If there's one piece of advice that's been dominating the coronavirus pandemic, it's social distancing. Staying home is the most responsible way for us all to protect the outbreak from getting worse than it has to, but halting normal life for weeks or months on end can be a daunting task. So when you're tired of Netflix marathons, Zoom calls, and face masks while you work for home, why not escape with some dystopian books?
While reading for entertainment sounds great in theory, it can be hard to focus if your novel of choice is just a little bit too positive or misaligned with the times. A main character that's going about normal life just doesn't get it, whether it's a story focused on finding romance or a memoir written any time before we had to stay home due to a public health crisis. Perhaps the solution is to read some dystopian books that follow a fictional pandemic, so you can get your mind off the news headlines while still digesting a story that understands what the world is going through right now. With how downright apocalyptic some of the premises are, they just may help you to feel better about the social distancing spell you're currently in. Read on for our top ten pandemic-focused dystopian books, and get ready to have a pile of exciting page-turners to work through while you work from home.