Nineteen Eighty-Four, written by George Orwell in 1949 is an epic must-read for fans of dystopian literature. Set in a world of perpetual war, Orwell describes political issues that audiences face today.
Never before has an imaginary world been so convincing. Orwell’s prophetic vision is still engaging to audiences today. If you haven’t read this yet, there’s no time like the present!
If you have read Nineteen Eighty-Four, it might be time to try something new.
Here are some alternative dystopian novels to ensure you continue to be entranced from the very beginning through to the very end.
1. Animal Farm
Fans of Nineteen Eighty-Four will love this because: Although not dystopian, this novel comes from the creator of Nineteen Eighty-four, George Orwell, and promises a political sandstorm of a read.
Animal Farm portrays the injustices of downtrodden, overworked and underappreciated animals. This novella could quite easily be the most thought-provoking piece of literature you ever read, as you’re sure to see the intended similarities in Animal Farm and government hierarchy. It’s truly one of the most scathing satires ever published.
2. Fahrenheit 451
Fans of Nineteen Eighty-Four will love this because: It’s an incredibly thought-provoking dystopian novel in a post-literature future.
Fahrenheit 451 ( so called becausethat’s “the temperature at which book paper catches fire, and burns…” ) is authored by Ray Bradbury. The story follows a fireman forced to burn books, to track down those who defy society’s dictates, and enforce lethal hypodermics. Powerful and poetic, fans of Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four will be hooked from beginning to end.
3. Brave New World
Fans of Nineteen Eighty-Four will love this because: Written in 1931, this novel contains prophecies about genetic modifications...eerie.
Brave New World comes from Aldous Huxley, and is said to be his vision of our future. It must be said, he isn’t that far away in his predictions, and there are still 500 years left! Genetic engineering of personalities means willfulness can be decreased if not eliminated, increasing the division between ordinary people and the ruling class, and giving that ruling class more power. Huxley, like Orwell, is a self-confessed social satirist.
4. The Iron Heel
Fans of Nineteen Eighty-Four will love this because: It’s a dystopian novel which chronicles a dramatic rise in oligarchic tyranny in the United States.
The Iron Heel is a triumph for author Jack London. Written in first person female narrative, this novel tells of the struggles met when a revolutionary socialist movement is put to the test. London is not afraid to mask his socialist ideals in this satirical prophecy.
5.Welcome To The Monkey House
Fans of Nineteen Eighty-Four will love this because: It’s a short story, from a collection with the same name, set in not-too distant future with satirical themes.
From Kurt Vonnegut comes a society in which suicide is encouraged in order to keep the population of the world limited to 17 billion. This clearly isn’t to everyone's tastes, as we see when we follow Billy the Poet in his attempt to rebel against the rules, and deflower one of the nurses at the suicide clinics. The satirical humour will be appreciated by fans of Nineteen Eighty-Four.
6. In the Country of Last Things
Fans of Nineteen Eighty-Four will love this because: It’s a dystopian novel set in a city that has collapsed into chaos and disorder.
American author, Paul Auster, set this story in the aftermath of a collapsed society. There is no industry, government is corrupt, and inhabitants have to scavenge through garbage for food. Anna, our female protagonist, forages through the filth to find her long-lost brother, a one-time journalist. This post-apocalyptic novel should have Nineteen Eighty-Four enthusiasts hooked.