A Trio Of Classic Dystopian Novels

WEDystopian books have been all the craze for the last few years.  Hunger Games and Divergent have lead the charge amongst a plethora of action oriented survival against some sort of corrupt futuristic utopia; but where did they all come from?  If you’ve never gone back to dystopian basics, I humbly suggest my top three:  1984, Brave New World, and We.

 

The earliest of the three is probably the least well known, Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We. Published in 1924 and set in the twenty-sixth century AD, We describes life under the regimented totalitarian society of OneState, ruled over by the all-powerful 'Benefactor'.

Brave New WorldAldus Huxley claims that he hadn’t read We before writing his dystopian novel Brave New World but there are quite a few similarities.  Brave New World is a darkly satiric vision of a "utopian" future—where humans are genetically bred and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively serve a ruling order.

 

 

1984Finally, we have George Orwell’s 1984.  Orwell does admit that his book is based off of We, in fact, he wrote a review for We before modeling 1984 after it.  1984 features the notorious Big Brother watching over society in a futuristic war torn England. 

 

 

There are so many other Dystopian books, both older and newer.  What are some of your favorites that you’d like to suggest to your fellow readers?