Best dystopian / post-apocalyptic books

What is dystopia? Well, you could say it is the opposite of utopia (an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect), and that it is a society characterized by poverty, squalor, or oppression. When not reading fantasy book the dystopian and post-apocalyptic genre is somewhere we often find ourselves.

Swan Song

1. Swan Song by Robert McCammon
Score: 124
Our rating: 9.8 | 26 positive reader reviews

The Road

2. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Score: 113
Our rating: 10.0 | 13 positive reader reviews

Metro 2033

3. Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky
Score: 108
Our rating: 9.9 | 9 positive reader reviews

The Hunger Games

4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Hunger Games: Book 1
Score: 103
Our rating: 9.1 | 12 positive reader reviews

Cirque du Freak

5. Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan
The Saga of Darren Shan: Book 1
Score: 103
Our rating: 9.3 | 10 positive reader reviews

1984

6. 1984 by George Orwell
Score: 103
Our rating: 10.0 | 3 positive reader reviews

The Book of Transformations

7. The Book of Transformations by Mark Charan Newton
Legends of the Red Sun: Book 3
Score: 100
Our rating: 9.8 | 2 positive reader reviews

The Stand

8. The Stand by Stephen King
Score: 100
Our rating: 9.2 | 8 positive reader reviews

The Handsmaid\'s Tale

9. The Handsmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Score: 100
Our rating: 10.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Oryx and Crake

10. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Last Man Standing

11. The Last Man Standing by Davide Longo
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.6 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Reapers are the Angels

12. The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.3 | 3 positive reader reviews

City of Ruin

13. City of Ruin by Mark Charan Newton
Legends of the Red Sun: Book 2
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.6 | 0 positive reader reviews

Mockingjay

14. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Hunger Games: Book 3
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.6 | 0 positive reader reviews

Blindness

15. Blindness by Jose Saramago
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.4 | 2 positive reader reviews

Tarnished City

16. Tarnished City by Vic James
The Dark Gifts Trilogy #2
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.6 | 0 positive reader reviews

Skyward

17. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
Skyward #1
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.4 | 2 positive reader reviews

The Chimes

18. The Chimes by Anna Smaill
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.6 | 0 positive reader reviews

Obernewtyn

19. Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody
The Obernewtyn Chronicles: Book 1
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.1 | 4 positive reader reviews

The Drowned World

20. The Drowned World by JG Ballard
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Passage

21. The Passage by Justin Cronin
The Passage Trilogy #1
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.3 | 2 positive reader reviews

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse

22. Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse by John Joseph Adams
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Crystal World

23. The Crystal World by JG Ballard
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Station Eleven

24. Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Roadside Picnic

25. Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Girl and the Stars

26. The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence
The Book of the Ice #1
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Catching Fire

27. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Hunger Games: Book 2
Score: 94
Our rating: 9.4 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Silence

28. The Silence by Tim Lebbon
Score: 94
Our rating: 9.0 | 4 positive reader reviews

The Seven

29. The Seven by Peter Newman
The Vagrant Trilogy #3
Score: 94
Our rating: 9.4 | 0 positive reader reviews

Divergent

30. Divergent by Veronica Roth
Divergent Trilogy #1
Score: 93
Our rating: 8.3 | 10 positive reader reviews

After America

31. After America by John Birmingham
Score: 93
Our rating: 9.3 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Return Man

32. The Return Man by VM Zito
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

Insurgent

33. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Divergent Trilogy #2
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.0 | 2 positive reader reviews

High Rise

34. High Rise by JG Ballard
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.0 | 2 positive reader reviews

The Vagrant

35. The Vagrant by Peter Newman
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.0 | 2 positive reader reviews

Gilded Cage

36. Gilded Cage by Vic James
The Dark Gifts Trilogy #1
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Wolves of Winter

37. The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.0 | 2 positive reader reviews

Fahrenheit 451

38. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

X-isle

39. X-isle by Steve Augarde
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

Wool

40. Wool by Hugh Howey
Wool Trilogy: Book 1
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Maze Runner

41. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Maze Runner Trilogy #1
Score: 91
Our rating: 8.7 | 4 positive reader reviews

The Death House

42. The Death House by Sarah Pinborough
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

Nod

43. Nod by Adrian Barnes
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Dog Stars

44. The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.1 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Last Dog on Earth

45. The Last Dog on Earth by Adrian J Walker
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Malice

46. The Malice by Peter Newman
The Vagrant Trilogy #2
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.1 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Long Walk

47. The Long Walk by Stephen King
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.1 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Testament of Jessie Lamb

48. The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Last Policeman

49. The Last Policeman by Ben H Winters
The Last Policeman Trilogy #1
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Truancy City

