We’re highlighting a variety of books to help our readers find that next great read. In each post you’ll find books that share similar appeal or story elements like genre, pacing, tone, storyline, writing style and/or characters.
This blog post features Dystopian Fiction (genre).
What’s Dystopian Fiction?
The future isn’t so bright in dystopian-themed novels. The stories explore dark social and political themes in futuristic settings. They are compelling, thought-provoking and incredibly interesting for many reasons. If you’re a fan of dystopian fiction you’ll definitely appreciate the titles in this blog post.
Told through one of the most on-pulse genre voices of our generation, Radicalized is a timely novel comprised of four SF novellas connected by social, technological, and economic visions of today and what America could be in the near, near future.
Genre: Canadian Fiction / Short Stories / Science Fiction
A tale set in a world of reversing evolution and a growing police state follows pregnant thirty-two-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, who investigates her biological family while awaiting the birth of a child who may emerge as a member of a primitive human species.
Genre: Apocalyptic Fiction / Literary Fiction
Character: Authentic, Complex and Culturally Diverse
A veteran of the Speculative Service in an alternate-world California where the law and truth are valued above all else uses his rare authority to question the facts when truth enforcement is manipulated for corrupt purposes.
Genre: First Person Narratives / Hardboiled Fiction
Tone: Suspenseful and Thought-Provoking
Writing Style: Descriptive and Stylistically Complex
Starving herself to fend off adulthood in a radical post-apocalypse community where a few chosen men scavenge for detritus and women are little more than breeders, a teen leader investigates a shocking mystery that is contradictory to law before risking her life to organize a girl uprising.
Genre: Apocalyptic Fiction
Tone: Atmospheric, Bleak, Disturbing, Haunting and Suspenseful
Navigating their burned-out, futuristic city home under constant threat from a pair of dragons circling the skies, three young people, including a spoiled heir, his tempestuous fiance and a wild beauty are forced to flee everything they have ever known and confront challenges ranging from fire and conspiracies to taboo drugs and dragon-worshippers.
Marginalized in a near-future America where the government limits women to no more than one hundred spoken words daily before outlawing women’s education and employment altogether, a former doctor resolves to be heard for the sake of her daughter.
In a ruined, nameless city of the future, a scavenger named Rachel finds a creature named Borne, a leftover from a biotech firm called The Company, and she takes it back to her underground lair, where she must shield it from her drug-dealer boyfriend, Wick.
Five women–including a high school teacher, a pregnant teenager, and a forest-dwelling homeopath–struggle with changes in a near-future America where abortion and assisted fertility have been outlawed and where the homeopath is targeted by a modern-daywitch hunt.
Genre: Literary Fiction
Storyline: Character-Driven and Intricately Plotted
Tone: Atmospheric, Darkly Humorous and Thought-Provoking
Writing Style: Compelling, Lyrical and Richly Detailed