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I'll second the Atwood recommendations as well as add Stephen King's "The Long Walk," which is, in my opinion, one of his greatest pieces to date.

Other than that, don't have a lot of recommendations, I don't read a lot of dystopian anymore.
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The City And The City by China Mieville is a really interesting novel if you can wrap your head around it. A futuristic psychological dystopian type detective story set in a city which overlaps another city.
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Posted 8/15/15 , edited 8/15/15
The Handmaiden's Tale, Margaret Atwood.

Orson Scott Card has one called the Homecoming series starting with The Memory of Earth

I've noticed one called, The Vagrant by Peter Newman which looks promising.

For YA there's

the Insider series by Maria V Snyder starting with Inside Out following with Outside in.
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Posted 9/23/15 , edited 9/23/15
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood;
1984 by George Orwell

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Posted 9/30/15
For all the people saying "Brave New World", I recommend reading it followed by "The Island" - Though he wrote it about 20 years after "Brave New World" it is like a companion piece- all the methods of suppression are the same but it is painted as a Utopia . Read as a pair they are quite an astute observation on the way the world was heading when he wrote them (and arguably is now).

Kurt Vonnegut's first novel "Player Piano" is quite a good one
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deadpanditto wrote:

Neuromancer by William Gibson
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson


Two of my favorite books of all time.

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Posted 10/10/15
I recommend:

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller Jr.
This is more of a post-apocalyptic novel, but definitely has dystopian elements, particularly in the final section of the book. Absolute must read for any sci-fi fan. Miller wrote this book as an atonement for participating in the bombing of Monte Casino, a 1000 year old monastery, during WW2.

The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
Both a description of an "ambiguous utopia", and its dystopian counterpart. Have read this multiple times. I personally don't agree with Ms. Le Guin's political viewpoints, but all I can say is that it presents all that is hopeful about humanity.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Life in a real-life dystopia, post-Prague Spring Czechoslovakia. Have also read this multiple times.

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Another real-life dystopia, this time the monastic system of medieval Europe. Simultaneously a detective novel, a historical novel, an exploration of medieval thought, a dissertation on the meaning and values of post-modernism, and a defense of representative democracy. Again, have read this multiple times.

I second:

Tripods series
The City and the City
Nueromancer

Have heard good things about:

Babylon Babies
Jennifer Government
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Posted 10/22/15
The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Long Walk by Stephen King

Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis, DC/Veritgo comic. Is more cyberpunk but is still a very good read.
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Posted 10/22/15 , edited 10/22/15

deadpanditto wrote:

Neuromancer by William Gibson
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson


Two of my favorite books.


aljensen wrote:

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller Jr.
This is more of a post-apocalyptic novel, but definitely has dystopian elements, particularly in the final section of the book. Absolute must read for any sci-fi fan. Miller wrote this book as an atonement for participating in the bombing of Monte Casino, a 1000 year old monastery, during WW2.

Also a very good book.
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Posted 10/28/15

I'll agree with Fahrenheit 451 and Brave New World, though the latter is about a utopia with some dystopian themes. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is an obvious must.
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Posted 10/30/15 , edited 10/30/15
I've read....

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Chemical Garden by Lauren DeStefano
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Battle Royal by Koushun Takami
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld


I liked them all but I really have to recommend Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. It's a lot different from everything else on that list though. However, highly, highly recommend it. There's also a movie based on that book, which is actually good.

Edit

I didn't include A Canticle for Leibowitz on my list because it is more post-apocalyptic than dystopian, however, since people are discussing it here I would definitely recommend reading that book anyway. It's great. And hilarious, however a dark sense of humour.
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Battle Royale is incredible and a must read!

I Have Waited, And You Have Come is also quite a good book. It's only short too.
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Ohh, has no one mentioned the Unwind series yet? They're a really good read! Not in the sense that Brave Now World and 1984 are, but a very interesting story. The characters work really well and the story is supported by real world news items that makes it a little more relatable.

In Unwind (by Neal Shusterman), a combination of factors have led to a world in which children can be "aborted" retroactively until they are 18. Their body parts/organs can then be sold so other people may use them.Though this may seem utterly unrealistic, Shusterman really makes it work by explaining in detail how the world has gotten to this point.

To have such a bizarre plot seem so realistic really made this an interesting read for me. It deals with a lot of interesting themes and speculation of what makes a person that person, and what happens if you receive, for example, a part of someone's brain. The Unwind series is finished and has four books.

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Posted 12/25/15
The Giver, The Uglies Series (my favorite dystopian series)
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A few of my favorite dystopian reads include(I am a fan!):

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep-Philip K Dick
A Brave New World-Aldous Huxely
Fahrenheit 451-Ray Bradbury
The Handmaid's Tale-Margaret Atwood
The Road-Cormac McCarthy
Childhood's End-Arthur C Clarke
Pure-Julianna Baggott
The Hunger Games Trilogy-Suzanne Collins
The Giver-Lois Lowry
The Breeders-Katie French
*I would also maybe include Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card for the dystopian elements within.
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