Category: Dystopian

Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

Chosen by Becks Political satirist George Orwell’s nightmarish vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one man’s attempt to find individuality.. ⫸ “Winston Smith is both an anti-hero and an everyday man who re-writes history for a living. He lives in Oceania in an… Continue Reading “Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell”

The New Wilderness – Diane Cook

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A group of strangers escape a polluted city and learn to live in the wild as part of a study  ✚ “This dystopian-type novel features a polluted and over populated city and a location which is the only place in which… Continue Reading “The New Wilderness – Diane Cook”

The Testaments – Margaret Atwood

READ FOR BOOKERTHON The sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale in which the republic of Gilead is taken down. ⚑ “I haven’t anticipated a book as much as this one since Go Set a Watchman was released (side story: when I bought Go Set a… Continue Reading “The Testaments – Margaret Atwood”

The Cage – Lloyd Jones

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS A profound and unsettling novel about humanity and dignity and the ease with which we’re able to justify brutality. ⚑ “It’s like Lloyd Jones got in my head and seeing my worst fears was then inspired to write the… Continue Reading “The Cage – Lloyd Jones”

A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Becks Amongst a backdrop of dystopian violence is a story about good and evil and the right to human freedom.  ⚑ “I was left a wee bit traumatised after reading A Clockwork Orange in 6th Form English and so was… Continue Reading “A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess”

Oryx & Crake – Margaret Atwood

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo An unforgettable story of love, friendship and biologically modified humans in an alternative reality where pharmaceutical companies rule. ➽ “Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake is another one of her chilling dystopian novels which kept me gripped right to the end.… Continue Reading “Oryx & Crake – Margaret Atwood”

Exit West – Mohsin Hamid

READ FOR BOOKERTHON In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young lovers hear whispers about doors that can whisk people far away, albeit perilously and for a price. ◉ “If I had to pigeonhole Exit West I would call it… Continue Reading “Exit West – Mohsin Hamid”

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel A class of women, known as handmaids, are kept for reproductive purposes in a reality radically overturned by a theocratic revolution. ◉ “This read was a return to one of my all time favourite books. I wondered would it be… Continue Reading “The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood”

The Childhood Of Jesus – J M Coetzee

READ FOR TEN YEAR BOOKCLUB REUNION Chosen by Rachel A haunting and surprising novel about childhood and destiny in which a boy is separated from his mother on a boat bound for a new land. ◉ “I first read this book soon after its release when Suzy… Continue Reading “The Childhood Of Jesus – J M Coetzee”

Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo A dystopian novel set in Airstrip One, Oceania which is in a state of perpetual war and where free thought is considered a thought crime. The all-seeing Big Brother, rules with tyrannical power. ☁ “This is my second… Continue Reading “Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell”