“There is no friend as loyal as a book”
Ernest Hemingway’s quote shows just how much we need to make reading an essential part of our everyday life. There have been written millions of books covering all genres and catering to the tastes of every reader. Books on predicting the end of world and the raise of a calamitous society are gaining more prominence of late. If you are a Sci-Fi fanatic who derives great pleasure in reading plots set in a futuristic world then this collection of 20 great dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction books is for you.
1. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
is a bold novel written in 1931 portraying an eternally peaceful and stable global society. It is an exceptional novel envisioning a future advanced in reproductive technology. Children are “created” in special hatcheries. Sleep-learning and psychological manipulation form the basis of the plot.
2. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games
is a 2008 science fiction novel that will leave you enthralled. 16-year old Katniss Everdeen lives in a dystopian city called Panem where children from each district compete in The Hunger Games every year. It is the first in the trilogy and weaves a wonderful story around an authoritarian society. It is well suited for teens and young adults who love to experience an adrenalin rush while reading a book.
3. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Delirium is a young adult, dystopian novel published in 2011 with an engaging plot. Lena, a young girl, falls in love in a society where love is seen as a disease that is commonly referred to as “Deliria”. The story is set in a time after decades of severe bombings. The totalitarian government has a surgical cure for this disease. Lena falls in love few months before her scheduled procedure. The story revolves around how Lena resolves this conflict. The novel was a New York Times bestseller.Advertising
4. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Maze Runner is a fast-paced, thrilling post-apocalyptic science fiction book that was published in 2009. The protagonist Thomas wakes up in an elevator which takes him to The Glade. He has no memory of his life. The Glade is a futuristic giant maze that houses creatures with mechanical arms. The Maze Runner has received many accolades and is one of the finest dystopian novels.
5. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott CardEnder’s Game
is set in the future predicting an imperiled society after conflicts with an insectoid alien species. Children are trained to combat a third invasion by these species. The novel explores interplanetary spaceflights and alien species. The novel has received appreciation and criticism both alike. It is a great fantasy fiction novel that will transport you to another space and time.
6. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
The Time Machine is considered one of the earliest works of science fiction under the subgenre “Time Travel”. H.G. Wells has brilliantly scripted a plot where an English scientist tests his time machine that takes him to A.D. 802,701. He travels to a futuristic society comprising of Eloi, a group of childlike adults. The novel is a classic in the genre of science fiction novels.
7. We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
We is a fantastic dystopian novel set in the 26th century A.D. It was first translated in English in the year 1924. The author describes the life in a totalitarian regime of One State. It is a modern, futuristic society which is controlled by the Government. The plot details the pitfalls of chasing the collective dream of harnessing advanced technology.
8. Shatter me by Tahereh MafiAdvertising
Shatter Me is a thrilling dystopian novel that unravels the life of Juliette, a 17 year old girl with a paralyzing and killing touch. Shatter Me is a gripping novella that is ideally suited for young adults. It is addictive and intense with romance that the teens will rejoice. The author’s depiction of Juliette is truly captivating. You will not be able to put this book aside until you turn to the last page.
9. The Stand by Stephen King
The plot of The Stand revolves around the spread of a deadly plague that wipes out 99 percent of the world’s population. In this apocalyptic view of the future, Stephen King has written a riveting thriller that keeps the reader guessing. The novel was first published in 1978. Stephen King’s caliber as an ace storyteller makes this novel stand out. He has brought out the everlasting struggle between good and evil to limelight through his narration.
10. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged is a masterpiece of Ayn Rand’s work on Objectivism. It is an astonishing story of a dystopian society where the most influential and powerful industrialists abandon their fortunes leading to the collapse of industries. Rand explores several philosophical themes in this novel and details the importance of a man’s spirit.
11. The Iron Heel by Jack LondonThe Iron Heel
is a fascinating tale that describes the conflict in a society where the rise of the Oligarchy is inevitable. It is one of the earliest dystopian novels published in 1908. The Socialist view of the author finds a prominence in the novel. It is one novel that both science fiction enthusiasts and history buffs will equally enjoy.
