As the sixth week of quarantine begins, the amount of things to do seems smaller than ever. There is no doubt that we could all benefit from an escape. However, since we cannot leave home, a bit of imagination is needed. Here are 5 Dystopian novels that will take you on a journey of a different kind.
1984 | George Orwell
In 1984, Big Brother watches your each and every move and the government bans all individuality. The main character, Winston, breaks the law by recording his thoughts into a diary and developing a relationship with a woman named Julia.
Lord of the Flies | William Golding
Survival of the fittest! The book zeroes in on a group of young English boys who try to govern themselves on an island after surviving a plane crash. Like The Hunger Games, Lord of the Flies fleshes out the relationship between the individual and the mob.
Feed | M.T. Anderson
Computer networks are linked to the brains of the majority of Americans through a feed! While it allows people to customize their experiences, it also contributes to a world where corporations have the most power, and consumerism and ecological decay run rampant.
The Maze Runner | James Dashner
In this sci-fi novel, a young teenager named Thomas wakes up with no memories, surrounded by strangers in the same predicament. They’re all in the Glade, a never-ending maze with four-mile high walls that are always changing. Then comes Tessa, the first girl to enter the maze.
Divergent | Veronica Roth
This one is a given.
In post-apocalyptic Chicago people are divided into five factions based on their personalities and values. Tris, the female protagonist with a whole lot of gumption, has a secret, though. She learns that she’s actually a Divergent, someone who will never fit into any of the factions, and could be forced into poverty if anyone finds out about her status.