WoE Is Us By D.K. Doulos
Christian Dystopian, YA, Sci-Fi ~ Paperback & ebook, 267 Pages
March 30, 2021 by Ambassador International
Lyrian Wallace was only ten years old when the Malevolence struck on October 10, 2056. She thought the next decade had numbed her to the grief, the death, the bots, and the daily struggle for survival. She lost her parents when they became Sleepers, but like everyone else, she had pieced together a new family. Lyrian was almost content when the Alliance began taking them . . .
The world always took things away from her. She could only live for today and never dared to hope for any heaven. But when her circumstances change, Lyrian must choose how she might live for both this life and the next.
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She walked out of the church auditorium and down the hallway into one of the empty rooms. It had once been a classroom for children, as evidenced by the cartoonish posters hung on the walls. As she changed into the black uniform, she studied the images pictured: an old bearded man on a boat with animals, another old bearded man holding two stone tablets, a third man in a cave with lions, and finally a smiling man seated with children gathered around him.
The pictures meant nothing to her. Maybe these men were supposed to be gods? She didn’t know. She had never attended any church as a child. It wasn’t something her family ever talked much about. Her parents were always busy with work, and she had only been ten years old when the Malevolence struck. She remembered her mother had talked to her once about God and heaven when her grandfather died. She remembered her mother’s tears and the tight hugs from that day. Her mother didn’t usually have time for hugs like that. When she was younger, she had imagined that heaven was like those hugs, but forever.
Now she brushed those thoughts aside as simply the whimsical musings of a young child. She had cried many tears of her own since then, weeping helplessly for days after the Malevolence struck, consigned to watch her parents die as Sleepers. She had no hugs to comfort those tears, and so many painful, lonely days had followed. Long ago, she realized that this world was nowhere near any heaven.
Why Dystopias Need Jesus
Over the years, I’ve read and watched many dystopian books and movies. Most, if not all, of these stories take place in a broken future version of our own Earth. Sometimes, as in the Divergent series, the setting is explicitly described as someplace we recognize (Chicago). In other instances, like Hunger Games, the world is obscured, but still familiar enough to feel it’s a devolution of our own society (Panem). The entire dystopian genre is built upon a world that’s bleak and dark. As a Christian, I began to ask myself: Where is Jesus in these stories?
Let’s be honest. We hardly live in a utopia today, and Jesus is important to a billion people on the planet. The likelihood that all of these Christians and their descendants abandoning the faith is negligible. In fact, people often turn to God even more in difficult times. A dystopian future that lacks Jesus is simply unrealistic to me.
When I set out to write my own dystopian novel, WoE Is Us, I wanted to make Christianity a prominent aspect for some of the characters and story. Sure, not everyone would care about Jesus. Even characters the readers like might be of an ambiguous faith identity. But I wanted to write a story where Jesus still mattered to people because I’m confident that will be the case. Christian readers should be able to find encouragement and comfort that, no matter how dark or bleak the future might get, Jesus will be with us “always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20b NASB). That’s a dystopia I can believe in.
About the Author
D.K. Doulos has written stories most of his life and is thankful he can use his talent in service to God. When he's not writing, he enjoys going camping, impersonating a grill master, and watching college football. Between epic cross-country family road trips, he lives in Texas with his wife and four children. Find out more about D.K. on his website (www.dkdoulos.com).
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