What Tomorrow May Bring – The Dystopian Tour

Dystopian Tour

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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.

Titles in the boxed set include:
Open Minds, Susan Kaye Quinn
The Moon Dwellers, David Estes
Prison Nation, Jenni Merritt
daynight, Megan Thomason
Stitch, Samantha Durante
The Narrowing Path, David J. Normoyle
The Rain, Joseph A. Turkot
Virulent: The Release, Shelbi Wescott
External Forces (Bonus Chapters!), Deborah Rix

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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 havedeprivationoppression, 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.

THE HUNT FOR TOMORROW begins July 18. Sign up for the newsletter to get all the details on this intriguing dystopian scavenger hunt. The Hunt For Tomorrow.

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Comments

  1. Dytopian is my favorite. I often compare what is going on in the book with some of the warning signs I see in today’s culture/political climate.

  2. I would NOT want to live in a dystopian world – EVER!!

  3. Not at all!

  4. Letty C. says:

    I wouldn’t want to leave in a dystopian world, but what I like about it is the adversity people have to overcome.

  5. Anastasia says:

    What I love about dystopian novels is the bleak look at the future, but with a hopeful outlook. Usually the oppressed are fighting back or have hope that their lot will improve. I also just like the darker tone and the scary possibility that these futures may come to pass.

  6. Anastasia says:

    The only reasons I’d want to live in a dystopian world are that the bad guys are obvious. You know who you have to fight against and why. It’s something that brings people together. We don’t have to fight each other if we have a common enemy 🙂

  7. Victoria Alexander says:

    No way… way too crazy for me! I’d much rather stick to the book version 🙂

  8. Already pretty dystopian around here. Sure wouldn’t want it any MORE dystopian. 🙂

  9. I love dystopian because I like to see different ideas of how the world will be if things don’t change.

  10. I love the government conspiracy theory-ism ideas behind the different plots.

  11. isisthe12th says:

    I like the extreme story lines and the wonderfully extreme endings.

  12. isisthe12th says:

    That’s a tough question. I’m not sure maybe visit for a while.

  13. Michelle B says:

    I definitely would NOT want to live in a dystopian world! I love reading about them, and always thankful that we are not there…yet… Still, find thinking about what humans might be capable is always an interesting thought exercise.

  14. I love the unique world building and suspense! The characters are always stronger too! Thanks!

  15. Amanda M. says:

    I enjoy dystopian because I like to hear about the backstory — about why the world got the way it did. Usually it’s always possible.

  16. These all look so good! Dystopian can be a fun read, but I am grateful that dystopian is not my life.. that would NOT be fun.

  17. Daniel M says:

    i like the alternate reality aspect of them, the what if?

  18. Daniel M says:

    might want to live in one depending on what one