One day in class we were discussing how the setting affects a story. It’s easy to say that a story about loving nature must take place in the country rather than a city, but I was surprised by a question. The student asked, “Why, in all the paranormal future stories, is the city always trashed?” I started to think of the stories he was referring to and realized I couldn’t think of any that were set in a successful, vibrant city. The Apocalypse Gene, by Suki Michelle and Carlyle Clark, which is one of my favorites, is set in a future where a cancer epidemic has ravished Chicago. In Hunger Games, the world is starving and repressed. There are more…lots more. Can anyone think of a book set in a pleasant future?
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