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The Best Dystopian Books Of All-Time

January 24, 2017
The Best Dystopian Book list

“What are the best Dystopian books of all-time?” We looked at 42 “Best Dystopian” book lists and found 424 different titles so we could answer that very question.

Now that we are living in an Orwellian “Alternative Facts” world, the books on this list are a little less canary in the coal mine and more autopsy report for a bunch of dead coal miners. Not sure if that metaphor completely checks out, but the point is, a lot of these books hit pretty close to home.

Our Dystopian book list is one of the largest articles we have ever done. With books from 42 different lists and over 400 unique titles, there’s bound to be something here for everyone. The top 59 books, all appearing on 5 or more lists, are ranked below by the number of articles they appeared on with summaries, images, and links. The remaining 365 books, enough to read one a day for the next year, as well as the lists we used, can be found alphabetically at the bottom of the page.

If dystopian books aren’t your thing, be sure to check back here on Thursday when we will have our “Best Utopian Books of All-Time“.

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The Top 59 Dystopian Books Of All-Time



59 .) Caesar’s Column by Ignatius L. Donnelly


Lists It Appears On:

  • Utopia and Dystopia
  • Wikipedia
  • Greg Hickey
  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Flavorwire

I seek to preach into the ears of the able and rich and powerful the great truth that neglect of the sufferings of their fellows, indifference to the great bond of brotherhood which lies at the base of Christianity, and blind, brutal and degrading worship of mere wealth, must—given time and pressure enough—eventuate in the overthrow of society and the destruction of civilization.

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58 .) Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut


Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Science Fiction Books
  • Greg Hickey
  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Ink Tank
  • The Culture Trip

Cat’s Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet’s ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist, a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer, and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat’s Cradle is one of the twentieth century’s most important works—and Vonnegut at his very best.

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57 .) Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Enders Game The Ender Quintet #1 by Orson Scott Card
Lists It Appears On:

  • Greg Hickey
  • Deseret News
  • Read It Forward
  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Life hack

“In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “”Ender”” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut–young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers, Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister. “

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56 .) Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick

Flow My Tears the Policeman Said by Philip K Dick
Lists It Appears On:

  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Greg Hickey
  • Read It Forward
  • Utopia and Dystopia
  • Wikipedia

“Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said grapples with many of the themes Philip K. Dick is best known for— identity, altered reality, drug use, and dystopia—in a rollicking chase story that earned the novel the John W. Campbell Award and nominations for the Hugo and Nebula.

Jason Taverner—world-famous talk show host and man-about-town—wakes up one day to find that no one knows who he is—including the vast databases of the totalitarian government. And in a society where lack of identification is a crime, Taverner has no choice but to go on the run with a host of shady characters, including crooked cops and dealers of alien drugs. But do they know more than they are letting on? And just how can a person’s identity be erased overnight?”

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55 .) Gone by Michael Grant

Gone Gone #1 by Michael Grant
Lists It Appears On:

  • The Top Tens
  • Wikipedia
  • Popsugar
  • Goodreads
  • Bart’s Bookshelf

In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young. There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what’s happened. Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: on your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else. . . .

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54 .) Legend by Marie Lu

Legend Legend #1 by Marie Lu
Lists It Appears On:

  • Greg Hickey
  • Life hack
  • The Top Tens
  • Wikipedia
  • Popsugar

“What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.”

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53 .) Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison

Make Room Make Room by Harry Harrison
Lists It Appears On:

  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Greg Hickey
  • Swords and Spaceships
  • Wikipedia
  • Utopia and Dystopia

“The world is crowded. Far too crowded. Its starving billions live on lentils, soya beans, and ―if they’re lucky―the odd starving rat.

In a New York City groaning under the burden of 35 million inhabitants, detective Andy Rusch is engaged in a desperate and lonely hunt for a killer everyone has forgotten. For even in a world such as this, a policeman can find himself utterly alone….

Acclaimed on its original publication in 1966, Make Room! Make Room! was adapted into the movie Soylent Green in 1973, starring Charlton Heston along with Edward G. Robinson in his last role.”

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52 .) Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut

Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
Lists It Appears On:

  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Greg Hickey
  • Utopia and Dystopia
  • Wikipedia
  • The Culture Trip

Kurt Vonnegut’s first novel spins the chilling tale of engineer Paul Proteus, who must find a way to live in a world dominated by a supercomputer and run completely by machines. Paul’s rebellion is vintage Vonnegut—wildly funny, deadly serious, and terrifyingly close to reality.

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51 .) Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
Lists It Appears On:

  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Greg Hickey
  • Utopia and Dystopia
  • Wikipedia
  • Refinery 29

In the near future, America is crushed by a financial crisis and our patient Chinese creditors may just be ready to foreclose on the whole mess. Then Lenny Abramov, son of an Russian immigrant janitor and ardent fan of “printed, bound media artifacts” (aka books), meets Eunice Park, an impossibly cute Korean American woman with a major in Images and a minor in Assertiveness. Could falling in love redeem a planet falling apart?

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50 .) The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

The City of Ember Book of Ember #1 by Jeanne DuPrau
Lists It Appears On:

  • Scholastic
  • Greg Hickey
  • Wikipedia
  • Goodreads
  • Bart’s Bookshelf

The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she’s sure it holds a secret that will save the city. She and her friend Doon must race to figure out the clues before the lights go out on Ember forever!

