Men have always wondered about their future.
In the begin, with the first spark of fire, they were thinking yet of what would they discover next. What expects them.
Did they predicted something? Did they predicted smartphones or fourth dimension?
Today, I’ll give you some of the best Cassandras, the mytologichal girl that no one believed, that we have as authors of beautiful dystopic fiction.
Do you recognise your society in one of them?
If so, be prepared.
It won’t be an easy ride.
Prepare crystal ball and prepare to be illuminated.
It’s written in the stars.
1984 – George Orwell
In a world of constant war between three all-controlling superpowers, every single human being in Oceania is being ruled by the Party. All freedom is gone, all pleasures are forbidden, all information is propaganda, rebellion is unthinkable, and your relatives will not hesitate to betray you. Even thinking rebellious thoughts is a crime, bound to get the attention of the Thought Police and a harsh punishment. And the masses live in constant fear. For they know that Big Brother is watching them. 1984 is the mother of all dystopian stories. And there is a sentence around this book that should be written in the cover: it has to be a work of fantasy, not a guide for our present.
Submission – Michel Houellebecq
There are really few books that can scare me (except for Stephen King’s novels) and this is one of them. Houellebecq wrote a not-so-far dystopian world where France is dominated by an Islam party with all the consequences of the case (changing in costumes, traditions, beliefs). The main character, François, is the usual aphatetic Houellebecq’s creation, with velleities and powerless and without decision will in his life. The style is beautifully ironic, sharp, cynical. A masterpiece in dystopian novels.
Lord of flies – William Golding
Before the latest YA, this was the first dystopian novel talking about society and how we fear the others: a bunch of kids is exiled in an island, where they began to create a new little world and a new kind of hierarchy in a spiral of terror and malice.
The book is a continuos climax, consticting you to read in an only seat with his climax of fear and darkness.
A kid dystopia, not so juvanile.
Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
In origin there was Battle Royale (not mentioned in this list because it isn’t so dystopian, but you must read it) and Lord of flies. And then, Collins created this wonderful saga.
I was OBSESSED with these books and probably even today I will read ita gain and again: I’ve fallen in love with Peeta Mellark, I hated Gale and I’ve standed with Katniss countless times.
For the ones that have lived under a rock: Hunger Games is about a dystopia where the nation is divided in 13 districts and every year two voulounteers for each districts has to sacrifice to partecipate to this violent reality (the hunger games) where they have to kill everyone till they are the last survivor.
It is so sharp and witty written that I couldn’t put it down for days, thinking about for days, crying for days. A scary scorch on our society and tv shows.
Brave new world – Aldus Huxley
Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress. Aldous Huxley wrote Brave New World in 1932. That’s almost eighty-five years ago, but the book reads like it could have been written yesterday. I love when dystopia predicts things, but I’m also very scared.
The handmaid’s tale – Margaret Atwood
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.
Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is a tale of terror as well as a warning. The dystopian future she describes in “Gilead” is disturbing because it exposes the politics of reproduction and male sexuality taken to extremes of violence. It is certainly the most feminist dystopian book I have ever read.
Uglies – Scott Westerfeld
Imagine a world where being ugly is a crime. Yes, I’m not joking: Westerfeld’s masterpiece is about a dystopia where being beautiful is the only thing admitted; infact, when you turn sixteen, you must take a surgery for being perfect and flawless, to take away your ugliness.
Tally will take a stand and the results will be a climax of adventure and also profound discussions about aesthetic canons of contemporary society and images we see everyday within mags and tv.
Not-so-far dystopia, isn’t it my beautiful readers?
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
My worst nightmare has taken form in a book: this is the worst dystopia someone could imagine for a bookworm like me. Bradbury invented a society where books are banned, they are burned to avoid culture and intelligence in people and, also, feelings. It’s really scaring. But some people take a stand, founding a secret society for saving some books. It’s a beautiful dystopian sci-fi novel, but the scariest of all.