense, it seems logical (and therefore possible) — in that once one state/country/regime has enough strength to beat all opposition, then there would never be another state that could rise up against it. Which would give rise to a one-world-government that would last eternally, like in Orwells' famous quote "If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever." BUT — what I've learned since then is that a permanent future like that would be completely impossible. The reason being that any kind of empire run along these lines would require ongoing growth to be able to exist. And once there is a one-world government, there is very little unconquered parts of the world left for the empire to grow into. In fact, once an empire becomes all-powerful it's usually a sign that there isn't much time left for it, and it's about to collapse. So, reassuringly, the kind of evil empire portrayed in Orwell's 1984 could not possibly exist for more than a short period of history (or of the future, or the present).

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Tomorrow When the War Began (Series) by John Marsden.

The Giver by Louis Lowry

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. "In the world of the near future, who will control women's bodies?"

The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

Delirium (Delirium Trilogy) (Series) by Lauren Oliver.

The Maze Runner (Book 1) (Series) by James Dashner

All of The Above by Timothy Scott Bennett, the creator of "What a Way to Go: Life At the End Of Empire". Really good! Tim is currently working on the sequel, called Rumi's Field.

One Second After by William R. Forstchen. See above on this page.

Going Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series) by A. American. See above on this page.

Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse (Series) by James Wesley Rawles, author of How to Survive The End of The World as We Know It. This book is the first of a series.

The Prepper, Part 1: The Collapse (Series) by Karl A.D. Brown.

Collapse: A Survival Thriller by Scott Carleton.

Lethal Legacy by Tom Edwards. Several years ago, the author Tom sent me a copy of this in the mail to review. It really is about time I got up to date with my book reviews. It was a good read, though dark as you might expect. It was one of the first of this type of book I'd read, and I learned a few things that I hadn't though through completely before.

The Survivalist (Frontier Justice) (Series) by Dr. Arthur T Bradley, author of Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family and Prepper's Instruction Manual: 50 Steps to Prepare for any Disaster.

299 Days: The Preparation (Volume 1) (Series) by Glen Tates.

Holding Their Own: A Story of Survival (Series) by Joe Nobody.

The End: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World Series) Book One, by G. Michael Hopf.

Grid Down Reality Bites by Bruce "Buckshot" Hemming.

Lights Out by David Crawford.

Rain of Ashes by Robert Wolff, the author of Original Wisdom. Robert sent me a signed version a few years ago. This is his website where you can read a lot of his writing for free.

Chthon and Phthor by Piers Anthony.

Fight Club: A Novel by Chuck Palahniuk. This one will obviously be very difficult to review, since "The first rule of fight club is you do not talk about fight club". It was a book before it was a movie.

Survivor: A Novel by Chuck Palahniuk.

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