You may or may not be familiar with the following dystopian movies, but the books are sure to make you think even more deeply about the subject matter of each.
1984 – George Orwell
Orwell’s famous novel, 1984, is almost a staple in dystopian literature, and seems to be a forewarning of what could come to pass if citizens do not remain wary and adamantly against the rise of totalitarianism. The novel details Winston Smith’s journey as he struggles in a society where war is peace, freedom is slavery, and ignorance is strength.
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
A mix of science-fiction and dystopia is sure to get you going with the enigmatic Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. The brave protagonist struggles against a world state, where psychological manipulation and reproductive conditioning are just the deal of the day.
A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
This read is definitely not for the faint of heart, with the ongoing violence and dark satirical humour taking on a life of its own throughout the book. Readers will get lost in a world of the sociopathic Alex, who undergoes psychological rehabilitation sponsored by the state, in an attempt to eradicate his incredibly disturbing actions and behaviors.
Other great dystopian novels that you may have heard of through the film or series vine include, The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Handmaids Tale by renowned feminist, Margaret Atwood, as well as Lord of the Flies by William Golding.