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Albert Camus

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

this future should have been my savior - Ascendancy by Karri Thompson

I’ve been lied to, deceived, and manipulated once again. I shouldn’t be surprised, but in a way I am. You’d think I’d be treated with dignity, my every desire fulfilled by those who need me the most. But instead, they plan to control me, keep me hidden, and force me to be complacent while I give birth over and over again.

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Published: November 30th, 2015

I’ve been lied to, deceived, and manipulated once again. I shouldn’t be surprised, but in a way I am. You’d think I’d be treated with dignity, my every desire fulfilled by those who need me the most. But instead, they plan to control me, keep me hidden, and force me to be complacent while I give birth over and over again.

Hell, I’m the one who’s supposed to save humanity, right? I’m the one with the power to re-populate this world of clones, my ancestors who were produced from harvested DNA.

Michael. He loves me. At this point, he may be my only friend. There may be others. Tension is building in the regions. A secret sect is growing. A rebellion is imminent.

My awakening into this future should have been my savior, my renaissance, my ally.

But instead, it has become my plague.

GUEST POST
Women in the Dystopian Worlds 

The most well-known and popular heroine of the dystopian worlds is Katniss Everdeen. And why wouldn’t see be? She’s an independent, strong-willed survivalist whose “kill or be killed” philosophy wins her a home in the Victor’s Village. She endures any hardship to protect the ones she loves, and before the games, having spent the majority of her life keeping her family alive, she’s ignorant when it comes to romance despite that fact that two guys are vying for her attention. Her continued bravery eventually brings her triumph against Snow and Coin, and in the end, despite a bout with mental illness, she marries Peeta and starts a family. 

Katniss is kick ass, but she is also real. There’s no insta-love in The Hunger Games trilogy. Katniss’s feelings for Peeta develop over a series of time and a myriad of life or death struggles. And in the end, there is no living “happily ever after.” Katniss continues to be plagued with nightmares and deals with her PTSD by making mental lists of kind acts in order to quell her darker thoughts. While the reader journeys with Katniss on the page or on the screen, there’s weeping, rooting, celebrating, and fighting – everything to keep the reader on edge and entertained. 

Veronica Roth’s Divergent series holds the same magical combination of a lethal heroine, Tris Prior, who is twisted in a plot of rebellion, danger, and eventually romance – all within a believable, futuristic world. 

Readers have become so wrapped up in these heroines’ plight that braids are again highly fashionable, interest in archery has soared to the point of Nerf marketing toy crossbows toward young girls, and the runways are marked with military and athletic-influenced fashions. 

Katniss and Tris are at the top of my list of favorites when it comes to women in dystopian worlds. What makes their plight unique is that they are not tried by the same challenges of our modern world. Set within a degraded society that is headed for self-destruction, these mentally and physically tough women face struggles that today’s females can’t begin to understand. 

But at the same time, their hardships parallel that of a 21st-century woman’s, making these heroines relatable to the reader. Interpersonal relationships are the same in both worlds. Like the modern woman, through the good times and the bad, these heroines discover who they can trust, and who they can’t, along with who will support them and who will want to bring them down instead. 

Romance and the process of falling in love are also the same in both reality and the written page of a dystopian, though the stumbling blocks of ex-lovers, step children, debt, and bad credit, are replaced with crooked governments, the lack of individual independence, and “big brother” – everything to capture our imaginations and take these dystopian women to the next level. 

When I wrote the Van Winkle Project trilogy, I definitely kept all of these factors in mind when it came to creating a unique dystopian world armed with a selfless and bad-ass, take-no-crap heroine who, through the unimaginable trials of a dystopian world, will stop at nothing, even risk her own life, to save humanity. 

Dystopian women are truly extraordinary with their out-of-this-world challenges coupled with the same personal problems that today’s woman face. That’s why we love them and why we can’t get enough of them on the page or on the screen. Dystopian woman rock!

About the author:
Karri Thompson, a native of San Diego, California, grew up hanging out at the beach, playing sports, and eventually attending San Diego State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in education. When she’s not nerding out at San Diego Comic-Con or watching Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings movies for the umpteenth time, she can be seen doing normal people stuff like teaching high-school English, cooking delicious meals for her family (she attributes all of her culinary skills to the Food Network), and attending her son’s football games. In her spare time, she writes young adult and new adult fiction, her biggest passion, and loves listening to hard rock music and going to concerts. She hopes to live long and prosper, and that you will, too.

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5 comments:

Richard Brandt said...

I like science fiction about alternative futures, it sounds great.

Penny said...

I really like dystopian fiction with strong heroines. I really want to read Ascendency!

Jan Lee said...

I do like dystopian books. I like the fact that the main character is a female and that the problems they face are not unlike the female's problems of today in some respects. I think I'd enjoy reading this book :)

Recipe Fairy said...

I think this book looks awesome! I love dystopian fiction!

Queen Alchemy said...

I love dystopian fiction! This sounds awesome! I can't wait to sink my teeth into this series. =D