This time of year, many travel toward those they love in order to celebrate Thanksgiving together. For others staying at home, the long weekend following Thanksgiving becomes a mini-vacation before the holiday season begins. Either way, this is the perfect time to enjoy a vacation even if it is just into your imagination.
This weekend, I hope to find a little quiet time to read a good book.
I am about halfway through Veronica Roth’s final installment of the Divergent series. I have enjoyed taking a journey into this dystopian society where people are placed into factions which reinforce noble character traits. However, the truth that our strengths are also our weaknesses is carried throughout this thought-provoking tale as narrow-minded ideologies create conflict which test individuals and their society as a whole. Although the third book has received mixed reviews, I love these characters enough to want to see it through to the end. What is the price for knowledge… love… personal choice?
One choice can transform you.
One choice can destroy you.
One choice can define you.
Alliance is another tale that takes you on a journey through a dystopian society which asks the question, “Would you give up individual choice for a perfect society?” “What would you be willing to sacrifice for the freedom of choice?”
Author, Gerald N. Lund, created a world where survivors, 18 years after a nuclear holocaust, are relocated into what appears to be a perfect society. In the Alliance, there is no crime, hatred, or prejudice. The cost? The new government’s implantation program designed to control the general population. Except for a select few, a microchip is inserted into citizens to control potentially negative emotions and curtail any possible anti-social behavior. This microchip inflicts physical pain in order to recondition and modify specific emotions or thoughts. The protagonist Eric Lloyd, quickly discovers the corrupt power structure of this new government upon his arrival to the Alliance and sets out to rescue those he loves from implantation.
The worldwide best-selling trilogy, The Hunger Games, most likely does not need a book review at this point in time due to it’s popularity. However, with another blockbuster movie from this franchise just released, it may be worth reading again. Cinematic and literary works are unique to their genre and I find it pointless to judge one against another. However, with that being said, the book provides insight into the struggle within the protagonist’s mind and additional details which richly add to the story. Reading the book prior to attending the movie offers added insight and will surely enhance the experience.
Dystopian literature often challenges the reader to think about their values, politics, and human nature. The depth of mental conversation adds pure enjoyment when taking such a journey.
As Charlaine Harris said, “Here’s to books, the cheapest vacation you can buy!”