Dystopian novels may finally finish its course in the next couple of years, until then even Christian fiction authors have jumped on this awakened genre. The question is: Is Christian dystopia such a new idea at all?
The 90s have introduced us to the “Left Behind” series written by Tim Lahae and Jerry B. Jenkins. The series focus on what may take place during the rapture, including the rise of the anti-Christ and the shifting of government loyalties.
Taking it further back, C.S. Lewis’, “The Chronicles of Narnia” series was concepted right before WWII, when “many children were evacuated to the English countryside” and around the same time, Lewis’ home took in three children and he was inspired to include children in his story. Read more about the Chronicles of Narnia on Wikipedia.
What these books have in common is the fabric of ripped society, an ending to “normal life as we know it” or dystopia. Books such as "The Hunger Games", "Matched", and the recent "Divergent" all center around speculating a world controlled by uncontrollable governments and sometimes there are supernatural elements involved.
How much more so than Christian Fiction?
If you think about it, the entire Bible has a “dystopic” feel to it. There will be a changing of governments(as there has been in the ancient times) and the bible alludes to the fact that we will be transfigured as Christ has been and be raised from the dead. See Acts 17:31 in the Holy Bible.
Below is a list of Christian Dystopic/Speculative Fiction. Check them out today at your local library, Amazon.com or order on Christianbook.com!
Amish Vampires in Space, Kerry Nietz- 978-1940163048
Mask, Kerry Nietz- 9781935929925
Captives, Jill Williamson- 9780310724223
The Swipe Series, Evan Angler(Book 1:Swipe, Book 2: Sneak, Book 3: Storm)- 9781400318360
Forbidden, Ted Dekker- 9781599953533
Anomaly, Krista McGee- 9781401688721
Fatherless, James Dobson- 9781455513109
Last Light, Terri Blackstock- 9780310337782
Flight of Shadows, Sigmund Brouwer- 9781400070336