In Survive and Resist: The Definitive Guide to Dystopian Politics Shauna L. Shames and Amy L. Atchison aim to give the readers an insight into various key concepts in political science by analyzing some of the world's most famous dystopian fictional works. Among them are George Orwell's 1984, Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, but also more recent novels such as Scott Westerfield's 2005 Uglies Trilogy. In separate chapters, the authors draw on a wide array of concepts in political philosophy to confront real-life and fictional dystopias. The book makes for an excellent introduction to political theory that is highly approachable to dilettantes.

The book consists of eight chapters, a preface, an introduction, an epilogue, an index, and an extended bibliography. The pleasant layout makes the book easier to read. Most notably, the explanatory text boxes present in the margins, as well as seven boxes and thirty-nine illustrations...

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