Dystopian fiction has taken the world by storm. This genre illuminates the nature of undesirable worlds through the portrayal of perfectionistic societies and their inevitable upheaval. These utopian societies’ address the extreme imperfections and misconceptions of human nature, leadership, conformity, and the overall meaning of life. Authors and readers alike are enthralled by the utopian societies portrayed as indirect metaphors to our own world. Taken with a grain of salt these vast utopian worlds allow readers to determine their own opinions on the aforementioned imperfections and misconceptions of the world in which we live. Ally Condie, best-selling author of the “Matched” Trilogy states that “The beauty of Dystopia is that it lets us vicariously experience future worlds- but we still have the power to change our own,” evoking the prominence dystopia plays as a thought provoking tool to ensure our own world does not meet the same demise as those depicted in best-selling novels.
Many may say that dystopia is entirely apocalyptic. In a sense this genre does demonstrate the ending destruction or aftermath of a misled world but it also shares other aspects of humanity that reel the reader into its grasp. In popular dystopian novels like the Divergent, Hunger Games, Giver, and Maze Runner series, there are parallel plots and characters that help aid in the destruction of a world or its rejuvenation. Take for instance the novel “Divergent” written by Veronica Roth, where the protagonist Tris slowly discovers disturbing information about the leaders of her society. Along her journey in search of truth Tris also finds friendship, love, sadness and confidence in her ability to take life into her own hands. Many trending dystopian novels exemplify the resilience of the individual through the portrayal of a hero or heroine as they work to determine their world’s origin, and their own self-worth.
Hence, if you are interested in reading a heart wrenching novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat at the turn of every page, a novel in the dystopian genre might be for you. Novels such as “The Giver” written by Lois Lowry, “Divergent” written by Veronica Roth, and “Blood Red Road” by Moira Young are only a few of an endless expansion of books available that can capture and harness your understanding of an unstable world and cause you to reflect on the true meaning of life. Once you’ve read a novel of the dystopian genre you’ll never turn back. This genre can open your eyes to a whole new world and hopefully entice you to continue on the expedition of reading.
When a novel has the power to create thoughts in a reader, those thoughts can be turned into actions to better the world in which we live, while at the same time providing an uncanny outlet of entertainment. Through reading we can realize how “The two most important days in a person’s life…” are the days…they are born and the day they find out why” (Mark Twain) so that we can also become the heroes and heroines of our own lives. Keep on reading Concordia!