This is more of a thinking out loud post than it is something that is going to generate discussion-- but I've been wondering something & it's: WHERE IS ALL THE YA DYSTOPIAN?
Remember back in the Hunger Games heyday when you couldn't shake a stick without hitting a knock-off?? Well, I was one of those people who were SO annoyed by it. I didn't understand why everyone had to just jump on the bandwagon and write mediocre copies of the series. Seriously, even the covers of those books were all the same.
So, in the sea of copies, there were a few that were unique and worthy of praise. But you know, I didn't read them because I was annoyed. Now, for whatever reason (mostly because I'm difficult), I've been in the mood for dystopian books. I like a good apocalypse book and I've been wanting to read books that explore what happens after a world changing "event".
The thing is, there aren't any! Right now it seems like what is being published as far as Dystopian goes are fairy tale retellings or high fantasy crossovers. And yeah, I like a good retelling, and I'm trying to branch out in to fantasy more, but honestly I just want to read a good Hunger Games knock-off.
I recently read The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee, which I wouldn't say is the classic definition of dystopia, but it's in the ballpark. I really did like it, but I'm not seeing anything new or upcoming that is like it.
I know trends come and go (and that there are plenty of backlist books I could read), but just because it isn't a "trend" doesn't mean it should be extinct!
I know I'm like 7 years late to this party.... but UGHH.
I need your help
I want to read a new Dystopian that has these elements:
- 2017 release date
- Futuristic setting
- A powerful government or entity in charge
- Things look grim
- No magical or fantasy elements
- No monarchies
- No space
(Now I bet you're waiting for me to say I want that whole Twilight bandwagon book phase to come back. Well, rest assured, I won't be asking for more vampire romances. Ever.)