Evergreen Dystopian Books That Became Best-Sellers

Greatest Dystopian Books Ever Published

The surge of dystopian-themed books or novels with elements of dystopia is undeniable. It’s the beguiling, thrilling, and provocative storylines that catch people’s attention, giving brilliant, well-thought-out, well-structured, and well-written narratives that readers couldn’t help but get enthused and hooked with every plot.

Hence, it is not surprising that one of the best-selling novels are dystopian literature. In actuality, the top recorded best-selling book of all time in “Wikipedia” listing is a dystopian novel.

As I looked into various sources from “World Atlas” to “Goodreads,” including “New York Best Sellers” and “Amazon,” top five of which are creative writing with characteristics of a dystopia. I included books that may not necessarily be complete dystopian literature but have anti-utopian elements.

So, without further ado, here are the best-selling dystopian books of all time.        

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Don Quixote

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Although published only in Spanish, “Don Quixote” by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra is the best-selling novel of all time with 500 million copies sold, and an English translation is already available, according to news media outlets and online bookstores.

Don Quixote

It comes third, the “Bible,” being the most sold-out book from time immemorial, as also stated by the “World Atlas” website. The Spanish novelist released the first part of the book in 1605, and the second one in 1615. That’s why for recent notes and news, it is often unlisted as the best-selling novel.

Acknowledged by many authors and prestigious literary historians as the most influential masterpiece of literature, “Don Quixote” is also highly recognised as the fundamental of modern novels.

The author specified it as a “novel” on its genre, but book readers and critics described it as parody, comedy, romance, and morality. Nevertheless, I’m sure of one thing, and that is, it has elements of dystopia. That is why I included it on my list.

Genre – Novel with elements of dystopian

Pages – 1, 023 pages

Goodreads rating 3.9/5

My rating8.99/10

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A Tale of Two Cities

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Next to the list is “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens. The recorded novels sold is 200 million, making it the second best-selling book of all time. “World Atlas” reported that several critics, including Peter Thoneman from “Oxford University,” apparently dispute the figure. However, “Goodreads” listed it down as its number one best-selling dystopian books of all time.

A Tale of Two Cities

Though the number is controversial, facts about it on the public domain coupled with the fact that it is among the required reading lists of universities almost everywhere and different editions have been published by many publishing houses for over a century, since its printing date in 1895.

So it’s possible, and at the same time, plausible.

Genre – Dystopian Literature

Pages – 489 pages

Goodreads rating3.84/5

My rating8.84/10

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The Lord of The Rings

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This J.R.R. Tolkien novel published in 1954 is one of the top five best-selling books recorded by “World Atlas,” and number two by “Goodreads.”

It’s not only a blockbuster film but its success roots back to the original plot from Tolkien’s brilliant mind and prowess in creative literary writing with 150 million total of books sold.

Genre – Dystopian Literature

Pages – 1, 216 pages

Goodreads rating 4.50/5

My rating 9.75/10

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The Little Prince

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French aristocrat and writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s “The Little Prince” is one of the most popular and best-selling dystopian books of all time with estimated novels sold of 140 million to 150 million from its publishing date in 1943.

The Little Prince

The translations of this book have reached three hundred sixty-one languages and dialects with numerous adaptations in forms of arts and media, including television, radio plays, opera, live stage, film, ballet, and audio recordings.

Genre – Dystopian Literature

Pages – 93 pages

Goodreads rating4.31/5

My rating 9.65/10

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Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone

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Fighting on the fifth spot with J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” in the best-selling books of all time is J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” published in 1997.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

“World Atlas” recorded a total of 107 million books sold, and “LA Times” reported the sales to be over 120 million copies. 

Genre – Dystopian Literature

Pages – 309 pages

Goodreads rating 4.47/5

My rating 9.95/10

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The Hobbit

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As mentioned, 1937 “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien is vying for the fifth spot against Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” as the best-selling dystopian book of all time. With other sites declaring the latter as the fifth and the foremost as the sixth.

The Hobbit

Four sites, including “MSN,” reported of 140.6 million approximate copies sold while “World Atlas,” recorded 100 million.

