With the sudden surge in popularity of this genre, how could I possibly choose another? As I am sure you know, dystopia is basically the opposite of utopia, the perfect environment or society. Dystopia usually has a corrupt government or some other factor making it a repressed societal structure. Though quite a bit of current dystopian novels are set in post-apocalyptic futures, they are not the same thing. Just because the world is blown up or the polar ice caps melt, it doesn't mean that the last vestiges of humanity is going to be ruled in a police state. (It does make a good story, though, and I'll be talking about it later this month.) Since I hate to break a pattern, I'm going to share my favorite dystopians that I have read.
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Matched* by Ally Condie
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
1984 by George Orwell
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Yes, I know you probably have some favorites that are not on this list. Maybe they'll be on the post-apocalyptic list. What are your favorites?
* I'm currently reading (via audiobook) Crossed and I already like it much better than Matched. We shall see.