Tiffany Truitt | Why Dystopian? Why Now?
June 8, 2012
Yep. I'm an author. Yep. I have a novel coming out on June 12th. Yep. It's a
dystopian. Yep. Yet, another dystopian novel.
Much like the plethora of vampire novels that appeared on the shelves after the
wildly successful Twilight series, the publishing world is pushing out
dystopian novel after dystopian novel
Why are dystopian novels so popular right now? It would be easy to point to
The Hunger Games as the reason behind such a flooded market, but I believe
there is more to it than this. If one looks at the cycles of popular literature
throughout history, certain patterns emerge. For example, the study of the
history of the novel itself is rich in its statements on class strife and gender
It is no secret that our country is struggling. And during times of unrest, it
is natural for citizens to question their government: how much power should
government have? How has my government failed me? How can my government help me?
How can I help my government?
These aren't new questions, but they are the ones haunting us now. And like all
good art, literature reflects life...whether it’s a conscious choice of the
author or not. And why dystopian literature in YA? Those teenage years are a
special time where ALL boundaries are questioned. Dystopian novels, no matter
how farfetched the plot and setting, allow young readers to connect with a main
character who is searching for an identity during a time where it feels like an
identity has already been constructed for them.
So, perhaps, we shouldn't groan every time we hear a new dystopian novel is
coming out. Instead, embrace it. Explore it. By delving into these new worlds,
we discover so much about ours.
About CHOSEN ONES
The Lost Souls, book 1 hitting bookshelves June 12, 2012 from Entangled
I pushed down a key. The hair on the back of my neck shot up, and my skin
I imagined this was what it felt like to fall in love.
In that moment, I was ready to fall.
Life is bleak but uncomplicated for Tess, living in a not-too-distant future
where the government, faced with humanity’s extinction, created the Chosen Ones,
artificial beings who are extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and
When Tess begins work at Templeton, a Chosen Ones training facility, she meets
James, and the attraction is immediate in its intensity, overwhelming in its
danger. But there is more to Templeton than Tess ever knew. Can she stand
against her oppressors, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her
Pre-order your copy of Chosen Ones at Amazon
About Tiffany Truitt
Tiffany Truitt is an
8th grade English teacher in Suffolk, Virginia. When she’s not traveling the
world, she enjoys reading, writing, and obsessing over coffee. Lost Souls:
Chosen Ones is her first novel. Find out more about Tiffany Truitt at her
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One commenter will win a copy of THE CHOSEN ONES.
28 comments posted.
Re: Tiffany Truitt | Why Dystopian? Why Now?
This sounds like a book I'd like to read...thanks so much and good luck!!!
(Bonnie Capuano 8:09am June 8, 2012)
I would like to read your book. Thanks for the chance to win
(Mary Hay 8:52am June 8, 2012)
My thanks, also, for the opportunity to win this book - what a cool storyline - :-)
(Felicia Ciaudelli 8:53am June 8, 2012)
I haven't read enough dystopian novels to be sick of them just yet, ha ha. I think that a lot of people feel like our society is on the brink of destruction. People worry about the economy, government, privacy, etc. Dystopian novels play into those feelings right now and are a perfect fit. I'd love to read your book!
(Monica Tillery 9:21am June 8, 2012)
I like dystopic novels.
(Roxana Perez 9:36am June 8, 2012)
I'm kind of picky about the dystopian novels I choose to read, but I saw a
blog post about yours quite a while ago and added it to my TBR list right
away. It sounds really good!
Thanks for the chance to win a copy, and good luck with your book
(Debbie Burdeen 9:37am June 8, 2012)
i love these books i could never get sick of reading these novels love the book
(Denise Smith 10:53am June 8, 2012)
The book sounds great! I can never get enough new reading!
(Trasina McGahey 11:29am June 8, 2012)
Sounds like a book I have to read would be thrilled to win it
(Shelly Itkin 12:04pm June 8, 2012)
love the android angle...have always had a thing for robots that look human...LOL...I don't typically read dystopian novels, but then I've never heard of ones that are romance so this is very interesting to me!
(Angie Lilly 12:46pm June 8, 2012)
I'm thoroughly enjoying the flood of dystopian novels in the book world. I'm excited there's a new one coming and can't wait to read it!
(Molly Frenzel 1:25pm June 8, 2012)
I love dystopian books and only wish I had the funds to buy
more of them. They are always so imaginative and make for a
great read most of the time.
(Ilona Fenton 1:34pm June 8, 2012)
thanks for this chance,sounds good
(Debbi Shaw 3:10pm June 8, 2012)
I love dystopian books. I read every one I can find.
(Debbie Penny 3:40pm June 8, 2012)
artificial beings who are extraordinarily beautiful how great does that sound? I bet the book will be a good one!
(Holly Sines 4:19pm June 8, 2012)
Dystopian novels, a favorite genre of mine, just finished
Limbo by Bernard Wolfe. Yours will be next on the list.
(Mary Primorac 5:23pm June 8, 2012)
I love dystopian books! Thanks for the chance to win!!
(Natasha Donohoo 6:19pm June 8, 2012)
Thanks for giving me a chance to win and read your book. Your book sounds great.
(Linda Hall 7:06pm June 8, 2012)
This sounds like an interesting story. Can't wait to read it! Thanks for giving us a chance to win a copy.
(Michele Hayes 7:43pm June 8, 2012)
sounds like great book and i cant wait to read.
(Jennifer Beck 8:06pm June 8, 2012)
Cool! I've seen this book around, and I would love to win! Go dystopia!!! I read dystopian YA books all the time. Thank you!!!
(Alyssa Sooklal 9:12pm June 8, 2012)
Hi, Tiffany!! That teaser of yours for your book wasn't very nice!! You didn't give us quite enough to whet our appetite!! I thought there were going to be a couple more sentences to the tease, and then you went into an explanation of the story line!! I was so bummed!! The book sounds really good, and I am interested in reading it!! I don't mind that much what the story line is about. I've lived long enough to experience just about everything, so I can put myself in the place of the main character as I'm reading the book. As for dystopia, I could write my own book!! lol Good luck on your latest book, and I'll be waiting with baited breath for it to come out!!
(Peggy Roberson 9:14pm June 8, 2012)
I RT'd about this contest. Thanks for running it.
(Dan Kleinman 9:59pm June 8, 2012)
Congrats on your release!
(MaryAnne Banks 10:23pm June 8, 2012)
I'm actually enjoying Dystopian right now. It fascinates.
(Mary Preston 10:39pm June 8, 2012)
You're right, there is a lot of dystopian out right now, but I
have to say your book's premise stands out to me. Definitely
something I'd pick up and want to read. Thanks for the
(Laura Garofalo 11:12pm June 8, 2012)
I grew up reading science fiction so there is nothing new in dystopian novels or short stories for me. However there is always someone out there who has not read them so it is good to bring an alternate view of the world to such readers. Maybe they are lured in by the romance angle or they just think the cover looks so hot they have to read the story! And then your characters will show them other ways of living, viewpoints and reasons to question... sure, go ahead and write more of them. We'll be reading.
(Clare O'Beara 6:17am June 9, 2012)
I didn't know about the word dystopian until a few years ago. I think bending the usual patterns of human behavior and coming up with new ones to take the place is pretty interesting.
(Alyson Widen 4:00pm June 10, 2012)
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