“Pretty much dead,” is how one literary agent described the subgenre to the Christian Science Monitor back in November. It’s the same line an agent gives any writer who so much as breathes the phrase “dystopian YA trilogy.” But while it’s true that any new futuristic allegories would drown in a sea of Hunger Games, Divergent, and Maze Runner trilogies, market saturation isn’t its biggest problem. The truth is that we’re realizing what those books promise; we’re trading our fiction in for something bigger, scarier, and more real. If you want a totalitarian world that obscures its suffering and oppressed under a gleaming state-sponsored banner, look no further than the Sochi Winter Olympics—or as we might want to think of it, the Dystopian Singularity.
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