The first is the children's book A Wrinkle in Time.http://www.amazon.com/Wrinkle-Time-A
It describes a planet where there are no atrocities since a single mind controls the actions of all people on the planet. That is one solution to no suffering, but one which the author reject. The heroine of he story is a misfit girl who is looked down on by others because she does not conform.
The other is the Worthing Saga by Orson Scott Card (definitley not a children's book).
The Worthing Saga
A lot of the book centers on a utopian society which Abner Doon destroys because he thinks the society is not really the utopia it claims to be, since it is based on an idea that the most gifted can live forever (something which is not really true at all).
It also describes how the main hero of the story, Jason Worthing, can read minds, and his descendants can not only read minds but alter minds. So if someeone dies, they alter your mind so that you remember they died, but you remember it as something that happened a long time ago and which no longer causes you pain.
If your wife comits adultery, and you find out, you don't remember finding out, and neither does she remember being caught at it. Memories of anything bad are changed, so that nobody feels real pain or suffering. While in a sense bad things still happen, any pain from them is eliminated.
Then Jason Worthing comes back and says, "What have you done?" to his god-like descendants.
He also is disatisfied with the new utopia, saying that while suffering is gone, he does not see people doing the noble things thay used to do when there was such suffering.
This leads to some thoughts of my own. One of the things that moves me most are those who did not go along with the crowd when evil was in power.
So, I have recommended this movie to show noble things that happened during World War II, a movie I first say on PBS entitled Weapons of the Spirit.
Here is only a brief exceprt of it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdlJql-TY6
Here is a description of the town which it talks about:
With the leadership of local minister André Trocmé and pastor Edouard Theis, beginning in 1942, the citizens of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon risked their lives to hide Jews who were being rounded up by the Nazis and the collaborationist Vichy regime for shipment to the death camps. They were hidden in private homes, on farms in the area, as well as in public institutions. Whenever the Nazi patrols came searching, they were hidden in the countryside. After the war, one of the villagers recalled: "As soon as the soldiers left, we would go into the forest and sing a song. When they heard that song, the Jews knew it was safe to come home."
In addition to providing shelter, the citizens of the town obtained forged identification and ration cards for Jews to use and then helped them cross the border to the safety of neutral Switzerland. Some of the residents were arrested by the Gestapo such as Rev. Trocmé's cousin, Daniel Trocmé, who was sent to Maidanek concentration camp where he was murdered.
It is estimated that the people of the area of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon saved between 3,000-5,000 Jews from certain death. In 1981 the entire town was awarded an honorary degree by Haverford College in Pennsylvania in recognition of its humanitarian efforts. In 1982, documentary filmmaker Pierre Sauvage-himself born and sheltered in Le Chambon-returned there to film Weapons of the Spirit, which was released in 1989. In 1990, for their humanitarianism and bravery under extreme danger, the entire town was recognized as "Righteous Among the Nations". A small garden and plaque on the grounds of the Yad Vashem memorial to the Holocaust in Israel was dedicated to the people of Chambon-sur-Lignon. In 2004 French President Jacques Chirac officially recognized the heroism of the town, and in January 2007 they were honored along with the other French Righteous Among the Nations in a ceremony at the Panthéon in Paris.