Big Brother Is Watching…And Reading.

With all the hullabaloo of the government tracking phone calls and watching what we search, it got me thinking about how we aren’t that far from those dystopian novels I love so much. This also led me to think about my favorite dystopian books. So I thought I’d share them with you! Any one of these would be a perfect summer read! AND most can be found at your local library!


1. 1984


This is probably not only my favorite dystopian novel, but quite possibly my favorite book of all time. In 1984, George Orwell tells the story of Winston Smith, living in Oceania (once Great Britain) after a war that tore the world apart. I love Winston’s character and how, even though Big Brother is watching everything, he still questions everything.


2. The Hunger Games series

The Hunger Games


I couldn’t have a list of dystopian novels without including this series. Suzanne Collins’ Katniss is the reluctant heroin in this trilogy, eventually coming to grips with who she is and grabbing on to her destiny with both hands; rebelling against the control of the evil Capitol.


3. Animal Farm

animal farm


Yet another Orwellian classic. Animal Farm follows the rise and fall of the animals (most notably the pigs, Napoleon and Snowball) on Manor Farm. This short novel is an allegory not only of the Russian Revolution, but also, I think, of the way our government is working today.


4. Divergent series



Veronica Roth’s series (book 3 comes out in November) about Beatrice Prior, living in a city that is divided into four factions: Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave) and Erudite (the intelligent). Each year, the children of the factions that are of age can decide to stay in their faction or chose another. Beatrice


On my “to read list”:

~The Maze Runner (I’ve only read the first chapter)

~The Giver (My sister teaches fourth grade and usually reads this to her students every year. She said it’s a “must read”!)



What about you? What dystopian books do you like? Have you read any of these?

2 thoughts on “Big Brother Is Watching…And Reading.

  1. I agree with Bridget – you HAVE to read The Giver!!! It’s one of my all-time favorites. I first read it in eighth grade and my classmates all still remember the debates we had about it. It’s the only book I remember an entire class getting that involved in discussing. I also really like Brave New World if you haven’t read that.

    • I’m probably going to swipe The Giver from her bookshelf today! (This is what happens when she’s out of town, lol). I think I need to give BNW another try. I read it for my AP English class and hated it! But, that was back in tenth grade…my tastes have changed since then, lol.

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