Category Dystopian

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

I’m glad I didn’t read Station Eleven before the Covid situation (somewhat) settled down. In this eerie novel, set in a post-apocalyptic world, over 99% of the world’s population have died from a super flu variant that quickly swept through the continents, and the last remaining survivors in North America have spread across the continent, […]

The High House by Jessie Greengrass

I read Jessie Greengrass’s debut novel Sight when it was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2018, so when the ARC for The High House, Greengrass’s latest novel slated to be published on the 4th of January 2022, came through the mail, I was curious. I figured I’d read a couple of pages, […]

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

It took me over a month to read this in short bursts. Clay and Amanda are two white New Yorkers headed out to the Hamptons for a family vacation with their two teenagers. The house they have rented for a week is located in a secluded corner, undisturbed by the hubbub of city life, making […]

The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa

Out of all the International Booker Prize shortlisted novels I’ve read, The Memory Police is one of my favorites by far! Admittedly, this had to stay in my TBR pile for a while before I got to it – I have not been in the right head-space to read a dystopian. However, when I finally […]

Lakewood by Megan Giddings

After reading Christina Dalcher’s provocative dystopian novel, Master Class which calls attention to the history of eugenics in America, I thought it was time I read Lakewood where the subject of clinical studies on humans takes the forefront. Lakewood‘s premise centers on a research study similar to the infamous Tuskegee syphilis experiment. The novel set […]

Master Class by Christina Dalcher

From Christina Dalcher, the best-selling author of Vox comes another dystopian novel! The US has adopted a caste system where your (and your descendants’) future will depend on your Q score – a standardized measurement. What you score in your monthly tests at school determines what kind of education you will receive. If you score […]

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh

I couldn’t make much sense of this book! In The Water Cure, which is billed as a feminist dystopia, we have three sisters, Grace, Lia and Sky, living on an island with their parents isolated from the rest of the world. The world, according to King, their father, and their nameless mother, is a toxic […]

The End of the Ocean by Maja Lunde

Dystopia used to be a genre which I tended to avoid in general. But after reading We Are the Weather last month, which inspired me to take stock of my eating habits, I thought adding post-apocalyptic novels into my reading diet might further help push me in the direction of going vegan! The End of the Ocean which was […]

Vox by Christina Dalcher

This book had my blood boiling! In the dystopian novel Vox, which many have compared to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (I haven’t read The Handmaid’s Tale myself, so I don’t how justified these comparisons are. But I plan on reading it soon, hopefully before its sequel, The Testaments gets published), “Pure Movement” that conforms […]

The Power by Naomi Alderman

In today’s world where men holding power positions sometimes abuse their power to oppress and subdue others, one often wonders if the world run by women would be more kind and gentle. The Power is Naomi Alderman’s exploration of such a world where patriarchal societies do not exist. The Power is a story told from […]