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Genre: Dystopia without Rebellion

forestagain asked: Is it all right to set your story in a dystopian/postapocalyptic world, but not make its plot about making major changes in it (like in the Hunger Games, which was about Katniss and her friends fighting the government)?

writing-questions-answered said: YES! Absolutely! There are many interesting things going on in a dystopia, so don’t feel they all have to be about rebellion. :)

nicarox said: Can you give suggestions? I haven’t read much where Dystopias AREN’T about fighting a government or higher power


We use storytelling to help us interpret and understand the human experience, and the human experience is about far more than rebelling against an oppressor. The human experience also includes stories of survival, escape, love, loss, finding answers, righting smaller wrongs, friendship, parenthood, transformation, personal growth, exploration and discovery, and so much more. These stories don’t have to be sub-plots to a rebellion plot. They can be the main plot in a dystopian setting.

Here are just a few examples you can check out. Some of these might qualify more as post-apocalyptic, but because they contain elements of corrupt or militaristic leadership/government, they still count as a dystopian setting:

Ship Breaker and The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi

Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick

The Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Dead Tossed Waves, and The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

There are also other dystopians where there are hints of a rebellion or an active rebellion not led by the protagonist:

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

1984 by George Orwell

I want to tell him to wait. To come back. To simply let me touch him and look at him and make sure he’s okay. I need to know that everything’s all right with him and the world. I just need to feel the heat of him. But I don’t know how to tell him all this. That I’m scared and I don’t know how to be normal. I’m broken, just like him, and I’m not sure I can fix myself.
—  The Dark and Hollow Places
So I just finished the Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan.

*may contain Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy spoilers*

When I got The Dark and Hollow Places, I was like “MUST READ AHHH” because I’ve been obsessed with the Forest of Hands and Teeth storyline for a long time.

At the beginning, I was like, “Yeah, this is going to be fun!”

And then Annah was all “I’m ugly” all the time and it’s super annoying

Then Catcher comes into the story and I'm like

And then I think Annah gets bitten

Then they all go to the Sanctuary and for a while it's boring

But then the Recruiters and the first death cage scene happens and I’m all “WTF?!”

And then the snow scene with Catcher and Annah and I’m all "Awww :)“ at first

But then he pushes her away

And I’m like

And multiple encounters with greasy old Recruiters trying to kill/molest Annah

And then Gabry and Annah are basically freezing to death

Elias and Gabry seem like they’re going to die

And then Annah gets thrown in the death cage

All the while I’m reading this, I’m bawling my eyes out, my body is tense, and I can’t stop cringing.

Catcher kills Conall

Carrie Ryan writes all these badass quotes

Annah is running and running and running…

And I feel like this by the end of the book:

My emotions are so worn out, but it was SUCH a good trilogy.