I love reading dystopian literature, which attempts to build these "perfect" societies that stand for world piece, equality, and public happiness, but reveals all the misery and absurdity behind the process, emphasizing on the suffering of people who have to sacrifice their individualism and freedom to the new "ideal" system. Here are my three favorite dystopian novels:
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2. The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin. The action of the book is set in Portland, Oregon in 2002. The main character, George Orr, discovers that his dreams can alter reality, so he starts abusing drugs to prevent himself from having these "effective" dreams. To help the problem, he has to go through psychiatric therapy with Dr. William Haber, who decides to take advantage of Orr's "gift" and starts manipulating his dreams to change the world in ways that would benefit him and society. For example, when Haber directs Orr to dream of a racism-free world, everyone's skin color becomes identical grey, and to solve the problem of overpopulation, Orr conceives of a plague that kills most of the world's population, and so on.
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