Today we have a sneak peek from Michelle Montague Mogil’s paranormal romance novel, The Gentle Man.
Ana Trent was the first to admit it: she had crested the peak and was now in her downhill years. Middle-aged and worn out, she’s resigned herself to a life of drudgery and angst as she watches her marriage, job, house and body slowly but surely fall apart. Enter a dark and compelling stranger who claims he’s running for his life and begs for her help. Against all reason, Ana lets him in. Soon, she’s questioning his sanity, her sanity, and reality itself. One thing’s for certain: life will never be dull or ordinary again.
The word dystopian comes from the ancient greek with δυσ-, “bad, hard”,and τόπος, “place.” Alternatively it can also be called cacotopia, or anti-utopia.
Many dystopias describe an utopian society where good-life seems to have been achieved, but suffers by at least one fatal issue. Whereas utopian societies are founded on aspiring to the general well-being, a dystopian society’s dreams of improvement are overshadowed by a repression of any sort and origin, at times even a benevolent repression.
The society appears in stories staged on a speculative and visionary future and are characterized by dehumanization, totalitarian rules, ecological and environmental disasters or other events associated with a cataclysmic decline in the society fabric. Continue reading “Dystopian, Utopian, and Cacotopyan”