5 Books That Prove It Can Still Get Worse

A little while ago someone said that David Bowie was the glue holding the universe together. After everything that has happened in the last year I’m really starting to believe that. Now that Mr Trump has been sworn in as America’s new President/ Overlord I thought I would share some books that show just how bad this darkest timeline could get.

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Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Even though the end of the world isn’t caused by a person in this book, I’m going to say it is still the worst outcome. So basically what happens in Seveneves is someone or something blows up the moon. Scientists on Earth then realise that the moon isn’t going to stay up in the sky (because it’s now in pieces). This turns out to be a problem for literally everyone on Earth because these chunks of rock that used to be the moon are going to start falling at a rate that will set the atmosphere on fire and make the Earth uninhabitable for thousands of years.

The only people who survive are astronauts currently on the ISS or people that are important enough to save (should point out that heads of state are not included in this list). Basically if this did ever happen we’re all gonna die. Better start applying to NASA.

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Thomas The Tank Engine by Wilbert Awdry
(The Railway Series)

The thing that turns these books into a dystopia is the fact the trains have feelings. Trains are forced to run when they don’t want to (like Henry). They get left on sidings and forgotten about when they’re not needed. Turned into generators and cut up so their parts can be sold. Then you have the fact that the trains are constantly told it’s much worse in other places, is that maybe so they think what they currently have to deal with isn’t so bad.

It’s at the point now where I genuinely wouldn’t be surprised if Donald Trump got angry at a train and had it bricked in a tunnel as punishment.

 

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I couldn’t make a list like this without mentioning The Hunger Games. This is set in a future version of America where there was some sort of revolution. We start the story 75 years later and find out the Capitol punishes the 11 districts for this by forcing 2 teenagers from each district to fight to the death every year. I never really got why they thought this would be a good punishment.

But out of all these books I think Trump is most likely to turn into a version of President Snow. They even look similar. When the Hunger Games do start be thankful you’re too old to get picked.

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This is set in a future where pretty much everyone plays a VR version of Second Life. But they only do that because the real world is so awful. Most people don’t have any money or jobs. The people who do have jobs need to travel for hours to get to them from the trailer parks they live in. These trailer parks resembling skyscrapers made out of caravans which have a habit of falling over.

Basically this future is what could happen if an evil version of Apple decided to take over Valve.

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Snowpiercer by Jacques Lob

Snowpiercer is set after a nuclear war has happened, where the last remnants of humanity live on a train powered by a perpetual motion machine that constantly travels on a loop around the world. As you may be able to guess all is not well on this train. The people in the front live in luxury while the people at the rear are forced to live in a tiny cramped space with little food. If you’re looking for an opportunity to compare this to British Rail now is your chance.

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*I didn’t mention Nineteen Eighty-Four, mostly because after the events of the last few days it is obvious that is the path America is already heading down.

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29 Responses to “5 Books That Prove It Can Still Get Worse”

  1. oawoodward

    Hahahaha I love the idea of Thomas the Tank Engine as a dystopian series! Also Snowpiercer sounds amazing and I definitely wanna read that now!

    Liv // petticoatsandpatriarchy.com

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  2. Lynn Love

    Despite the grim times, this made me smile. Thomas the Tank Engine as a dystopian view of tyranny? You’re so right! 🙂 Great post

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  3. moonike

    Interesting choices. Haven’t read any of these, but added a few to my tbr.
    As for dystopia generally, then I’m currently reading Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari ( fascinating read) and at times it makes me feel, that we already live and have been living in a dystopia for most of our history.

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    • bluchickenninja

      I’ve heard a theory like that. Something about how we are all living in our own dystopia because we die in the end. Can’t remember what book I saw that in. Though the one you’re reading looks interesting.

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      • moonike

        Ah, I didn’t even mean it in that sense. More in the sense, how unnatural our way of life has been since the agricultural revolution, for the animal species Homo Sapiens.
        And the book is fascinating, a very interesting read.

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  4. Resa

    Great picks, I think “Ready Player One” offers the most optimistic ending though. So if I had to pick a version of the Trumpian dystopia…

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  5. Sarah

    Haha, I was obsessed with Thomas as a child – I even have a copy of the collection you’ve posted. Now I’m going to look at it in a completely different way

    I’m going to through The Handmaid’s Tale into the mix. The systematic removal of woman’s rights rings particularly true on the day Trump reintroduced the Global Gag rule

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  6. Dennis the Vizsla

    hello bluechickenninja its dennis the vizsla dog hay my dada sez we ar not nessessarily hedding for the wurld of 1984 he sez we cud just as eezily be hedding for the wurld of the handmaids tale!!! altho it seems like that probly woodnt be verry mutch better!!! ok bye

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  7. Steve Walker

    If you fully understand the Military Industrial Complex & the rapacious Neoconservative lunatics who use the media to spread their lies & further their objectives of never ending wars, the world is a very scary place. Orwell’s “1984” now seems like a toned down description of a dystopian future. It can get worse is an understatement. Nice post…..

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  8. Magpiemakingdo

    Yeaaa 1984 is hitting a little too close to home these days. And watching the news leaves me feeling very pressured to start practicing archery and learning fletching… seems like it might be a handy skill to have when things start collapsing.

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