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Staff Picks - Dystopian Fiction

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All titles are shelved in the fiction section alphabetically by the author's last name unless otherwise noted.

The Giver (J FICTION)                   
Gathering Blue
by Lois Lowry     
Given his job assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of   memories shared by only one other in his community & discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

X-Isle (TEEN FICTION)     
by Steve Augurde   
Survivors of an apocalyptic flood win places on X-Isle, an island where life is rumored to be better than on the devastated mainland, but they find the island to be a violent place.

Hunger Games (TEEN FICTION)
Catching Fire
by Suzanne Collins
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

Matched (TEEN FICTION)     
by Allyson Condie     
All her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia whom to marry.

The Pledge (TEEN FICTION)         
by Kimberly Derting   
In a kingdom where the classes are separated by the languages they speak, Charlaina Hart has a secret gift that is revealed when she meets a mysterious young man named Max. 

The Immortal Rules (TEEN FICTION)
by Julie Kagawa         
After Allison is forced to flee the city, she joins a band of humans who are seeking a legend -- a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind & created the creatures       threatening humans and vampires alike.        

Legend (TEEN FICTION)         
by Marie Lu       
North America has split into two warring nations & fifteen-year-old Day--a famous criminal, and       prodigy June--the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.

Witch and Wizard (TEEN FICTION)                             
The Gift
by James Patterson             
When the oppressive New Order declares that all magic is evil, sibling teenagers Whit & Wisty Allgood use their newly discovered magic abilities to infiltrate the New Order's territory.                

Divergent (TEEN FICTION)                             
by Veronica Roth 
In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, & that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

The Walking Dead (GRAPHIC NOVEL 741.5973)
by Robert Kirkman           
Police officer Rick Grimes and a few human survivors battle hordes of decomposing zombies.

 Witch and Wizard: the Manga (GRAPHIC NOVEL 741.5973)                         
by James Patterson   
Torn from their parents in a society increasingly controlled by the government, fifteen-year-old Wisty and her older brother, Whit, are incarcerated in a totalitarian prison where they discover they have incredible supernatural powers.

Fray (GRAPHIC NOVEL 741.5973)                             
by Joss Whedon     
In a future Manhattan which has become a deadly slum run by mutant crime-lords, Fray--a street kid who thought she had no future-learns she has a great destiny--to unite a fallen city against a demonic plot to consume mankind.

Things We Didn’t See Coming               
by Steven K. Amsterdam   
Nine connected stories set in a dystopian near-future follows the narrator's three-decade effort to survive a series of cataclysmic events.

The Handmaid’s Tale
by Margaret Atwood 
Offred, a Handmaid, describes life in what was once the United States, now the Republic of  Gilead, a shockingly repressive and intolerant monotheocracy.

Oryx and Crake
by Margaret Atwood       
Snowman takes a journey into his own past and back to Crake's high-tech bubble dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

The Year of the Flood
by Margaret Atwood 
When a natural disaster predicted by God's Gardeners leader Adam One obliterates most human life, two survivors trapped inside respective establishments that metaphorically represent paradise and hell wonder if any of their loved ones have survived.

2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America
by Albert Brooks     
The world struggles with the challenges of a dramatically aging population revitalized by the cure for  cancer, a scenario that is challenged by an unprecedented natural disaster that drives the government into bankruptcy. 

A Clockwork Orange
by Anthony Burgess
Presents Burgess' satire of the present inhumanity of man to man through a futuristic culture where teenagers rule with violence.

The Fat Years
by Guanzhong Chen             
In near-future Beijing, a month is missing from all official records, mass amnesia has wiped it from collective memory, and people are possessed with an unnatural cheerfulness. A small group of friends will stop at nothing to get to the bottom of the mystery.

The Investigation
by Philippe Claudel             
A dystopian critique of the darkly comic nature of the human condition follows an unremarkable man's investigation into a series of suicides in a sprawling complex of an unnamed town, where he is hampered by regulations and a growing sense that he is being watched.

Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron       
by Jasper Fforde                       
House of Red member Eddie Russett experiences discontent with his limited vision when he meets Gray Nightseer Jane, who suggests that their color-blind world was brought about by a disaster that nobody is allowed to acknowledge.

Never Let Me Go
by Kazuo Ishiguro           
Kathy, Ruth and Tommy were pupils at Hallsham, an idyllic establishment situated deep in the      English countryside. They were tenderly sheltered from the outside world, brought up to believe they were special and that their personal welfare was crucial. But why were they really there?

When She Woke
by Hillary Jordan               
Hannah Payne, sentenced to being dyed a stigmatizing red for the crime of having an abortion, must learn to adjust to her new circumstances in a United States where her married lover, Aidan Dale, is Secretary of Faith.

Cloud Atlas
by David Mitchell   
Recounts the connected stories of people from the past and the distant future, from a nineteenth-century notary and an investigative journalist in the 1970s to a young man who searches for meaning in a post-apocalyptic world.

by Haruki Murakami   
An ode to George Orwell's "1984" told in alternating male and female voices relates the stories of Aomame, an assassin for a secret organization who discovers that she has been transported to an alternate reality, and Tengo, a mathematics lecturer and novice writer.

by George Orwell   
In 1984, London is a grim city where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his      memory still functions.

The Age of Miracles 
by Karen Thompson Walker     
Imagines the coming-of-age story of young Julia, whose world is thrown into upheaval when it is discovered that the Earth's rotation has suddenly begun to slow, posing a catastrophic threat to all life.

by Alex Adams               
Working at an animal testing laboratory to pay her way through college, Zoe discovers that she is pregnant at the same time the world is shattered by an apocalyptic viral outbreak that wipes out everyone she loves and genetically mutates humanity's survivors.

Fahrenheit 451 (ADULT, SCIENCE FICTION, GRAPHIC NOVEL)                 
by Ray Bradbury               
A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners suddenly realizes their merit.

Brave New World (SCIENCE FICTION)                               
by Aldous Huxley               
Six hundred years into the future, humans are bred by cloning, and "mother" and "father" are forbidden words.

The Scourge of God (SCIENCE FICTION)       
by S. M. Stirling 
Rudi MacKenzie continues his trek across the land that was once the United States, where he hopes to learn the truth behind The Change that rendered technology across the globe inoperable.