Dystopian

Man’s Last Song, James Tam

This is Hong Kong 2090. Population a few thousand, perhaps less; median age about sixty. After forty years of universal sterility, the human race is vanishing while the rest of the planet makes a healthy comeback. Goodreads Reviews Back to GoodReads Buy on Amazon

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The Death of Grass, John Christopher

Published in 1956 (in the US it was published as No Blade of Grass). At first the virus wiping out grass and crops is of little concern to John Custance. It has decimated Asia, causing mass starvation and riots, but Europe is safe and a counter-virus is expected any day. […]

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Drowning Towers, George Turner

Francis Conway is Swill–one of the millions in the year 2041 who must subsist on the inadequate charities of the state. Life, already difficult, is rapidly becoming impossible for Francis and others like him, as government corruption, official blindness and nature have conspired to turn Swill homes into watery tombs. […]

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Orleans, Sherri Smith

After a string of devastating hurricanes and a severe outbreak of Delta Fever, the Gulf Coast has been quarantined. Years later, residents of the Outer States are under the assumption that life in the Delta is all but extinct… but in reality, a new primitive society has been born. Goodreads […]

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Haline, Sundeep Ahuja

Haline is a stark look at a post-climate change future, a world licking its wounds after decades of war and famine in which resources are scarce and government tyrannical. It is the answer to the troubling and timely question: What if we do nothing? Goodreads Reviews Back to GoodReads Buy […]

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Carbon Diaries 2015, Saci Lloyd

In 2015, when England becomes the first nation to introduce carbon dioxide rationing in a drastic bid to combat climate change, sixteen-year-old Laura documents the first year of rationing as her family spirals out of control. Goodreads Reviews Back to GoodReads Buy on Amazon

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In Ark: A Promise of Survival, Lisa Devaney

In the year 2044, Mya Brand lives in New York City and pursues her passion—trying to digitally save the life story of every human on the planet before climate change makes Earth un-liveable. Recovering from a failed marriage, she stays laser-focused on her mission. With support from her actress best […]

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On Such a Full Sea, Chang Rae-Lee

On Such a Full Sea takes Chang-Rae Lee’s elegance of prose, his masterly storytelling, and his long-standing interests in identity, culture, work, and love, and lifts them to a new plane. Stepping from the realistic and historical territories of his previous work, Lee brings us into a world created from […]

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Pills and Starships, Lydia Millet

This page-turning first YA novel by critically acclaimed author Lydia Millet is stylish and dark and yet deeply hopeful, bringing Millet’s characteristic humor and style to a new generation of young readers. Click here for an interview with NPR. Goodreads Reviews Back to GoodReads Buy on Amazon

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A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists, Jane Rawson

It is 1997 in San Francisco and Simon and Sarah have been sent on a quest to see America: they must stand at least once in every 25-foot square of the country. Decades later, in an Australian city that has fallen on hard times, Caddy is camped by the Maribyrnong […]

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Nature’s End, Whitley Strieber & James Kunetka

The year is 2025. Immense numbers of people swarm the globe. In countless, astonishing ways, technology has triumphed, but at a staggering cost. Starvation is rampant. City dwellers gasp for breath under blackened skies. And tottering on the brink of environmental collapse, the world may be ending. It is a […]

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The Sheep Look Up, John Brunner

Fast-paced, kaleidoscopically comprehensive view of a near future rife with looming ecological dangers and possibly about to be saved by an underground revolutionary movement–if its leader can survive the hostility of vested interests to deliver his message of hope. An enduring classic, this book offers a dramatic and prophetic look at […]

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The Swan Book, Alexis Wright

The Swan Book is set in the future, with Aboriginals still living under the Intervention in the north, in an environment fundamentally altered by climate change. It follows the life of a mute young woman called Oblivia, the victim of gang-rape by petrol-sniffing youths, from the displaced community where she […]

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Not a Drop to Drink, Mindy McGinnis

Fans of classic frontier survival stories, as well as readers of dystopian literature, will enjoy this futuristic story where water is worth more than gold. With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a frontierlike world not so different from our […]

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Lighthouse Island, Paulette Jiles

Paulette Jiles, the bestselling author of the highly praised novels The Color of Lightning, Stormy Weather, and Enemy Women, pushes into new territory with Lighthouse Island—a captivating and atmospheric story set in the far future—a literary dystopian tale resonant with love and hope. In the coming centuries the world’s population has exploded. The […]

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