Top 5 Wednesday - Futuristic books

Top 5 Wednesday is a feature from GingerReadsLainey and you list your top 5 of something. This week is futuristic books. So there. These are mine.

1984 by George Orwell
Obviously I need to mention this. It’s amazing. It’s the dystopia that everyone knows about. And it lives up to the hype in my opinion. It’s about a man named Winston who works for the ministry of truth. The world is basically a police state, and Winston’s job is to take old news clippings and change them to reflect the current mood of the government. It’s very eerily right about the future, which is creepy. He imagines TV screens and computers and governments watching the people and arresting them for supposed crimes. It’s amazing. Orwell was a brilliant political writer. It’s good.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Brave New World is a dystopia/utopia. I’m not entirely sure. I think it’s technically a utopia. The world is a perfect beautiful place where people are made in incubation tubes and they spend their days doing things they love, pleasure, food, sex, everything good. It makes them docile and it makes them not want to rebel, and it’s fascinating. Because obviously the government decides everything and controls them and people who don’t fit are thrown out as savages, and no one rebels or argues. It’s very opposite to 1984, and I think Brave New World is a lot scarier. Because it feels even more real I think. It’s basically based on the idea that what we love will destroy us and it hits close to home.

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Windup Girl is set in Asia mainly and it’s a dystopia where calories have become currency, which I thought was fascinating. There’s a plague like disease killing people and ruining food. Global warming has pretty much fucked over the world and food is really scarce, because of a spreading disease. And because food is currency there is a huge market for bio-terrorists ruining some foodstuffs to help certain companies. It’s based around a man named Anderson who is trying to find foodstuffs that he hopes aren’t extinct. And he becomes obsessed with an AI, the Windup Girl, Emiko, and falls in love with her. Which is very uncommon as they are seen as slaves and soulless. It was amazing and fascinating.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
This is also a sort of stalwart of dystopia. It’s set in a future where women have become slaves basically. Women are pretty much breeding stock. A lot of women are infertile, so young women are enslaved in families where the man tries to impregnate her and the child is taken away and given to the couple. Women are no longer allowed to read, and their clothes are very strictly picked out. And the Handmaids are named for the men they serve. It’s so creepy, with the religious awfulness, and the rape and the gross. That made sense. It seems so insidious, which makes it worse somehow, because it feels like it could happen.

The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness

This is technically a trilogy, but shut up. I really loved this, I think Patrick Ness is amazing. It’s about a young man named Todd who lives on a planet far from earth. He lives in a town with only men, ruled by a man named Mayor Prentiss. All the women died from a disease years ago. And all the men’s thoughts can be heard out loud, called Noise. And Todd is the last boy in Prentisstown, and he will become a man soon, but then he suddenly finds a hole in the noise, a little island of quiet, and he meets a girl, Viola, and they have to run away. And it’s beautiful, and it deals with good and evil, and also how it’s not always black and white, and how pragmatism makes you make choices you might not think are the morally right choices, but they’re the choices you have to make to survive and to help. It was just amazing.