The best dystopian novels of all time
Novels have the capacity to captivate our imaginations while also engaging in human themes and reflecting the modern world. Authors like George Orwell, Octavia E. Butler, and others have written dazzling works of dystopian fiction that present terrifying futures, both near and far, that make us reconsider the world we inhabit in order to create a better tomorrow. Spanning over 120 years of literature, these dystopian novels feature totalitarian governments, menacing villains, and the causes of our downfall from deadly diseases to climate change to each other.
From a time-traveling adventure crafted by H.G. Wells to Suzanne Collins' global phenomenon-turned-blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence, these are the best dystopian novels of all time — having inspired the minds and imaginations of readers from decades past and continuing to awe and move us today.