I’ve been reading a lot lately and originally this post was going to be a book review, but I’ve been going through our blog and I figured it would be a nice change of pace to go without a book review for today.
Since ‘This Savage Song’ by V.E. Schwab came out on Tuesday, I’ve seen a lot of book reviews refer to it as a dystopian and Schwab promptly pointed out that ‘This Savage Song’ is not in fact a dystopian, but a broken society.
With that, I thought I would break down the difference to help clear up some of the confusion.
First things first. To call a book a dystopian is to refer to a sub-genre. No book is only a dystopian because it has to fall into a larger over-arching genre.
When most people think of a dystopian novel they think of something like ‘The Hunger Games’, which is correct. But many assume that its a dystopian society because its just awful and that’s actually not the case. A dystopian is actually the collapse of a utopia.
So, we’ll keep using ‘The Hunger Games’ as the example here. The country of Panem was created after a massive war, and broken up into different sectors that ideally would serve a purpose as separate but equal parts. Over time the utopia turns into dystopia as it crumbles under a totalitarian or oppressive government.
That is a dystopia.
With ‘This Savage Song’ the world was never a utopia — something Schwab has been quick to point out. The best way to describe the warring monsters in ‘This Savage Song’ would be as a a broken society.
Note: A broken society doesn’t necessarily mean a post apocalyptic society either. Societies can be broken from corrupt governments or whatever plot devices an author chooses.
With that, I leave you with the most important question of this post. Do you plan to read ‘This Savage Song’? Because I know I’m pretty excited for it.