It Could Be Worse: A Guide to Dystopian Fiction
When things look bleak, these novels will remind you that life isn't as bad as it seems. These stories of dysfunctional societies will help you feel a bit better about the world.
"El Akkad's story of a family caught up in the collapse of an empire is as harrowing as it is brilliant, and has an air of terrible relevance in these partisan times." —Emily St. John Mandel
A second American Civil War, a devastating plague, and one family caught deep in the middle.
"Read fifteen pages and you will find yourself captivated; read thirty and you will find yourself taken prisoner and reading late into the night." —Stephen King
"This entertaining novel opens in the vein of Conrad, alludes to Mary Shelley, and works in aspects of The Bourne Identity and the drama of Patty Hearst." —Literary Review of Canada
In Prentisstown, everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts. Todd finds this to be normal until he stumbles upon an area where privacy and silence can exist.