It is no secret that the vampire-hype is a long gone past and that – in addition to books written by John Green – the world is being conquered by dystopian stories. And whenever you think there is nothing more to say on that topic, a new author comes along and surprises you. What is it exactly that attracts us so much to this genre? Well, I don’t really know. But I know one thing: I’m still not sick of it, which in itself is surprising, when I think of the sheer number of books and movies from this genre I consumed.
By Nina Zderic
The Hunger Games opened the gate for this genre: Suzanne Collins was undoubtedly the one who paved the way for the many writers who rose to fame with their first novels, writing dystopian stories. And as it is today, a popular book becomes quickly a movie or a TV-show. PopCulture Magazine brings you a map of Dystopia, along with the obligatory stops for the next months and years!
The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 2
World Premiere: November 20th 2015
And now the day has come for us all to say goodbye to our global heroine – Katniss Everdeen. For years now we’ve watched her long way from District 12, to the Arena, out of the Arena as a victor, back into the Arena, out of the Arena again, into District 13… She’s the first female protagonist of a book who didn’t summon uncontrolled waves of hatred in me – I loved her from the get go, because – for a change – she wasn’t a whiny female character, and that’s a huge step for humanity. In the last movie we’ll see the culmination of the conflict with President Snow, the end of the long and hard war, but it all comes with a price. Prepare your handkerchiefs, people! This one will be a tearjerker.
Divergent – Allegiant Part 1
World Premiere: March 18th 2016
Veronica Roth is one of those authors who became famous with their debut novel. She wrote the trilogy Divergent, which of course spawned movies, and of course, the third book was split into two movies – because that’s how things are nowadays done. The first of those two – Allegiant Part 1 – comes out in spring 2016. After violence and hunger for power destroyed the society divided into factions, Tris and Four leave Chicago for the first time and set out to explore the outer world, with hopes of finally finding the long-sought peace. And as you may have thought – out there they have to face even greater challenges and test their courage, love and allegiances.
The Maze Runner – The Death Cure
World Premiere: February 17th 2017
Contrary to its predecessors, this movie won’t be divided into two parts. I know, I am as shocked as you are. This is one of the cases where I don’t like the movies nearly as much as the books. If you see the movies first, there is a chance you might like them. But if you read the books first – my condolences. This – of course – doesn’t mean I won’t go and see the movie, because like with other franchises I stay faithful till the end, hoping that this movie will change my opinion on the movies in general (and one has to pay respects to Dylan O’Brien #justsayin). So, after thoroughly tormenting Thomas, the extremists (let’s just call them that) expect him to find the cure that will save the world. He survived the Maze and the Scorch, he lost many friends, and now they expect him to save the world? Can he make it? We’ll have to wait for 2017 to see that.
The Fifth Wave
World Premiere: January 15th 2016
Four waves of deathly attacks have devastated the Earth. After the fourth wave, our heroine Cassie is on the run, trying to protect her younger brother. Then she meets Evan, who could be her last hope – if she can trust him, that is. What is Cassie running from? She’s running from the Others, beings that only look like humans, beings that raid villages and kill everything in their way.
Search for a director in progress
And again we have a debut novel by a young author before us – this time it’s Legend by Marie Lu. The military-ruled world is divided among the rich and the poor. Her name is June and she’s been born in the richest sector, bred for the highest rank in the army of the Republic. His name is Day and he’s a legend – born in the poorest sector, he became the most wanted criminal. One day he becomes the main suspect for the murder of June’s brother, and thus her main target. And as it usually happens, the real truth comes to light and they become close. The movie adaptation is in pre-production, but we still don’t know when we’ll see it on the big screen. Let’s hope we won’t have to wait long.
US-Premiere of season 3: January 2016
Planet Earth has been destroyed in a nuclear war and all survivors were forced to live in a spaceship. After 97 years in space, the ship starts having a lack of oxygen. The authorities decide to send 100 criminals back to Earth to test if it’s still radioactive or habitable. Back on Earth, they meet many strange, deformed animals, but also violent Earthlings who try to kill them. IMHO, the second season was far better than the first one, and I hope season 3 will only uphold the trend.
Red Rising – Morning Star
Third book launch in the US: January 2016
The Earth is on the brink of extinction and the ihabitants are looking for new planets with conditions for human life. The Red are the last hope of humanity and one of their members, Darrow, works on excavations on Mars, where they try to terraform the planet so humans can live there. But one day he discovers that Mars has for long been inhabitated and that the inhabitants are a wealthy elite which exploits Darrow and his kind. Darrow infiltrates the enemy to destroy them from within, with help of a myterious rebel organization. The first two
books were a huge success with audiences worldwide, and the thrid book will be out in a few months.
The Young Elites
Third book launch in the US: mid-2016
This trilogy comes from Marie Lu, the author of the above mentioned Legend. Part one was published last year and the second part came out about a month ago. It follows the story of Adelina Amouteru, a survivor of the blood fever. The blood fever is fatal to adults and leaves the survivors with markings. Adelina’s black hair has turned silver and her left eye is gone. Some survivors are rumored to have more than just markings. Rumor has it that some survivors have mysterious gifts. They are called The Young Elites. After accidentally murdering her father she meets the Young Elites and is to join their ranks. The third, as of now unnamed part of the trilogy, is expected to hit the shelves next year.
Season 2 US-Premiere: April 2016
No, this is not the movie starring Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis, this is a TV-show which only has the same premise as the movie. The story takes place in 2043, after the modified plague has wiped out humanity. A few immune survivors are divided into groups, but the problem is that nobody stays immune forever, since the virus evolves and is thus invincible. A group of (for now) immune scientists builds a time-machine, which becomes the only hope for humanity. They search for the perfect traveler and find Cole, who gets the mission to find the source of the plague. On his journey he finds Dr. Cassandra Railly, who is the key of his mission.
US series-premiere: January 12th 2016
Cassandra Clare is the author of the book series The Mortal Instruments, which spawned a movie… and it was halted right there. The box office success and reviews were so underwhelming that no one wanted to make another movie. Now some brave people decided to make a TV-show, under the title Shadowhunters. The story is basically the same, just the approach is a bit different: Clary Fray finds out that her ancestors were warriors who protect the world from many demons, so she joins her own kind, which means that she has to move into the underground world of New York City.