Top 5 Dystopian Books I Want To Read

Top 5 Saturday is hosted by Mandy over at Devouring Books. I’m doing this on a Sunday but I was tagged by Mandy so thank you for tagging me! Today’s topic is top 5 dystopian books I want to read.


  • Share your top 5 books of the current topic– these can be books that you want to read, have read and loved, have read and hated, you can do it any way you want.
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The Darkest Minds by Alexander Bracken

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

I’ve been hearing about this book for years and still haven’t read it.It sounds like a mix of all the dystopians I’ve read and I hope I’ll like it.I think if my library has a copy,I’m going to read it this year.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margarat Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire – neither Offred’s nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.

Brilliantly conceived and executed, this powerful vision of the future gives full rein to Margaret Atwood’s irony, wit and astute perception.

I actually have a copy of this and said that I’ll read it before I watch the show. I still haven’t read it so I’m not allowed to watch the show. If I watch it before I read it,I’ll be less inclined to actually read it.

1984 by George Orwell


The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell’s prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of “negative utopia”—a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny the novel’s hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions—a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.

I actually want to read his other books too but this is one the most as I started and never finished it a couple of years ago so I really want to get to it.

Unwind by Neal Schusterman

Unwind (Unwind, #1)
Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

I’m very interested in reading this as it sounds very chilling and scary.

Farenheit 51 by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451
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 did not 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.

This sounds very interesting as fireman do the opposite of what they’re supposed to do.I’m interested to see how it is.

I tag: Stephen @ Stephen Writes,Isabella @ Nine Tale Vixen ,Kristina @Books and Dachshunds, Emer @ A little Book Haze,

What is the top dystopian book you want to read.

25 thoughts on “Top 5 Dystopian Books I Want To Read

  1. Oooh lots of really classic choices! The Handmaid’s Tale basically inspired this whole genre, so definitely a great place to start. I really loved The Darkest Minds, but was disappointed with the movie. I also loved the Unwind series when I was younger.

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  2. Unwind looks intriguing and scary in the same time… being one that has organ transplants at heart.

    Thank you for the tag, love! However, i’m not one to read dystopian nor fantasy in general 😅the only one that I did read and would apply is the sovereign serie (3books) by Josie Jaffrey..

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  3. I highly recommend Unwind! I think Shusterman does excellent speculative fiction. Unwind was one of the books that made me start my blog to be able to discuss it with others. I’m excited to see what you think when you do get around to it – let me know!

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  4. I’ve read The Handmaid’s Tale, 1984, and Fahrenheit 451. I couldn’t get into The Darkest Minds. However, I’m thinking I might need to read Unwind by Neal Shusterman, especially after reading the Arc of a Scythe trilogy.

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  5. I’m a bit of a dystopian nut, so I’ve read the one three ‘classic’/popular ones on here, but looks like I’ll add the other two in my rota! I recently have just read some pretty good dystopian novels like The Crying Machine and Eden Chip!

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