50. Truancy City by Isamu Fukui

Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

No Return

51. No Return by Zachary Jernigan
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Shades of Grey

52. Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
Shades of Grey Trilogy #1
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Wolves

53. Wolves by Simon Ings
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Heroes and Villains

54. Heroes and Villains by Angela Carter
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Truth and Fear

55. Truth and Fear by Peter Higgins
The Wolfhound Century #2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Lock In

56. Lock In by John Scalzi
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Firefight

57. Firefight by Brandon Sanderson
A Reckoners Novel #2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Steeple

58. Steeple by Jon Wallace
Kenstibec #2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Blightborn

59. Blightborn by Chuck Wendig
The Heartland Trilogy #2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Rig

60. Rig by Jon Wallace
Kenstibec #3
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Without Warning

61. Without Warning by John Birmingham
Score: 89
Our rating: 8.9 | 0 positive reader reviews

Countdown City

62. Countdown City by Ben H Winters
The Last Policeman Trilogy #2
Score: 89
Our rating: 8.9 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Girl with all the Gifts

63. The Girl with all the Gifts by MR Carey
Score: 89
Our rating: 8.9 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Deserter

64. The Deserter by Peader O Guilin
The Bone World Trilogy: Book 2
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

65. Variant by Robison Wells
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.5 | 3 positive reader reviews

Feedback

66. Feedback by Robison Wells
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.7 | 1 positive reader reviews

Exit Kingdom

67. Exit Kingdom by Alden Bell
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

World of Trouble

68. World of Trouble by Ben H Winters
The Last Policeman Trilogy #2
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Ruthless

69. The Ruthless by Peter Newman
Deathless #2
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

Fire City

70. Fire City by Bali Rai
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.6 | 1 positive reader reviews

Plague Town

71. Plague Town by Dana Fredsti
An Ashley Parker novel #1
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.6 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Test

72. The Test by Sylvain Neuvel
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.6 | 1 positive reader reviews

73. The Secret Book of Sacred Things by Torsten Krol
Score: 86
Our rating: 8.5 | 1 positive reader reviews

74. The Mall by Richie Tankersley Cusick
Score: 86
Our rating: 8.5 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Dark and Hollow Places

75. The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

76. The Black Cloud by Frank Hoyle
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

MetaWars: The Dead are Rising

77. MetaWars: The Dead are Rising by Jeff Norton
MetaWars: Book 2
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Black Feathers

78. Black Feathers by Joseph DLacey
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Wolfhound Century

79. Wolfhound Century by Peter Higgins
The Wolfhound Century #1
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Broken Worlds: Dystopian Stories

80. Broken Worlds: Dystopian Stories by Anthology
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

81. The Darwin Elevator by Jason M Hough
Dire Earth Cycle #1
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

82. Peacemaker by Marianne de Pierres
Peacemaker #1
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

83. California by Edan Lepucki
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Children of the Different

84. Children of the Different by SC Flynn
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Old Man and the Waste Land

85. The Old Man and the Waste Land by Nick Cole
The Wasteland Saga #1
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Savage Boy

86. The Savage Boy by Nick Cole
The Wasteland Saga #2
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Road is a River

87. The Road is a River by Nick Cole
The Wasteland Saga #3
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Ruin\'s Wake

88. Ruin's Wake by Patrick Edwards
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Bright Ruin

89. Bright Ruin by Vic James
The Dark Gifts Trilogy #3
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

90. Splinter by Sebastian Fitzek
Score: 84
Our rating: 8.4 | 0 positive reader reviews

91. Skyship Academy by Nick James
The Pearl Wars: Book 1
Score: 84
Our rating: 8.2 | 2 positive reader reviews

The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor

92. The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor by Jay Bonansinga and Robert Kirkman
Score: 84
Our rating: 8.4 | 0 positive reader reviews

Isolation

93. Isolation by Dan Wells
Partials Sequence: A Novella
Score: 84
Our rating: 8.4 | 0 positive reader reviews

Truancy Origins

94. Truancy Origins by Isamu Fukui
Score: 84
Our rating: 8.4 | 0 positive reader reviews

Inside Out

95. Inside Out by Maria V Snyder
MIRA: Book 1
Score: 83
Our rating: 8.2 | 1 positive reader reviews

Afterblight Chronicles: America

96. Afterblight Chronicles: America by Simon Spurrier
Afterblight Chronicles: America
Score: 82
Our rating: 8.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

Truancy

97. Truancy by Isamu Fukui
Score: 82
Our rating: 8.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Games

98. The Games by Ted Kosmatka
Score: 81
Our rating: 8.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

Blood Zero Sky

99. Blood Zero Sky by J Gabriel Gates
Score: 81
Our rating: 8.1 | 0 positive reader reviews

Radiant State

100. Radiant State by Peter Higgins
The Wolfhound Century #3
Score: 80
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews