Why Stop At Revolution?

Why do the dystopian stories always end after the Revolution? Doesn’t anyone want to see what it’s like to actually build a new society? Doesn’t anyone want to know what happens to the people after they’ve gotten everything they’ve ever wanted?

And I’m not talking about those brief epilogues with little glimpses of an idyllic future. I don’t care about how many babies the protagonist and the winner of their love triangle ended up having. I want to know more about the restructuring of the entire government. I want to how things play out now that the dystopian society has bowed to the demand for freedom.

This happens time and again in major trilogies. The author throws so much energy into writing about the Revolution, but isn’t the real struggle what comes after? I don’t mean to downplay the difficulties of war, but it’s harder to build something from scratch than it is to bring it down.

Here are a few series that I believe fail to provide a post-Revolution explanation:

  1. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
  2. The Divergent series by Veronica Roth
  3. The Across the Universe series by Beth Revis
  4. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  5. The Selection series by Kiera Cass
  6. The Insignia series by S.J. Kincaid
  7. The Chemical Garden series by Lauren DeStefano
  8. The Article 5 series by Kristen Simmons
  9. The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo
  10. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor
  11. The Legend series by Marie Lu
  12. The Maze Runner series by James Dashner
  13. The Matched series by Ally Condie
  14. The Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

Do you agree? Disagree? Let me know in the comments down below how this lack of post-Revolution information makes you feel.

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2 thoughts on “Why Stop At Revolution?

  1. Very interesting point! The rebuilding of a country is a huge matter in the lives of its citizens. It takes a lot of hard work, and a leader or group of leaders to decide on direction and purpose for a newly freed people group and willingness to work toward that goal.
    I think I personally wouldn’t enjoy having an entire book about the building of a new government/country/people, but I would like to get to see some parts of it. It’d be good if authors could give just a quick snapshot and then a recap of the process of starting over. I want to know if they choose to form a government, or have each family or city or whatever remain independent. I want to see who takes a leadership role and how everyone deals with that. How they decide on rules or laws for the people to follow. It’s a complicated and difficult time, and it would be amazing to read about. Thanks for writing this!
    -Lish

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