Last year, I learned something new. There is a word that describes so many of the books I've read and will read. Dystopia. I learned about it from last year's Dystopia Reading Challenge at Cornerfolds. I'm sure it's not a new word, but I didn't know it, even though I've read hundreds (literally) of books that fall squarely into that realm. Think 1984, Logan's Run, One Second After, The City and the Stars, the entire Deathlands series and, well, you get the idea.
If asked, I would have called them post-apocalyptic or cautionary tales, but some of the books I've read didn't really fit in those categories even though they certainly portrayed a world that's almost unrecognizable. I'm glad to know there's an actual word out there for the paths we all hope no world, including ours, takes.