The best dystopian literature containing the most creative social classes

Michael E. Thies Author Of The Trials of the Core
By Michael E. Thies

Who am I?

I have always been fascinated with the idea of a dystopia. In fact, I teach it to my literature students here in the United States. Dystopias do an amazing job of teaching us what can happen when rules and regulations are too extreme. And, to be honest, it is chilling what they tell for it seems more and more like the world our society is becoming today. 


I wrote...

The Trials of the Core

By Michael E. Thies,

Book cover of The Trials of the Core

What is my book about?

The system of Gladonus is home to Creatures of Legend, all-powerful deities, reclusive First Bloods, and the Guardian of the Core. From it, all life flows in and out. Should it cease, the universe ceases to exist as well. It falls upon the Guardian to protect the system at all costs. However, his time is soon ending and he needs to hold Trials to select his next apprentice.

None of these participants, however, know that the Trials will pit them against others who are just as conniving, talented, and motivated to win. With their lives and identities on the line, will one of these would-be heroes find the inner strength and wisdom to emerge a champion and impress the Guardian before the system collapses?

The books I picked & why

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1984

By George Orwell,

Book cover of 1984

Why this book?

1984 is truly a fantastic novel in so many ways. Written in 1948, it is a prescient tale about the world we find ourselves eerily coming to be in day after day with the advancement of technology which was imagined by Orwell so long ago. It speaks of a totalitarian regime that doesn’t only control the present, but they control the past, too. They don’t only kill people, they vaporize people, making sure they never existed at all. It has a very simple hierarchical structure of the proles (or the common people), the outer party (the main workers), the inner party (the society’s elite), and the notorious, unforgettable Big Brother (the party leader). 

1984

By George Orwell,

Why should I read it?

25 authors picked 1984 as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU . . .

1984 is the year in which it happens. The world is divided into three superstates. In Oceania, the Party's power is absolute. Every action, word, gesture and thought is monitored under the watchful eye of Big Brother and the Thought Police. In the Ministry of Truth, the Party's department for propaganda, Winston Smith's job is to edit the past. Over time, the impulse to escape the machine and live independently takes hold of him and he embarks on a secret and forbidden love affair. As he writes the words 'DOWN WITH BIG…


Red Rising

By Pierce Brown,

Book cover of Red Rising

Why this book?

Red Rising is a great science-fiction fantasy novel, that I would consider to be sci-fantasy. It takes place within our solar system and has a memorable ranking system of colors where reds are at the bottoms and the silvers and golds are at the top. Pinks are sex slaves, blues are doctors, blacks are personal guards for the golds, etc. This book is full of twists and turns that you don’t see coming and the first three books of the series are absolutely incredible. With book 6 coming out July 2023, it is the perfect time to dig into the series by starting with Red Rising

Red Rising

By Pierce Brown,

Why should I read it?

10 authors picked Red Rising as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, BUZZFEED, GOODREADS AND SHELF AWARENESS

Pierce Brown's heart-pounding debut is the first book in a spectacular series that combines the drama of Game of Thrones with the epic scope of Star Wars.

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'Pierce Brown's empire-crushing debut is a sprawling vision . . . Ender, Katniss, and now Darrow' - Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author of Pandemic

'[A] top-notch debut novel . . . Red Rising ascends above a crowded dystopian field' - USA Today

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Darrow is a Helldiver. A pioneer…


Brave New World

By Aldous Huxley,

Book cover of Brave New World

Why this book?

This book has been constantly toted as one of the best books to read. Ever. And there is a reason for that. It is that good. Brave New World follows a man named Huxley who lives in a dystopian futuristic society where it follows three main rules: no privacy, no family, no monogamy. The caste system involves Alphas, who reigned supreme, Betas, Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons, who are noted as the father of science fiction. In this world, no one is born. They are all created, and when they are created into their caste systems, they are fed these rules and beliefs to live by that determine their life. Such a chilling and haunting tale, but one that resonates with society all the same. Give this one a read! 

Brave New World

By Aldous Huxley,

Why should I read it?

12 authors picked Brave New World as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

**One of the BBC's 100 Novels That Shaped Our World**

EVERYONE BELONGS TO EVERYONE ELSE. Read the dystopian classic that inspired the hit Sky TV series.

'A masterpiece of speculation... As vibrant, fresh, and somehow shocking as it was when I first read it' Margaret Atwood, bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale.

Welcome to New London. Everybody is happy here. Our perfect society achieved peace and stability through the prohibition of monogamy, privacy, money, family and history itself. Now everyone belongs.

You can be happy too. All you need to do is take your Soma pills.

Discover the brave new…


The Handmaid's Tale

By Margaret Atwood,

Book cover of The Handmaid's Tale

Why this book?

This book is a great commentary on what happens when you try and put women in a box. In a world so corrupted with syphilis, pollution, and other diseases it is nearly impossible to get pregnant anymore, besides the rare women who are captured and who become Handmaids. Their duty is to bear the children for the Wives of the Commanders who cannot get pregnant. Besides these three classes, though, the book offers many more such as: Marthas, Econowives, Aunts, Guardians, Angels, Jezebels, and Unwomen. Give this book a read and see what all the hype is about with its televised show on Hulu. 

The Handmaid's Tale

By Margaret Atwood,

Why should I read it?

22 authors picked The Handmaid's Tale as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

** THE SUNDAY TIMES NO. 1 BESTSELLER **
**A BBC BETWEEN COVERS BIG JUBILEE READ**

Go back to where it all began with the dystopian novel behind the award-winning TV series.

'As relevant today as it was when Atwood wrote it' Guardian

I believe in the resistance as I believe there can be no light without shadow; or rather, no shadow unless there is also light.

Offred is a Handmaid in The Republic of Gilead, a religious totalitarian state in what was formerly known as the United States. She is placed in the household of The Commander, Fred Waterford -…


Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron

By Jasper Fforde,

Book cover of Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron

Why this book?

Shades of Grey takes place in the imagined land of Chromatica, which is essentially an alternative version of the UK where one’s social class is determined by one’s ability to perceive color. To be honest, I thought this was so unique compared to other books that I read that I couldn’t get enough. Greys, in this society, cannot perceive color and so they are the lowest rank. 'Ultra Violets', on the other hand, hold the highest rank. The perception of color also affects their health and wellness. Certain colors have medical effects on people. Another really cool thing about this dystopia is that doctors are called “swatchmen,” since they show swatches of color to their patients. Anyway, I recommend this book because of its absolute creativity. 

Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron

By Jasper Fforde,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Shades of Grey as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The New York Times bestseller and "a rich brew of dystopic fantasy and deadpan goofiness" (The Washington Post) from the author of the Thursday Next series and Early Riser

Welcome to Chromatacia, where the societal hierarchy is strictly regulated by one's limited color perception. And Eddie Russet wants to move up. But his plans to leverage his better-than-average red perception and marry into a powerful family are quickly upended. Juggling inviolable rules, sneaky Yellows, and a risky friendship with an intriguing Grey named Jane who shows Eddie that the apparent peace of his world is as much an illusion as…


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