Dystopian fiction is an already-evergreen literary genre that nonetheless seems to be gaining popularity all the time.
A New York Times article on the subject recently observed:
Even outside the United States, interest in 1984 has grown. So far this year, sales have risen by 20 percent in Britain and Australia compared to the same period a year ago, according to Jess Harrison, a London-based editor at Penguin Books. The novel is usually a best-seller, she said, and it sold 100,000 copies last year in English-speaking countries outside the United States and Canada. “But we’ve definitely seen an uplift” in sales, she added.
Dystopian novels are “chiming with people,” Ms. Harrison said, adding that The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick, an alternative history in which the Nazis defeated America to win World War II, is also selling well.
Below you’ll find a list of classic and contemporary dystopian fiction with offerings for all-ages, ideal for use in both first-year and community reads.