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I haven’t been reading sci-fi books for too long, but as I found out that dystopia is considered a sub genre of sci-fi I actually have to reconsider that notion. Earlier I talked about my previously rocky relationship with sci-fi, but I always have liked dystopia books as I never realized those where sci-fi books as well. So that’s why I decided to talk about dystopia books and my likes and dislikes about this (sub)genre.
How did I first came in contact with the dystopia genre?
As cliché as it sounds I was first introduced to the dystopia genre by the Hunger Games. While I mentioned I always liked dystopia books, it still took me some time before I picked up my first dystopia book. Since I joined Goodreads I kept hearing about this book called the Hunger Games and everyone loved it. I took one look at the blurb and thought “wut a book about people getting trown into some sort of games where they have to kil each other, this doens’t sound awesome at all”. For quite some time I kept steadfast to the notion that I wouldn’t read the Hunger Games, sure everyone loved it, but this didn’t sound like a book for me at all. I am not sure how exactly it happened, but eventually all those recommendations and praise for the Hunger Games got to me. I ordered the book and read it, I loved it and before I was halfway through I had ordered the next two books. Because this book was awesome and I had to read the rest of this series as soon as possible. After the Hunger Games I wanted more of these kind of books and started reading other dystopia books.
What do I like about dystopia books?
The dystopia genre has some elements I love and I think it’s one of the reasons I fell in love so easily with this genre and wanted more once I got a taste of it.
- World Building. I just love world building and in my opinion a good dystopia book needs good world building. Usually they are reasons why the world is this way, things that are changed and I love learning more about the world the author has created inside these pages. In the dystopia genre you know you are going to find world building to some extent, although I can get frustrated and disapointed with dystopia books quickly when they don’t have good world building. Because I expect from dystopia books to have good world building, to create a world that makes sense and to explain that world to the reader.
- The “What If” aspect. One of the things I love about dystopia books is that they make you wonder what if this really happens? Even though it’s fiction, it could become reality one day. That possibility is scary sometimes, but it also adds something exciting to the genre. It’s not too far away from relaity that you can easily diregard it as fiction, it has something that hits close to home as well.
- Fantasy feel. When I read the Hunger Games I still very much believed contemporary romances weren’t for me. Dystopia books took place in real life, but I wanted to read fantasy, things that where far away from real life. And though dystopia books have that What If feel, they also have a bit of a fantasy feel. You know it isn’t real and the character have very different struggles then we have. I think that’s one of the reasons it was easier for me to get into dystopia then contemporary romance as it was still closer to fantasy.
- Mystery and government conspiracies. I love the sense of mystery dystopia’s seem to have, how at first the world seems great and then those hitns that somethign isn’t right. It usually takes a while to figure out what’s going on. And for some reason I just love the government conspiracies plots. It’s kinda scary to realize how many power the government has and how they can abuse it.
- Fast paced and filled with action. Most dystopia books feel fast paced, they might have a bit slow build-up, but usually they are pretty fast paced. I also like that there’s always something going on, there isn’t a dull moment. Although like I mention with my dislikes, that can alos bea bad thign sometimes.
What do I dislike about dystopia books?
When I read a lot of dytopia books, especially when I read them right after another, I tend to notice things I like less about this genre. And these are the reasons I usually take a break in between dystopia books.
- Predictable. A lot of dystopia books follow the same themes and topics. Often there’s propaganda, a government that keeps things a secret, rebels or a war brewing, another hidden country or more to the world then they knew. They just tend to get a little predictable after a while. I always like dystopia books that give an original twist to the genre, like Fire Country by David Estes. Ofcourse certainly not all dystopia books are predictable, but I just feel like there are certian tropes and topics that often return in these books. It’s also one of the reasons I prefer not to rea dmultiple dystopia’s in a row as it’s easier to see the similarities then.
- Despressing. A lot of dystopia books have a bit of a depressing feel and that can make it hard to read more the one dystopia book in a row. I like to feel some kind of hope in my dystopia books, that makes it more likely I will enjoy them. I sometimes get annoyed at the depressing feel many of these books tend to have.
- Constant sense of danger. It seems like characters in dystopia books can never catch a break, there’s always something going on and usually there’s some kind of threat in the background or it feels like someone could die or be killed any moment. I soemtimes would like there to be some kind of break or a moment where everything’s alright. I can feel a bit on edge when reading a book where the characters can never catch a break and I feel it would be more realistic if they sometimes have more quiet times.
- When things don’t make sense. I hate it when things don’t make sense or are unrealistic. Like I mentioned during my likes I like the what if feel, knowing that maybe this could one day be real. But sometimes they overdo it or a world isn’t realitisc enough, I loose that sense. Sometimes there are just situations or worlds that don’t make enough sense or are so out there that I know it will never happen. For me it must make sense how the world got at this point and when it doesn’t I can loose interest in the book.