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Ten Scary Futuristic Societies I’d Rather Not Live In, Thank You Very Much {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today is all about those scary dystopian societies I’d rather not live in, thank you very much.

However, I noticed while making this list that most of these books or series are already rather old. As in, there are not many releases of the last 1-2 years. Is the time of dystopia kind of over, or am I just not reading as much dystopia anymore as I used to?

Either way, this makes today’s post both a fun trip through memory lane and a scary trip to futures I hope we’ll never see become real.

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds Trilogy by Alexandra Bracken

In this dystopian future, a mysterious disease has killed most of the children. Those who are lucky enough to have survived, turn out not to be so lucky after all: they develop powers that make the adults frightened enough to lock them all up in brutal “rehabilitation” camps.

Enclave by Ann Aguirre

The Razorland Trilogy by Ann Aguirre

New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where they never see daylight, life expectancy is no more than the early 20’s and they are hunted by zombie-like monsters called Freaks who are getting smarter each day.

The HUnger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Post-apocalyptic North-America now consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. In punishment of a failed rebellion against the capitol, each district must now each year yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the The Hunger Games. These ‘tributes’ are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.

Want by Cindy Pon

Want by Cindy Pon

In this futuristic version of Taipei, the world has become sol dangerously polluted that only the elite can buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits that protect them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

In this post-apocalyptic version of Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). This does not seem so bad at first, until it turns out you possess more than one of these virtues and are called Divergent. That’s when the trouble really starts.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave Trilogy by Rick Yancey

Earth is under attack by aliens and the attacks happen in waves. With the first wave, all the power is gone. With the second wave, massive tsunamis hit. With the third wave, an epidemic spreads across the country. With the fourth wave, the aliens are already among us, killing off anyone who has survived the previous waves. And then the mysterious 5th wave is still coming.

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under The Never Sky Trilogy by Veronica Rossi

In this post-apocalyptic world the earth is plagued by big energy storms. The few survivors are either Dwellers, who spend their entire lives in a government controlled pod with only virtual reality to keep them entertained, or Outsiders, who live outside and try to brave the ever more deadly storms.

Animorphs by K.A. Applegate

Animorphs Series by K.A. Applegate

The very first dystopian series I ever became addicted to! The world has been sneakily taken over by aliens – little worm-like aliens who slip into the human brains and take them over completely. A lot of the world is slowly being taken over and you have no idea who is alien and who is still human. They could have taken over your mother, father, brother, sister or friend already. As a kid, this world horrified me. As an adult, it still does.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver

In this world, the cause to everything that has gone wrong in the world has been found: it’s deliria, also known as love. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t. Luckily, a cure has been found that is obligatory to take when you turn 16. Once you have taken it you will never feel love again.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner

The planet has been devastated by a massive solar flare, followed by a pandemic of a deadly, incurable virus called the Flare. This organization called WCKD has the solution: take kids who are immune, put them in a dangerous and deadly maze and see if they survive.

Tell Me:
What are some of the futuristic societies you would not want to live in?
Do you think the time for dystopia is kind of over or am I missing some amazing new dystopian releases?


  1. There are still dystopians coming out (like THe Extinction Trials) but I don’t think they get quite as much attention as they used to.

    We share The Hunger Games and The Darkest Minds is a good one. That world is scary with what they do to kids. 🙁

    1. Oh yes, The Extinction Trials is on my TBR still 🙂

  2. I love how many people have Panem on their lists. I’d definitely avoid that place too. I definitely wouldn’t survive.

    1. Panem seems like a terrible place…

  3. Great twist on the topic and awesoem choices! I wouldn’t even want to visist these places not to mention live in them.

    My TTT:

    1. Thanks!

  4. The world of The Darkest Minds sounds pretty bad, think I’ll skip living there! And yes to Panem as well. The Maze Runner world sounds like a mess too…

    1. They all sound terrifying…

  5. Panem was on my list this week, too. It would be so dangerous to live there.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

    1. Defintiely wouldn’t want to live there!

  6. Panem seems like a terrible place to live – always fearful that you and your child could get picked for the Hunger Games? No, thank you. Also, anything with aliens freaks me out!

    1. Yeah, definitely don’t want to live in either of those worlds!

  7. I would really love to have some of the powers The Darkest Minds kids have but definitely wouldn’t want to be stuck in the world ?

    1. Haha yeah, just the powers would be cool 🙂

  8. I don’t think dystopias are necessarily dead, but I do think there are less coming out than there used to be and those that are don’t get as much buzz because people aren’t as excited about them as they used to be? Idk, just my opinion. Anyway, would definitely not want to live in a futuristic world, most authors’ visions of the futures are pretty grim!

    1. Yeah, the biggest hype seems to be over, but I could still enjoy a dystopia from time to time 🙂

  9. OH my god I love that Animorphs is on here!!! I was so obsessed with those books! You’re right though, its actually kind of horrifying! The damn Yeerks worming their way into peoples brains and taking over their bodies?! NOPE!

    Would love those morphing powers though!

    1. I LOVED Animorphs, even though it kind of freaked me out. But I did wish I had those morphing powers when I was a kid 🙂

  10. I definitely agree with you about Divergent. No thanks to that version of Chicago! Hunger Games made my list this week too.

    1. Definitely no to that Chicago! 🙂

  11. Sadly, dystopias aren’t receiving as much attention as they did when The Hunger Games came out. I miss all those dystopic worlds. 🙁

    It may sound weird, but I would like to visit Panem. I would die right away, but I would still like to visit it.

    1. Yeah, I’m kind of missing my dystopias too!

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