12. Divergent by Veronica RothDivergent
is a popular dystopian novel set in post-apocalyptic Chicago. The survivors of the catastrophe divide themselves into five factions. The plot revolves around Beatrice Prior and her initiation into one of these factions. The romantic subplot keeps the young readers mesmerized.Advertising
13. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
In Fahrenheit 451, a bizarre science fiction tale, Ray Bradbury presents a futuristic American society in which books are outlawed. It is a brilliant novel that tells the story of the protagonist, Guy Montag, who burns illegally owned books.
14. Legend by Marie Lu
Legend is the first book in the trilogy. An exhilarating novel that follows the trail of June in search of Day, a 15 year old criminal in the Republic. June is a prodigy groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Marie Lu with her fine writing has scripted a captivating thriller.
15. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Pandemonium is the second in the Delirium trilogy. Lena, the protagonist explores the wild outside the totalitarian community she was raised in. Lena is on a quest to restore the society to its original state free from the clutches of an authoritarian regime. Lauren Oliver has managed to keep the suspense intact with her writing. You will be eager to grab the last book in the trilogy when you finish this book.
16. The Giver by Lois LoweryThe Giver follows the life of a twelve year old boy, Jonas, who has been selected to inherit the past memories of a collective before “sameness” was achieved. The author presents a utopian society that degrades to a dystopian standard gradually. The novel unfolds steadily without unveiling the suspense of the plot.
17. V For Vendetta by Alan MooreV for Vendetta
is a graphic novel that depicts the future of United Kingdom from the 1980s to the 1990s. A fascist party known as Norsefire rules the country while V, an anarchist, is motivated to bring the government down and to convince the people to rule themselves. It is an incredible dystopian work that captures the minds of the reader.Advertising
18. Unwind by Neil ShustermanUnwind
is a 2007 science fiction novel set in the United States. A civil war is fought over “abortion” where children between the ages of 13 and 18 years are harvested for their body parts. The story focuses on three youths who are scheduled for their unwound and what happens thereafter. It is a delightful thriller fiction for teens.
19. Uglies by Scott WesterfieldUglies
deals with the emotional and psychological effects of physical changes that adolescents endure. The plot is set in a futuristic era in which adolescents celebrating their sixteenth birthday will turn pretty. In this young adult, dystopian novel the author embarks on a subject that is debatable even in current times. The plot highlights the evils of giving importance to outer beauty.
20. Ready Player One by Ernest ClineReady Player One
is set in 2044, when life around is bleak but there is one hope left which is a virtual OASIS. In this virtual world, life is awesome. Wade Watts dreams of finding the keys left behind by the creator of the OASIS so that he can inherit his wealth. This novel will leave you obsessed with 1980s pop culture.
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Last Updated on December 30, 2018
18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)
No one can dispute the countless benefits technology has brought us. It’s undoubtedly allowed us to connect, perform, improve and leverage our resources beyond what was once imaginable.
If you’re not taking advantage of one of the hundreds of time management apps and tools out there, you’re definitely missing a trick.
But with so many apps to choose from, how do you know which ones to use? Well, this will depend on your needs, but we’ve put together a list of 18 of the very best time management apps that can help you with the most common time management challenges.
Let’s dive straight into the list…
1. Rescue Time — Use your time wisely
If you have doubts that you’re using your time sensibly, this app will send you weekly reports to indicate what things are stealing your time. You may be shocked to discover how much time you’re actually wasting.
2. Remember The Milk — Keep on top of all your tasks
If you’re struggling to manage everything you have to do, and you work with many different devices, then this is the app for you. It’s a great free tool which is compatible with your mobile, computer, Gmail, Outlook, etc. It helps you to manage your tasks easily, and reminds you of them – wherever you are.
3. Focus Booster – Boost motivation to complete tasks
This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, and is aimed at individuals who procrastinate and feel overwhelmed by tasks. It’s designed to enhance your focus and remove any anxiety you might have with time pressures.
