Monday, October 22, 2012

Dystopian Lit--Will It Be For Real This Time?

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As everyone knows, dystopian literature is a hot genre these days. Why is that? There could be many reasons, many of which I've discussed in other blog posts. While reading articles this weekend, something occurred to me. 

Perhaps the reason dystopian literature has become so ubiquitous over the past decade or so is because it's a very real concern for our society. Let's face it: we've worried about UFOs since the forties. We've been on the verge of nuclear winter since the Cold War. In 1999, there was a record set for the number of emergency survival supplies purchased by Americans. We were so sure everything could go kablooey when the computers tried to switch over. 

Now, with the ominous Mayan date of 12/21/12 looming close, we can't help but wonder what the future holds. 

Or maybe it's not about the past at all. Maybe it's the era we live in. Our technology and knowledge is growing by leaps and bounds. Even now we're on the cutting edge of Star Trekkian technology. Maybe, as a culture, we just think it's too good to be true. We're collectively waiting for the other shoe to drop. After all, even Rome fell eventually, right?

And with us writers being the proverbial world builders (it's kinda in our nature) we just can't help ourselves. We have to explore what the world might become if our worst fears are ever realized. 

So, maybe we should start a pool about which dystopian writer will end up being the most correct...and then wait to see if the Mayans were telling us the truth. ;D

What do you think? Why do you think dystopian literature is so much on the societal brain today?



In a world where collective hives are enslaving the population and individuals have been hunted to the verge of extinction, Maggie Harper, and independent 21st Century woman, must find the strength to preserve the freedom of the future, but without the aid of her memories.

After experiencing a traumatic time loss, Maggie is plagued by a barrage of images she can't explain. When she's attacked by a creep with a spider's web tattoo, she is saved by Marcus, a man she's never met, but somehow remembers. He tells her that both he and her creepy attacker are from a future in which individuals are being murdered by collectives, and Marcus is part of the rebellion. The collectives have acquired time travel and they plan to enslave the human race throughout all of history. The flashes Maggie has been seeing are echoes of lost memories, and the information buried deep within them is instrumental in defeating the collective hives.

In order to preserve the individuality of mankind, Maggie must try to re-discover stolen memories, re-kindle friendships she has no recollection of, and wade through her feelings for the mysterious Marcus, all while dodging the tattooed assassins the collectives keep sending her way.

If Maggie can't fill the holes in her memory and find the answers to stop the collectives, the world both in her time and in all ages past and future will be doomed to enslavement in the grey, mediocre collectives. As the danger swirls around her and the collectives close in, Maggie realizes she must make a choice: stand out or fade away...

*New Adult futuristic dystopian fantasy



4 comments :

  1. Dystopia is one of my favorite genres, oddly enough. I like to see how people struggle to survive under terrible circumstances, and the relationships which develop... like, I think The Road is a classicly good dystopia.

    Just a note: it was actually the Mayan calendar which "predicts" the end of the world in the year 2012. I learned about it when I went to see the Chichen Itza ruins last year... fascinating stuff, but I'm not entirely convinced. :)

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    1. Oh you're right! Thanks for catching that for me! I'll fix it. I share your reasons for liking dystopias, Kat. And The Road is one of my faves! Thanks for stopping by! :D

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