WHAT , the YA Dystopian boxed set, is a collection of dark yet hopeful stories from eleven different authors. Each wrote a short essay on dystopian fiction called My Thoughts On Tomorrow, to introduce their novels. MAY BRING
Part 1 featured excerpts from six of those authors.
Here, with Part 2, are excerpts from the remaining five. The full versions can be found at The Hunt For .
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Meet The Dystoptomists: Shining Light on a Dark Future.
CARY CAFFREY, The Girls From AlcyoneI wanted to give my characters a chance to live without the burdens of prejudice, where no one cares about your nationality, your sexuality, or gives a second thought to who you date or who you love. All with no questions asked. Because they have bigger things to worry about. Like survival.And, goddammit, I wanted the story to be fun!Setting a story like this in the present day would be impossible. Who would believe it? But, that’s the beauty of science-fiction, and that’s why I love it so much. When we look to the future—in the case of The Girls from Alcyone, three hundred and fifty years into the future—absolutely anything is possible.
DAVID J. NORMOYLE, The Narrowing PathBut even when society as a whole is bleak, the human spirit often provides the strength to break free. In the world of The Narrowing Path, the lower classes work together and help each other, often sacrificing themselves so that others might live. They have to deal with not just the problems of the strictly limited population, but also the brutal regime inflicted on them by the ruling class, but their suffering makes them stronger rather than weaker, makes them love more than they hate.It’s a dog eat dog world we live in. But it can and will get better.
JOSEPH A. TURKOT, The Rain
But as in all dystopian stories, weakness works ruthlessly upon the characters thrown into such dire hopes, and utopian fantasies are often never what they seem.I wrote this story as an exploration of the human spirit, and its willingness to find some kind of negative capability within the compromise of two ideals—the utopian and the dystopian—the very reflection of which has more to say about our own society than we might have ever imagined possible.
SHELBI WESCOTT, Virulent: The ReleaseThere is so much to explore about human nature and behavior, and that is what I love the most about dystopian literature. When I wrote VIRULENT, I wanted to start pre-dystopia and show how a dystopian society could develop, and I wanted it to feel like something that could happen tomorrow with no warning. The idea that we don’t know what tomorrow will bring is not a source of anxiety, but excitement when looked at through the lens of fiction. It gives us a blank slate to imagine any multitude of possibilities.
DEBORAH RIX, External ForcesDystopian stories can seem to be about wildly imaginative yet impossible futures, but they are really a version of what is happening in teenage lives right now.What if TEOTWAWKI comes not as an apocalyptic bang, but instead we watch it arrive without giving the slightest whimper? Reimagine all of that, and, again, we end up with dystopian fiction, the sort that likes to warn us of the consequences of staying calm and carrying on. If those teenagers out there don’t stop and turn things around for us, this is how the future could turn out.THE HUNT.IT COMES..
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May 28: What May Bring #1 - Simplistic Reviews
May 29: Terra - Christy’s Cozy Corners
May 30: Stitch & Shudder - Nocturnal Predators Reviews
June 1: Contributor & Infiltrator - Author Cindy C Bennett
June 2: What May Bring #2 - I Am A Reader
June 3: Among the Joyful - My Devotional Thoughts
June 4: The Annihilation of Foreverland & Foreverland is Dead - Mythical Books
June 5: The Breeders & The Believers - Beck Valley Books
: What May Bring #3 - Bookworm Lisa