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49 .) The Diamond Age, or A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer by Neal Stephenson

The Diamond Age- or A Young Ladys Illustrated Primer by Neal Stephenson
Lists It Appears On:

  • Utopia and Dystopia
  • Wikipedia
  • Pop Crunch
  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Greg Hickey

In Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson took science fiction to dazzling new levels. Now, in The Diamond Age, he delivers another stunning tale. Set in twenty-first century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens when a state-of-the-art interactive device falls in the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life—and the entire future of humanity—is about to be decoded and reprogrammed…

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48 .) The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Dispossessed Hainish Cycle #1 by Ursula K Le Guin
Lists It Appears On:

  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Best Science Fiction Books
  • Ink Tank
  • Greg Hickey
  • Wikipedia

Shevek, a brilliant physicist, decides to take action. he will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have isolated his planet of anarchists from the rest of the civilized universe. To do this dangerous task will mean giving up his family and possibly his life. Shevek must make the unprecedented journey to the utopian mother planet, Anarres, to challenge the complex structures of life and living, and ignite the fires of change.

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47 .) The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K Le Guin
Lists It Appears On:

  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Greg Hickey
  • Read It Forward
  • Utopia and Dystopia
  • Wikipedia

“n a future world racked by violence and environmental catastrophes, George Orr wakes up one day to discover that his dreams have the ability to alter reality. He seeks help from Dr. William Haber, a psychiatrist who immediately grasps the power George wields. Soon George must preserve reality itself as Dr. Haber becomes adept at manipulating George’s dreams for his own purposes.

The Lathe of Heaven is an eerily prescient novel from award-winning author Ursula K. Le Guin that masterfully addresses the dangers of power and humanity’s self-destructiveness, questioning the nature of reality itself. It is a classic of the science fiction genre.”

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46 .) The Stand by Stephen King

The Stand by Stephen King
Lists It Appears On:

  • Greg Hickey
  • Deseret News
  • Life hack
  • Read Brightly
  • Refinery 29

A patient escapes from a biological testing facility, unknowingly carrying a deadly weapon: a mutated strain of super-flu that will wipe out 99 percent of the world’s population within a few weeks. Those who remain are scared, bewildered, and in need of a leader. Two emerge—Mother Abagail, the benevolent 108-year-old woman who urges them to build a peaceful community in Boulder, Colorado; and Randall Flagg, the nefarious “Dark Man,” who delights in chaos and violence. As the dark man and the peaceful woman gather power, the survivors will have to choose between them—and ultimately decide the fate of all humanity.

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45 .) The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
Lists It Appears On:

  • Greg Hickey
  • Why To Read
  • Read It Forward
  • ShortList
  • Wikipedia

“Anderson Lake is AgriGen’s Calorie Man, sent to work undercover as a factory manager in Thailand while combing Bangkok’s street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history’s lost calories.

Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. Emiko is not human; she is an engineered being, grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman, but now abandoned to the streets of Bangkok. Regarded as soulless beings by some, devils by others, New People are slaves, soldiers, and toys of the rich in this chilling near future in which calorie companies rule the world, the oil age has passed, and the side effects of bio-engineered plagues run rampant across the globe.

What happens when calories become currency? What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits and forces mankind to the cusp of post-human evolution? Bacigalupi delivers one of the most highly-acclaimed science fiction novels of the twenty-first century.”

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44 .) This Perfect Day by Ira Levin

This Perfect Day by Ira Levin
Lists It Appears On:

  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Greg Hickey
  • Open Culture
  • Utopia and Dystopia
  • Wikipedia

The story is set in a seemingly perfect global society. Uniformity is the defining feature; there is only one language and all ethnic groups have been eugenically merged into one race called “The Family.“ The world is ruled by a central computer called UniComp that has been programmed to keep every single human on the surface of the earth in check. People are continually drugged by means of regular injections so that they can never realize their potential as human beings, but will remain satisfied and cooperative. They are told where to live, when to eat, whom to marry, when to reproduce. even the basic facts of nature are subject to the UniComp’s will―men do not grow facial hair, women do not develop breasts, and it only rains at night.

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43 .) Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Wither The Chemical Garden #1 by Lauren DeStefano
Lists It Appears On:

  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Greg Hickey
  • Utopia and Dystopia
  • Wikipedia
  • Goodreads

“What if you knew exactly when you’d die? The first book of The Chemical Garden Trilogy.

By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males born with a lifespan of 25 years, and females a lifespan of 20 years–leaving the world in a state of panic. Geneticists seek a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children.

When Rhine is sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Yet her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement; her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next; and Rhine has no way to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. “

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42 .) Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Among the Hidden Shadow Children #1 by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Lists It Appears On:

  • Greg Hickey
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Scholastic
  • The Top Tens
  • Wikipedia
  • Bart’s Bookshelf

“In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke, an illegal third child, has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family’s farm in this start to the Shadow Children series from Margaret Peterson Haddix.

Luke has never been to school. He’s never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend’s house for an overnight. In fact, Luke has never had a friend.

Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He’s lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family’s farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside.”

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41 .) Armageddon’s Children by Terry Brooks

Armageddons Children Genesis of Shannara #1 by Terry Brooks
Lists It Appears On:

  • Greg Hickey
  • Utopia and Dystopia
  • Wikipedia
  • Amazing Beautiful World
  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Listverse

“Terry Brooks is one of a handful of writers whose work defines modern fantasy fiction. His twenty-three international bestsellers have ranged from the beloved Shannara series to stories that tread a much darker path. Armageddon’s Children is a new creation–the perfect opportunity for readers unfamiliar with Brooks’s previous work to experience an author at the height of his considerable storytelling powers. It is a gripping chronicle of a once-familiar world now spun shockingly out of control, in which an extraordinary few struggle to salvage hope in the face of terrifying chaos.

