Dystopia is based on a Greek word which literally means “bad place”. It is an imagined community which is characterized by great injustice or suffering. The society is often depicted in a post-apocalyptic setting. Some authors use this term to describe existing societies which are going through significant oppression.

For instance, a dystopian government is ruled by a tyrant, has a market with difficulty obtaining inefficient goods, and has citizens with a lack values. The society in the trilogy, “The Hunger Games” is very much dystopian as they are in a totalitarian government and many of the citizens are living in fear because of the injustice such as children being forced to compete, human beings being merely treated as toys, and the masses feeling powerless against the Capitol. The opposite of dystopia is utopia.

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