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Elements of a Dystopian Novel


Elements of Dystopian Novels:                                 

  • intense or extreme social control (with emphasis on the negative effects of the control)
  • satires or makes fun of a utopian society
  • concerned with politics and culture
  • offers a warning of what will happen under certain circumstances
  • author examines "poverty, squalor, or oppression"
  • elements of control and lack of freedoms
  • restricted information
  • humanity taken away (dehumanized)
  • illustion of a utopia or perfect world

Elements of a Dystopian Hero:

  • helps the reader to understand the problems with the society
  • discovers secret, restricted, or hidden information which causes them to act
  • feels trapped or isolated physically and/or socially
  • takes a risk or is a rebel
  • insider to their society

End of the World Literature

Utopia: the perfect society; an imangined place or state of things in which everything is perfect. This genre of literature explores social and political structure.

Dystopia: an imperfect society; an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one. This genre of literature explores social and political structure.

Apocalypse/Post-Apocalypse: This genre deals with the threat to civilization after a world altering disaster such as nuclear war, pandemic, climate change, etc and how humans overcome the event.

Ectopian: a world that revolves around environmental conservation or destruction.

Dystopian Novels in the OTMS Library

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Dystopian E-books Available:

The Softwire: Virus on Orbis One
Life As We Knew It series by Pfeffer
Empty by Weyn
Gathering Blue by
Epic by Kostick