Logan Tom is doomed to remember the past and determined to rescue the future. Far behind him lies a boyhood cut violently short by his family’s slaughter, when the forces of madness and hate swept our world after decadent excesses led to civilization’s downfall. Somewhere ahead of him rests the only chance to beat back the minions of evil that are systematically killing and enslaving the last remnants of humanity. Navigating the scarred and poisoned landscape that once was America and guided by a powerful talisman, Logan has sworn an oath to seek out a remarkable being born of magic, possessed of untold abilities, and destined to lead the final fight against darkness.”

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40 .) Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Article 5 Article 5 #1 by Kristen Simmons
Lists It Appears On:

  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Greg Hickey
  • Info Curiosity
  • The Ranting dragon
  • ShortList
  • Wikipedia

“In Kristen Simmons’s Article 5, New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.

The Bill of Rights has been revoked and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

There are no more police-instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior-instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don’t come back.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. That life in the United States used to be different.”

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39 .) Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami Yuji Oniki
Lists It Appears On:

  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Greg Hickey
  • Deseret News
  • The Top Tens
  • Utopia and Dystopia
  • Wikipedia

Koushun Takami’s notorious high-octane thriller envisions a nightmare scenario: a class of junior high school students is taken to a deserted island where, as part of a ruthless authoritarian program, they are provided arms and forced to kill until only one survivor is left standing. Criticized as violent exploitation when first published in Japan—where it became a runaway best seller—Battle Royale is a Lord of the Flies for the 21st century, a potent allegory of what it means to be young and (barely) alive in a dog-eat-dog world.

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38 .) Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium Delirium #1 by Lauren Oliver
Lists It Appears On:

  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Cultured Vultures
  • Greg Hickey
  • Life hack
  • Wikipedia
  • Popsugar

“In an alternate United States, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the Cure. Living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Portland, Maine, Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. She watched love destroy her mother and isn’t about to make the same mistake.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena meets enigmatic Alex, a boy from the Wilds who lives under the government’s radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?”

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37 .) It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

It Cant Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
Lists It Appears On:

  • Greg Hickey
  • Utopia and Dystopia
  • Wikipedia
  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Bust
  • The Guilded Earlobe

Written during the Great Depression, when the country was largely oblivious to Hitler’s aggression, it juxtaposes sharp political satire with the chillingly realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime, and a liberal press.

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36 .) Logan’s Run by William F. Nolan & George Clayton Johnson

Logans Run Logan #1 by William F Nolan
Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Science Fiction Books
  • Greg Hickey
  • Wikipedia
  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Nothingintherulebook
  • ShortList

“In 2116, it is against the law to live beyond the age of twenty-one years. When the crystal flower in the palm of your hand turns from red to black, you have reached your Lastday and you must report to a Sleepshop for processing. But the human will to survive is strong—stronger than any mere law.

Logan 3 is a Sandman, an enforcer who hunts down those Runners who refuse to accept Deep Sleep. The day before Logan’s palmflower shifts to black, a Runner accidentally reveals that he was racing toward a goal: Sanctuary. With this information driving him forward, Logan 3 assumes the role of the hunted and becomes a Runner.”

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35 .) Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody

Obernewtyn The Obernewtyn Chronicles #1 by Isobelle Carmody
Lists It Appears On:

  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Greg Hickey
  • Bart’s Bookshelf
  • Utopia and Dystopia
  • Wikipedia
  • Why To Read

In a world struggling back from the brink of apocalypse, life is harsh. And for Elspeth Gordie, it is also dangerous. That’s because Elspeth has a secret: she is a Misfit, born with mysterious mental abilities that she must keep hidden under threat of death. And her worries only multiply when she is exiled to the mountain compound known as Obernewtyn, where—for all her talents—Elspeth may finally and truly be out of her depth. Then she learns she’s not the only one concealing secrets at Obernewtyn.

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34 .) Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me Shatter Me #1 by Tahereh Mafi
Lists It Appears On:

  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Greg Hickey
  • Life hack
  • Read It Forward
  • Wikipedia
  • Goodreads

“No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a riveting dystopian world, a thrilling superhero story, and an unforgettable heroine.”

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33 .) Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe Across the Universe #1 by Beth Revis
Lists It Appears On:

  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Best Science Fiction Books
  • Greg Hickey
  • Info Curiosity
  • The Ranting dragon
  • Wikipedia
  • Goodreads

“WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO SURVIVE ABOARD A SPACESHIP FUELED BY LIES?

Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the spaceship Godspeed. She has left her boyfriend, friends–and planet–behind to join her parents as a member of Project Ark Ship. Amy and her parents believe they will wake on a new planet, Centauri-Earth, three hundred years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed’s scheduled landing, cryo chamber 42 is mysteriously unplugged, and Amy is violently woken from her frozen slumber.

Someone tried to murder her.”

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32 .) Anthem by Ayn Rand

Anthem by Ayn Rand
Lists It Appears On:

  • Deseret News
  • Flavorwire
  • Greg Hickey
  • Interesting Literature
  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Utopia and Dystopia
  • Wikipedia

It takes place at some unspecified future date when mankind has entered another dark age as a result of the evils of irrationality and collectivism and the weaknesses of socialistic thinking and economics. Technological advancement is now carefully planned (when it is allowed to occur at all) and the concept of individuality has been eliminated (for example, the word “I” has disappeared from the language).

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31 .) Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Science Fiction Books
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica
  • Greg Hickey
  • Life hack
  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Why To Read 2
  • Wikipedia

Set in a near-future U.S.A. whose economy is collapsing as a result of the mysterious disappearance of leading innovators and industrialists, this novel presents an astounding panorama of human life-from the productive genius who becomes a worthless playboy…to the great steel industrialist who does not know that he is working for his own destruction…to the philosopher who becomes a pirate…to the woman who runs a transcontinental railroad…to the lowest track worker in her train tunnels.

