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  1. Alexandra Salazar
    October 21, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

    I might read this, though based on your review I won’t be expecting a dystopian masterpiece. I think you are right in that a dystopian novel needs some element of magnification in order to be an effective cautionary tale. When Atwood wrote The Handmaid’s Tale, she did so with the purpose in mind to ‘not make anything up’ but when she actually wrote it she disguised the real-world concepts and leanings in a markedly more extreme expression. The purpose being that the dire circumstances of the book were to make the reader examine their own society, and see how it was similar on their own, rather than to basically serve the existing society to the reader on a plate and keep it obvious. There’s no thinking or reflection to find the point of the book.

    That said, I might read this. It’s relevant for me, though when you mentioned the dorky sex scenes, all I could think was “Oh, book… no, please don’t.” Unless the dystopic theme IS about sex, like Atwood’s, that’s bound to be groanworthy…

    • fjsalazar
      October 21, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

      Well, these scenes do have some narrative purpose, in that they show people who really cannot be intimate, not in the true meaning of the word. But the cringe factor is there.