This week’s anti-SOPA action across the internet has GOOD thinking about the threat of censorship. High school kids nationwide are handed dystopian novels that warn against a Big Brother-like state, and celebrate the freedoms of our own society.
By Yevgeny Zamyatin
256 Pages. Harper. $7.99
Before there was 1984 or Farenheit 451, We invented the totalitarian super-state in which free will is considered to be the root of unhappiness. T
By George Orwell
270 Pages. Signet Classics. $7.63
Orwell’s 1959 dystopian novel takes place in Oceania, a terrifying dictatorship of incessant government surveillance and public mind control orchestrated by En
The Palace of Dreams
By Ismail Kadare
208 Pages. Arcade Publishing. $20.
This 1981 novel was published in Albania, where, in accordance with the thematic movement of its narrative, it was immediately banned. The story pre
By Ray Bradbury
176 Pages. Del Rey. $10.
Bradbury’s 1953 novel presents a world in which reading is illegal. The book follows Guy Montag, a fireman responsible for burning books. The opening presents
The Sledding Hill
By Chris Crutcher
240 Pages. Greenwillow Books. $13.25.
This 2005 postmodern metafiction caused many to wonder why all the kids were narrating books by omniscient dead boys and inserting themselves