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30 .) Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Science Fiction Books
  • Greg Hickey
  • Oxford Royale Academy
  • Read It Forward
  • Refinery 29
  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Wikipedia

“A postmodern visionary and one of the leading voices in twenty-first-century fiction, David Mitchell combines flat-out adventure, a Nabokovian love of puzzles, a keen eye for character, and a taste for mind-bending, philosophical and scientific speculation in the tradition of Umberto Eco, Haruki Murakami, and Philip K. Dick. The result is brilliantly original fiction as profound as it is playful. In this groundbreaking novel, an influential favorite among a new generation of writers, Mitchell explores with daring artistry fundamental questions of reality and identity.

Cloud Atlas begins in 1850 with Adam Ewing, an American notary voyaging from the Chatham Isles to his home in California. Along the way, Ewing is befriended by a physician, Dr. Goose, who begins to treat him for a rare species of brain parasite. . . . Abruptly, the action jumps to Belgium in 1931, where Robert Frobisher, a disinherited bisexual composer, contrives his way into the household of an infirm maestro who has a beguiling wife and a nubile daughter. . . . From there we jump to the West Coast in the 1970s and a troubled reporter named Luisa Rey, who stumbles upon a web of corporate greed and murder that threatens to claim her life. . . . And onward, with dazzling virtuosity, to an inglorious present-day England; to a Korean superstate of the near future where neocapitalism has run amok; and, finally, to a postapocalyptic Iron Age Hawaii in the last days of history.”

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29 .) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Greg Hickey
  • Info Curiosity
  • Life hack
  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • The Ranting dragon
  • Wikipedia

“In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.
But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.”

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28 .) Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
Lists It Appears On:

  • Bust
  • Greg Hickey
  • Picador
  • Read Brightly
  • Refinery 29
  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • The Huffington Post

“Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end.

Twenty years later, Kirsten moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians. They call themselves The Traveling Symphony, and they have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band’s existence. And as the story takes off, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, the strange twist of fate that connects them all will be revealed.”

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27 .) A Canticle For Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.

A Canticle for Leibowitz St Leibowitz #1 by Walter M Miller Jr
Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Science Fiction Books
  • Flavorwire
  • Greg Hickey
  • Ink Tank
  • Open Culture
  • Pop Crunch
  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Wikipedia

In a nightmarish ruined world slowly awakening to the light after sleeping in darkness, the infant rediscoveries of science are secretly nourished by cloistered monks dedicated to the study and preservation of the relics and writings of the blessed Saint Isaac Leibowitz. From here the story spans centuries of ignorance, violence, and barbarism, viewing through a sharp, satirical eye the relentless progression of a human race damned by its inherent humanness to recelebrate its grand foibles and repeat its grievous mistakes. Seriously funny, stunning, and tragic, eternally fresh, imaginative, and altogether remarkable, A Canticle for Leibowitz retains its ability to enthrall and amaze. It is now, as it always has been, a masterpiece.

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26 .) Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm by George Orwell
Lists It Appears On:

  • Deseret News
  • Goodreads
  • Greg Hickey
  • Refinery 29
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Animal Farm is the most famous by far of all twentieth-century political allegories. Its account of a group of barnyard animals who revolt against their vicious human master, only to submit to a tyranny erected by their own kind, can fairly be said to have become a universal drama. Orwell is one of the very few modern satirists comparable to Jonathan Swift in power, artistry, and moral authority; in animal farm his spare prose and the logic of his dark comedy brilliantly highlight his stark message.

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25 .) Matched by Ally Condie

Matched Matched #1 by Ally Condie
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Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

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24 .) Neuromancer by William Gibson

Neuromancer Sprawl #1 by William Gibson
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“The Matrix is a world within the world, a global consensus- hallucination, the representation of every byte of data in cyberspace…

Case had been the sharpest data-thief in the business, until vengeful former employees crippled his nervous system. But now a new and very mysterious employer recruits him for a last-chance run. The target: an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence orbiting Earth in service of the sinister Tessier-Ashpool business clan. With a dead man riding shotgun and Molly, mirror-eyed street-samurai, to watch his back, Case embarks on an adventure that ups the ante on an entire genre of fiction.”

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23 .) The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
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“The Chyrsalids is set in the future after a devastating global nuclear war. David, the young hero of the novel, lives in a tight-knit community of religious and genetic fundamentalists, always on the alert for any deviation from the norm of God’s creation. Abnormal plants are publicly burned, with much singing of hymns. Abnormal humans (who are not really human) are also condemned to destruction—unless they succeed in fleeing to the Fringes, that Wild Country where, as the authorities say, nothing is reliable and the devil does his work. David grows up ringed by admonitions: KEEP PURE THE STOCK OF THE LORD; WATCH THOU FOR THE MUTANT.

At first he does not question. Then, however, he realizes that the he too is out of the ordinary, in possession of a power that could doom him to death or introduce h im to a new, hitherto unimagined world of freedom.”

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22 .) Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lord of the Flies by William Golding
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At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate. This far from civilization they can do anything they want. Anything. But as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far removed from reality as the hope of being rescued.

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21 .) The Running Man by Richard Bachman (aka Stephen King)

The Running Man by Richard Bachman
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Ben Richards is a desperate man. With no job, no money, no way out, and a young daughter in need of proper medical attention, he must turn to the only possibility of striking it rich in this near-future dystopian America: participating in the ultra-violent TV programming of the government-sanctioned Games Network. Ben soon finds himself selected as a contestant on the biggest and the best that the Games Network has to offer: “The Running Man,” a no-holds-barred thirty-day struggle to stay alive as public enemy number one, relentlessly hunted by an elite strike force bent on killing him as quickly as possible in front of an audience all-too eager to see that happen. It means a billion dollars in prize money if he can live for the next month. No one has ever survived longer than eight days. But desperation can push a person do things they never thought possible—and Ben Richards is willing to go the distance in this ultimate game of life and death….

