What is Dystopian Fiction?
Dystopia is the idea of a society in a repressive and controlled state. Dystopian societies feature different kinds of repressive social control systems. Dystopian societies are often imagined as police states or states controlled by the government, and dystopian literature often explores worlds where the government has unlimited power over the citizens.
Books about dystopian societies often explore the concept of humans interacting with new technologies. These books explore the ways that humans change and adapt as technology evolves, or if technology had evloved to the point of some destructive event.
In the 21st century, many of the most popular Young Adult (YA) novels have has dystopian settings and themes. Authors have published several highly acclaimed and well-read series about young people in dystopian societies, such as The Hunger Games.