In her article “What Makes a Good YA Dystopian Novel?” from the May/June Horn Book Magazine, April Spisak offers thirteen recommendations for young adult dystopian books and series. We’ve also suggested some recently published Hunger Games trilogy readalikes for both YA and younger audiences here on Out of the Box.
But since it’s always good to know your history, here are some forerunners of the current dystopian boom:
The Handmaid’s Tale and Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
The Long Walk and The Running Man by Richard Bachman (nom de plume of Stephen King)
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Iron Heel by Jack London
The Giver by Lois Lowry
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Anthem and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
It’s interesting to note that while many of these titles, such as Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four, were originally published for adults, they have since crossed over to YA readers. What dystopian works would you consider classics?
And speaking of The Giver, The Minnesota Opera is currently performing a sold-out production based on the novel. Have any readers in Minnesota seen it?