Outside Reading

Dystopian Fiction

Dystopian Fiction

    Dystopia: A futuristic, imagined universe in which oppressive societal control and
      the illusion of a perfect society are maintained through corporate, bureaucratic,
        technological, moral, or totalitarian control. Dystopias, through an exaggerated
          worst-case scenario, make a criticism about a current trend, societal norm, or
            political system.


              Characteristics of a Dystopian Society
              • • Propaganda is used to control the citizens of society.
              • • Information, independent thought, and freedom are restricted.
              • • A figurehead or concept is worshipped by the citizens of the society.
              • • Citizens are perceived to be under constant surveillance.
              • • Citizens have a fear of the outside world.
              • • Citizens live in a dehumanized state.
              • • The natural world is banished and distrusted.
              • • Citizens conform to uniform expectations. Individuality and dissent are bad.
              • • The society is an illusion of a perfect utopian world.
              (Definition and Characteristics taken from www.readwritethink.org)



              Examples of authors in the LHS Library who write Dystopian Fiction:

              1. Orson Scott Card
              2. Suzanne Collins
              3. Veronica Roth
              4. James Dashner


              OverDrive:


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              • Type your student ID number.

              • Click "Explore" at the top and choose "Sci-Fi and Fantasy".

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              • Download to a device or read on your computer.


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