“Young people in dystopian fiction tend to take control, and they are heroes who actually do find some glimmer of hope in some way” – Patrick Henry Bass
A dystopia as an unfavourable society in which to live, coming from the Ancient Greek roots dys- and -topia, which mean “bad” and “place to live” respectively. Dystopia is the antithesis of Utopia.
“In a dystopian story, society itself is typically the antagonist; it is society that is actively working against the protagonist’s aims and desires. This oppression frequently is enacted by a totalitarian or authoritarian government, resulting in the loss of civil liberties and untenable living conditions, caused by any number of circumstances, such as world overpopulation, laws controlling a person’s sexual or reproductive freedom, and living under constant surveillance” (Adams, 2011).
Dystopian fiction is extremely popular with young adults and I have put together some reading lists of the best books out there. Have a look, as you are sure to find something that you will enjoy reading.
- Slanza (School Library Association) Dystopia
- Best Young Adult Dystopian Novels (goodreads)
- Best Sellers in Teen & Young Adult Science Fiction & Dystopian Romance (Amazon)
- Young Adult Dystopian Novels (Amazon)
- Teen Reads – Dystopian