All Women's Talk

Dystopian Novels Perfect for Girls Who Want to Escape ...

By Neecey

You may think our world is crazy f**ked up and sometimes, it makes you wonder, what’s it all about. It’s no surprise that so many of choose to escape life for a while by delving into a book or movie that takes us to a whole other world. Sometimes we want that other world to be beautiful, fun, a fantasy where everyone is happy. Sometimes we want something that let’s us know that, no matter how bad we think our world is, it could be far worse – Dystopian worlds. Let’s delve in.

1 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games, text, poster, font, advertising,The first book in Suzanne Collins’ wildly successful young adult trilogy about a dystopian society that holds an annual event in which young people from districts across the country are picked to participate in a battle to the death.

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2 Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

text, product, advertising, brand, design,If you have seen the movie, then you know there is a lot going on in Cloud Atlas! Set in a dystopian future in Korea, the novel spans over six different narratives and numerous time periods. It definitely keeps you on your toes!

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3 The Giver by Lois Lowry

label, GIVER, LOIS, LOWRY, Now,A really interesting novel set in a future society where war, pain and grief has been eradicated, and one single person has to become the ‘Receiver Of Memory’ to remember what it was like before and make sure the world remembers its lessons.

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4 Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

Lil Woodys, text, font, product, diagram,A tech heavy love story set in the not too distant future about an American man who falls in love with a Korean-American woman, and their love story unfolds in a New York City that is on the brink of collapse.

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5 Animal Farm by George Orwell

text, label, brand, moustache, line,The iconic Orwell novel that tells an allegorical tale of dictatorship and the cult of personality using farm yard animals as metaphorical character archetypes.

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6 The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

red, advertising, brand, MMARGARET, ATWOOD,A unforgettable novel set in a time where women have been stripped of all their rights, narrated by a ‘handmaid’ whose only job in life is to serve as a reproducer for the sake of the population.

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7 Children of Men by P.D. James

text, biology, product, advertising, PID,Set in the unsettling close future of 2021, Children Of Men tells the story of a world where no more children can be born. That is, until one woman discovers that she is pregnant…

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8 The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

HBO, text, poster, font, advertising,Now a successful TV show, The Leftovers is a compelling and emotional story about the lives of those who are left behind on Earth after most of the world’s population disappears in a rupture.

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9 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

cartoon, font, poster, album cover, advertising,Set in the year 2540, Brave New World gives a gripping yet shocking insight in to a futuristic society where a dictatorship has taken over human reproduction and children are bred and allocated to certain positions in life.

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10 Fahrenheit 541 by Ray Bradbury

Zoes Kitchen, product, font, advertising, brand,A novel that portrays a troubling, unspecified future time when books have become outlawed, and firemen are charged with seeking out forbidden materials and burning them to cinders.

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11 The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

Foundation, text, font, biology, poster,This young adult novel tells the story of a boy named Matt who is cloned from a drug lord, and it examines questions involving the nature of humanity and what really makes us ‘human’.

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12 The Passage by Justin Cronin

NACS Magazine, text, poster, font, advertising,This is a super engrossing novel, unsettlingly set in the year 2016, in which death row patients are injected with a virus that gives them super human strength and vampire-like tendencies!

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13 A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

font, advertising, brand, distilled beverage, ANTHONY,Set in a nightmarish future version of the United Kingdom, A Clockwork Orange tells the story of a young man called Alex who is taken in by the authorities and reformed. Or is he?

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14 Divergent by Veronica Roth

Chicago, Skyline, Divergent, text, poster,Another recent successful young adult series, this time set in a society where all young people must choose a personality based faction within their community in which to spend the rest of their lives. But what happens when you diverge from your path?

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15 The Gate to Women’s Country by Sheri S. Tepper

poster, banner, advertising, Couyriunted, Malarial,300 years in the future, the U.S. has fractured into different nations after a great war. Men live in warrior camps outside the walls of Women’s Country, in the Pacific Northwest. Within the walls, a sustainable matriarchy where the women and children reside.

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16 Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Carson–Newman University, text, advertising, poster, book,A rather enchanting tale about the travels of a band of performers who are operating across the country in the aftermath of a devastating flu epidemic that ruined humanity.

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17 Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

face, nose, eyelash, brown, skin,A wonderful novel that explores the themes of human cloning for the purposes of organ harvesting, and whether these clones should be treated in the same way as ‘real’ humans. Indeed, what makes them different at all?

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