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What is Dystopian Fiction?

Dystopia is the idea of a society in a repressive and controlled state. Dystopian societies feature different kinds of repressive social control systems.  Dystopian societies are often imagined as police states or states controlled by the government, and dystopian literature often explores worlds where the government has unlimited power over the citizens.

Books about dystopian societies often explore the concept of humans interacting with new technologies.  These books explore the ways that humans change and adapt as technology evolves, or if technology had evloved to the point of some destructive event.

In the 21st century, many of the most popular Young Adult (YA) novels have has dystopian settings and themes.  Authors have published several highly acclaimed and well-read series about young people in dystopian societies, such as The Hunger Games.


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1Q84 - Haruki Murakami; Jay Rubin (Translator); Philip Gabriel (Translator)
Call Number: MUS FIC Mur
ISBN: 0307593312
Publication Date: 2011-10-25
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.

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Birthmarked - Caragh M. O'Brien
Call Number: MUS FIC O'Br
ISBN: 9781596435698
Publication Date: 2010-03-30
When her midwife mother is forcibly taken away by the very people she serves, sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone starts to question the role of the Enclave and whether it deserves the loyalty her family has so faithfully given.

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Candor - Pam Bachorz
Call Number: MUS FIC Bac
ISBN: 1606840126
Publication Date: 2009-09-22
For a fee, "model teen" Oscar Banks has been secretly--and selectively--sabotaging the subliminal messages that program the behavior of the residents of Candor, Florida, until his attraction to a rebellious new girl threatens to expose his subterfuge.

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The Forest of Hands and Teeth - Carrie Ryan
Call Number: MUS FIC Rya
ISBN: 9780385736817
Publication Date: 2009-03-10
Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the Unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.

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Unwind - Neal Shusterman
Call Number: MUS FIC Shu
ISBN: 9781416912040
Publication Date: 2007-11-06
In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs--and, perhaps, save their own lives.

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The Year of the Flood - Margaret Atwood
Call Number: MUS FIC Atw
ISBN: 9780385528771
Publication Date: 2009-09-22
The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners—a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life—has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life.

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