Best Dystopian Books

May 4, 2018

Dystopias have become a fascinating genre over the last century: fallen societies, authoritative governments, alien invasion and many other kind of bleak worlds. Dystopian novels take you to places where life can be hard, their characters fight to survive while pushing the idea of hope to its limits. 

We have created this list to all dystopian addicts out there. It includes some new and other popular books that show you the darkest side of life.

1 The Lamp (The Lamp Series, Book 1)

The Lamp (The Lamp Series, Book 1)

Jason Cunningham | Mystery


This is Book One of the Lamp Series. THE LAMP is a fast-paced dystopian thriller. They called him Levi the Leveler because of his frightening power. A terror in the boxing ring, most of his opponents didn't make it past the first round. But after a careless decision sends him into exile for seven years, Levi returns to a life in ruins: his fiancé has split, his friends and money gone. Once a notable figure with more money than he could ever spend, Levi must now contend with life as a regular citizen, trying to make ends meet doing menial labor as a handyman in a downtown apartment building. He soon befriends a smart teenage grifter and a spunky tenant in his building who remembers his former glory days. But not everything is what it seems, and dangers lurk in the shadows.

2 Bleeding San Francisco

Bleeding San Francisco

Jacques Freydont | Sci-fi Fantasy


After the fall of America, a water-war breaks out between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The battle takes place in the earthquake rubble surrounding what is left of San Francisco. In this dystopian wasteland, a nightmare for the frightened amateur soldiers, Todd Wentworth, General in the San Francisco Militia, falls desperately in love with a traitor’s daughter. When she is shipped away in a prisoner exchange, Todd sneaks into the Angeleno campground to get her back. There he encounters the Achilles of the Army of Los Angeles, the warlord, Benharash. More heartbreak is in store for the forlorn couple, and more war for beleaguered San Francisco. Bleeding San Francisco places Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida in the gritty world of California’s future.

3 Shining in Crimson: Empire of Blood Book One

Shining in Crimson: Empire of Blood Book One

Robert S. Wilson | Sci-fi Fantasy


Set in a dystopian, religiously-demented American Empire, the city of Las Vegas is no longer a city of sin. Now called Necropolis, it is a city that eats sin. The vampires of Necropolis wait patiently for the Empire's weekly drop off of guilty Penitents; sinners and criminals full of fresh blood. Hank Evans is one of those Penitents and he would gladly let the vampires take every drop of his blood if it weren't for one detail: Toby. Toby is Hank's only son. Now, Hank must do whatever it takes to escape the city of the dead and save his son from an Empire as bloodthirsty as the vampires it uses to keep its people in line. Praise for Shining in Crimson: "A big-scale vampire thriller that changes the rules."--Scott Nicholson, bestselling Kindle author of Liquid Fear, et al

4 Across the Rainbow

Across the Rainbow

Chrys Romeo | Sci-fi Fantasy


A dystopian time where the Earth is covered by snow makes everything frozen, sinking in endless winter. People are hiding underground and there are more dangers than the eyes can distinguish. Who or what is going to save life on the planet is the new enigma to be discovered when a rainbow appears acros the sky, showing the way to another world. If love is the answer, it is also the question...

5 The Lucid Series: Android Uprising

The Lucid Series: Android Uprising

Den Warren | Sci-fi Fantasy


In a dystopian cyberpunk 2215, in a nation where cloning and robotics are highly advanced, and religion has been long forgotten, a young boy dares to ask, "Is God real?" The Lucids are a forgotten series of androids that are programmed to protect the truth, even unto war. During their research into the boy's question, they embrace creationism and reject homeland law that banned God long ago...

6 The Time Machine

The Time Machine

Herbert George Wells | Sci-Fi Classics


in 1899, a scientist builds a time machine that can transport him to the future where he meets both good and evil beings.

7 Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels

Jonathan Swift | Sci-Fi Classics


During his travels, an Englishman encounters tiny people, giants, sorcerers, and horses who control humans.

8 Erewhon


Samuel Butler | Sci-Fi Classics


That in that country if a man falls into ill health, or catches any disorder, or fails bodily in any way before he is seventy years old, he is tried before a jury of his countrymen, and if convicted is held up to public scorn and sentenced more or less severely as the case may be.

9 Anthem


Ayn Rand | Philosophy (Academic)


In Anthem, Rand examines a frightening future in which individuals have no name, no independence, and no values. Equality 7-2521 lives in the dark ages of the future where all decisions are made by committee, all people live in collectives, and all traces of individualism have been wiped out. Despite such a restrictive environment, the spark of individual thought and freedom still burns in him--a passion which he has been taught to call sinful. In a purely egalitarian world, Equality 7-2521 dares to stand apart from the herd--to think and choose for himself, to discover electricity, and to love the woman of his choice.