The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane (2013)
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (2014)
Our endless numbered days by Claire Fuller (2015)
The Utopia Experiment by Dylan Evans (2015)
In 2006 Dylan Evans quit his job in a robotics lab after being convicted that the world was going to implode after being taken over by robots and that humans would need to learn how to survive off the grid. This is the real story of Dylan Evan's survivalist experiment; the volunteers who joined him and how he eventually descended into a nervous breakdown. It's a really interesting book especially because it is a real story and Evans is so open and honest about his idealism and disappointment in the project.
The heart goes last by Margaret Atwood (2015)
An adult dystopian writer, Atwood sets her latest book in the aftermath of a global financial crisis where an ordinary young couple find themselves living in their car after losing their jobs and home. They see an ad for social experiment 'Consilience'. In exchange for their freedom every second month, they get to live in a protected, closed suburban community. It all starts to get messed up when the couple get involved with their 'alternates' (the couple who live in their house in the months they aren't in prison) and spirals down into chaos.
The world beneath by Cate Kennedy (2009)
The narrow road to the deep north by Richard Flanagan (2013)
The Boundary by Nicole Watson (2011)
The Dinner by Herman Koch (2009)
Set in Amsterdam, two families meet for dinner. They appear rich and successful but both families hide a secret. Their fifteen year old sons have committed a horrendous crime yet neither have been identified by the police. Their parents know and are pretending it is all ok but as the meal goes on it all disintegrates and the truth emerges. It's a pretty dark book, but I was interested to see how the story resolved itself.
Still Alice by Lisa Genova (2007)