Dystopian fiction is all about the other—about a reality that is just similar enough to our own to be recognizable, and just twisted enough to be chilling. It is one of the most popular genres, giving readers a taste of danger and excitement from the safety of their daily lives.
Dystopian novels evoke images of barren cities, smashed cars abandoned in streets, and bands of hardened survivors fighting for their lives and freedoms. Each book is crammed with descriptions of brutal dictators lording over poverty-stricken revolutionaries or clinical societies full of holograms and drones. Every far-off, otherworldly storyline seems utterly impossible in the real world.