Top 10 Dystopian Novels for High School Students

Dystopian literature, especially of the young-adult variety, has exploded in popularity in recent years. Are you considering teaching these kinds of books? Already teaching dystopian literature? Share your favorites in the comments below.

1984 Paperback


Totalitarian Government • Censorship • Surveillance State • Culture of Fear • Erasure of History

The Handmaid's Tale Paperback

The Handmaid's Tale

Totalitarian Government • Feminist Theory • Surveillance State • Theocratic State

Brave New World Paperback

Brave New World

Population Control • Anti-intellectualism • Constant Consumption • Entertainment as Escapism

Fahrenheit 451 Paperback

Fahrenheit 451

Totalitarian Government • Censorship • Anti-intellectualism • Entertainment as Escapism

The Giver Paperback

The Giver

Totalitarian Government • Erasure of History • Descruction of Individuality

The Hunger Games Paperback

The Hunger Games

Totalitarian Government • Extreme Economic Inequality • Reality Television

The Time Machine Paperback

The Time Machine

Class Struggles • Marxist Theory • Mythological/Archetypal Theory • Decadence of the Upper Class

Lord of the Flies Paperback

Lord of the Flies

Anarchy • The Brutal Nature of Humanity • Society as Good Influence

Ready Player One Paperback

Ready Player One

Economic Collapse • Escapism into Virtual Worlds • Exhaustion of Natural Resources

Divergent Paperback


Post-Apocalyspe • Rigid Social Classes • Persecution of the Different