“In a dystopian story, society itself is typically the antagonist; it is society that is actively working against the protagonist’s aims and desires.” J.J. Adams

Readwritethink describes a dystopia as a futuristic, imagined universe in which oppressive societal control and the illusion of a perfect society are maintained through corporate, bureaucratic, technological, moral, or totalitarian control. Some characteristics of a dystopian society:

  • Propaganda is used to control the citizens.
  • Information, independent thought, and freedom are restricted.
  • Citizens are perceived to be under constant surveillance.
  • Citizens live in a dehumanized state. Individuality and dissent are bad.
  • The society is an illusion of a perfect utopian world


My dystopian trilogy is set about thirty years in the future of Seattle, that bastion of liberty and free thought (shhh). By 2042, more power than anyone realizes has fallen into the hands of the Bureau of Population Control, and citizens are under constant surveillance.

So far, not so futuristic. It’s not easy to write a futuristic novel when we are approaching the future at a speed close to light. In fact, as I write and you read these words, we fly on the wavefront of the future – no event is closer to the future than this instant, now.

In each of our lives, we make the future we will inhabit. Get on Board Little Children explores a future that we probably want to think twice before creating. You need a license to reproduce, and if you fail to get one, you will be slapped with fines, jail sentences, and perhaps a coerced abortion.

Will our heroine have the courage to stand up against a state that has all the power and the answers, and can trace her through multiple sources?

Is there a force in the world that is stronger than the power of an unrestricted government bureaucracy? It remains to be seen.

Get on Board Little Children is free on Kindle November 23 through 27th, 2016. Book Two, Come on Home Children, and Book three, City of Hidden Children, are on sale in a Kindle Countdown deal Nov 24th through 29th.