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Dystopian Novels

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What is a "dystopia"?

A dystopia is "an imagined world or society in which people lead wretched, dehumanized, fearful lives" ( Therefore, dystopian literature encompasses fictional, or imagined, works which depict undesirable and cruel societal conditions occuring in the future. Common themes in dystopian literature include oppressive governments, invasive technologies used to monitor and punish citizens, radical religions and cultural norms, anarchy and civil injustice, and mass poverty.  

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