Do you like dystopia? Why or why not?
Absolutely! After reading The Hunger Games trilogy, I've noticed that I became much more interested in the dystopian genere. In fact, I didn't even know it existed before the genere became so popular. Every dystopian novels illlustrate a different
possible outcome for the Earth's society.
Of all of the dystopic books you have read, which ‘end of the world’ scenario do you think is the most realistic?
Susan Beth Pfeffer's Life As We Knew It seemed very realistic to me. In the trilogy, Miranda faces everyday life until natural disasters start destroying Earth. It wasn't caused by technology, or any other man-made creation, and there was nothing
people could do to stop it. I think that aspect of the novels seemed to hit so close to home, the fact that the main characters were so normal, but this one accident changed their lives forever. But even in that situation, Miranda's family held together throughout
numerous hardships. Reading the book in her perspective allowed me to feel what she felt, see what she saw. I felt like she was so similar to I was, so realistic, but the difference was that she lived in a dystopian future, one that could so easily become
my own. Even after finishing the trilogy, I felt a connection to Miranda and the realism of the plot line. It left me wondering "What would I do if that happened tomorrow?'
Why do you think that people are obsessed with the end of the world?
People are so obsessed with it because they want to know what will happen to them. It could so easily become their future. They want to know when their going to die, and make the most out of their lives before that happens.
What is your favourite dystopia novel?
This was really difficult to choose, but I would say Nancy Farmer's
House of the Scorpion. It is set somewhere in the near future, where clones are treated like animals. The main character Matteo Alcrán is a clone of an 146 year old drug lord, nicknamed El Patrón. He gives Matt anything he wishes, giving him a false sense
of security. But as Matt stays their longer he uncovers his true purpose as a clone...
This novel brings a haunting future to drug wars and technology, which I really admire about the book. I could easily relate to Matt's struggle to survive as an individual in society. His hardships seemed extremely hard to overcome, but Matt's determination
to become equal rises above it. How he never gave up hope, even in deadly situations, prompted me to choose this book as my favorite dystopian novel.