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20 .) Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent Veronica Roth
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One choice can transform you. Beatrice Prior’s society is divided into five factions—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Beatrice must choose between staying with her Abnegation family and transferring factions. Her choice will shock her community and herself. But the newly christened Tris also has a secret, one she’s determined to keep hidden, because in this world, what makes you different makes you dangerous.

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19 .) Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Oryx and Crake MaddAddam #1 by Margaret Atwood
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Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved. In search of answers, Snowman embarks on a journey–with the help of the green-eyed Children of Crake–through the lush wilderness that was so recently a great city, until powerful corporations took mankind on an uncontrolled genetic engineering ride. Margaret Atwood projects us into a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagining.

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18 .) The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner The Maze Runner #1 by James Dashner
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“When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround them is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying: Remember. Survive. Run.”

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17 .) Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Unwind Unwind Dystology #1 by Neal Shusterman
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In America after the Second Civil War, the Pro-Choice and Pro-Life armies came to an agreement: The Bill of Life states that human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until a child reaches the age of thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, a parent may choose to retroactively get rid of a child through a process called “unwinding.” Unwinding ensures that the child’s life doesn’t “technically” end by transplanting all the organs in the child’s body to various recipients. Now a common and accepted practice in society, troublesome or unwanted teens are able to easily be unwound.

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16 .) V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd

V for Vendetta V for Vendetta #1-10 by Alan Moore
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In a world without political freedom, personal freedom and precious little faith in anything comes a mysterious man in a white porcelain mask who fights political oppressors through terrorism and seemingly absurd acts. It’s a gripping tale of the blurred lines between ideological good and evil.

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15 .) Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep Blade Runner #1 by Philip K Dick
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By 2021, the World War has killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remain covet any living creature, and for people who can’t afford one, companies built incredibly realistic simulacra: horses, birds, cats, sheep. They’ve even built humans. Immigrants to Mars receive androids so sophisticated they are indistinguishable from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans can wreak, the government bans them from Earth. Driven into hiding, unauthorized androids live among human beings, undetected. Rick Deckard, an officially sanctioned bounty hunter, is commissioned to find rogue androids and “retire” them. But when cornered, androids fight back—with lethal force.

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14 .) Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
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“From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day comes a devastating new novel of innocence, knowledge, and loss. As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were.

Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special–and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together. “

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13 .) The Children of Men by P.D. James

The Children of Men by PD James
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The human race has become infertile, and the last generation to be born is now adult. Civilization itself is crumbling as suicide and despair become commonplace. Oxford historian Theodore Faron, apathetic toward a future without a future, spends most of his time reminiscing. Then he is approached by Julian, a bright, attractive woman who wants him to help get her an audience with his cousin, the powerful Warden of England. She and her band of unlikely revolutionaries may just awaken his desire to live . . . and they may also hold the key to survival for the human race.

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12 .) The Iron Heel by Jack London

The Iron Heel by Jack London
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Set in the future, “The Iron Heel” describes a world in which the division between the classes has deepened, creating a powerful Oligarchy that retains control through terror. A manuscript by rebel Avis Everhard is recovered in an even more distant future, and analyzed by scholar Anthony Meredith. Published in 1908, Jack London’s multi-layered narrative is an early example of the dystopian novel, and its vision of the future proved to be eerily prescient of the violence and fascism that marked the initial half of the 20th century.

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11 .) Uglies by Scott Westerfield

Uglies Uglies #1 by Scott Westerfeld
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In Tally Youngblood’s world, looks matter. She lives in a society created to function with perfect-looking people who never have a chance to think for themselves. And she’s tired of it. First as an ugly, then a pretty, and finally a special, Tally takes down the social infrastructure. And then, a generation later, a world obsessed with fame and instant celebrity—and filled with extras—will reap the consequences.

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10 .) The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Road by Cormac McCarthy
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A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.

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9 .) The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

The Time Machine by HG Wells
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“First published in 1895, the novel follows the adventures of a hypothetical Time Traveller who journeys into the future to find that humanity has evolved into two races: the peaceful Eloi — vegetarians who tire easily — and the carnivorous, predatory Morlocks.
After narrowly escaping from the Morlocks, the Time Traveller undertakes another journey even further into the future where he finds the earth growing bitterly cold as the heat and energy of the sun wane. Horrified, he returns to the present, but soon departs again on his final journey.”

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8 .) The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver The Giver Quartet #1 by Lois Lowry
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The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.

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7 .) A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
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A vicious fifteen-year-old droog is the central character of this 1963 classic. In Anthony Burgess’s nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends’ social pathology. A Clockwork Orange is a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. When the state undertakes to reform Alex to “redeem” him, the novel asks, “At what cost?”

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6 .) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games The Hunger Games #1 by Suzanne Collins
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In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games,” a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.

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5 .) We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
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Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We is a powerfully inventive vision that has influenced writers from George Orwell to Ayn Rand. This Penguin Classics edition is translated from the Russian with an introduction by Clarence Brown. In a glass-enclosed city of absolute straight lines, ruled over by the all-powerful ‘Benefactor’, the citizens of the totalitarian society of OneState live out lives devoid of passion and creativity – until D-503, a mathematician who dreams in numbers, makes a discovery: he has an individual soul. Set in the twenty-sixth century AD, We is the classic dystopian novel and was the forerunner of works such as George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. It was suppressed for many years in Russia and remains a resounding cry for individual freedom, yet is also a powerful, exciting and vivid work of science fiction. Clarence Brown’s brilliant translation is based on the corrected text of the novel, first published in Russia in 1988 after more than sixty years’ suppression.

