Dystopian fiction paints a bleak vision of the future. Often associated with teen titles, particularly with the popularity of the Hunger Games series, adult titles like the Walking Dead are also popular. Many award winning authors have imagined a very different world ahead of us from the one we live in now, including Cormac McCarthy (The Road), Colson Whitehead (Zone One), Margaret Atwood (Oryx and Crake). Sometimes with an over intrusive government like Brave New World, or with no government at all, like Station Eleven, this genre takes a look at how civilization as we know it might end, and what might follow.
If you liked the Hunger Games… A nifty flow chart from the Lawrence Public Library
It seems like I read an awful lot about the world ending. As it happens, I have already read TWO dystopian novels this fall. The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman (Ice Cream Star is the protaganist’s name, ice cream having become mythical) and The Raft by Fred Strydom. I liked both of these books, but I give the edge to The Raft for a unique way of ending the world–suddenly, everyone forgets everything. As memories slowly drift back, communes form with a new set of rules.
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