Have you ever read any dystopian novels?
My most recent delves into Dystopia were 1984 (George Orwell) and Flawed (Cecelia Ahern). I read them both on the same day and they were so different to each other!
Flawed is Ahern’s debut novel. It was a good retelling of persecution in 50s America. The problem here is that I don’t think that was what the novel was meant to come across as. The idea is that everyone is pure until they do something against the morals of the government. Things like playing music or reading old English literature (similar to the delirium trilogy, if you have read those). If you are caught doing something like that, you will be taken away by the ‘police’. There’s a small, unfair trial before you go through a branding process. If you crime is bad, your brand will be more noticeable to the public. If it is less so, it will be somewhere you can hide it. I don’t want to spoil anything for you, but the synopsis sums up the book anyways (I hate blurbs like that).
The branding is like wearing St David’s star or a white feather. It’s something people look at immediately recognise you as ‘inferior’. These Flawed people have separate seats on buses and different schools. It’s exactly like segregation.
The main protagonist is arrested for helping a Flawed person. You follow her story as she struggles with being imperfect. The characters are not well developed which is what lets me down. If the characters were more interesting, I think this would be a great book. The plot is very good if you separate it from the protagonists!
Have you read either of these books? What are you thoughts?
I hope you have a really good day,
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1984 is awesome-lly, disturbingly, terrifyingly accurate and prophetic. Here’s a quick example: You know those yellow traffic cameras younsee everywhere? They record number plates… For *five* years. Why does the government need to know where I was driving half-a-decade ago?
Have you read The Handmaid’s Tale?
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I do really want to read The Handmaid’s Tale: though I have not heard the synopsis!
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