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4 .) 1984 by George Orwell

1984 by George Orwell
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Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s narrative is timelier than ever. 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world, so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions—a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.

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3 .) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
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“Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.”

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2 .) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
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Aldous Huxley is rightly considered a prophetic genius and one of the most important literary and philosophical voices of the 20th Century, and Brave New World is his masterpiece. From the author of The Doors of Perception, Island, and countless other works of fiction, non-fiction, philosophy, and poetry, comes this powerful work of speculative fiction that has enthralled and terrified readers for generations. Brave New World remains absolutely relevant to this day as both a cautionary dystopian tale in the vein of the George Orwell classic 1984, and as thought-provoking, thoroughly satisfying entertainment.

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1 .) The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood
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“Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable.

Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now….”

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60 Alongside Night J. Neil Schulman The Best Sci Fi Books
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61 Ape and Essence Aldous Huxley The Best Sci Fi Books
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62 Bend Sinister Vladimir Nabokov The Best Sci Fi Books
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63 Facial Justice L. P. Hartley The Best Sci Fi Books
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64 Feed M.T. Anderson Greg Hickey
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65 Gun, with Occasional Music Jonathan Lethem The Best Sci Fi Books
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66 High-Rise J. G. Ballard The Best Sci Fi Books
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67 I Am Legend Richard Matheson The Best Sci Fi Books
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68 Kallocain Karin Boye The Best Sci Fi Books
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69 Nova Express William S. Burroughs The Best Sci Fi Books
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70 One David Karp Greg Hickey
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71 Stand on Zanzibar John Brunner The Best Sci Fi Books
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72 The Bar Code Tattoo Suzanne Weyn The Best Sci Fi Books
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73 The Female Man Joanna Russ The Best Sci Fi Books
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74 The Host Stephanie Meyer Deseret News
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75 The House of the Scorpion Nancy Farmer Barnes & Noble
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76 The Jagged Orbit John Brunner The Best Sci Fi Books
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77 The Knife of Never Letting Go Patrick Ness The Best Sci Fi Books
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78 The Penultimate Truth Philip K. Dick The Best Sci Fi Books
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79 The Republic of the Future Anna Bowman Dodd The Best Sci Fi Books
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80 The Trial Franz Kafka, Ink Tank
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81 The White Mountains John Christopher The Best Sci Fi Books
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82 War with the Newts Karel Čapek The Best Sci Fi Books
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87 Genesis Bernard Beckett Greg Hickey
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88 How I Live Now Meg Rosoff The Huffington Post
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89 Jennifer Government Max Barry The Best Sci Fi Books
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90 Mockingjay Suzanne Collins Deseret News
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91 Partials Dan Wells The Best Sci Fi Books
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93 Red Rising Pierce Brown The Best Sci Fi Books
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94 Shades of Grey Jasper Fforde Greg Hickey
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95 Swastika Night Katharine Burdekin Greg Hickey
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96 That Hideous Strength CS Lewis Pop Crunch
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97 The 5th Wave Rick Yancey Wikipedia
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98 The Drowned World J. G. Ballard The Best Sci Fi Books
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99 The Forest of Hands and Teeth Carrie Ryan Utopia and Dystopia
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100 The Leftovers Tom Perrotta The Huffington Post
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101 The Machine Stops E. M. Forster Utopia and Dystopia
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102 The Passage Justin Cronin Read Brightly
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103 The Sheep Look Up John Brunner Greg Hickey
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104 The Sleeper Awakes H. G. Wells The Best Sci Fi Books
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105 The Wanting Seed Anthony Burgess Greg Hickey
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106 Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat Andrez Bergen The Best Sci Fi Books
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107 Under the Never Sky Veronica Rossi Wikipedia
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108 Walk To the End of the World Suzy McKee Charnas The Best Sci Fi Books
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109 Woman on the Edge of Time Marge Piercy The Best Sci Fi Books
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110 World War Z Max Brooks Read It Forward
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111 A Scanner Darkly Philip K. Dick Greg Hickey
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112 A Sojourn in the City of Amalgamation, in the Year of Our Lord Jerome B. Holgate Utopia and Dystopia
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113 After The Event T.A Williams The Best Sci Fi Books
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114 Allegiant Veronica Roth Wikipedia
