Things Could Be Worse: 12 Dystopian Novels

Dozens of states on the brink of bankruptcy. Congress in upheaval. Half a dozen countries in the Middle East on the brink of revolution and unemployment stuck at about 9%.

Nonetheless, if you think things are bad in our reality, take a look at these 12 dystopian novels pulled together by Flashlight Worthy contributor Anne Charnock. Many will be familiar... some will be unknown to you... but all are all but guaranteed to make you feel better about the current state of things.

(And if these books don't work, I've got hundreds more for you at Flashlight Worthy -- everything from Book Club Recommendations to Graphic Novels. )