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328 pages; Signet Classic
Why We Love It: 1984 (published in 1949) wasn't the original dystopian novel, but it certainly raised the bar, introducing the terms Big Brother, doublethink and thoughtcrime. Its themes of government surveillance and the abuse of power are, unfortunately, still relevant.

The Sequel: So which of our sharpest writers dares to give us 2051? Margaret Atwood, we nominate you.
— Dawn Raffel