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115 Annihilation Jeff VanderMeer The Best Sci Fi Books
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116 Bar Code Rebellion Suzanne Weyn Utopia and Dystopia
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117 Blindness José Saramago The Best Sci Fi Books
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118 Blood Meridian Cormac McCarthy Bust
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119 Champion Marie Lu Wikipedia
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120 Cinder Marissa Meyer Barnes & Noble
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121 City of Bohane Kevin Barry The Best Sci Fi Books
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122 Contagious Jacqueline Druga The Best Sci Fi Books
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123 Crossed Ally Condie Wikipedia
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124 Darkness at Noon Arthur Koestler Utopia and Dystopia
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125 Day of the Oprichnik Vladimir Sorokin Wikipedia
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126 Erewhon Samuel Butler Wikipedia
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127 Extras Scott Westerfeld Wikipedia
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128 Fatherland Robert Harris Utopia and Dystopia
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129 Floodland Marcus Sedgwick Bart’s Bookshelf
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130 Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift The Top Tens
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131 Harrison Bergeron Kurt Vonnegut Utopia and Dystopia
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132 If This Goes On- Robert A. Heinlein Utopia and Dystopia
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133 In the Country of Last Things Paul Auster Open Culture
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134 Incarceron Catherine Fisher Greg Hickey
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135 Insurgent Veronica Roth Wikipedia
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136 Invitation to a Beheading Vladimir Nabokov Wikipedia
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137 Life as we knew it Susan Beth Pfeffer Wikipedia
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138 Little Brother Cory Doctorow Greg Hickey
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139 Lord of the World Robert Hugh Benson Utopia and Dystopia
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140 Love Among the Ruins Evelyn Waugh Utopia and Dystopia
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141 Metamorphosis Franz Kafka The Top Tens
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142 Mockingbird Walter Tevis Greg Hickey
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143 Monsters of Men Patrick Ness The Best Sci Fi Books
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144 Mortal Engines Philip Reeve Wikipedia
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145 Noughts and Crosses Malorie Blackman Utopia and Dystopia
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146 Only Ever Yours Louise O’Neill Stylist
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147 Parable of the Sower Octavia E. Butler Greg Hickey
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148 Pretties Scott Westerfeld Wikipedia
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149 Prodigy Marie Lu Wikipedia
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150 Riddley Walker Russell Hoban Wikipedia
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151 Sand Hugh Howey The Best Sci Fi Books
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152 Snow Crash Neal Stephenson Greg Hickey
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153 Specials Scott Westerfeld Wikipedia
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154 The Book of Dave Will Self Utopia and Dystopia
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155 The Death Cure James Dashner Wikipedia
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156 The Declaration Gemma Malley Wikipedia
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157 The Domination S. M. Stirling Utopia and Dystopia
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158 The First Men in the Moon H. G. Wells Utopia and Dystopia
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159 The Fixed Period Anthony Trollope Wikipedia
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160 The Flood Maggie Gee The Best Sci Fi Books
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161 The Gate to Women’s Country Sherri S. Tepper Open Culture
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162 The Heart Goes Last Margaret Atwood Read It Forward
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163 The Jewel Amy Ewing Silver Petticoat Review
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164 The Memoirs of a Survivor Doris Lessing The Best Sci Fi Books
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165 The Passion of New Eve Angela Carter The Best Sci Fi Books
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166 The Plot Against America Philip Roth Bust
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167 The Scorch Trials James Dashner Wikipedia
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168 The Selection Kiera Cass Silver Petticoat Review
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169 The Shockwave Rider John Brunner Utopia and Dystopia
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170 The Silver Metal Lover Tanith Lee The Huffington Post
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171 The Year of the Flood Margaret Atwood Utopia and Dystopia
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172 When The Sleeper Wakes H. G. Wells Utopia and Dystopia
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173 334 Thomas M. Disch Wikipedia
174 1Q84 Haruki Murakami Oxford Royale Academy
175 A Better World Marcus Sakey The Best Sci Fi Books
176 A Very Private Life Michael Frayn Wikipedia
177 A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle She knows
178 Abandon the Night Joss Ware Wikipedia
179 Ablution: The Beginning Michael A. O’Riley Wikipedia
180 Alas, Babylon Pat Frank Wikipedia
181 Among the Barons Margaret Peterson Haddix Wikipedia
182 Among the Betrayed Margaret Peterson Haddix Wikipedia
183 Among the Brave Margaret Peterson Haddix Wikipedia
184 Among the Enemy Margaret Peterson Haddix Wikipedia
185 Among the Free Margaret Peterson Haddix Wikipedia
186 Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1) Susan Ee Goodreads
187 Anomaly Krista McGee Silver Petticoat Review
188 Archivist Wasp Nicole Kornher-Stace She knows
189 Asphalt Carl Hancock Rux Wikipedia
190 Bad Moon Rising Thomas M. Disch Wikipedia
191 Beggars in Spain Nancy Kress Greg Hickey
192 Beyond the Night Joss Ware Wikipedia
