Top Ten Tuesday: All-Time Favorite Dystopian Books


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosting by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic  choosing your top ten favorite books of all time. I have decided to keep it fairly broad, and will list my all-time favorite dystopian books. 

These are not in any particular order. That is asking too much!


  1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I first discovered this gem in an undergrad women’s lit course, and it has been a firm favorite ever since.



2. 1984 by George Orwell. 1984 has come and gone, but this book has definite staying power.


3 & 4. Cress and Winter by Marissa Meyer – Cinder does not make my top ten dystopian novels, but later books in the series certainly do. I am still surprised at how these books have turned me into a fangirl.


5. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood – I love everything she writes, and it is quite hard not to fill this list just with Atwood’s books! This is my favorite of the MaddAddam trilogy.

6, 7 & 8. The Hunger Games, Mockingjay, and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – These have to be included together. I loved all three of them!


9. Blindness by José Saramago – It is rare that a dystopian author ends up with a Nobel Prize for Literature. That is how I discovered this book, from a Nobel Prize reading challenge. It is incredible (and incredibly chilling)!


10. The Giver by Lois Lowry – I have read The Giver quite a few times over the years, and I always get something new out of it.




16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: All-Time Favorite Dystopian Books

  1. I love the Giver so so much!!! I didn’t even realise it was a series until a few years back and then I promptly devoured all of them too. Such simple yet beautiful writing.😍 And ahhh!! Endless appreciation for The Hunger Games OF COURSE. I’d also like to read The Handmaiden’s Tale at some point!

    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

    • The whole series is fantastic, but The Giver holds a special place in my heart! It was my first Lois Lowry book. Handmaid’s Tale has held its spot as my all-time #1 book for many years. I highly recommend any of Margaret Atwood’s books.

  2. We had to read The Handmaid’s Tale in high school and of course we all HATED it, largely because having to write essays on any book will likely make you dislike it. I haven’t read it since, and I’ve blocked it out of my mind, so I do wonder what I would think about it if I were to read it again all these years later.

  3. Great list of Dystopian fiction. The Handmaid’s Tale is one of my favorite also. I tried Saramago a while back and had a hard time but that’s an author I’d like to try again.

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