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I have had the most annoying craving for dystopias.  The latest I read was One, or Escape to Nowhere by David Karp.  I'll review it below, but could anyone recommend others that are very good.  I've enjoyed some such as The Handmaid's Tale (Atwood), Anthym (Ayn Rand), the Time Machine (Wells), Brave New World (Huxley), The Lottery (Jackson), The Giver (Lowry), and Feed (Anderson).  I really don't know why I have such a craving, but I really would appreciate recommendations.

Review:  One by David Karp (1953)

In an Americanized country that reminds one most eerily of a Communist society, the "benevolent State" always works for the good of the citizens.  It expects the citizens, in contrast, the citizens to become a unified whole and support the government and country without thought of thier own egos.  Citizens who are guilty of "heresies", usually that of having egos and personal identities that contrast with the State, are often brainwashed, and if thier case is too advanced, they are killed.

The story details one such citizen's conviction of heresy.  Interestingly, the tale is also told from the perspective of his captors.  The book raise interesting questions about individuality in culture, ones that will be interesting especially to those who are unfamiliar with this type of dystopian fantasy.  If you enjoyed Ayn Rand's Anthem, you will most likely like this one as well.
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