I saw this question on a bookstagram post and it got me thinking, well would I? also I am sorry but I didn’t catch who wrote it because my Instagram feed decided to refresh itself before I could catch you name.
I have noticed that the dystopian genre does seem to be getting bigger and the way the world is at the moment, this doesn’t come as a surprise to me. However, I think that this question is quite broad and I think it would depend on which authors version of dystopia (is that the right word?? never mind) would be applicable at the time. There are certainly several to choose from, from Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games, Keira Cass Selection Series, Veronica Roths Divergent, Marissa Meyers The Lunar Chronicles, and Liz Iavorschi-Braun’s Seven years gone.
So could I survive these?
Let’s have a look and see we’ll start off with:
The Hunger Games, which was published in 2008, was a widely successful series of books that follows Katniss Everdeen and her attempt to save her sister from having to compete in a trial organised by the Capitol to murder other children from other districts in order to keep the districts compliment.
I got this book before the film came out and I really enjoyed the pace of this series but hated the unnecessary love triangle (why must authors do this!!). I love how all the districts had their own occupation that they would concentrate on from mining to fishing to security.
But Laura the question is would you survive?
Well here’s the thing, if I was ever unlucky enough to have my name pulled out at the reaping then no I don’t think I would survive. Although I am an introverted person I do have a temper and my mouth has gotten me into trouble on more than one occasion (sorry H I didn’t mean to get your bag stolen when those girls wanted to fight me all them years ago). So in the runup with Caesar Flickerman, I honestly don’t think I’d come off as likeable and probably wouldn’t get that many sponsors to help me.
Then once I’m in the actual Hunger Games arena, I’d probably not taken two steps of the podium before someone has an attempt at my life. So no I really don’t think I’d survive.
Next up we have The Selection series by Kiera Cass. This series was published in 2012 and I have only read the first three. Here we meet Ameria Singer reluctant entrant into a pool of girls all looking to win the heart or more Crown of Prince Maxon. All the while rebels are trying to take matters into their own hands and look to destroy the Royal Family due to issues we don’t discover until book three if I remember correctly (it’s been 12 months and about 70 books later).
I got this book series on a suggestion from a friend I met on a Facebook group and I did think they were alright once I could get over America’s name and the fact that she was a singer. A bit like the hunger games where each area of the Kingdom has its occupations that they concentrate on and America comes from the area that dedicates itself to the arts. In dramatic fashion things for America don’t go according to plan and she is chosen as one of the girls to try and woo Prince Maxon into marrying her.
Would I survive?
In this particular series, I’d like to think I would survive as I wouldn’t have put my name down on that list in the first place. Mainly for completely selfish reasons but I don’t believe in love at first sight and because I am me, love can take a while to rear it’s not so ugly head. I’m super dense and I don’t recognise when people are flirting with me let alone love me. Almost everytime a guy has flirted with me it’s had to be pointed out to me. I put almost because I can only think of one time I could figure it out and that wasn’t actually with my husband, but I’m not getting into that here.
So I think I would be able to find someone within my own faction put my feelings aside and hope for the best that it would work out.
The Divergent Series, published in 2012, is one book series I read where I was actually disappointed with the ending so didn’t actually watch the films.
Beatrice Prior is absolutely fine in her little bubble until she has a test to see which faction she should belong to. During this test, we find out she is suitable for more than two options which makes her special.
So both her and her brother choose a different life than what they had with their parents and go their separate ways and all hell breaks loose. That’s basically it in a nutshell.
So in this series, if you didn’t know there are five factions Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Beatrice goes from Abnegation to Dauntless which is a shocker to people but perhaps not the reader, as she has appeared to be obsessed with them for a while.
However, before I go off on a tangent I need to answer the question would I survive?
The short answer is highly unlikely.
The long answer is, I wouldn’t even know which faction I would belong in (very highly unlikely is Dauntless, I think they’re stupid and reckless) Candor might be a good option but I don’t believe everything is black and white. If everything was supposed to be then we wouldn’t have any shades of grey (and I’m not referring to the Fifty Shades of Grey series). Abnegation could be a good fit if I don’t lose my patience with people. I think of myself as a nice person who would do things for you if you asked but don’t take the piss and don’t just assume you can take my things because “you’d have said yes anyway,” that’s not how it works. Erudite might not be for me, yeah I am smart and I know that I’m not trying to be big headed but I don’t think my level of intelligence is what they would be requiring and Amity I can’t even remember what they were about so I don’t think I’d be a good fit there. So with all that in my case I think I would end up amongst the factionless as I don’t think I would cut it. I don’t believe my parents have moulded me into that person who wouldn’t fit in wholly with one particular group. I’m more of a chameleon who would adapt to my surroundings given the opportunity.
The Lunar Chronicles was also released in 2012 and is about an extremely gifted cyborg mechanic who agrees to fix a robot for the prince in “disguise” and manages to end up on the run after she is accused of killing her Step-sister.
I read these, it’ll be coming up two years ago and I fell in love with reading again and these books became the beginning of my blog.
I love how this series really follows a group of women from different backgrounds to see how they all deal with the same problem and find a way of dealing with the men in their lives and somehow not murder them.
Would I survive?
Once again I’m smart and I’m not fast but I know when to stay out of someone’s way to providing I’m smart enough to keep out of both Cinder’s and Levara’s way I’ve got a pretty good chance of surviving. Especially as I live half a world away from New Beijing.
So for this, I’m going with YES!
Seven Years gone is a series that was first published in February 2017 I believe but unfortunately hasn’t been completed due to the authors unexpected passing. I have done posts on the first three books here for book one, here for book two and here for book three.
In this book, we meet Ginger who doesn’t actually have a name when we meet her but a number – E357. In the society that she was brought up in was cleansed by a virus due to overpopulation and the inhabitants of the Society have different classes/groups. However, there is one deemed undesirable amongst the group and that unlucky person in Ginger.
Which is why Ginger takes the step to escape and where the story truly begins.
Would I survive though?
Again I think it would depend on the circumstances since there are the 4 levels. The High-Level workers (Scientists, Doctors), The Breeders, The Rulers, The Labourers, and The Undesirables.
So again I’m not smart enough to be a high-level worker and I’m not a leader. So the two probable safest options are out so my survival rate has already dwindled.
So the options I’m left with is Labourer which is a good fit but I’d want children, I can’t imagine my life without my two. Breeder for obvious reasons. However, if I was an Undesirable then I’m not going to survive. I’m not as brave as Ginger and the thought of camping horrifies me. I don’t do camping.
So in conclusion
I’d survive two possibly three of these dystopian futures and I think those odds are alright. So as long as I avoid the Capitol and whatever it’s called for the Divergent Series and we’re good.