Waiting for a Copy of 1984? Try One of These.
The rumors are true: There's a huge, nationwide run on copies of George Orwell’s 1984.
More copies are on their way to the New York Public Library right now, so if you too want to read this classic tale of power, corruption, and totalitarianism, you can put it on hold via our catalog. We have two editions of print copies in English, a print copy in Spanish, two different ebooks, and an audiobook.
But Orwell's classic isn't the only dystopian game in town. While you're waiting, check out some of these other serious, thought-provoking novels on our shelves—physical and virtual—right now.
Surveillance, science, and technology
If you’re drawn to 1984 because of its dark science and creepy portrayal of Big Brother, try…
The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan
Lovestar by Andri Snær Magnason
Green Earth by Kim Stanley Robinson
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
Power, tyrants, and oppressive societies
If a desire to understand the dynamics of resistance and the authoritarian states is driving your desire for Orwell’s classic, try a few other classics…
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
For more dark stories about societies in disarray, try…
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Have trouble reading standard print? Many of these titles are available in formats for patrons with print disabilities.
Staff picks are chosen by NYPL staff members and are not intended to be comprehensive lists. We'd love to hear your ideas too, so leave a comment and tell us what you’d recommend. And check out our Staff Picks browse tool for more recommendations!