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Why dystopian novels today? One of television’s most obnoxious proponents of reality television was elected the 45th President of the United States. We predict that punk rock will become cool again. Punk pins will feature anti-facist messages. Trump will be a name we see less on hotels, and more on Saturday Night Live. For those that believe the world is what we make it, turning to books for comfort, we have a list for you. These books are dystopian novels. If you want to escape the next four years in a drugged haze or in a fictional world, then these books may get you through with perspective and the gumption to smash the system.
Read on to see books the staff at Lawn Gnome Publishing carries. We suggest these books for anyone that feels that the government that is in control is not representative of the ideals you believe.
1984 by George Orwell
“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
“True literature can exist only where it is created, not by diligent and trustworthy functionaries, but by madmen, hermits, heretics, dreamers, rebels, and skeptics.”
It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
“The Senator was vulgar, almost illiterate, a public liar easily detected, and in his “ideas” almost idiotic, while his celebrated piety was that of a traveling salesman for church furniture, and his yet more celebrated humor the sly cynicism of a country store. Certainly there was nothing exhilarating in the actual words of his speeches, nor anything convincing in his philosophy. His political platforms were only wings of a windmill.”
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
“If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn.”
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
“A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.”
His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
“That’s the duty of the old,’ said the Librarian, ‘to be anxious on the behalf of the young. And the duty of the young is to scorn the anxiety of the old. They sat for a while longer, and then parted, for it was late, and they were old and anxious.”
Watchmen by Alan Moore
“No. Not even in the face of Armageddon. Never compromise.”
A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle
“But a planet can also become dark because of too strong a desire for security … the greatest evil there is.”
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