Thursday, December 22, 2011

Love in Dystopian Fiction

Romance may seem trivial when the survival of the human race is at stake, but with humanity comes a complex range of emotions that draw us to certain individuals even when the world is falling apart.

Keary Taylor did a remarkable job of balancing the immediate crisis of food scarcity and danger with romance in her dystopian novel Eden.

I first read about this self-published author in The Islands Sounder. It turns out she lives on neighboring Orcas Island AND (crazy, exciting news): film rights to Eden have been purchased by Kerry, Kimmel and Pollack and is set to be produced by Mark Morgan who did The Twilight Saga. (Congratulations, Keary!)

It was a relief to find a kick-butt, can take care of herself, protagonist in Eve. Honestly, I’ve been doing a lot of eye rolling with these have to get saved all the time girl teens. The only thing that needed saving in Eden was Eve’s heart.

The best love triangles are the most heart wrenching. Both guys have character traits that make them equally worthy candidates in the quest for the heroine’s affections.

Taylor did such a skillful job with her characters Avian and West that my heart went out to both and I was grateful it was up to Eve (and Taylor) to solve such a complex puzzle and not me!

One of my favorite lines in the book comes from West addressing Eve as she struggles to figure out who holds the key to her heart:

“Just don’t take forever,” he said as he stood. “If I’ve got miles of pain before me I’d rather start walking them sooner than later.”

I won’t give away who Eve chooses, but I will say that her moment of clarity was well crafted during a battle with the machines when both contenders were in danger of losing their lives.

Not only was this a believable approach, but also true to life.

It’s often the case that in moments of danger our love for those closest to our hearts becomes crystal clear.

Happy Holidays. Hope you’re spending it with those dearest to your heart!

1 comment:

  1. I'm so happy for this self-published author. Getting recognition and film rights for a non-Big Six publication will show the world that one doesn't have to have a major publisher to have great talent.