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:
- The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
- The Divergent series by Veronica Roth
- The Across the Universe series by Beth Revis
- The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
- The Selection series by Kiera Cass
- The Insignia series by S.J. Kincaid
- The Chemical Garden series by Lauren DeStefano
- The Article 5 series by Kristen Simmons
- The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo
- The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor
- The Legend series by Marie Lu
- The Maze Runner series by James Dashner
- The Matched series by Ally Condie
- 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.