What is the best (worst?) dystopia (not written by a cishet white man)?
This poll is from our Year of Diverse Polls, and as such it can't includes authors who are cishet white men. Please adjust your nominations accordingly.
The world is in ruins. Or maybe it's not in ruins but there's just something a little off. Or maybe it's perfect, but the price is the torturous misery of a single innocent child. Or maybe there's some ham handed analog for racism that's going on between the white kids' strange methods of dividing themselves up by SAT vocabulary words. In any case it's a dystopia, and it is doing its literary work to hold up a twisted mirror to our own society.
1- As always, I leave the niggling to your best judgement because I'd rather be inclusive. If you feel like J.K. Rowling writes dystopia, I'm not going to argue. (Though you might need to "show your work" to get anyone to second your nomination.) If you think Pern is a dystopia, nominate it. I won't be enforcing any rules about it being future Earth or anything.
2- Since dystopias are a setting, they can be for a single book, a series, or several series.
3- You may nominate two (2) dystopias. Two is the number of nominations. Neither one nor three shall ye nominate. And four is right out. I will NOT take any dystopias beyond the second that you suggest. (I will consider a long list to be "seconds" if someone else nominates them as well.)
3- You may (and should) second as many nominations of others as you wish. So stop back in and see if anyone has put up something you want to see go onto the poll.
4- Please put your nominations here. I will take dystopias nominated only as comments on this post. (No comments on FB posts or G+.)
5- You are nominating WRITTEN DYSTOPIAS, not their movie portrayals. CGI is making the Insurgent movies pretty fun to look at, but if you find the books to be a little contrived, you shouldn't nominate them.
6- No more endless elimination rounds. I will take somewhere between 8-20 best performing titles and at MOST run a single semifinal round. So second the titles you want even if they already have one. (Yes, I guess that would make them thirds, fourths, etc...)
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Best Dystopia [Diverse] (Nominations Needed)
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The Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo HopkinsonReplyDelete
I second this one!Delete
The Big Bah-Ha by C.S.E. CooneyReplyDelete
Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace
Second Archivist WaspDelete
The Broken Earth Trilogy by N K JemisinReplyDelete
The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor
Second Broken EarthDelete
Second Broken EarthDelete
Who Fears Death by N. Okorafor fits here too.ReplyDelete
The Giver by Lois Lowry
It's just non-cishet white man, right? So any variation of any one qualifier fits?
I second The Giver.Delete
Definitely second The Giver series.Delete
Second The GiverDelete
Second The GiverDelete
Yes to your question.Delete
Best - Octavia Butler - Xenogenises seriesReplyDelete
The Lion of Senet, Jennifer FallonReplyDelete
The Medair Duoligy, Andrea K Host
Fallon rocks, great choice. I second.Delete
Earthseed series (Parable of the Sower) by Octavia E. ButlerReplyDelete
Third for Earthseed!Delete
Oryx and Crake (just the first book of the trilogy tho)ReplyDelete
The People of Sand and Slag by Paolo BacigalupiReplyDelete
Winter of Fire by Sheryl Jordan
Never Let Me Go - K IshiguroReplyDelete
The Handmaid's Tale - M Atwood
second Handmaid's TaleDelete
Second Handmaids TaleDelete
second Handmaid's TaleDelete
Those are my two so both secondedDelete
Second Never Let Me GoDelete
Second Handmaid's TaleDelete
Oryx & Crake - Margaret AtwoodReplyDelete
Lagoon - Nnedi Okorafor
Second Oryx and CrakeDelete
Obernewtyn by Isobelle CarmodyReplyDelete
The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood
The Newsflesh universe by Mira Grant.ReplyDelete
Second for NewsfleshDelete
This comment has been removed by the author.ReplyDelete
1Q84 - Haruki MurakamiReplyDelete
Handmaid’s tale - Margaret Atwood
Second both 1q4 and handmaid's (likely redundant at this point, but..)Delete
How about Don't Bite the Sun/Drinking Sapphire Wine by Tanith Lee as one dystopia. I wanna think some more on a second one.ReplyDelete
The Six Duchies of Robin Hobb’s Farseer Trilogy are, I think, grim enough to qualify for this. (They’re also one of my favorite settings in spec fiction.) Also, Cixin Liu’s Three-Body Problem series.ReplyDelete
Second for the Three Body ProblemDelete
The Scorpion Rules by Erin BowReplyDelete
The Handmaids tale by Margaret Atwood
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane AndersReplyDelete
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
I can't in good conscience second All The Birds in the Sky, but I did want to give you points for recognizing that it's dystopian.Delete
Scrolled until I found Station Eleven. Seconded.Delete
Lord of the Flies- William GoldingReplyDelete
Never Let Me Go- Kazuo Ishiguro
Was Golding LGBTQ+? White and male. Unless he was LGBTQ+, doesn't count.Delete
Didn't make it regardless. Poll is already upDelete
The Fifth Sacred thing - StarhawkReplyDelete
Second The Fifth Sacred Thing.Delete
The Testament of Jessie Lamb, By Jane RogersReplyDelete
Only Ever Yours, by Louise O'Neill
I'll add to all the seconds for Broken Earth and Handmaid's Tale.ReplyDelete
Battle Royale by Koushun Takami. Both the novel and the manga were incredible.ReplyDelete
The Last One by Alexandra Oliva.ReplyDelete
Newsflesh series by Mira Grant.
The Fifth Sacred Thing StarhawkReplyDelete
Oryx and Crake Margaret Atwood
1. Invitation to the Game by Monica Hughes
2. The Hunger Games trilogy
Second Hunger GamesDelete
Unwind, by Neal ShustermanReplyDelete
Divergent (the series, not just the first book. The way that Divergent directly challenges and complicates the ubiquitous and troubling pattern in dystopian YA of acting as though a much higher average standard of living isn't worth the tradeoff of not being able to choose your own job doesn't really become clear until the second book, and it's got the most functional model of resistance of any of the popular ones).
Oryx and Crake - Margaret AtwoodReplyDelete
Facing the Storm -Jennifer Brooks
Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
The city of ember - Jeanne duPrauReplyDelete
Second City of EmberDelete
The Holdfast Chronicles by Suzy McKee Charnas - a truly disturbing set of books.ReplyDelete
Peace fire by Amber Bird.ReplyDelete
Near future dystopian featuring wearables and shifty corporations.
Memoirs of a Survivor - Doris LessingReplyDelete
"The Broken Earth Trilogy" by N K JemisinReplyDelete
And "The Sudden Appearance of Hope" by Claire North