Dystopia has taken over the book and TV world by storm!

Dystopia has taken over the book and TV world by storm!

Kathryn Robson Website

I have just put down the last book of Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne, a dystopian novel set in 2024 where America gets wiped out by a Tsunami and a group of school kids (ranging from 5 – 16) get them self locked in a Superstore. Unlike a lot of books staring young heroes and heroines, who always act sensible and wise beyond their years, this bunch actually acts like kids – in every situation! They bicker, they nag, they goof of. They fight, and fight and fight and – throw in a couple of hormonal boys and it is a powder-keg ready to blow! At first I thought I may be able to hand it on to my 10 year old to read after, but it soon became clear that these kids get in quite a few grown up situations, and like normal kids would given the circumstances – are way in over their heads. Its a very interesting read that I find quite disturbing and though evoking – simply because the kids act like my kids would if you took all the adults away and left them to fend for themselves. Normally in these sort of stories the kids are clever and heroes, but Emmy has done really well changeling her inner 5 year old (8 year old, 12 year old and 16 year old).

I love the series and would recommend it to anyone over say 13 – 100!
She also opens up some serious debates that I think are quite realistic to this time and have given me many topics of discussions with my friends.
With the weather acting up the way it is across the world (we live in Wales in the Uk,not a hint of snow all winter and it barely dropped below 5 degrees ??) how would countries like the USA and the United Kingdom react do a massive natural catastrophe effecting us?
I remember when the Tsunami hit on Boxing day years ago, I stood in front of the news crying like a baby, I could not comprehend the massive loss of life.
I don’t think her suggestion of “Concentration camps” is completely unrealistic, what could the Government do with 8 million refugees? The resources and organisation skills that would take are phenomenal.
It is an unsettling future she pictures through the eyes of her adolescent heroes Dean (my son is called Dean…) and Alex and it is written well, has a good flow and does not get boring once.
I like action, an intriguing plot that throws up lots of questions and gives little answers, mesmerizing characters and a story that pulls me into a different world weather it is in writing or on TV.

The Walking Dead

Scene from The Walking Dead

The first show I noticed was “The Walking Dead” which does not need any introducing and is NOT suitable for anybody under the age of 18 so I will not go in to great detail with this one.

From Rick to Carol the Characters are all individual and interesting. And there sure is some serious soul searching to be done with some of the situation the survivors find themselves in. Me and my husband have spent hours afterward discussing what would we do, how, where and what ? All the way done to deciding on a action plan should it happen. We are still fussy on the reason why they have not pointed out attics as a perfect hiding spot (except that you are locked in, but you could batter at them from above with a plank of wood – ok, killer for the arm muscles, but it’s all about survival here). You pull the ladders up and no un-dead can get in!
Michonne and Daryl have been my favourites from the start. Bow and arrow and swords. Yes!

Falling Skies

Falling Skies : What a show! Not a renowned here in the Uk as THE WALKING DEAD, it centres around a worldwide Alien invasion/ complete takeover. There are pockets of survivors dotted about. The main group led by former ER Resident Noah Wyle.
My favorite is Captain Weaver followed closely by Ben Mason – Son turned part Alien. As you can tell, I am very fond of Falling Skies.


Scene from Revolution

Revolution: Some (a bit of a strange theory) nano bugs wipe out all power and electricity worldwide, the show then jumps to 1 or so years later and Americas states have fallen and we are back to cowboys and militias and complete anarchy, so it seems. The USA is divided into Republics and they are all at war against each other. All the while this little group of very clever people are trying to get the power turned back on. At times this series wobbles along the lines of LOST, it starts getting a bit on the “What the…..just happened” and “I don’t get it” side. So you have to pay attention while watching otherwise you can’t keep up.


Defiance: We are proper in to the world of Sci-Fi here, where the earth has been Terra-formed by invading Aliens. Its not so much about survival in this one and rather more about how the aliens interact with the humans.

The 100

Scene from The 100

And last but not least “The 100”.
This one has a bit of everything!
We start of in a giant satellite orbiting earth, where the survivors of a worldwide nuclear war have been waiting for almost 100 years to be able to go back down to the planet. (Earth had been made inhabitable from the nuclear fallout.) Now there is a good 2000 odd people living on this satellite and resources are running out. To in force their rules they have developed a “one punishment only” system. Where every rule broken results in you being “floated” out into space. The only exception is for under 16’s who get held in a sort of makeshift prison. As the satellite starts failing, the leaders decide to kick the 100 kids out by putting them in a rescue pod and sending them to the surface – not knowing if it is survivable or not. It is! But the kids are not alone, unlike believed, not everybody died during the nuclear apocalypse – and tribes now roam the earth, throw in a few post apocalyptic creatures, flying arrows and poisonous fog and the kids have their work set out for them.

It’s good, I like it.

All of the above have given us all here loads of topics to be avidly discussed and enjoyed,and 2 of them are of course based on BOOKS!!
The 100 is based on a book by Kass Morgan and The walking dead is based on a comic series by the same name by Robert Kirkman and I strongly suggest, as always to read the book before watching it on TV, as often watching a story on TV can ruin the book for you, whereas the other way round it is just fun to pick holes into TV adaptions of books.

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