Follow 11 authors into 11 dystopian tomorrows, where the dark portions of our humanity have taken hold of today, where the fabric of society is torn and greed consumes us all. Follow us down a dark path.
And find out what tomorrow may bring.
What Tomorrow May Bring – The YA Dystopian Boxed set includes 10 novels (plus bonus chapters) from 11 established and up-and-coming indie authors in dystopian literature in a single collection. Each story contains a brand new foreword by its author.
THE DYSTOPTOMISTS: PART 1
WHAT TOMORROW MAY BRING, the YA Dystopian boxed set, is a collection of dark yet hopeful stories from eleven different authors. Each wrote a short essay on dystopian fiction calledMy Thoughts On Tomorrow, to introduce their novels. Here are excerpts from six of those essays, the full versions can be found at The Hunt For Tomorrow.
Meet The Dystoptomists: Shining Light on a Dark Future.
Susan Kaye Quinn, Open Minds
Our modern world isn’t solely a bleak place—it also shines with aid flowing to natural disasters, soldiers building schools, and the rejection of hatred as an ideology. Most modern dystopias search through their dark fictional world for those threads of hope. They find someone who will rebel against the wrongness of the world and attempt to set it right, or a third way through two dire world-changing choices.
David Estes, The Moon Dwellers
For me, dystopian novels capture so much of what makes reading awesome. They explore real social issues and imaginative futures that may be only decades, or even years, from coming to pass. They are dark and suspenseful and funny and interesting, and, most of the time, scary. But what I love the most is that they almost always contain an element of hope. The characters, who are many times thrust into terrible situations, endure and persevere and usually accomplish what they set out to do, against challenging odds.
Jenni Merritt, Prison Nation
That is why we create dystopian stories. To read, work out, understand and even enjoy the idea of society gone wrong. Perfection would be too boring. We need imperfection to fight, to live, to learn and grow. Dystopians are not only about society gone wrong. They are about the people living in that society who choose to stand up and do something about their existence. They are beautiful. And imperfect. Some fight and fail. Others rise to the top and succeed. And in the end, we all learn that even at its worse, life is worth living.
Megan Thomason, daynight
I am huge fan of the dystopian genre and love to spend a lot of time thinking about societal extremes. The themes indaynight, many of which are very dark, are all designed to have readers think about parallels to our own society and where we need to draw lines. The dystopia category is pretty broad these days. By definition a dystopian world must havedeprivation, oppression, or terror. I prefer dystopias that explore interesting societal and moral dilemmas to catastrophic conditions/survival stories.
Samantha Durante, Stitch
Because, in the end, I think this is really the crux of the whole dystopian genre: when the world ends, and everything is terrible, and you’re forced to do things you don’t even want to think about just to keep on living, what do you have left? Hope. Only hope. And it’s that inner optimism – the ability to remind ourselves that there’s something out there worth living for even when our world crumbles beyond our wildest nightmares – that best characterizes us as human beings.
Tony Bertauski, The Annihilation Of Foreverland
Written somewhere on our DNA is the need for a happy ending, that when this is all over the narrator of our life will announce in classic Disney tone, “And they lived happily ever after.” Dystopia reveals the light of our lives by walking through the dark. It explores the true nature of our predicaments, the tragic adventure of the human experience. At times, it shows how dark we can become. How brilliant we are.
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