4. Toggl – Keep track of time spent on projects and tasks
This is a great alternative to time-sheets, if you need to track how much time you spend on different projects. Effective time management starts with being clear on exactly how much time you actually spend on your projects and tasks, and then through analysis, working out how you can manage them more effectively.
5. Dropbox — Store and send large files easily
There are many apps that allow you to transfer content from your computer to other devices – but Dropbox is free and easier to use than the others. With the Dropbox app, you can even access and share important files on the go.
6. Evernote — Keep all your notes in one place
Evernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts and images in many different ways (e.g., with voice, notes or images). You can even record your meetings, interviews, speeches and ideas, create lists, add voice or text attachments, and share your files with friends. You can also sync Remember The Milk with Evernote to really optimize your time.
7. Mind42 — Focus on tasks at hand with mind mapping
Mind mapping is a great productivity technique, and Mind42 is the best free mind mapping app currently available. It helps you to become more organized by focusing your thoughts – thereby gaining clarity on what needs to be done.
8. SyncBackFree — Back up and sync your files effortlessly
This free software allows you to back up, restore and synchronize your files easily. It not only saves you time now – but also in the future. If you have never backed up your files before, you should definitely take a look at this pivotal tool.
9. MyLifeOrganized (MLO) — Manage your to-do lists effectively
Check this out if you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, to work with your to-do lists, and to organize your goals. This task management system helps you to target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives. It automatically generates to-do lists, with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically.
10. 1Password — Have all your passwords remembered
This app allows you to keep all your passwords in one encrypted database, protected by one password. This saves you time when you forget your passwords and need to retrieve them. It also allows you to use various passwords for different accounts so you don’t compromise on security.
11. Pocket — Keep your eye on the ball
When you’re surfing the web, it’s easy to get distracted by enticing and fascinating websites. Use this tool to save your ‘finds’ to access and read later on at a convenient time which will not impact on your immediate work.
12. [email protected] — Boost your attention span
This amazing app combines neuroscience and music to boost your productivity. According to the developers, it’s possible to increase your attention span by up to 400%! Ideal for those who find it difficult to focus while studying, working or reading.
13. Launchy — Interact with your computer in a smart way
This small and simple tool allows you to launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes. This makes life so much easier as you don’t need to go through the start menu to access what you want.
14. Forest — Boost your focus by growing a forest
This unique and fun app helps you stay focused and on-track. The concept is simple: whenever you want to focus, plant a virtual tree. If you stay focused, the tree will grow. If you lose focus, the tree will die. As the app’s name implies, you can grow multiple trees to create a virtual forest!
15. Trello — Track your projects in a highly visual way
This is a hugely popular app that you may already be familiar with. It works by allowing you to create cards for tasks that you need to complete. Each card moves across the Trello board (which is typically broken into columns such as To Do, In Progress, and Completed) as your start, work on and complete the associated task.
16. Wunderlist — Digitalize your to-do lists
Purchased by Microsoft in 2015, Wunderlist is an easy to use, feature-packed to-do list app. From planning a holiday, to sharing a shopping list with a partner, or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist will keep you on top of all your tasks.
17. TimeTree — Have a shared calendar with your family
This app allows families or teams to share multiple calendars and appointments. So, whether you’re planning a party, or run a local sports team, Time Tree can keep everyone up-to-date with all current and upcoming activities and events.
18. Todoist — Capture and order all your tasks and activities easily
Todoist is close to being the ultimate digital to-do list. It’s available via browsers and apps, and lets you schedule all your tasks and activities. Each item can be flagged for priority as well as given a due date. There is also a neat option to add notes to any of your tasks.
The above list covers what we consider to be the very best time management apps and tools. And the good news is – that many of them are completely free of charge! So, what are you waiting for? Select the ones that will be the most valuable to you – and begin boosting your productivity now!
Oh, and one more thing… Take a look at a couple of our other articles that will help further streamline your time management:
More Recommended Productivity Experts on Lifehack
- Leon Ho — The Founder and CEO of Lifehack, which he share productivity hacks to make life easier
- Carl Pullein — A renowned productivity and time management coach
- Mark Pettit — A Business Coach for ambitious entrepreneurs who want to achieve more by working less
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