With submissions pouring in for our upcoming Dystopia from the Rock anthology, we thought it would be a great time to ask our existing stable of novelists: what are your favorite Dystopian novels?
Ellen Curtis, author of Infinity and From the Rock editor: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, because it showcases how society struggles against willful ignorance and vice when those are presented as the easy options. Other recommended content: A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood for one of the most chilling pieces of dystopian writing, and Stepford Wives, because f**k man, striving for utopia in tiny doses is still terrifying.
Paul Carberry, author of Zombies from the Rock: Flight or Fight by Scott Bartlett. Bartlett has managed to take several current issues and have them evolve naturally into his Dystopian future. The reader can easily picture the current world heading in this direction. He flawlessly switches from a sense of wonder to a sense of dread all while keeping it believable.
Erin Vance, author of Song of the Mockingjay and From the Rock editor: I… Am not sure. I mean, there’s a part of me that thinks I should say The Hunger Games, but I have major issues with it now that I’ve analyzed it.
There’s a part of me that actually really enjoyed The Host by Stephanie Myer but I’m afraid to admit that.
Matthew LeDrew, author of The Xander Drew and Coral Beach Casefiles series’: The Man in the High Castle for me is dystopia at its best, merging dystopia with alternate-history to create an alternate dystopian present that’s more about the people having to grow pretend the world is okay and their children thinking it actually is okay than anything. The Days of Future Past storyarc from X-Men comics also have a special place for me… not just the original arc either, the whole thing, which lasted right through to the mid 90s.
Amanda Labonté, author of Call of the Sea and Supernatural Causes: The New York Times. We are in a dystopian novel.
Where were Ali House’s picks? She couldn’t contain hers to a short segment, come back next week for a full section on her choices!