Genre – Dystopian Literature

Pages – 365 pages

Goodreads rating4.27/5

My rating9.45/10

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Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland

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The notable story of “Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland” by Lewis Caroll is another best-selling book of all time, marking 100 million copies sold.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

This classic novel, published in 1865, is famous for its fantasy-adventure genre but has elements of dystopia.

Genre – Dystopian Literature

Pages – 365 pages

Goodreads rating4.27/5

My rating 9.45/10     

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Dream of The Red Chamber

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Making it to the 100 million-mark is this Chinese novel by Cao Xeuqin, which comes with an English translation by Chi-che Wang.

Dream of The Red Chamber

“Goodreads” included it in its best-selling list of dystopian novels, and “World Atlas” also included it on its top eleven list.

Genre – Dystopian Literature

Pages – 352 pages

Goodreads rating4.13/5

My rating 9.25/10

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And Then There Were None

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Mystery legend author Agatha Christie’s 1939 novel, “And Then There Were None,” is also topping the list of dystopian books with the most number of sales.

“Guinness Book of World Records” once declared Christie as the best-selling author worldwide, and this book, in particular, earned around 100 million copies.

Genre – Dystopian Literature

Pages – 264 pages

Goodreads rating4.26/5

My rating9.47/10

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The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

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This 1950 novel of C.S. Lewis, which also became a box-office hit film, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, is joining in the list of best-selling dystopian books of all time with over 85 million copies sold and twenty-nine language translations, according to a report by “Telegraph UK” in 2010.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

It’s on the seventh spot in the “Goodreads” best-selling list of dystopian books.

Genre – Dystopian Literature

Pages – 206 pages

Goodreads rating 4.22/5

My rating 9.44/10

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She: A History of Adventure

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H. Rider Haggard’s 1887 classic novel entitled “She: A History of Adventure” made it to the list of best-selling books with dystopian-themed plots.

She: A History of Adventure

In a report by “The Independent” in 2010, Haggard’s book had sold out 83 million copies, making it to the top ten most sold-out novels of all time.

Genre – Dystopian Literature

Pages – 317 pages

Goodreads rating 3.58/5

My rating 9.60/10

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Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets

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The second novel of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter Series,” “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” has sold out 77 million copies, and has more than seventy language translations across the globe, according to the report of “Hypable” in 2012.

Genre – Dystopian Literature

Pages – 341 pages

Goodreads rating4.42/5

My rating9.92/10

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Harry Potter Series – Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Books

Previously, the “FanSided” website reported in 2016 that the third to the fourth books of “Harry Potter Series” by J.K. Rowling’s have recorded roughly 65 million copies sold each.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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Genre- Dystopian Literature

Pages – 435 pages

Goodreads rating – 4.57/5

My rating – 9.93/10

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

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Genre – Dystopian Literature

Pages – 734 pages

Goodreads rating4.56/5

My rating9.92/10

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix

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Genre – Dystopian Literature

Pages – 870 pages

Goodreads rating 4.50/5

My rating9.90/10

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince

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Genre – Dystopian Literature

Pages – 652 pages

Goodreads rating4.57/5

My rating9.93/10

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

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Genre – Dystopian Literature

Pages – 759 pages

Goodreads rating4.62/5

My rating9.98/10

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The Alchemist

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Paulo Coelho’s best-selling and extremely popular novel, “The Alchemist,” may come off as quest, adventure, and fantasy, but overall, it touches dystopian elements, making it to our list of most sold-out dystopian books of all time.

The Alchemist

It comes close to J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter Series,” which is 65 million.

Genre – Dystopian Literature

Pages – 197 pages

Goodreads rating3.87/5

My rating9.85/10

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Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)

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1984

Joining in the list of best-selling dystopian novels of all time is the award-winning classic masterpiece of the late notable author George Orwell, “Nineteen eighty-four,” sometimes written in its numerical form.

This 1949 novel has recorded 30 million copies sold. In the recent list of best-seller books of Amazon, Orwell’s 1984 is the topmost.

Genre – Dystopian Literature

Pages – 237 pages

Goodreads rating4.18/5

My rating9.25/10

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The Hunger Games

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The Hunger Games

The ever famous blockbuster film “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins is also a top-rating dystopian novel, making it to the best-selling books of all time with 29 million copies of novels sold.

