Friday, October 5, 2012

Dystopian Novel: The Owl Keeper

I recently read this young adult novel by Christine Brodien-Jones. I loved it. It's a dystopian  novel and for that, bleak of course. And, as with the Hunger Games and similar novels, I wonder at the intention of the authors. Just what are they trying to tell us? I suspect, or at least, like to think it is so, that they are well aware of the state of things. Or, being the true paranoid conspiracy tumbling down the rabbit hole observer that I am, one could take the opposing view and suggest these writers are twisting the reality of our police state into a comforting, fantasy laden romp. I doubt that though; while it could be said it's true of the aftermath of the success of books -- again, Hunger Games -- with all the commercialism and weakening of the message in favor of the fad of bow hunting, I don't think that was the original intent. And then there's the fact that the age of readers these books are written for is often an age where the world is dystopian, just by definition. But I'm over thinking all of this. It's a good book, I enjoyed it, and recommend it for young readers and adults alike.

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