193 Bleeding Edge Thomas Pynchon Wikipedia
194 Blind Faith Ben Elton Wikipedia
195 Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1) Moira Young Goodreads
196 Blood Zero Sky J. Gabriel Gates Wikipedia
197 Brilliance Marcus Sakey Greg Hickey
198 Bring the Jubilee Ward Moore Utopia and Dystopia
199 Camp Concentration Thomas M. Disch Wikipedia
200 Checkmate Malorie Blackman Wikipedia
201 Chevengur Andrei Platonov Wikipedia
202 Childe Rolande Samantha Lee Wikipedia
203 Cities of the Plain Alex Comfort Wikipedia
204 City of Endless Night Wikipedia
205 Cloud on Silver Wikipedia
206 Concrete: A Story of Two Hundred Years Hence Aelfrida Tillyard Wikipedia
207 Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3) Marissa Meyer Goodreads
208 Crucible Island Condé B. Pallen Wikipedia
209 Dahlgren Samuel R. Delany Open Culture
210 Divided Kingdom Rupert Thomson Wikipedia
211 Dominion C.J. Sansom Wikipedia
212 Doppelgangers Gerald Heard Wikipedia
213 Double Cross Malorie Blackman Wikipedia
214 Dreams Unleashed Wikipedia
215 Drowning Towers George Turner The Guilded Earlobe
216 Ear, the Eye, and the Arm, The Nancy Farmer Scholastic
217 Eight Against Utopia Wikipedia
218 Ella Minnow Pea Mark Dunn Wikipedia
219 Embrace the Night Eternal Joss Ware Wikipedia
220 Enclave (Razorland, #1) Ann Aguirre Goodreads
221 Epp Axel Jensen Wikipedia
222 Exodus / Zenith / Aurora Julie Bertanga Bart’s Bookshelf
223 Fahrenheit 56K Fernando de QuerolAlcaraz Utopia and Dystopia
224 Falls the Shadow Stefanie Gaither Barnes & Noble
225 Farnham’s Freehold Robert A. Heinlein Wikipedia
226 Fever Crumb / A Web Of Air / Scrivener’s Moon Bart’s Bookshelf
227 Fitzpatrick’s War Theodore Judson The Guilded Earlobe
228 Flux / Fixed Beth Gooble Bart’s Bookshelf
229 From the New World Yusuke Kishi Wikipedia
230 Gathering Blue (The Giver, #2) Lois Lowry Goodreads
231 Girl in the Arena Lise Haines Bart’s Bookshelf
232 GLOW AMY KATHLEEN RYAN Cultured Vultures
233 Grasshopper Jungle Andrew Smith Barnes & Noble
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235 HaDerekh LeEin Harod Amos Kenan Wikipedia
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237 Holy Machine Chris Beckett The Best Sci Fi Books
238 I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream Harlan Ellison Wikipedia
239 Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3) Tahereh Mafi Goodreads
240 Impromptu in Moribundia Patrick Hamilton Wikipedia
241 In the Second Year Storm Jameson Wikipedia
242 Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace Wikipedia
243 Inside Out Maria V. Snyder Greg Hickey
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246 Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd Century America Robert Charles Wilson The Guilded Earlobe
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248 Knife Edge Malorie Blackman Wikipedia
249 Krakatit Karel Čapek Wikipedia
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251 Lanark: A Life in Four Books Alasdair Gray Wikipedia
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253 Landry Park Bethany Hagen Silver Petticoat Review
254 Last Light Alex Scarrow Wikipedia
255 Law for Business Students Alix Adams Read It Forward
256 Limbo Wikipedia
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258 London’s Burning: A Novel for the Decline and Fall of the Liberal Age Barbara Wootton Wikipedia
259 Los Angeles: AD 2017 Phillip Wylie Wikipedia
260 Man’s World Charlotte Haldane Wikipedia
261 Manna Marshall Brain Utopia and Dystopia
262 Market Forces Richard K. Morgan Open Culture
263 Minority Report Philip K. Dick Wikipedia
264 Moscow 2042 Vladimir Voynovich Wikipedia
265 Mundus Alter et Idem Joseph Hall Wikipedia
266 Naked Lunch William S. Burroughs Greg Hickey
267 Nature’s End Whitley Streiber and James Kunetka The Guilded Earlobe
268 Night Betrayed Joss Ware Wikipedia
269 Night Forbidden Joss Ware Wikipedia
270 Night Resurrected Joss Ware Wikipedia
271 No Traveller Returns John Collier Wikipedia
272 Nontraditional Love Rafael Grugman Wikipedia
273 Oasis Dima Zales Greg Hickey
274 Off the Road Nina Bawden Scholastic
275 On Such a Full Sea Chang-rae Lee Read It Forward
276 On the Beach Nevil Shute Read Brightly
277 Over the Mountain Ruthven Todd Wikipedia
278 Pandemonium Lauren Oliver Life hack
279 Panther in the Hive Olivia A. Cole She knows
280 Parable of the Talents Octavia Butler Bust
281 Paris in the Twentieth Century Jules Verne Wikipedia
282 Philip Dru: Administrator Wikipedia
283 Pictures of the Socialistic Future Eugen Richter Wikipedia
284 PINES BLAKE CROUCH Cultured Vultures
285 Planet of the Apes Pierre Boulle Wikipedia
286 R.U.R.: Rossum’s Universal Robots Karel Čapek Wikipedia
287 Reached Ally Condie Wikipedia
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289 Remastered Sebastien Agneessens Read It Forward
290 Repent, Harlequin! Said the Ticktockman Harlan Ellison Wikipedia
291 Requiem (Delirium, #3) Lauren Oliver Goodreads
292 Revealing Eden Victoria Foyt Wikipedia
293 Right Off the Map C. E. Montague Wikipedia
294 Rondo: The Memoirs of Dr Josef Divonne, Late of 2me Lyon John Maher Wikipedia
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296 Sapphique Catherine Fisher Wikipedia
297 Shadow & Claw Gene Wolfe The Best Sci Fi Books
298 Shimoneta Hirotaka Akagi Wikipedia
299 Ship Breaker Paolo Bacigalupi Barnes & Noble
300 Skin Hunger / Sacred Scars Kathleen Duey Bart’s Bookshelf
301 Solution Three Naomi Mitchison Wikipedia
302 Sometime Never: A Fable for Supermen Roald Dahl Wikipedia
303 Sprawl trilogy: Neuromancer Wikipedia
304 Stradija Radoje Domanović Wikipedia
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306 Tempted by the Night Colleen Gleason Wikipedia
307 The Adoration of Jenna Fox Mary E. Pearson Wikipedia
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310 The Approaching Storm Aelfrida Tillyard Wikipedia
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317 The Bodyguard Adrian Mitchell Wikipedia
318 The Bone Season Samantha Shannon Wikipedia
319 The Camp of the Saints Wikipedia
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345 The Joy Makers James Gunn Wikipedia
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357 The Man in the High Castle Greg Hickey
358 The Miracle Inspector Helen Smith Wikipedia
359 The Moment of Truth Storm Jameson Wikipedia
360 The Mortal Instruments Cassandra Clare Popsugar
361 The New Gods Lead S. Fowler Wright Wikipedia
362 The Old Men at the Zoo Angus Wilson Wikipedia
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364 The Other Side of the Island Allegra Goodman Bart’s Bookshelf
365 The People of Sparks Jeanne DuPrau Wikipedia
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396 Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, #2) Veronica Rossi Goodreads
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398 To Tell The Truth… Amabel Williams-Ellis Wikipedia
399 Tomorrow Girls #1: Behind the Gates Eva Gray Scholastic
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