Literary Dystopias, Ranked by How Likely You'd Be to Survive Them

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The Giver by Lois Lowry

As dystopias go, things could certainly be worse. Sure, you get a lifelong career foisted upon you at the tender age of twelve, and colors don’t exist, and occasionally babies are poisoned and dumped in the trash.

The good news: you would probably survive this. In all likelihood, you do not have the strength of character to rebel against such a rigid establishment or to be chosen as the Receiver of Memory, and thus would never need know that life is actually a technicolor tragedy. This is kind of a bummer, philosophically speaking, but at least you’ll never know about things like pain or death or humidity. Score.

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Tags: books we love, 1984, the hunger games, classic literature, the giver, fahrenheit 451, divergent, brave new world, the handmaid's tale, may the odds be ever in your favor (or not), literary dystopias

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