Adult Dystopian?

I was talking with a coworker the other day (who also happens to be a big reader), and we were discussing dystopian novels.  It seems to us that there are ton of young adult dystopians, but not so many adult ones.  I’m sure they are out there and we just don’t know about them.  So, I was wondering if any of my dear readers could recommend some (besides Margaret Atwood, we both already adore her).

So, do you know of any really good adult dystopians?  No offense to YA ones (we like those too!), we just would like to read more that are geared more toward adults, with adult characters 🙂


P.S., my laptop cord has stopped working and my computer is out of battery life.  I’ve ordered another one, but it probably won’t be here for a few more days.  That’s why my blogging has been sporadic the past few weeks.  In case anyone was wondering 😉


About Kelly

Hi! My name’s Kelly. I’m a twenty-something gal from Buffalo, NY. Mom to a little dog named Peabody and a slightly evil cat named Archie. Engaged to the best dude ever. I love books and craft beer! I also love all things France and francophone and have a degree in French Language and Literature from Buffalo State College. My blog used to be called Kelly’s France Blog, but I finally decided it needed a change because I wasn’t posting about French things nearly as often as I used to! You can still see all my imported posts on A Book and a Beer, or you can visit my original blog at
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7 Responses to Adult Dystopian?

  1. PD James- Children of Men
    Hillary Jordan- When She Woke
    Octavia Butler- Parable of the Sower (part of a trilogy but I've only read the one.)

    There was one I read in high school I enjoyed, but can't remember exactly what it was. May have been Brave New World, unless I'm confusing it with Handmaid's Tale.

  2. stujallen says:

    anthony Burgess wrote some great dystopic books J G Ballard as well ,all the best stu

  3. Would The Road by Cormac McCarthy be considered that? I'm not sure, I've not read it, but have heard that it would be considered in that category. Anything Margaret Atwood is pretty groovy, too.

  4. Based on the movie, I think it could be. Definitely post-apocalyptic. I've not read it, but I know a lot of people really like his work

  5. Kelly says:

    Thank you for the recommendations! I'm writing these all down to show to my coworker tomorrow 🙂 She'll be excited 🙂

  6. Kelly says:

    I've heard of Anthony Burgess but not J G Ballard. Thanks!

  7. Kelly says:

    I forgot all about The Road! I'm sure that would qualify as dystopian. Loved that one.

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