Why I love dystopian fiction – 5 reasons why you should read it

HELLO APRIL! And…hello to you too guys! How are you? How was your month? March was pretty cold here, it actually snowed on the first day of spring, can you believe it?! Well, I guess the sun can come out now and never ever leave, who is with me?

I enjoyed a pretty awesome weekend with my sister. If you follow her on Twitter or Instagram, you know all about it. For those who don’t, we went to Paris where we enjoyed fine pastries, pretty architectures (even if we couldn’t see everything with that stupid fog…) and met some incredible authors at Livre Paris book fair. If you haven’t read it yet, check out Marie’s article right HERE, she’s telling you all about it.

Meanwhile, I’m back today with a brand new post. Apart from contemporaries, I really enjoy reading dystopian fictions and I wanted to share with you why I love this genre so much and why you should give it a try (if you haven’t yet…). If you’re a hard-core dystopian fan, let’s see if we like this genre for the same reasons, plus there are some pretty awesome recommandations at the end of this article, you don’t want to miss it!


A dystopia, or simply anti-utopia, is a repressive society. Dystopian worlds described in books (or movies for that matter) are often characterized by dehumanization, totalitarian governments or environmental disasters. It is often used to draw attention to real-world issues regarding ethics, politics, technology,…

5 REASONS WHY I LIKE DYSTOPIAN FICTION SO MUCH (and think everyone should read it!)

1 – Strong and driven characters

In that kind of hostile environment, we often get to see great potential reavealed and I like to read about characters’ evolution. I enjoy to see them grow and gain confidence. They give us hope that we have a say in the world we live in and I think we really need that today.

2 – Action-packed!

I have never EVER been bored reading dystopian fiction. There is always something happening. Even during the parts where the author is describing a place, I feel like the world created is living inside my head.

3 – Dystopian books make us think

It’s often inspired by our very own world issues. Of course, it’s exaggerated but what if that really happen to us one day?! Is our society on the downfall? Reading about it make us want to avoid such terrible things of happening. It makes me realize that maybe I can make a difference.

4 – A vivid and well-described setting

What I really enjoy about that genre is the impressive world-building. It’s like we get a peak at the future and we’re totally immersed in that new imaginative world. It feels like I’m right there, next to my favorite character.

5 – A writing full of suspense

I’m always on the edge of my seat. The writing makes me want to know what happens next and I don’t know but reading that genre I’m often feeling kind of obsessed like I can’t stop until I know my characters are going to be okay.



Do YOU read dystopian novels? What do you like about this genre? If you could only give one recommandation, what book would it be?

You’ve never read that genre? Did I convince you to give it a try? What’s THE genre you absolutely couldn’t give up?

Let’s chat in comments 💬

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134 thoughts on “Why I love dystopian fiction – 5 reasons why you should read it

  1. funny I was thinking about this yesterday! WHY DO I LOVE DYSTOPIANS so much! I totally agree with all on your list! they are powerful and thought provoking! I loved the 5th wave. Will have to read the Uglies now! 🙂

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    1. YEES, exactly! Me too, I still need to read the last book 😊 Uglies is AWESOME, hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did 😁 Thanks for stopping by 😘

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  2. I can’t believe that there’s only one book on that list I haven’t read – although I would argue that The 5th Wave is actually a sci-fi/apocalyptic rather than Dystopia. I was thinking about Dystopia the other day as it’s my favourite genre, after Hunger Games there was this huge boom of Dystopia and I loved it but this year I’m struggling to find any Dystopia being released, which is sad. At least there’s a new Uglies book coming out!

    Vee @ Under The Mountain

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  3. I love dystopian books. I have read The Hunger Games. I didn’t like the last book though. I think the ending was rushed. I haven’t read the others yet. I have listed them on my list on Overdrive. Uglies sound like a Twilight Zone episode in reverse. The Twilight Zone episode they were pretty and they had to be ugly.
    Awaken sounds like The Circle. The movie of the book The Circle sucked, but the book is great. It really makes you think.

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    1. Oh, that’s too bad you didn’t like the last book of The Hunger Games. 😕 I liked it, I cried haha 😢 Yaay, hope you’ll give the others a try! They all are amazing 😍 Thanks for stopping by 😘

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  4. “The running man” by Richard Bachman (pseudonym of Stephen King), is one of my favorites books that talks about a dystopian world. Maybe you’ll like it too.

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