The Handmaid’s Tale Presents a Disturbing Dystopian Society

An image of a woman in a red robe and white hat, standing in front of a concrete wall stained with bits of red, probably blood--some of it dripping onto the road. The poster reads, "We will bear no more, A hulu original, The Handmaid's Tale."
Image: Hulu via IMDB

Genre: Dystopia

Synopsis: June used to have a family and a life, until an extremist government took over. They renamed her, and as one of the few remaining fertile women, assigned her to be a Handmaid–given to an elite household for the purpose of bearing children for a commander and his wife. The story proceeds to show us a vicious dystopia where certain people are dehumanized and devalued, stripped away of their freedom and individuality. Continue reading “The Handmaid’s Tale Presents a Disturbing Dystopian Society”

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Glass Sword: Straining Trust, Loyalty, and Friendship to the Breaking Point

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Image: Victoria Aveyard

Genre: YA Dystopia/Fantasy/Sci-fi

Synopsis:

Red Queen (Book 1): Reds and Silvers are named for the color of their blood, and distinguished by the powers that the Silvers wield. That power puts the Silvers at the top of the class hierarchy, in a society that keeps Reds poor and uses them as cannon fodder in a war effort. Mare is a Red, trying to provide for her family. But unbeknownst to her, she also has the power of a Silver, and discovers that power in front of a large audience. To protect the integrity of the social order, the Silvers have to claim her as their own–but she isn’t. So can the powerful Silvers keep one girl in line? Or will Mare use her new position against them? Continue reading “Glass Sword: Straining Trust, Loyalty, and Friendship to the Breaking Point”

TV Roundup: Cleverman, Preacher, and The Man in the High Castle

This week, I look at the beginnings of three new(ish) shows, talking about them in order of best to worst.

Cleverman

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Image: via Sundance TV

Genre: Dystopia/Sci-fi/Supernatural

Synopsis: A superhero take on Australian Aboriginal culture, the story follows two brothers as one of them takes on the mantle of the Cleverman. They must navigate society, including the turmoil between humans and hairies–a physically strong but oppressed people, confined to a containment zone. Between their personal issues and the country’s deep-seated prejudices, they have plenty of challenges ahead. Continue reading “TV Roundup: Cleverman, Preacher, and The Man in the High Castle”

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, the Less Powerful Though Still Good Closing of the Franchise

 

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Borrowed from thetorchentertainmentguide.com

Genre: Dystopian/Sci-fi

Synopsis: Katniss Everdeen  is the face of the revolution against the Capitol, after the destruction of her district. And now it’s time for the final showdown. But complicating things is the rescue of Peeta, who’s been psychologically reprogrammed through a combination of torture and drugs to believe that Katniss is a monster who needs to be killed. And now Katniss, accompanied by her friends and a struggling Peeta, needs to end things, once and for all. And decide what the future is going to be. Continue reading “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, the Less Powerful Though Still Good Closing of the Franchise”

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (Yes, Part ONE), Characters Holding Themselves Together

 

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Borrowed from hypable.com

Genre: Dystopian/Sci-fi

Synopsis: Katniss Everdeen survived the sadistic Hunger Games twice, unwittingly lighting the spark of revolution along the way. The Capitol’s President has responded to every slight challenge with violence or the threat thereof, finally culminating in the complete destruction of a district. Now Katniss, still reeling from the deaths and the capture of several of her friends, must become the face of the revolution. Because everyone is already looking to her. Continue reading “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (Yes, Part ONE), Characters Holding Themselves Together”

Red Queen, and Playing Expectations Against the Audience

Genre: YA dystopian fantasy

Synopsis: There are two kinds of people, Reds and Silvers, distinguishable by the color of their blood. And by the powers that the latter wield. Silvers make up the upper echelon of society, keeping Reds under their control and using them as cannon fodder in their war effort. To make things more interesting, the anonymous Scarlet Guard has taken it upon themselves to be the vanguard of what they hope will become an uprising by the Reds. Continue reading “Red Queen, and Playing Expectations Against the Audience”