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Postapocalyptic/dystopian fiction features stories about the future that explore extreme societal change.

A dystopia is an anti-utopia. In an attempt to create the perfect society based on a particular ideology, people's individual freedoms become suppressed, which is why tyrannical, "big-brother" government is an often-encountered trope in the subgenre. George Orwell's 1984 is a classic.

Postapocalyptic fiction, on the other hand, usually portrays the aftermath of an event of cataclysmic proportions in which society as we know it ceases to exist. Cormac McCarthy's The Road and S.M. Stirling's Dies the Fire are famous titles in this subgenre.

Dystopian and postapocalyptic elements can co-exist in the same book, which is why we've chosen to pair them here. Dystopian scenarios often follow the postapocalyptic events as attempts to rebuild a society gone awry.

Book Country's genre map will continue to change as new literary categories emerge and others fall out of fashion. If you write postapocalyptic/dystopian fiction, explore the subgenre to connect with other like-minded writers, workshop, and publish your book.

Landmark Postapocalyptic/Dystopian Titles

Here are select postapocalyptic/dystopian must-read titles:

  • STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel is a Landmark Dystopian Title on Book Country.  
  • THE WORD EXCHANGE by Alena Graedon is a Landmark Dystopian Title on Book Country.  
  • BEGGARS IN SPAIN by Nancy Kress is a Landmark Dystopian Title on Book Country.  
  • ON SUCH A FULL SEA by Chang-rae Lee is a Landmark Dystopian Title on Book Country.  
  • Postapocalyptic/Dystopian Book - Wraeththu  
  • Postapocalyptic/Dystopian Book - A Canticle for Leibowitz  
  • Postapocalyptic/Dystopian Book - Dies the Fire  
  • Postapocalyptic/Dystopian Book - Who Fears Death  
  • Postapocalyptic/Dystopian Book - The Passage  
  • Postapocalyptic/Dystopian Book - Oryx and Crake  
  • Postapocalyptic/Dystopian Book - Jennifer Government  
  • Postapocalyptic/Dystopian Book - I Am Legend  

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