Dystopia

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Recommended by Jennifer Webb @FunkyPedagogy Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Form: Dystopian Novel Length: 288 pages Brief synopsis: Set in a dystopian society where the state has sanctioned human cloning, this novel centres on a private institution where clones are kept with the intention that they will be harvested for organ donations. This is something which isn’t …

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The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

Recommended by Lynn Thomas (@THOMLYNN101) Form and genre: Novel, futuristic/dystopian, cli-fi, sci-fi thriller Length: 180 pages Summary: Humanity has nearly destroyed its world through global warming, but now an even greater evil lurks. The indigenous people of North America are being hunted and harvested for their bone marrow, which carries the key to recovering something …

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Naughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Recommended by Lauren Edwards (@edwardslaurennn) Form and genre: Dystopian novel, romance, action Length: 435 pages Summary: A Romeo and Juliet storyline in a reverse apartheid society. Sephy is a Cross, the black ruling class and Callum is a nought, the white inferior class who were once slaves to the Crosses. Through the journey each character …

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The Island by C L Taylor

Recommended by Laura Fuller (@Teacher263) Form and genre: Novel Length: 266 pages Summary: ‘Lost’ meets ‘The Hunger Games’. A group of teens who have known each other since their parents met at antenatal classes go on holiday as they always have on a regular basis. A few days on an island without their parents turns …

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Internment by Samira Ahmed

Recommended by Sarah Cooper (@sycw18) Form and genre: prose, dystopian fiction Length: 252 pages Summary: Ahmed creates a future where all American Muslims are registered, then interned. Leila and her friends decide to rebel from within a camp. Age recommendation and challenging content: Contains swearing and racism. Would recommend for Year 9 and above. Notable …

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Maggot Moon by Sally Garner

Recommended by Lyn Lawton (@lynjlawton) Form and genre: young adult science fiction, dystopian prose Length: 279 pages Summary: The novel takes place in an alternative version of 1050s, where Britain is under rule of an oppressive regime. So therefore, it poses the interesting question: what would have happened to Britain if Hitler had won the …

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