The 10 Best Books If You Like "1984"

Check out these dystopian and thought-provoking novels.

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George Orwell presents his dystopian vision of the future in his famous book, 1984. The novel was first published in 1948, and it was based on the work of Yevgeny Zamyatin. If you like the story of Winston Smith and Big Brother, you'll probably enjoy these books, too.

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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley, is frequently compared to 1984. They are both dystopian novels; both offer troubling views of the future. In this book, society is broken up into strictly regimented castes: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon. Children are produced in the Hatchery, and the masses are controlled by their addiction to soma.

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

In Ray Bradbury's vision of the future, firemen start fires to burn books; and the title Fahrenheit 451 stands for the temperature at which books burn. Often mentioned in connection with books like Brave New World and 1984, characters in this novel commit the contents of the great classics to memory, because it's illegal to own a book. What would you do if you couldn't own a library of books?

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We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

This novel is the original dystopian novel, the book upon which 1984 was based. In We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin, people are identified by numbers. The protagonist is D-503, and he falls for the lovely 1-330.

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Walden Two by B.F. Skinner

B.F. Skinner writes about another utopian society in his novel, Walden Two. Frazier has started a utopian community called Walden Two; and three men (Rogers, Steve Jamnik and Professor Burris), along with three others (Barbara, Mary, and Castle), travel to visit Walden Two. But, who would decide to stay in this new society? What are the drawbacks, the conditions of utopia?

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The Giver by Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry writes about an ideal world in The Giver. What is the terrible truth that Jonas learns when he becomes the Receiver of Memory?

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Anthem by Ayn Rand

In Anthem, Ayn Rand writes about a futuristic society, where the citizens don't have names. The novel was first published in 1938; and you'll get an insight on Objectivism, which is further discussed in her The Fountainhead and ​Atlas Shrugged.

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Lord of the Flies by William Golding

What kind of society does a group of school boys establish, when they are stranded on a deserted island? William Golding offers a brutal vision of the possibility in his classic novel, Lord of the Flies.

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Blade Runner by Philip K. Dick

Blade Runner, by Philip K. Dick, was originally published as Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. What does it mean to be alive? Can machines live? This novel offers a look into the future where androids look just like humans, and one man is charged with the task of finding renegade androids and retiring them.

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Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Billy Pilgrim relives his life again-and-again. He's unstuck in time. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut, is one of the classic anti-war novels; but it also has something to say about the meaning of life.

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V. by Thomas Pynchon

Benny Profane becomes a member of the Sick Crew. Then, he and Stencil search for the elusive V., a woman. V. was the first novel written by Thomas Pynchon. In this search for an individual, do the characters lead us on a search for meaning as well?

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