Genre – Dystopian Literature

Pages – 374 pages

Goodreads rating 4.33/5

My rating9.88/10

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Catching Fire

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Catching Fire

“Catching Fire” is the second book of “The Hunger Games Trilogy” of Suzanne Collins, which sold 21 million copies from its publishing date in 2009.

Genre – Dystopian Literature

Pages – 391 pages

Goodreads rating – 4.29/5

My rating9.80/10

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Mockingjay

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Mockingjay

Chronologically the last book in the trilogy of “The Hunger Games” is “Mockingjay,” which comes close to Catching Fire’s copies sold with a million difference. This third book of Collins series registers 20 million copies sold.

Genre – Dystopian Literature

Pages – 390 pages

Goodreads rating4.04/5

My rating9.05/10    

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Animal Farm

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Animal Farm

On 20 million-mark of copies sold is another classic masterpiece of the highly acclaimed author George Orwell, “Animal Farm,” which “TIME” and the modern library listed as one of the well-celebrated dystopian books.

Genre – Dystopian Literature

Pages – 122 pages

Goodreads rating3.94/5

My rating9.70/10

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The Plague

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The Plague

Albert Camus “The Plague” has sold over 12 million books since its publishing date in 1947. This gripping story of the horrifying resilience and survival of mankind in confronting death has earned readers’ attention.

Genre – Dystopian Literature

Pages – 308 pages

Goodreads rating4.00/5

My rating7.47/10

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Fahrenheit 451

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Fahrenheit 451

This 1953 dystopian classic of Ray Bradbury, “Fahrenheit 45,” is also a best-seller of all time with 10 million copies sold since its publishing date. The provoking idea of people repressed from using or reading books or any literary works.

Genre – Dystopian Literature

Pages – 227 pages

Goodreads rating3.99/5

My rating9.85/10

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The Giver

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The Giver

Included in the list is Lois Lowry’s creative literary writing, which also made to the big screen, is “The Giver,” which recorded the same sales as of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” book. It’s one of those novels that initially starts with a seemingly utopian setting but end up in dystopian.

Genre – Dystopian Literature

Pages – 208 pages

Goodreads rating4.13/5

My rating9.13/10

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The Handmaid’s Tale

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The Handmaid's Tale

According to “Washington Post,” Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” has totalled to 8 million copies sold since its publishing date in 1985.

Genre – Dystopian Fiction Literature with Romance

Pages – 314 pages

Goodreads rating4.11/5

 My rating 9.95/10

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Harry Potter Book Series

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Harry Potter Series

For the best-selling dystopian book series, “Harry Potter Series” is leading the pack with approximately 500 million copies sold for its seven books franchise from its first published date in 1997.

Genre – Dystopian Genre

Pages – 4, 100 pages (7 books)

Goodreads’ average total rating4.53/5

My average total rating9.93/10

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Twilight Book Series

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The Twilight Saga

Apparently, none of Stephen Meyer’s novels in her “Twilight” series has singularly made it into the list of best-selling dystopian books of all time, but its four-book “SAGA” sold a total of 120 million copies since 2005.

Genre – Dystopian Genre

Pages – 2, 449 pages (4 books)

Goodreads’ average total rating3.62/5

My average total rating9.96/10

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The Hunger Game Book Series

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Unlike the “Twilight” book series, each of the three books in “The Hunger Games Trilogy” of Suzanne Collins made to the top best-selling dystopian books of all time. It also didn’t fall short in its three-book package sold-out, which reached more than 100 million copies.

Genre – Dystopian Genre

Pages – 1, 155 pages (3 books)

Goodreads’ average total rating4.22/5

My average total rating9.58/10

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Divergent Book Series

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It looks like Veronica Roth’s book series has a similar outcome of Stephen Meyer, none of the novels in Roth’s “DIVERGENT TRILOGY” has singularly made it to the list of best-selling dystopian-themed books of all time.

However, as a three-book package, it has roughly 35 million copies sold since its publishing date in 2011.

Divergent Book Series

Genre – Dystopian Genre

Pages – 1, 538 pages (3 books)

Goodreads’ average total rating3.95/5

My average total rating9.15/10

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